Simple English glossary of terms

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  • a - the blood group whose red cells carry the A antigen; the 1st letter of the Roman alphabet; the basic unit of electric current adopted under the Systeme International d'Unites; a metric unit of length equal to one ten billionth of a meter (or 0.0001 micron); used to specify wavelengths of electromagnetic radiation; (biochemistry) purine base found in DNA and RNA; pairs with thymine in DNA and with uracil in RNA; one of the four nucleotides used in building DNA; all four nucleotides have a common phosphate group and a sugar (ribose); any of several fat-soluble vitamins essential for normal vision; prevents night blindness or inflammation or dryness of the eyes
  • aa - a dry form of lava resembling clinkers; an associate degree in arts; an international organization that provides a support group for persons trying to overcome alcoholism
  • ab - the blood group whose red cells carry both the A and B antigens; the eleventh month of the civil year; the fifth month of the ecclesiastical year in the Jewish calendar (in July and August); the muscles of the abdomen; a bachelor's degree in arts and sciences
  • abbreviated - (of clothing) very short; cut short in duration
  • abbreviation - shortening something by omitting parts of it; a shortened form of a word or phrase
  • abc - the elementary stages of any subject (usually plural)
  • abdomen - the region of the body of a vertebrate between the thorax and the pelvis; the cavity containing the major viscera; in mammals it is separated from the thorax by the diaphragm
  • abdominal - of or relating to or near the abdomen; the muscles of the abdomen
  • abduce - advance evidence for
  • abducens - a small motor nerve supplying the lateral rectus muscle of the eye
  • abducent - especially of muscles; drawing away from the midline of the body or from an adjacent part; a small motor nerve supplying the lateral rectus muscle of the eye
  • abduct - pull away from the body; take away to an undisclosed location against their will and usually in order to extract a ransom
  • abducted - (of persons) seized and detained unlawfully, often for ransom
  • abduction - (physiology) moving of a body part away from the central axis of the body; the criminal act of capturing and carrying away by force a family member; if a man's wife is abducted it is a crime against the family relationship and against the wife
  • abductor - a muscle that draws a body part away from the median line; someone who unlawfully seizes and detains a victim (usually for ransom)
  • aberrant - markedly different from an accepted norm; one whose behavior departs substantially from the norm of a group
  • aberration - an optical phenomenon resulting from the failure of a lens or mirror to produce a good image; a disorder in one's mental state; a state or condition markedly different from the norm
  • ability - the quality of being able to perform; a quality that permits or facilitates achievement or accomplishment; possession of the qualities (especially mental qualities) required to do something or get something done
  • ablation - surgical removal of a body part or tissue; the erosive process that reduces the size of glaciers
  • able - (usually followed by `to') having the necessary means or skill or know-how or authority to do something; having inherent physical or mental ability or capacity; have the skills and qualifications to do things well; having a strong healthy body
  • abnormal - much greater than the normal; not normal; not typical or usual or regular or conforming to a norm; departing from the normal in e.g. intelligence and development
  • abnormality - behavior that breaches the rule or etiquette or custom or morality; marked strangeness as a consequence of being abnormal; retardation sufficient to fall outside the normal range of intelligence; an abnormal condition
  • abnormally - in an abnormal manner
  • abo - a dark-skinned member of a race of people living in Australia when Europeans arrived
  • abocclusion - the condition in which the upper teeth do not touch the lower teeth when biting
  • aboral - opposite to or away from the mouth
  • abort - the act of terminating a project or procedure before it is completed; terminate a pregnancy by undergoing an abortion; cease development, die, and be aborted; terminate before completion
  • abortifacient - causing abortion; a drug (or other chemical agent) that causes abortion
  • abortion - termination of pregnancy; failure of a plan
  • abortionist - a person (who should be a doctor) who terminates pregnancies
  • abortive - failing to accomplish an intended result
  • abortus - a human fetus whose weight is less than 0.5 kilogram when removed or expelled from the mother's body
  • about - on the move; in the area or vicinity; all around or on all sides; in or to a reversed position or direction; to or among many different places or in no particular direction; (of actions or states) slightly short of or not quite accomplished; in rotation or succession: (of quantities) imprecise but fairly close to correct
  • above - appearing earlier in the same text; at an earlier place; in or to a place that is higher; an earlier section of a written text
  • abraham - the first of the Old Testament patriarchs and the father of Isaac; according to Genesis, God promised to give Abraham's family (the Hebrews) the land of Canaan (the Promised Land); God tested Abraham by asking him to sacrifice his son
  • abrasion - erosion by friction; an abraded area where the skin is torn or worn off; the wearing down of rock particles by friction due to water or wind or ice
  • abrasive - causing abrasion; sharply disagreeable; rigorous; a substance that abrades or wears down
  • abreact - discharge bad feelings or tension through verbalization
  • abreaction - (psychoanalysis) purging of emotional tensions
  • abscess - symptom consisting of a localized collection of pus surrounded by inflamed tissue
  • absence - failure to be present; the state of being absent; the time interval during which something or somebody is away; epilepsy characterized by paroxysmal attacks of brief clouding of consciousness (a possible other abnormalities)
  • absent - lost in thought; showing preoccupation; not in a specified place physically or mentally; go away or leave
  • absolute - perfect or complete or pure; not capable of being violated or infringed; complete and without restriction or qualification; sometimes used informally as intensifiers; without conditions or limitations; not limited by law; expressing finality with no implication of possible change; something that is conceived to be absolute; something that does not depends on anything else and is beyond human control
  • absorb - cause to become one with; engage or engross wholly; take up mentally; assimilate or take in; take in, also metaphorically: become imbued; take up, as of debts or payments; suck or take up or in; engross (oneself) fully
  • absorbable - capable of being absorbed or taken in through the pores of a surface
  • absorbed - taken in through the pores of a surface; retained without reflection; giving or marked by complete attention to
  • absorbent - having power or capacity or tendency to absorb or soak up something (liquids or energy etc.); a material having capacity or tendency to absorb another substance
  • absorbing - capable of arousing and holding the attention
  • absorption - (chemistry) a process in which one substance permeates another; a fluid permeates or is dissolved by a liquid or solid; (physics) the process in which incident radiated energy is retained without reflection or transmission on passing through a medium; the mental state of being preoccupied by something: complete attention; intense mental effort; the process of absorbing nutrients into the body after digestion; the social process of absorbing one cultural group into harmony with another
  • abstainer - a person who refrains from drinking intoxicating beverages; someone who practices self denial as a spiritual discipline
  • abstinence - act or practice of refraining from indulging an appetite: the trait of abstaining (especially from alcohol)
  • abulia - a loss of will power
  • abuse - a rude expression intended to offend or hurt; cruel or inhumane treatment; improper or excessive use; use wrongly or improperly or excessively; use foul or abusive language towards: change the inherent purpose or function of something; treat badly
  • abused - subjected to cruel treatment; used improperly or excessively especially drugs
  • abuser - someone who abuses
  • academic - hypothetical or theoretical and not expected to produce an immediate or practical result; marked by a narrow focus on or display of learning especially its trivial aspects; associated with academia or an academy; an educator who works at a college or university
  • academy - a learned establishment for the advancement of knowledge; a school for special training; a secondary school (usually private); an institution for the advancement of art or science or literature
  • acanthosis - an abnormal but benign thickening of the prickle-cell layer of the skin (as in psoriasis)
  • acapnia - a state in which the level of carbon dioxide in the blood is lower than normal; can result from deep or rapid breathing
  • acariasis - infestation with itch mites
  • acaricide - a chemical agent used to kill mites
  • acarophobia - a morbid fear of small insects and mites and worms
  • accelerate - move faster; cause to move faster
  • accept - tolerate or accommodate oneself to; consider or hold as true; be sexually responsive to, used of a female domesticated mammal; react favorably to; consider right and proper; give an affirmative reply to; respond favorably to; receive (a report) officially, as from a committee; receive willingly something given or offered: admit into a group or community; be designed to hold or take; make use of or accept for some purpose; take on as one's own the expenses or debts of another person
  • acceptable - worthy of acceptance or satisfactory; adequate for the purpose; judged to be in conformity with approved usage; meeting requirements
  • accepted - generally approved or compelling recognition; generally agreed upon; not subject to dispute; widely accepted as true or worthy; widely or permanently accepted; generally accepted or used; judged to be in conformity with approved usage
  • access - the act of approaching or entering; a way of entering or leaving; (computer science) the operation of reading or writing stored information; the right to obtain or make use of or take advantage of something (as services or membership); a code (a series of characters or digits) that must be entered in some way (typed or dialed or spoken) to get the use of something (a telephone line or a computer or a local area network etc.); the right to enter: reach or gain access to; obtain or retrieve from a storage device; as of information on a computer
  • accessory - furnishing added support; a supplementary component that improves capability; clothing that is worn or carried, but not part of your main clothing; someone who helps another person commit a crime
  • accident - anything that happens by chance without an apparent cause; a mishap; especially one causing injury or death
  • accidental - without intention (especially resulting from heedless action); associated by chance and not an integral part; occurring or appearing or singled out by chance; a musical notation that makes a note sharp or flat or natural although that is not part of the key signature
  • accidentally - without advance planning; without intention; in an unintentional manner; in an incidental manner
  • accommodation - (physiology) the automatic adjustment in focal length of the lens of the eye; the act of providing something (lodging or seat or food) to meet a need; living quarters provided for public convenience; in the theories of Jean Piaget: the modification of internal representations in order to accommodate a changing knowledge of reality; a settlement of differences; making or becoming suitable; adjusting to circumstances
  • accommodative - tending to reconcile or accommodate; bringing into harmony; willing to adjust to differences in order to obtain agreement; helpful in bringing about a harmonious adaptation
  • accompanied - having accompaniment or companions or escort
  • accompanying - following as a consequence
  • according - (followed by `to') as reported or stated by; (followed by `to') in agreement with or accordant with
  • accouchement - the parturition process in human beings; having a baby; the process of giving birth to a child
  • account - the quality of taking advantage; importance or value; a statement of recent transactions and the resulting balance; a formal contractual relationship established to provide for regular banking or brokerage or business services; a record or narrative description of past events; an itemized statement of money owed for goods shipped or services rendered; a short account of the news; a statement that makes something comprehensible by describing the relevant structure or operation or circumstances etc.; the act of informing by verbal report; grounds; furnish a justifying analysis or explanation; keep an account of; be the sole or primary factor in the existence, acquisition, supply, or disposal of something; to give an account or representation of in words
  • accountability - responsibility to someone or for some activity
  • accountable - liable to account for one's actions
  • accounting - a system that provides quantitative information about finances; a convincing explanation that reveals basic causes; a bookkeeper's chronological list of related debits and credits of a business; forms part of a ledger of accounts; the occupation of maintaining and auditing records and preparing financial reports for a business; a statement of recent transactions and the resulting balance
  • accretion - (law) an increase in a beneficiary's share in an estate (as when a co-beneficiary dies or fails to meet some condition or rejects the inheritance); an increase by natural growth or addition: (geology) an increase in land resulting from alluvial deposits or waterborne sediment; (biology) growth by addition as by the adhesion of parts or particles; (astronomy) the formation of a celestial object by the effect of gravity pulling together surrounding objects and gases; something contributing to growth or increase
  • accumulate - collect or gather; get or gather together
  • accumulated - brought together into a group or crowd; periodically accumulated over time
  • accumulation - the act of accumulating; (finance) profits that are not paid out as dividends but are added to the capital base of the corporation; several things grouped together or considered as a whole; an increase by natural growth or addition
  • accurate - conforming exactly or almost exactly to fact or to a standard or performing with total accuracy; (of ideas, images, representations, expressions) characterized by perfect conformity to fact or truth ; strictly correct
  • accurately - with few mistakes; strictly correctly
  • accused - a defendant in a criminal proceeding
  • accustomed - (often followed by `to') in the habit of or adapted to: commonly used or practiced; usual
  • ace - of the highest quality; a serve that the receiver is unable to reach; one of four playing cards in a deck having a single pip on its face; someone who is dazzlingly skilled in any field; a major strategic headquarters of NATO; safeguards an area extending from Norway to Turkey; serve an ace against (someone); play (a hole) in one stroke; score an ace against; succeed at easily
  • acebutolol - an oral beta blocker (trade name Sectral) used in treating hypertension
  • acetabulum - the cup-shaped hollow in the hipbone into which the head of the femur fits to form a ball-and-socket joint
  • acetaminophen - an analgesic for mild pain; also used as an antipyretic; (Datril, Tylenol, Panadol, Phenaphen, Tempra, and Anacin III are trademarks of brands of acetaminophen tablets)
  • acetate - a salt or ester of acetic acid; a fabric made from fibers of cellulose acetate
  • acetic - relating to or containing acetic acid
  • acetone - the simplest ketone; a highly inflammable liquid widely used as an organic solvent and as material for making plastics
  • acetonuria - excessive amounts of ketone bodies in the urine as in diabetes mellitus or starvation
  • acetylcholine - a neurotransmitter that is a derivative of choline; released at the ends of nerve fibers in the somatic and parasympathetic nervous systems
  • ache - a dull persistent (usually moderately intense) pain; have a desire for something or someone who is not present; be the source of pain; feel physical pain
  • achieve - to gain with effort
  • achievement - the action of accomplishing something
  • achilles - a mythical Greek hero of the Iliad; a foremost Greek warrior at the siege of Troy; when he was a baby his mother tried to make him immortal by bathing him in a magical river but the heel by which she held him remained vulnerable--his `Achilles' heel'
  • aching - causing a dull and steady pain; a dull persistent (usually moderately intense) pain
  • achlorhydria - an abnormal deficiency or absence of free hydrochloric acid in the gastric juice; often associated with severe anemias and cancer of the stomach
  • acholia - a condition in which little or no bile is secreted or the flow of bile into the digestive tract is obstructed
  • achondroplasia - an inherited skeletal disorder beginning before birth; cartilage is converted to bone resulting in dwarfism
  • achy - causing a dull and steady pain
  • acid - having the characteristics of an acid; harsh or corrosive in tone; being sour to the taste; street name for lysergic acid diethylamide; any of various water-soluble compounds having a sour taste and capable of turning litmus red and reacting with a base to form a salt
  • acidity - pH values below 7; the taste experience when something acidic is taken into the mouth; the property of being acidic
  • acidosis - abnormally high acidity (excess hydrogen-ion concentration) of the blood and other body tissues
  • acidotic - having or being characterized by acidosis
  • acinus - one of the small sacs or saclike dilations in a compound gland; one of the small drupes making up an aggregate or multiple fruit like a blackberry
  • acne - an inflammatory disease involving the sebaceous glands of the skin; characterized by papules or pustules or comedones
  • acoustic - of or relating to the science of acoustics; a remedy for hearing loss or deafness
  • acquired - gotten through environmental forces
  • acrocephaly - a congenital abnormality of the skull; the top of the skull assumes a cone shape
  • acrocyanosis - cyanosis of the extremities; can occur when a spasm of the blood vessels is caused by exposure to cold or by strong emotion
  • acromegaly - enlargement of bones of hands and feet and face; often accompanied by headache and muscle pain and emotional disturbances; caused by overproduction of growth hormone by the anterior pituitary gland (due to a tumor)
  • acromion - the outermost point of the spine of the shoulder blade
  • acrophobia - a morbid fear of great heights
  • across - transversely; to the opposite side
  • act - something that people do or cause to happen; a legal document codifying the result of deliberations of a committee or society or legislative body; a short theatrical performance that is part of a longer program; a subdivision of a play or opera or ballet; a manifestation of insincerity; behave in a certain manner; show a certain behavior; conduct or comport oneself; pretend to have certain qualities or state of mind; discharge one's duties; play a role or part; perform on a stage or theater; perform an action, or work out or perform (an action); be engaged in an activity, often for no particular purpose other than pleasure; be suitable for theatrical performance; behave unnaturally or affectedly; have an effect or outcome; often the one desired or expected
  • acth - a hormone produced by the anterior pituitary gland that stimulates the adrenal cortex
  • acting - serving temporarily especially as a substitute; the performance of a part or role in a drama
  • actinomycin - any of various red antibiotics isolated from soil bacteria
  • actinomycosis - disease of cattle that can be transmitted to humans; results from infection with actinomycetes; characterized by hard swellings that exude pus through long sinuses
  • action - something done (usually as opposed to something said): the most important or interesting work or activity in a specific area or field; an act by a government body or supranational organization: the operating part that transmits power to a mechanism; the trait of being active and energetic and forceful; the series of events that form a plot; the state of being active; a military engagement; a judicial proceeding brought by one party against another; one party prosecutes another for a wrong done or for protection of a right or for prevention of a wrong; a process existing in or produced by nature (rather than by the intent of human beings); institute legal proceedings against; file a suit against; put in effect
  • activate - make active or more active; make (substances) radioactive; aerate (sewage) so as to favor the growth of organisms that decompose organic matter; make more adsorptive; put in motion or move to act
  • activated - set up and placed on active assignment; rendered active; e.g. rendered radioactive or luminescent or photosensitive or conductive; (of e.g. a molecule) made reactive or more reactive; (of sewage) treated with aeration and bacteria to aid decomposition
  • activating - causing motion or action or change; the activity of causing to have energy and be active
  • activator - (biology) any agency bringing about activation; a molecule that increases the activity of an enzyme or a protein that increases the production of a gene product in DNA transcription
  • active - characterized by energetic activity; engaged in full-time work; full of activity or engaged in continuous activity; tending to become more severe or wider in scope; disposed to take action or effectuate change; (of e.g. volcanos) erupting or liable to erupt; (of e.g. volcanos) capable of erupting; expressing action rather than a state of being; used of verbs (e.g. `to run') and participial adjectives (e.g. `running' in `running water'); expressing that the subject of the sentence has the semantic function of actor: "Hemingway favors active constructions"; exerting influence or producing a change or effect; of the sun; characterized by a high level activity in sunspots and flares and radio emissions; in operation; taking part in an activity; engaged in or ready for military or naval operations; a person devoted to the active life; the voice used to indicate that the grammatical subject of the verb is performing the action or causing the happening denoted by the verb; chemical agent capable of activity
  • activity - any specific behavior; (chemistry) the capacity of a substance to take part in a chemical reaction; the trait of being active; moving or acting rapidly and energetically; an organic process that takes place in the body; a process existing in or produced by nature (rather than by the intent of human beings); the state of being active
  • activity - any specific behavior; (chemistry) the capacity of a substance to take part in a chemical reaction; the trait of being active; moving or acting rapidly and energetically; an organic process that takes place in the body; a process existing in or produced by nature (rather than by the intent of human beings); the state of being active
  • acts - a New Testament book describing the development of the early church from Christ's Ascension to Paul's sojourn at Rome
  • actual - presently existing in fact and not merely potential or possible; being or existing at the present moment; taking place in reality; not pretended or imitated; existing in act or fact; being or reflecting the essential or genuine character of something; existing in fact whether with lawful authority or not
  • actualisation - making real or giving the appearance of reality
  • actualization - making real or giving the appearance of reality
  • actually - used to imply that one would expect the fact to be the opposite of that stated; surprisingly; in actual fact; as a sentence modifier to add slight emphasis; at the present moment
  • acuity - sharpness of vision; the visual ability to resolve fine detail (usually measured by a Snellen chart); a quick and penetrating intelligence
  • acupressure - treatment of symptoms by applying pressure with the fingers to specific pressure points on the body
  • acupuncture - treatment of pain or disease by inserting the tips of needles at specific points on the skin
  • acute - having or experiencing a rapid onset and short but severe course; of critical importance and consequence; extremely sharp or intense; having or demonstrating ability to recognize or draw fine distinctions; of an angle; less than 90 degrees; ending in a sharp point; a mark (') placed above a vowel to indicate pronunciation
  • acutely - having a rapid onset; in an acute manner; in a shrewd manner; changing suddenly in direction and degree
  • acyclovir - an oral antiviral drug (trade name Zovirax) used to treat genital herpes; does not cure the disease but relieves the symptoms
  • ad - in the Christian era; used before dates after the supposed year Christ was born; a public promotion of some product or service
  • adad - Babylonian god of storms and wind
  • adam - street names for methylenedioxymethamphetamine; (Old Testament) in Judeo-Christian mythology; the first man and the husband of Eve and the progenitor of the human race; Scottish architect who designed many public buildings in England and Scotland (1728-1792)
  • adams - a mountain peak in southwestern Washington in the Cascade Range (12,307 feet high); 2nd President of the United States (1735-1826); 6th President of the United States; son of John Adams (1767-1848); American Revolutionary leader and patriot; an organizer of the Boston Tea Party and signer of the Declaration of Independence (1722-1803)
  • adapt - make fit for, or change to suit a new purpose; adapt or conform oneself to new or different conditions
  • adaptation - (physiology) the responsive adjustment of a sense organ (as the eye) to varying conditions (as of light); a written work (as a novel) that has been recast in a new form; the process of adapting to something (such as environmental conditions)
  • adapted - changed in order to improve or made more fit for a particular purpose
  • add - a condition (mostly in boys) characterized by behavioral and learning disorders; make an addition (to); join or combine or unite with others; increase the quality, quantity, size or scope of; make an addition by combining numbers; state or say further; constitute an addition; determine the sum of; bestow a quality on
  • addict - someone who is physiologically dependent on a substance; abrupt deprivation of the substance produces withdrawal symptoms: someone who is so ardently devoted to something that it resembles an addiction; to cause (someone or oneself) to become dependent (on something, especially a narcotic drug)
  • addicted - compulsively or physiologically dependent on something habit-forming
  • addiction - (Roman law) a formal award by a magistrate of a thing or person to another person (as the award of a debtor to his creditor); a surrender to a master; an abnormally strong craving: being abnormally tolerant to and dependent on something that is psychologically or physically habit-forming (especially alcohol or narcotic drugs)
  • addictive - causing or characterized by addiction
  • addition - the act of adding one thing to another; a component that is added to something to improve it; a suburban area laid out in streets and lots for a future residential area; a quantity that is added: the arithmetic operation of summing; calculating the sum of two or more numbers; something added to what you already have
  • additional - further or added
  • additive - characterized or produced by addition; designating or involving an equation whose terms are of the first degree; something added to enhance food or gasoline or paint or medicine
  • address - the stance assumed by a golfer in preparation for hitting a golf ball; (computer science) the code that identifies where a piece of information is stored; written directions for finding some location; written on letters or packages that are to be delivered to that location; a sign in front of a house or business carrying the conventional form by which its location is described; the manner of speaking to another individual; the act of delivering a formal spoken communication to an audience; the place where a person or organization can be found or communicated with; social skill; adjust and aim (a golf ball) at in preparation of hitting; speak to; give a speech to; speak to someone; put an address on (an envelope): direct a question at someone; address or apply oneself to something, direct one's efforts towards something, such as a question; access or locate by address; greet, as with a prescribed form, title, or name; deal with verbally or in some form of artistic expression
  • addressed - (of mail) marked with a destination
  • adducent - especially of muscles; bringing together or drawing toward the midline of the body or toward an adjacent part
  • adduct - a compound formed by an addition reaction; draw a limb towards the body
  • adduction - (physiology) moving of a body part toward the central axis of the body
  • adductor - a muscle that draws a body part toward the median line
  • aden - an important port of Yemen; located on the Gulf of Aden; its strategic location have made it a major trading center of southern Arabia since ancient times
  • adenine - (biochemistry) purine base found in DNA and RNA; pairs with thymine in DNA and with uracil in RNA
  • adenitis - inflammation of a gland or lymph node
  • adenocarcinoma - malignant tumor originating in glandular epithelium
  • adenohypophysis - the anterior lobe of the pituitary body; primarily glandular in nature
  • adenoid - relating to or resembling lymphatic glands or lymphoid tissue; a collection of lymphatic tissue in the throat behind the uvula (on the posterior wall and roof of the nasopharynx)
  • adenoidal - sounding as if the nose were pinched; of or pertaining to the adenoids
  • adenoidectomy - surgical removal of the adenoids; commonly performed along with tonsillectomy
  • adenoma - a benign epithelial tumor of glandular origin
  • adenopathy - a glandular disease or enlargement of glandular tissue (especially of the lymph glands)
  • adenosine - (biochemistry) a nucleoside that is a structural component of nucleic acids; it is present in all living cells in a combined form as a constituent of DNA and RNA and ADP and ATP and AMP
  • adenosis - a disorder of the glands of the body
  • adenovirus - any of a group of viruses including those that in humans cause upper respiratory infections or infectious pinkeye
  • adequate - (sometimes followed by `to') meeting the requirements especially of a task; about average; acceptable; enough to meet a purpose
  • adequately - in an adequate manner; in an adequate manner or to an adequate degree
  • adh - hormone secreted by the posterior pituitary gland (trade name Pitressin) and also by nerve endings in the hypothalamus; affects blood pressure by stimulating capillary muscles and reduces urine flow by affecting reabsorption of water by kidney tubules
  • adhd - a condition (mostly in boys) characterized by behavioral and learning disorders
  • adhere - follow through or carry out a plan without deviation; stick to firmly; be a devoted follower or supporter; be compatible or in accordance with; come or be in close contact with; stick or hold together and resist separation; be loyal to
  • adhesion - a fibrous band of scar tissue that binds together normally separate anatomical structures; abnormal union of bodily tissues; most common in the abdomen; faithful support for a religion or cause or political party; the property of sticking together (as of glue and wood) or the joining of surfaces of different composition
  • adhesive - tending to adhere; a substance that unites or bonds surfaces together
  • adipose - composed of animal fat
  • adiposis - the property of excessive fatness
  • adjacent - near or close to but not necessarily touching; nearest in space or position; immediately adjoining without intervening space: having a common boundary or edge; touching
  • adjective - relating to court practice and procedure as opposed to the principles of law; of or relating to or functioning as an adjective: the word class that qualifies nouns; a word that expresses an attribute of something
  • adjoining - having a common boundary or edge; touching
  • adjust - adapt or conform oneself to new or different conditions: alter or regulate so as to achieve accuracy or conform to a standard: make correspondent or conformable; decide how much is to be paid on an insurance claim; place in a line or arrange so as to be parallel or straight
  • adjustable - capable of being regulated; capable of being changed so as to match or fit
  • adjustment - the act of adjusting something to match a standard: making or becoming suitable; adjusting to circumstances; the act of making something different (as e.g. the size of a garment); an amount added or deducted on the basis of qualifying circumstances: the process of adapting to something (such as environmental conditions)
  • adjuvant - enhancing the action of a medical treatment; furnishing added support; an additive that enhances the effectiveness of medical treatment
  • administer - give or apply (medications); administer ritually; of church sacraments; work in an administrative capacity; supervise: administer or bestow, as in small portions
  • administration - the act of administering medication; a method of tending to (especially business) matters; the persons (or committees or departments etc.) who make up a body for the purpose of administering something; the tenure of a president
  • administration - the act of administering medication; a method of tending to (especially business) matters; the persons (or committees or departments etc.) who make up a body for the purpose of administering something; the tenure of a president
  • administrative - of or relating to or responsible for administration
  • administrator - someone who manages a government agency or department; the party appointed by a probate court to distribute the estate of someone who dies without a will or without naming an executor; someone who administers a business
  • admired - regarded with admiration
  • admission - the act of admitting someone to enter; an acknowledgment of the truth of something; the fee charged for admission
  • admit - declare to be true or admit the existence or reality or truth of: allow participation in or the right to be part of; permit to exercise the rights, functions, and responsibilities of; allow to enter; grant entry to; serve as a means of entrance; give access or entrance to; afford possibility; admit into a group or community; have room for; hold without crowding
  • adnexa - an accessory or adjoining anatomical parts or appendages (especially of the embryo)
  • adolescence - in the state that someone is in between puberty and adulthood; the time period between the beginning of puberty and adulthood
  • adolescence - in the state that someone is in between puberty and adulthood; the time period between the beginning of puberty and adulthood
  • adolescent - in the state of development between puberty and maturity; displaying or suggesting a lack of maturity; being of the age 13 through 19; relating to or peculiar to or suggestive of an adolescent; a juvenile between the onset of puberty and maturity
  • adopt - take into one's family; take up and practice as one's own: choose and follow; as of theories, ideas, policies, strategies or plans; take on a certain form, attribute, or aspect; take up the cause, ideology, practice, method, of someone and use it as one's own; put into dramatic form; take on titles, offices, duties, responsibilities
  • adopted - acquired as your own by free choice; having been taken into a specific relationship
  • adoption - the act of accepting with approval; favorable reception; a legal proceeding that creates a parent-child relation between persons not related by blood; the adopted child is entitled to all privileges belonging to a natural child of the adoptive parents (including the right to inherit); the appropriation (of ideas or words etc) from another source
  • adoptive - of parents and children; related by adoption; acquired as your own by free choice
  • adp - data processing by a computer; an ester of adenosine that is converted to ATP for energy storage
  • adrenal - of or pertaining to the adrenal glands or their secretions: near the kidneys; either of a pair of complex endocrine glands situated near the kidney
  • adrenalectomy - surgical removal of one or both adrenal glands
  • adrenaline - a catecholamine secreted by the adrenal medulla in response to stress (trade name Adrenalin); stimulates autonomic nerve action
  • adrenergic - relating to epinephrine (its release or action); drug that has the effects of epinephrine
  • adrenocortical - of or derived from the cortex of the adrenal glands
  • adrenocorticotrophic - stimulating or acting on the adrenal cortex
  • adsorbent - having capacity or tendency to adsorb or cause to accumulate on a surface; a material having capacity or tendency to adsorb another substance
  • adsorption - the accumulation of molecules of a gas to form a thin film on the surface of a solid
  • adult - (of animals) fully developed; any mature animal; a fully developed person from maturity onward
  • adulteration - the act of adulterating (especially the illicit substitution of one substance for another); being mixed with extraneous material; the product of adulterating
  • advance - situated ahead or going before; being ahead of time or need; increase in price or value; an amount paid before it is earned: the act of moving forward toward a goal; a tentative suggestion designed to elicit the reactions of others; a change for the better; progress in development; a movement forward; rise in rate or price: develop further; bring forward for consideration or acceptance; move forward, also in the metaphorical sense; cause to move forward: move forward; pay in advance; develop in a positive way; increase or raise; obtain advantages, such as points, etc.; give a promotion to or assign to a higher position; contribute to the progress or growth of
  • advanced - (of societies) highly developed especially in technology or industry; far along in time; comparatively late in a course of development; ahead in development; complex or intricate; at a higher level in training or knowledge or skill; farther along in physical or mental development; ahead of the times; situated ahead or going before
  • advantage - benefit resulting from some event or action; the quality of having a superior or more favorable position; (tennis) first point scored after deuce; give an advantage to
  • adventitia - an enveloping or covering membrane or layer of body tissue
  • adventitious - associated by chance and not an integral part
  • adverb - the word class that qualifies verbs or clauses; a word that modifies something other than a noun
  • adverse - in an opposing direction; contrary to your interests or welfare
  • adversely - in an adverse manner
  • advice - a proposal for an appropriate course of action
  • advisable - worthy of being recommended or suggested; prudent or wise
  • advise - inform (somebody) of something; give advice to; make a proposal, declare a plan for something
  • advised - having received information; having the benefit of careful prior consideration or counsel
  • advisory - giving advice; an announcement that usually advises or warns the public of some threat
  • advocacy - active support of an idea or cause etc.; especially the act of pleading or arguing for something
  • adynamic - lacking strength or vigor; characterized by an absence of force or forcefulness
  • aedes - yellow-fever mosquitos
  • aeration - the act of charging a liquid with a gas making it effervescent; the process of exposing to air (so as to purify)
  • aerobe - an organism (especially a bacterium) that requires air or free oxygen for life
  • aerobic - depending on free oxygen or air; based on or using the principles of aerobics; enhancing respiratory and circulatory efficiency
  • aeroembolism - pain resulting from rapid change in pressure: obstruction of the circulatory system caused by an air bubble as, e.g., accidentally during surgery or hypodermic injection or as a complication from scuba diving
  • aerophagia - swallowing air (usually followed by belching and discomfort and flatulence)
  • aeroplane - an aircraft that has a fixed wing and is powered by propellers or jets
  • aerosol - a dispenser that holds a substance under pressure and that can release it as a fine spray (usually by means of a propellant gas); a cloud of solid or liquid particles in a gas
  • aetiological - relating to the etiology of a disease; of or relating to the philosophical study of causation
  • aetiology - the philosophical study of causation; the cause of a disease
  • aetiology - the philosophical study of causation; the cause of a disease
  • afebrile - having no fever
  • affairs - transactions of professional or public interest; matters of personal concern
  • affect - the conscious subjective aspect of feeling or emotion; act physically on; have an effect upon; have an effect upon; have an emotional or cognitive impact upon; make believe with the intent to deceive; connect closely and often incriminatingly
  • affected - acted upon; influenced; speaking or behaving in an artificial way to make an impression; being excited or provoked to the expression of an emotion
  • affecting - arousing affect
  • affection - a positive feeling of liking
  • affective - characterized by emotion
  • afferent - of nerves and nerve impulses; conveying sensory information from the sense organs to the CNS; a nerve that passes impulses from receptors toward or to the central nervous system
  • affinity - a natural attraction or feeling of kinship; inherent resemblance between persons or things; the force attracting atoms to each other and binding them together in a molecule: (immunology) the attraction between an antigen and an antibody; a close connection marked by community of interests or similarity in nature or character; (biology) state of relationship between organisms or groups of organisms resulting in resemblance in structure or structural parts; (anthropology) kinship by marriage or adoption; not a blood relationship
  • aflatoxin - a potent carcinogen from the fungus Aspergillus; can be produced and stored for use as a bioweapon
  • afraid - filled with fear or apprehension; filled with regret or concern; used often to soften an unpleasant statement; feeling worry or concern or insecurity; having feelings of aversion or unwillingness
  • africa - the second largest continent; located south of Europe and bordered to the west by the South Atlantic and to the east by the Indian Ocean
  • african - of or relating to the nations of Africa or their peoples; a native or inhabitant of Africa
  • after - located farther aft; behind or in the rear; happening at a time subsequent to a reference time
  • afterbirth - the placenta and fetal membranes that are expelled from the uterus after the baby is born
  • aftercare - care and treatment of a convalescent patient
  • afternoon - the part of the day between noon and evening; a conventional expression of greeting or farewell
  • afterpains - pains felt by a woman after her baby is born; associated with contractions of the uterus
  • afterwards - happening at a time subsequent to a reference time
  • ag - a soft white precious univalent metallic element having the highest electrical and thermal conductivity of any metal; occurs in argentite and in free form; used in coins and jewelry and tableware and photography
  • again - anew
  • agalactia - a condition in which milk is not secreted in the mother's breasts after her child has been delivered
  • agar - a colloidal extract of algae; used especially in culture media and as a gelling agent in foods; any culture medium that uses agar as the gelling agent
  • age - how long something has existed; a time in life (usually defined in years) at which some particular qualification or power arises; a late time of life; a prolonged period of time; an era of history having some distinctive feature; begin to seem older; get older; make older: grow old or older
  • aged - (used of tobacco) aging as a preservative process (`aged' is pronounced as one syllable); of wines, fruit, cheeses; having reached a desired or final condition; (`aged' pronounced as one syllable); advanced in years; (`aged' is pronounced as two syllables); having attained a specific age; (`aged' is pronounced as one syllable); at an advanced stage of erosion (pronounced as one syllable); people who are old collectively
  • ageing - growing old; the organic process of growing older and showing the effects of increasing age; acquiring desirable qualities by being left undisturbed for some time
  • agency - a business that serves other businesses; an administrative unit of government; the state of being in action or exerting power: how a result is obtained or an end is achieved; the state of serving as an official and authorized delegate or agent
  • agenesis - imperfect development; nondevelopment of a part
  • agent - an active and efficient cause; capable of producing a certain effect; a businessman who buys or sells for another in exchange for a commission; a representative who acts on behalf of other persons or organizations; any agent or representative of a federal agency or bureau; a substance that exerts some force or effect; the semantic role of the animate entity that instigates or causes the happening denoted by the verb in the clause
  • agglutinate - united as if by glue; clump together; as of bacteria, red blood cells, etc.; string together (morphemes in an agglutinating language)
  • agglutination - the building of words from component morphemes that retain their form and meaning in the process of combining; a clumping of bacteria or red cells when held together by antibodies (agglutinins); the coalescing of small particles that are suspended in solution; these larger masses are then (usually) precipitated
  • agglutinin - an antibody that causes agglutination of a specific antigen
  • agglutinogen - any substance that acts as an antigen to cause agglutinin production
  • aggravate - make worse; exasperate or irritate
  • aggravating - making worse
  • aggregate - gathered or tending to gather into a mass or whole: formed of separate units in a cluster; a sum total of many heterogenous things taken together; the whole amount; gather in a mass, sum, or whole; amount in the aggregate to
  • aggregation - the act of gathering something together; several things grouped together or considered as a whole
  • aggression - violent action that is hostile and usually unprovoked: deliberately unfriendly behavior; the act of initiating hostilities; a disposition to behave aggressively; a feeling of hostility that arouses thoughts of attack
  • aggressive - having or showing determination and energetic pursuit of your ends; characteristic of an enemy or one eager to fight: tending to spread quickly
  • aging - growing old; the organic process of growing older and showing the effects of increasing age; acquiring desirable qualities by being left undisturbed for some time
  • agitated - troubled emotionally and usually deeply; physically disturbed or set in motion; thrown from side to side
  • agitation - the act of agitating something; causing it to move around (usually vigorously); disturbance usually in protest; the feeling of being agitated; not calm; a state of agitation or turbulent change or development; a mental state of extreme emotional disturbance
  • agnosia - inability to recognize objects by use of the senses
  • ago - gone by; or in the past; in the past
  • agonist - (biochemistry) a drug that can combine with a receptor on a cell to produce a physiological reaction; a muscle that contracts while another relaxes; someone involved in a contest or battle (as in an agon); the principal character in a work of fiction
  • agony - intense feelings of suffering; acute mental or physical pain: a state of acute pain
  • agoraphobia - a morbid fear of open spaces (as fear of being caught alone in some public place)
  • agoraphobic - suffering from agoraphobia; abnormally afraid of open or public places
  • agranulocytosis - an acute blood disorder (often caused by radiation or drug therapy) characterized by severe reduction in granulocytes
  • agraphia - a loss of the ability to write or to express thoughts in writing because of a brain lesion
  • agree - consent or assent to a condition, or agree to do something: be in accord; be in agreement; achieve harmony of opinion, feeling, or purpose; be agreeable or suitable; show grammatical agreement: be compatible, similar or consistent; coincide in their characteristics: go together
  • agreed - united by being of the same opinion
  • agreement - compatibility of observations; the thing arranged or agreed to; the statement (oral or written) of an exchange of promises; the verbal act of agreeing; the determination of grammatical inflection on the basis of word relations; harmony of people's opinions or actions or characters
  • agriculture - the class of people engaged in growing food; the practice of cultivating the land or raising stock; a large-scale farming enterprise; the federal department that administers programs that provide services to farmers (including research and soil conservation and efforts to stabilize the farming economy); created in 1862
  • ahead - having the leading position or higher score in a contest; at or in the front; ahead of time; in anticipation; in a forward direction: leading or ahead in a competition; to a different or a more advanced time (meaning advanced either toward the present or toward the future); to a more advanced or advantageous position; toward the future; forward in time
  • aid - the activity of contributing to the fulfillment of a need or furtherance of an effort or purpose; a resource; a gift of money to support a worthy person or cause; the work of providing treatment for or attending to someone or something; improve the condition of: give help or assistance; be of service
  • aided - having help; often used as a combining form
  • aids - a serious (often fatal) disease of the immune system transmitted through blood products especially by sexual contact or contaminated needles
  • ailment - an often persistent bodily disorder or disease; a cause for complaining
  • ailurophobia - a morbid fear of cats
  • aim - the action of directing something at an object; the goal intended to be attained (and which is believed to be attainable); an anticipated outcome that is intended or that guides your planned actions; the direction or path along which something moves or along which it lies; propose or intend; direct (a remark) toward an intended goal; aim or direct at; as of blows, weapons, or objects such as photographic equipment; have an ambitious plan or a lofty goal: specifically design a product, event, or activity for a certain public: move into a desired direction of discourse; intend (something) to move towards a certain goal
  • air - relating to or characteristic of or occurring in the air; a distinctive but intangible quality surrounding a person or thing: medium for radio and television broadcasting; the region above the ground; a mixture of gases (especially oxygen) required for breathing; the stuff that the wind consists of; once thought to be one of four elements composing the universe (Empedocles); travel via aircraft; a succession of notes forming a distinctive sequence; the mass of air surrounding the Earth; a slight wind (usually refreshing): expose to warm or heated air, so as to dry; broadcast over the airwaves, as in radio or television; be broadcast; expose to cool or cold air so as to cool or freshen; make public; expose to fresh air
  • airborne - moved or conveyed by or through air
  • aircraft - a vehicle that can fly
  • airsick - experiencing motion sickness
  • airsickness - motion sickness experienced while traveling by air (especially during turbulence)
  • airway - a commercial enterprise that provides scheduled flights for passengers; a duct that provides ventilation (as in mines); the passages through which air enters and leaves the body; a designated route followed by airplanes in flying from one airport to another
  • akinesia - motionlessness attributable to a temporary paralysis
  • al - a state in the southeastern United States on the Gulf of Mexico; one of the Confederate states during the American Civil War; a silvery ductile metallic element found primarily in bauxite
  • alalia - paralysis of the vocal cords resulting in an inability to speak
  • alanine - a crystalline amino acid that occurs in many proteins
  • alar - having or resembling wings; of or relating to the axil; a chemical sprayed on fruit trees to regulate their growth so the entire crop can be harvested at one time
  • albee - United States dramatist (1928-)
  • albert - prince consort of Queen Victoria of England (1819-1861)
  • albinism - the congenital absence of pigmentation in the eyes and skin and hair
  • albino - a person with congenital albinism: white hair and milky skin; eyes are usually pink
  • albuginea - whitish tunic
  • albumin - a simple water-soluble protein found in many animal tissues and liquids
  • albuminuria - the presence of excessive protein (chiefly albumin but also globulin) in the urine; usually a symptom of kidney disorder
  • alcohol - a liquor or brew containing alcohol as the active agent: any of a series of volatile hydroxyl compounds that are made from hydrocarbons by distillation
  • alcoholic - addicted to alcohol; characteristic of or containing alcohol; a person who drinks alcohol to excess habitually
  • alcoholism - habitual intoxication; prolonged and excessive intake of alcoholic drinks leading to a breakdown in health and an addiction to alcohol such that abrupt deprivation leads to severe withdrawal symptoms; an intense persistent desire to drink alcoholic beverages to excess
  • aldosterone - a corticosteroid hormone that is secreted by the cortex of the adrenal gland; regulates salt (sodium and potassium) and water balance
  • aldosteronism - a condition caused by overproduction of aldosterone
  • alert - very attentive or observant; (usually followed by `to') showing acute awareness; mentally perceptive; not unconscious; especially having become conscious; mentally responsive; a warning serves to make you more alert to danger; condition of heightened watchfulness or preparation for action; an automatic signal (usually a sound) warning of danger; warn or arouse to a sense of danger or call to a state of preparedness
  • alexander - king of Macedon; conqueror of Greece and Egypt and Persia; founder of Alexandria (356-323 BC); European herb somewhat resembling celery widely naturalized in Britain coastal regions and often cultivated as a potherb
  • alexia - inability to perceive written words
  • alfred - king of Wessex; defeated the Danes and encouraged writing in English (849-899)
  • algid - chilly
  • algophobia - a morbid fear of pain
  • alienation - the action of alienating; the action of causing to become unfriendly; (law) the voluntary and absolute transfer of title and possession of real property from one person to another; the feeling of being alienated from other people; separation resulting from hostility
  • alignment - the act of adjusting or aligning the parts of a device in relation to each other; the spatial property possessed by an arrangement or position of things in a straight line or in parallel lines: (astronomy) apparent meeting or passing of two or more celestial bodies in the same degree of the zodiac; an organization of people (or countries) involved in a pact or treaty
  • alimentary - of or providing nourishment
  • alimentation - the act of supplying food and nourishment; a source of materials to nourish the body
  • aliquot - signifying an exact divisor or factor of a quantity; an integer that is an exact divisor of some quantity
  • alive - capable of erupting; possessing life; (often followed by `with') full of life and spirit; (followed by `to' or `of') aware of; having life or vigor or spirit; (usually followed by `to') showing acute awareness; mentally perceptive; in operation
  • alkali - a mixture of soluble salts found in arid soils and some bodies of water; detrimental to agriculture; any of various water-soluble compounds capable of turning litmus blue and reacting with an acid to form a salt and water
  • alkaline - relating to or containing an alkali; having a pH greater than 7
  • alkalinity - pH values above 7
  • alkaloid - natural bases containing nitrogen found in plants
  • alkalosis - abnormally high alkalinity (low hydrogen-ion concentration) of the blood and other body tissues
  • alkaptonuria - a rare recessive metabolic anomaly marked by ochronosis and the presence of alkapton in the urine
  • all - completely given to or absorbed by; quantifier; used with either mass or count nouns to indicate the whole number or amount of or every one of a class; to a complete degree or to the full or entire extent (`whole' is often used informally for `wholly')
  • allantois - vascular fetal membrane that develops from the hindgut in embryonic higher vertebrates (reptiles, birds and mammals)
  • allele - either of a pair (or series) of alternative forms of a gene that can occupy the same locus on a particular chromosome and that control the same character
  • allergen - any substance that can cause an allergy
  • allergenic - relating to or having the effect of an allergen
  • allergic - having an allergy or peculiar or excessive susceptibility (especially to a specific factor); characterized by or caused by allergy
  • allergist - a physician skilled in the diagnosis and treatment of allergies
  • allergy - hypersensitivity reaction to a particular allergen; symptoms can vary greatly in intensity
  • alleviate - provide physical relief, as from pain; make easier
  • allied - joined by treaty or agreement; related by common characteristics or ancestry; united in a confederacy or league; of or relating to or denoting the Allies in World War I; of or relating to or denoting the Allies in World War II
  • allocation - (computer science) the assignment of particular areas of a magnetic disk to particular data or instructions; the act of distributing by allotting or apportioning; distribution according to a plan; a share set aside for a specific purpose
  • allogeneic - denoting or relating to cells or tissues from individuals belonging to the same species but genetically dissimilar (and hence immunologically incompatible)
  • allograft - tissue or organ transplanted from a donor of the same species but different genetic makeup; recipient's immune system must be suppressed to prevent rejection of the graft
  • allopathy - the usual method of treating disease with remedies that produce effects differing from those produced by the disease itself
  • allopurinol - a drug (trade name Zyloprim) used to treat gout and other conditions in which there is an excessive buildup of uric acid
  • allow - allow or plan for a certain possibility; concede the truth or validity of something; give or assign a resource to a particular person or cause; allow the presence of or allow (an activity) without opposing or prohibiting; let have; grant as a discount or in exchange; consent to, give permission; make it possible through a specific action or lack of action for something to happen; allow the other (baseball) team to score; make a possibility or provide opportunity for; permit to be attainable or cause to remain; afford possibility
  • allowance - the act of allowing; a permissible difference; allowing some freedom to move within limits; an amount added or deducted on the basis of qualifying circumstances; an amount allowed or granted (as during a given period); a sum granted as reimbursement for expenses; a reserve fund created by a charge against profits in order to provide for changes in the value of a company's assets; put on a fixed allowance, as of food
  • almost - (of actions or states) slightly short of or not quite accomplished
  • alone - radically distinctive and without equal; exclusive of anyone or anything else; isolated from others; lacking companions or companionship; without anybody else; without any others being included or involved
  • along - with a forward motion; in accompaniment or as a companion; in addition (usually followed by `with'); to a more advanced state; in line with a length or direction (often followed by `by' or `beside')
  • alopecia - loss of hair (especially on the head) or loss of wool or feathers; in humans it can result from heredity or hormonal imbalance or certain diseases or drugs and treatments (chemotherapy for cancer)
  • alpha - early testing stage of a software or hardware product; first in order of importance; the 1st letter of the Greek alphabet; the beginning of a series or sequence
  • alphabet - a character set that includes letters and is used to write a language; the elementary stages of any subject (usually plural)
  • already - prior to a specified or implied time
  • als - thickening of tissue in the motor tracts of the lateral columns and anterior horns of the spinal cord; results in progressive muscle atrophy that starts in the limbs
  • also - in addition
  • alt - angular distance above the horizon (especially of a celestial object)
  • alter - remove the ovaries of; make an alteration to; make or become different in some particular way, without permanently losing one's or its former characteristics or essence; cause to change; make different; cause a transformation; insert words into texts, often falsifying it thereby
  • alteration - the act of making something different (as e.g. the size of a garment); the act of revising or altering (involving reconsideration and modification); an event that occurs when something passes from one state or phase to another
  • altered - changed in form or character without becoming something else; having testicles or ovaries removed; changed in order to improve or made more fit for a particular purpose
  • altering - the sterilization of an animal
  • alternate - occurring by turns; first one and then the other; every second one of a series; of leaves and branches etc; first on one side and then on the other in two ranks along an axis; not paired: allowing a choice; someone who takes the place of another person: do something in turns; go back and forth; swing back and forth between two states or conditions; exchange people temporarily to fulfill certain jobs and functions; reverse (a direction, attitude, or course of action); be an understudy or alternate for a role
  • alternately - in an alternating sequence or position
  • alternating - (of a current) reversing direction; occurring by turns; first one and then the other
  • alternative - necessitating a choice between mutually exclusive possibilities; pertaining to unconventional choices; allowing a choice; one of a number of things from which only one can be chosen
  • alternatively - in place of, or as an alternative to
  • altitude - elevation especially above sea level or above the earth's surface; the perpendicular distance from the base of a geometric figure to opposite vertex (or side if parallel); angular distance above the horizon (especially of a celestial object)
  • alum - a double sulphate of aluminum and potassium that is used as an astringent (among other things); a white crystalline double sulfate of aluminum: the potassium double sulfate of aluminum; a white crystalline double sulfate of aluminum: the ammonium double sulfate of aluminum; a person who has received a degree from a school (high school or college or university)
  • aluminium - a silvery ductile metallic element found primarily in bauxite
  • aluminum - a silvery ductile metallic element found primarily in bauxite
  • alveolar - pertaining to the tiny air sacs of the lungs; pertaining to the alveolar ridge; a consonant articulated with the tip of the tongue near the gum ridge
  • alveolitis - inflammation of the alveoli in the lungs caused by inhaling dust; with repeated exposure the condition may become chronic; inflammation in the socket of a tooth; sometimes occurs after a tooth is extracted and a blood clot fails to form
  • alveolus - a tiny sac for holding air in the lungs; formed by the terminal dilation of tiny air passageways; a bony socket in the alveolar ridge that holds a tooth
  • always - at all times; all the time and on every occasion; forever; throughout all time; at any time or in any event; seemingly without interruption; often and repeatedly
  • am - modulation of the amplitude of the (radio) carrier wave; a master's degree in arts and sciences; a radioactive transuranic metallic element; discovered by bombarding uranium with helium atoms
  • amalgam - a combination or blend of diverse things; an alloy of mercury with another metal (usually silver) used by dentists to fill cavities in teeth; except for iron and platinum all metals dissolve in mercury and chemists refer to the resulting mercury mixtures as amalgams
  • amateur - engaged in as a pastime; lacking professional skill or expertise; someone who pursues a study or sport as a pastime: does not play for pay
  • amaurosis - partial or total loss of sight without pathology of the eye; caused by disease of optic nerve or retina or brain
  • amaurotic - pertaining to blindness caused by amaurosis
  • ambidextrous - marked by deliberate deceptiveness especially by pretending one set of feelings and acting under the influence of another; equally skillful with each hand
  • ambiguous - having more than one possible meaning; having no intrinsic or objective meaning; not organized in conventional patterns; open to two or more interpretations; or of uncertain nature or significance; or (often) intended to mislead
  • amblyopia - visual impairment without apparent organic pathology
  • amblyopic - pertaining to a kind of visual impairment without apparent organic pathology
  • ambulance - a vehicle that takes people to and from hospitals
  • ambulant - able to walk about
  • ambulation - walking about
  • ambulatory - relating to or adapted for walking; able to walk about: a covered walkway (as in a cloister)
  • ameba - naked freshwater or marine or parasitic protozoa that form temporary pseudopods for feeding and locomotion
  • amelia - congenital absence of an arm or leg
  • amelioration - the act of relieving ills and changing for the better
  • amenorrhoea - absence or suppression of normal menstrual flow
  • america - North America and South America and Central America: North American republic containing 50 states - 48 conterminous states in North America plus Alaska in northwest North America and the Hawaiian Islands in the Pacific Ocean; achieved independence in 1776
  • american - of or relating to or characteristic of the continents and islands of the Americas; of or relating to the United States of America or its people or language or culture; a native or inhabitant of a North American or Central American or South American country; a native or inhabitant of the United States; the English language as used in the United States
  • ametropia - (ophthalmology) faulty refraction of light rays in the eye as in astigmatism or myopia
  • amino - pertaining to or containing any of a group of organic compounds of nitrogen derived from ammonia; the radical -NH2
  • aminophylline - a theophylline derivative that is used as a bronchodilator in the treatment of bronchial asthma, emphysema, and bronchitis
  • aminotransferase - a class of transferases that catalyze transamination (that transfer an amino group from an amino acid to another compound)
  • amiodarone - an antiarrhythmic drug (trade name Cordarone) that has potentially fatal side effects and is used to control serious heart rhythm problems only when safer agents have been ineffective
  • amitosis - the direct method of cell division characterized by simple division of the nucleus without formation of chromosomes
  • amitriptyline - a tricyclic antidepressant drug (trade name Elavil) with serious side effects; interacts with many other medications
  • ammonia - a pungent gas compounded of nitrogen and hydrogen (NH3); a water solution of ammonia
  • ammonium - the ion NH4 derived from ammonia; behaves in many respects like an alkali metal ion
  • amnesia - partial or total loss of memory
  • amnio - (pregnancy) extraction by centesis of amniotic fluid from a pregnant woman (after the 15th week of pregnancy) to aid in the diagnosis of fetal abnormalities
  • amniocentesis - (pregnancy) extraction by centesis of amniotic fluid from a pregnant woman (after the 15th week of pregnancy) to aid in the diagnosis of fetal abnormalities
  • amnion - thin innermost membranous sac enclosing the developing embryo of higher vertebrates (reptiles, birds and mammals)
  • amniotic - of or related to the amnion or characterized by developing an amnion
  • amoeba - naked freshwater or marine or parasitic protozoa that form temporary pseudopods for feeding and locomotion
  • amoebiasis - infection by a disease-causing ameba
  • amoebic - pertaining to or resembling amoebae
  • amorphous - without real or apparent crystalline form; lacking the system or structure characteristic of living bodies; having no definite form or distinct shape
  • amos - an Old Testament book telling Amos's prophecies; a Hebrew shepherd and minor prophet
  • amount - how much of something is available; how much there is of something that you can quantify; a quantity obtained by the addition of a group of numbers; a quantity of money; be tantamount or equivalent to; develop into; add up in number or quantity
  • amoxicillin - an antibiotic; a semisynthetic oral penicillin (trade names Amoxil and Larotid and Polymox and Trimox and Augmentin) used to treat bacterial infections
  • amoxil - an antibiotic; a semisynthetic oral penicillin (trade names Amoxil and Larotid and Polymox and Trimox and Augmentin) used to treat bacterial infections
  • amphetamine - a central nervous system stimulant that increases energy and decreases appetite; used to treat narcolepsy and some forms of depression
  • amphotericin - an antibiotic and antifungal agent
  • ampicillin - semisynthetic penicillin (trade names Principen and Polycillin and SK-Ampicillin)
  • amplifier - electronic equipment that increases strength of signals passing through it
  • amplify - increase the volume of; exaggerate or make bigger: increase in size, volume or significance; to enlarge beyond bounds or the truth
  • ampoule - a small bottle that contains a drug (especially a sealed sterile container for injection by needle)
  • ampule - a small bottle that contains a drug (especially a sealed sterile container for injection by needle)
  • ampulla - a flask that has two handles; used by Romans for wines or oils; the dilated portion of a canal or duct especially of the semicircular canals of the ear
  • amputate - remove surgically
  • amputation - a surgical removal of all or part of a limb; a condition of disability resulting from the loss of one or more limbs
  • amputee - someone who has had a limb removed by amputation
  • amsterdam - an industrial center and the nominal capital of the Netherlands; center of the diamond-cutting industry; seat of an important stock exchange; known for its canals and art museum
  • amusing - arousing or provoking laughter; providing enjoyment; pleasantly entertaining
  • amygdala - an almond-shaped neural structure in the anterior part of the temporal lobe of the cerebrum; intimately connected with the hypothalamus and the hippocampus and the cingulate gyrus; as part of the limbic system it plays an important role in motivation and emotional behavior
  • amygdaloid - shaped like an almond; volcanic rock in which rounded cavities formed by expanding gas have subsequently become filled with mineral deposits
  • amyl - a hydrocarbon radical that occurs in many organic compounds
  • amylase - any of a group of proteins found in saliva and pancreatic juice and parts of plants; help convert starch to sugar
  • amyloid - resembling starch; (pathology) a waxy translucent complex protein resembling starch that results from degeneration of tissue; a non-nitrogenous food substance consisting chiefly of starch; any substance resembling starch
  • amyloidosis - a disorder characterized by deposit of amyloid in organs or tissues; often secondary to chronic rheumatoid arthritis or tuberculosis or multiple myeloma
  • amyotonia - lack of normal muscular tension or tonus
  • amyotrophia - progressive wasting of muscle tissues
  • amyotrophy - progressive wasting of muscle tissues
  • an - an associate degree in nursing
  • ana - a collection of anecdotes about a person or place; mother of the ancient Irish gods; sometimes identified with Danu
  • anabolic - characterized by or promoting constructive metabolism: of or related to the synthetic phase of metabolism
  • anabolism - the synthesis in living organisms of more complex substances (e.g., living tissue) from simpler ones together with the storage of energy
  • anaemia - a deficiency of red blood cells; a lack of vitality
  • anaemic - lacking vigor or energy; relating to anemia or suffering from anemia
  • anaerobe - an organism (especially a bacterium) that does not require air or free oxygen to live
  • anaerobic - living or active in the absence of free oxygen; not aerobic
  • anaesthesia - loss of bodily sensation with or without loss of consciousness
  • anaesthesia - loss of bodily sensation with or without loss of consciousness
  • anaesthetic - characterized by insensibility; a drug that causes temporary loss of bodily sensations
  • anaesthetise - make unconscious by means of anesthetic drugs
  • anaesthetised - rendered insensible by means of anesthesia
  • anaesthetist - a specialist who administers an anesthetic to a patient before he is treated
  • anaesthetize - make unconscious by means of anesthetic drugs
  • anal - a stage in psychosexual development when the child's interest is concentrated on the anal region; fixation at this stage is said to result in orderliness, meanness, stubbornness, compulsiveness, etc.; of or related to the anus
  • analeptic - stimulating the central nervous system; a medication used as a stimulant to the central nervous system
  • analgesia - absence of the sense of pain without loss of consciousness
  • analgesic - capable of relieving pain; a medicine used to relieve pain
  • analyse - subject to psychoanalytic treatment; make a mathematical, chemical, or grammatical analysis of; break down into components or essential features; consider in detail and subject to an analysis in order to discover essential features or meaning; break down into components or essential features
  • analyser - an instrument that performs analyses
  • analysis - an investigation of the component parts of a whole and their relations in making up the whole; the abstract separation of a whole into its constituent parts in order to study the parts and their relations; a branch of mathematics involving calculus and the theory of limits; sequences and series and integration and differentiation; a form of literary criticism in which the structure of a piece of writing is analyzed; the use of closed-class words instead of inflections: e.g., `the father of the bride' instead of `the bride's father'; a set of techniques for exploring underlying motives and a method of treating various mental disorders; based on the theories of Sigmund Freud
  • analyst - a licensed practitioner of psychoanalysis; someone who is skilled at analyzing data; an expert who studies financial data (on credit or securities or sales or financial patterns etc.) and recommends appropriate business actions
  • analyze - subject to psychoanalytic treatment; make a mathematical, chemical, or grammatical analysis of; break down into components or essential features; consider in detail and subject to an analysis in order to discover essential features or meaning; break down into components or essential features
  • analyzer - an instrument that performs analyses
  • anamnesis - the ability to recall past occurrences; the case history of a medical patient as recalled by the patient
  • anamnestic - of or relating to anamnesis; aiding the memory
  • anaphase - the stage of meiosis or mitosis when chromosomes move toward opposite ends of the nuclear spindle
  • anaphylactic - related to the hypersensitivity known as anaphylaxis
  • anaphylaxis - hypersensitivity reaction to the ingestion or injection of a substance (a protein or drug) resulting from prior contact with a substance
  • anaplasia - loss of structural differentiation within a cell or group of cells often with increased capacity for multiplication, as in a malignant tumor
  • anaplastic - of or relating to anaplasia
  • anarthria - partial or total loss of articulate speech resulting from lesions of the central nervous system
  • anasarca - generalized edema with accumulation of serum in subcutaneous connective tissue
  • anastomose - cause to join or open into each other by anastomosis; come together or open into each other
  • anastomosis - a natural or surgical joining of parts or branches of tubular structures so as to make or become continuous
  • anatomical - of or relating to the structure of the body; of or relating to the branch of morphology that studies the structure of organisms: an expression that relates to anatomy
  • anatomist - an expert in anatomy
  • anatomy - a detailed analysis; the branch of morphology that deals with the structure of animals; alternative names for the body of a human being
  • ancient - very old; belonging to times long past especially of the historical period before the fall of the Western Roman Empire; a person who lived in ancient times; a very old person
  • ancillary - furnishing added support
  • androgen - male sex hormone that is produced in the testes and responsible for typical male sexual characteristics
  • androgenic - of or related to the male hormone androgen
  • androgynous - having both male and female characteristics: relating to or exhibiting both female and male sex organs but with a predominantly female appearance
  • androsterone - an androgenic hormone that is less active than testosterone
  • anemia - genus of terrestrial or lithophytic ferns having pinnatifid fronds; chiefly of tropical America; a deficiency of red blood cells; a lack of vitality
  • anemic - lacking vigor or energy; relating to anemia or suffering from anemia
  • anencephalous - characterized by partial or total absence of a brain
  • anencephaly - a defect in brain development resulting in small or missing brain hemispheres
  • anergy - inactivity and lack of energy; reduction or lack of an immune response to a specific antigen
  • anesthesia - loss of bodily sensation with or without loss of consciousness
  • aneurysm - a cardiovascular disease characterized by a saclike widening of an artery resulting from weakening of the artery wall
  • aneurysm - a cardiovascular disease characterized by a saclike widening of an artery resulting from weakening of the artery wall
  • anger - a strong emotion; a feeling that is oriented toward some real or supposed grievance; the state of being angry; belligerence aroused by a real or supposed wrong (personified as one of the deadly sins); make angry; become angry
  • angiitis - inflammation of a blood vessel or lymph duct
  • angina - any disease of the throat or fauces marked by spasmodic attacks of intense suffocative pain; a heart condition marked by paroxysms of chest pain due to reduced oxygen to the heart
  • anginal - of or related to the pain of angina pectoris
  • angiocardiogram - a series of X rays representing the action of the heart and its blood vessels after the injection of a radiopaque substance
  • angiogenesis - the formation of new blood vessels
  • angiogram - an X-ray representation of blood vessels made after the injection of a radiopaque substance
  • angiography - roentgenographic examination of blood vessels after injection of a radiopaque contrast medium; produces an angiogram
  • angiology - the branch of medical science that studies the blood and lymph vessels and their disorders
  • angioma - a tumor consisting of a mass of blood or lymphatic vessels
  • angiopathy - any disease of the blood vessels or lymph ducts
  • angioplasty - an operation to repair a damaged blood vessel or unblock a coronary artery
  • angiosarcoma - a rare malignant neoplasm arising from vascular tissue; usually occurs in the breast and skin and is believed to originate from the endothelial cells of blood vessels
  • angioscope - a modified microscope used to study capillary vessels
  • angiotensin - any of several vasoconstrictor substances (trade name Hypertensin) that cause narrowing of blood vessels
  • angle - a member of a Germanic people who conquered England and merged with the Saxons and Jutes to become Anglo-Saxons: the space between two lines or planes that intersect; the inclination of one line to another; measured in degrees or radians; a biased way of looking at or presenting something; fish with a hook; move or proceed at an angle; present with a bias; seek indirectly; to incline or bend from a vertical position
  • angrily - with anger
  • angry - feeling or showing anger; (of the elements) as if showing violent anger; severely inflamed and painful
  • angular - having angles or an angular shape; measured by an angle or by the rate of change of an angle
  • anhedonia - an inability to experience pleasure
  • anhidrosis - failure of the sweat glands
  • anhydrous - without water; especially without water of crystallization
  • ani - black tropical American cuckoo
  • animal - of the nature of or characteristic of or derived from an animal or animals; marked by the appetites and passions of the body; a living organism characterized by voluntary movement
  • anisometropia - difference in the refractive power of the two eyes
  • ankle - a gliding joint between the distal ends of the tibia and fibula and the proximal end of the talus
  • anklebone - the bone in the ankle that articulates with the leg bones to form the ankle joint
  • ankylose - undergo ankylosis; produce ankylosis by surgery
  • ankylosis - abnormal adhesion and rigidity of the bones of a joint
  • annoy - cause annoyance in; disturb, especially by minor irritations
  • annoyed - aroused to impatience or anger; troubled persistently especially with petty annoyances
  • annual - completing its life cycle within a year; occurring or payable every year; a reference book that is published regularly once every year; a plant that completes its entire life cycle within the space of a year
  • annually - without missing a year; by the year; every year (usually with reference to a sum of money paid or received)
  • annular - shaped like a ring
  • annulus - (Fungi) remnant of the partial veil that in mature mushrooms surrounds the lower part of the stem; a toroidal shape
  • ano - a Palestinian international terrorist organization that split from the PLO in 1974; has conducted terrorist attacks in 20 countries
  • anodyne - capable of relieving pain; a medicine used to relieve pain
  • anomalous - deviating from the general or common order or type
  • anomaly - (astronomy) position of a planet as defined by its angular distance from its perihelion (as observed from the sun); a person who is unusual; deviation from the normal or common order or form or rule
  • anomie - lack of moral standards in a society; personal state of isolation and anxiety resulting from a lack of social control and regulation
  • anonymous - having no known name or identity or known source: not known or lacking marked individuality
  • anopheles - malaria mosquitoes; distinguished by the adult's head-downward stance and absence of breathing tubes in the larvae
  • anorchism - absence of one of both testes
  • anorectal - pertaining to the anus and rectum considered together
  • anorectic - causing loss of appetite; suffering from anorexia nervosa; pathologically thin; a person suffering from anorexia nervosa
  • anorexia - a prolonged disorder of eating due to loss of appetite
  • anorexic - suffering from anorexia nervosa; pathologically thin; a person suffering from anorexia nervosa
  • anosmia - absence of the sense of smell (as by damage to olfactory nasal tissue or the olfactory nerve or by obstruction of the nasal passages)
  • another - any of various alternatives; some other
  • anovulant - a contraceptive in the form of a pill containing estrogen and progestin to inhibit ovulation and so prevent conception
  • anovulation - the absence of ovulation due to immaturity or post-maturity or pregnancy or oral contraceptive pills or dysfunction of the ovary
  • anoxia - severe hypoxia; absence of oxygen in inspired gases or in arterial blood or in the tissues
  • anoxic - relating to or marked by a severe deficiency of oxygen in tissues or organs
  • answer - a nonverbal reaction; the principle pleading by the defendant in response to plaintiff's complaint; in criminal law it consists of the defendant's plea of `guilty' or `not guilty' (or nolo contendere); in civil law it must contain denials of all allegations in the plaintiff's complaint that the defendant hopes to controvert and it can contain affirmative defenses or counterclaims; a statement (either spoken or written) that is made in reply to a question or request or criticism or accusation; the speech act of replying to a question; a statement that solves a problem or explains how to solve the problem; understand the meaning of; give the correct answer or solution to; react to a stimulus or command; respond to a signal: give a defence or refutation of (a charge) or in (an argument); reply or respond to; be satisfactory for; meet the requirements of or serve the purpose of; match or correspond; be liable or accountable; be sufficient; be adequate, either in quality or quantity
  • antacid - acting to neutralize acid (especially in the stomach); an agent that counteracts or neutralizes acidity (especially in the stomach)
  • antagonism - (biochemistry) interference in or inhibition of the physiological action of a chemical substance by another having a similar structure; an actively expressed feeling of dislike and hostility; the relation between opposing principles or forces or factors; a state of deep-seated ill-will
  • antagonist - a drug that neutralizes or counteracts the effects of another drug; a muscle that relaxes while another contracts: someone who offers opposition
  • ante - (poker) the initial contribution that each player makes to the pot; place one's stake
  • antemortem - preceding death
  • antenatal - occurring or existing before birth
  • antepartum - occurring or existing before birth
  • anterior - earlier in time; of or near the head end or toward the front plane of the body; a tooth situated at the front of the mouth
  • anterograde - of amnesia; affecting time immediately following trauma
  • anthelmintic - capable of expelling or destroying parasitic worms; a medication capable of causing the evacuation of parasitic intestinal worms
  • anthony - United States suffragist (1820-1906); Roman general under Julius Caesar in the Gallic wars; repudiated his wife for the Egyptian queen Cleopatra; they were defeated by Octavian at Actium (83-30 BC)
  • anthracosis - lung disease caused by inhaling coal dust
  • anthrax - a disease of humans that is not communicable; caused by infection with Bacillus anthracis followed by septicemia; a highly infectious animal disease (especially cattle and sheep); it can be transmitted to people
  • anthropologist - a social scientist who specializes in anthropology
  • anthropometry - measurement and study of the human body and its parts and capacities
  • anti - not in favor of (an action or proposal etc.); a person who is opposed (to an action or policy or practice etc.)
  • antiarrhythmic - a drug used to treat an abnormal heart rhythm
  • antibacterial - destroying bacteria or inhibiting their growth; any drug that destroys bacteria or inhibits their growth
  • antibiotic - of or relating to antibiotic drugs; a chemical substance derivable from a mold or bacterium that kills microorganisms and cures infections
  • antibody - any of a large variety of proteins normally present in the body or produced in response to an antigen which it neutralizes, thus producing an immune response
  • anticholinergic - inhibiting or blocking the action of acetylcholine at a receptor site; a substance that opposes or blocks the action of acetylcholine
  • anticholinesterase - a medicine that inhibits cholinesterase by combining with it and so has a cholinergic effect
  • anticoagulant - medicine that prevents or retards the clotting of blood
  • anticonvulsant - a drug used to treat or prevent convulsions (as in epilepsy)
  • antidepressant - any of a class of drugs used to treat depression; often have undesirable side effects
  • antidiabetic - a drug used to treat diabetes mellitus
  • antidiarrheal - a drug used to control or stop diarrhea
  • antidiuretic - a drug that limits the formation of urine
  • antidote - a remedy that stops or controls the effects of a poison
  • antiemetic - a drug that prevents or alleviates nausea and vomiting
  • antiepileptic - a drug used to treat or prevent convulsions (as in epilepsy)
  • antifungal - capable of destroying fungi; any agent that destroys or prevents the growth of fungi
  • antigen - any substance (as a toxin or enzyme) that stimulates an immune response in the body (especially the production of antibodies)
  • antigenic - of or relating to antigens
  • antihistamine - a medicine used to treat allergies and hypersensitive reactions and colds; works by counteracting the effects of histamine on a receptor site
  • antihypertensive - a drug that reduces high blood pressure
  • antimalarial - a medicinal drug used to prevent or treat malaria
  • antimetabolite - an antineoplastic drug that inhibits the utilization of a metabolite
  • antimicrobial - capable of destroying or inhibiting the growth of disease-causing microorganisms; an agent (as heat or radiation or a chemical) that destroys microorganisms that might carry disease
  • antimycotic - any agent that destroys or prevents the growth of fungi
  • antioxidant - substance that inhibits oxidation or inhibits reactions promoted by oxygen or peroxides
  • antiperspirant - an astringent substance applied to the skin to reduce perspiration
  • antipruritic - a substance that relieves or prevents itching
  • antipsychotic - tranquilizer used to treat psychotic conditions when a calming effect is desired
  • antipyretic - preventing or alleviating fever; any medicine that lowers body temperature to prevent or alleviate fever
  • antisepsis - the process of inhibiting the growth and multiplication of microorganisms; (of non-living objects) the state of being free of pathogenic organisms
  • antiseptic - (extended sense) of exceptionally clean language: clean and honest; thoroughly clean and free of or destructive to disease-causing organisms; made free from live bacteria or other microorganisms; freeing from error or corruption; a substance that destroys micro-organisms that carry disease without harming body tissues
  • antiserum - blood serum containing antibodies against specific antigens; provides immunity to a disease
  • antisocial - hostile to or disruptive of normal standards of social behavior; shunning contact with others
  • antispasmodic - a drug used to relieve or prevent spasms (especially of the smooth muscles)
  • antitoxic - counteracting a toxin or poison
  • antitoxin - an antibody that can neutralize a specific toxin
  • antitussive - any medicine used to suppress or relieve coughing
  • antivenene - an antitoxin that counteracts the effects of venom from the bite of a snake or insect or other animal
  • antivenin - an antitoxin that counteracts the effects of venom from the bite of a snake or insect or other animal
  • antiviral - inhibiting or stopping the growth and reproduction of viruses; any drug that destroys viruses
  • antrum - a natural cavity or hollow in a bone
  • anuria - inability to urinate
  • anus - excretory opening at the end of the alimentary canal
  • anvil - a heavy block of iron or steel on which hot metals are shaped by hammering; the ossicle between the malleus and the stapes
  • anxiety - a vague unpleasant emotion that is experienced in anticipation of some (usually ill-defined) misfortune; a relatively permanent state of anxiety occurring in a variety of mental disorders
  • anxiety - a vague unpleasant emotion that is experienced in anticipation of some (usually ill-defined) misfortune; a relatively permanent state of anxiety occurring in a variety of mental disorders
  • anxiolytic - anxiety relieving; a tranquilizer used to relieve anxiety and reduce tension and irritability
  • anxious - eagerly desirous; causing or fraught with or showing anxiety
  • any - one or some or every or all without specification; to any degree or extent
  • anything - a thing of any kind
  • aorta - the large trunk artery that carries blood from the left ventricle of the heart to branch arteries
  • aortic - of or relating to the aorta
  • aortitis - inflammation of the aorta
  • apart - remote and separate physically or socially; having characteristics not shared by others; not living together as man and wife; not taken into account or excluded from consideration; into parts or pieces; separated or at a distance in place or position or time; one from the other; away from another or others; placed or kept separate and distinct as for a purpose
  • apathetic - marked by a lack of interest; showing little or no emotion or animation
  • apathy - the trait of lacking enthusiasm for or interest in things generally; an absence of emotion or enthusiasm
  • aperient - mildly laxative; a purging medicine; stimulates evacuation of the bowels
  • aperture - an man-made opening; usually small; a device that controls amount of light admitted; a natural opening in something
  • apex - the point on the celestial sphere toward which the sun and solar system appear to be moving relative to the fixed stars; the highest point (of something)
  • aphagia - loss of the ability to swallow
  • aphakia - absence of the natural lens of the eye (usually resulting from the removal of cataracts)
  • aphakic - of or relating to or afflicted with aphakia; someone afflicted by aphakia; someone lacking the natural lenses of the eyes
  • aphasia - inability to use or understand language (spoken or written) because of a brain lesion
  • apheresis - a procedure in which blood is drawn and separated into its components by dialysis; some are retained and the rest are returned to the donor by transfusion; (linguistics) omission at the beginning of a word as in `coon' for `raccoon' or `till' for `until'
  • aphonia - a disorder of the vocal organs that results in the loss of voice
  • aphrodisiac - exciting sexual desire; a drug or other agent that stimulates sexual desire
  • apical - situated at an apex
  • aplasia - failure of some tissue or organ to develop
  • apnea - transient cessation of respiration
  • apneic - of or relating to apnea
  • apnoeic - of or relating to apnea
  • apocrine - (of exocrine glands) producing a secretion in which part of the secreting cell is released with the secretion
  • apomorphine - a morphine derivative that is not as strong as morphine; used as an emetic and in small doses as a sedative
  • aponeurosis - any of the deeper and thicker fascia that attach muscles to bones; resemble flattened tendons
  • apophyseal - of or relating to an apophysis
  • apophysis - (anatomy) a natural outgrowth or projection on an organ or body part such as the process of a vertebra; (botany) a natural swelling or enlargement: at the base of the stalk or seta in certain mosses or on the cone scale of certain conifers
  • apoplexy - a sudden loss of consciousness resulting when the rupture or occlusion of a blood vessel leads to oxygen lack in the brain
  • apoptosis - a type of cell death in which the cell uses specialized cellular machinery to kill itself; a cell suicide mechanism that enables metazoans to control cell number and eliminate cells that threaten the animal's survival
  • apparatus - equipment designed to serve a specific function: (anatomy) a group of body parts that work together to perform a given function
  • apparent - clearly revealed to the mind or the senses or judgment: appearing as such but not necessarily so
  • apparently - from appearances alone; unmistakably (`plain' is often used informally for `plainly')
  • appear - come into sight or view; come into being or existence, or appear on the scene; be issued or published; appear as a character on stage or appear in a play, etc.; seem to be true, probable, or apparent; present oneself formally, as before a (judicial) authority: give a certain impression or have a certain outward aspect
  • appearance - the act of appearing in public view; pretending that something is the case in order to make a good impression; formal attendance (in court or at a hearing) of a party in an action; outward or visible aspect of a person or thing; a mental representation; the event of coming into sight
  • appearing - formal attendance (in court or at a hearing) of a party in an action
  • appendage - a part that is joined to something larger; a natural prolongation or projection from a part of an organism either animal or plant; an external body part that projects from the body
  • appendectomy - surgical removal of the vermiform appendix
  • appendicectomy - surgical removal of the vermiform appendix
  • appendicitis - inflammation of the vermiform appendix
  • appendicular - relating to or consisting of an appendage or appendages; especially the limbs
  • appendix - a vestigial process that extends from the lower end of the cecum and that resembles a small pouch; supplementary material that is collected and appended at the back of a book
  • appendix - a vestigial process that extends from the lower end of the cecum and that resembles a small pouch; supplementary material that is collected and appended at the back of a book
  • apperception - the process whereby perceived qualities of an object are related to past experience
  • appetite - a feeling of craving something
  • apple - fruit with red or yellow or green skin and sweet to tart crisp whitish flesh; native Eurasian tree widely cultivated in many varieties for its firm rounded edible fruits
  • appliance - durable goods for home or office use; a device or control that is very useful for a particular job
  • application - a diligent effort; the work of applying something; the act of bringing something to bear; using it for a particular purpose; a verbal or written request for assistance or employment or admission to a school; a program that gives a computer instructions that provide the user with tools to accomplish a task; liquid preparation having a soothing or antiseptic or medicinal action when applied to the skin
  • applicator - a device for applying a substance
  • applied - concerned with concrete problems or data rather than with fundamental principles; opposed to theoretical; put into practice or put to use; that are used
  • apply - ask (for something); refer (a word or name) to a person or thing; apply oneself to; be pertinent or relevant or applicable; put into service; make work or employ (something) for a particular purpose or for its inherent or natural purpose; apply to a surface: give or convey physically; ensure observance of laws and rules: avail oneself to; be applicable to; as to an analysis
  • appointed - selected for a job; provided with furnishing and accessories (especially of a tasteful kind); fixed or established especially by order or command; subject to appointment
  • appointment - (law) the act of disposing of property by virtue of the power of appointment; the act of putting a person into a non-elective position; the job to which you are (or hope to be) appointed; (usually plural) furnishings and equipment (especially for a ship or hotel); a meeting arranged in advance; a person who is appointed to a job or position
  • apposition - (biology) growth in the thickness of a cell wall by the deposit of successive layers of material; a grammatical relation between a word and a noun phrase that follows; the act of positioning close together (or side by side)
  • appraisal - the classification of someone or something with respect to its worth; a document appraising the value of something (as for insurance or taxation)
  • apprehension - the act of apprehending (especially apprehending a criminal); painful expectation; fearful expectation or anticipation; the cognitive condition of someone who understands
  • approach - the act of drawing spatially closer to something; a relatively short golf shot intended to put the ball onto the putting green; ideas or actions intended to deal with a problem or situation: a close approximation; the temporal property of becoming nearer in time; the event of one object coming closer to another; a way of entering or leaving; a tentative suggestion designed to elicit the reactions of others; the final path followed by an aircraft as it is landing; make advances to someone, usually with a proposal or suggestion; come near in time; move towards; begin to deal with: come near or verge on, resemble, come nearer in quality, or character
  • approaching - of the relatively near future; the act of drawing spatially closer to something; the temporal property of becoming nearer in time; the event of one object coming closer to another
  • appropriate - suitable for a particular person or place or condition etc; suitable and fitting; meant or adapted for an occasion or use: being of striking appropriateness and pertinence; appropriate for achieving a particular end; implies a lack of concern for fairness: take possession of by force, as after an invasion; give or assign a resource to a particular person or cause
  • appropriateness - the quality of being specially suitable: appropriate conduct; doing the right thing
  • approve - judge to be right or commendable; think well of; give sanction to
  • approved - generally or especially officially judged acceptable or satisfactory; established by authority; given authoritative approval
  • approximately - (of quantities) imprecise but fairly close to correct
  • apraxia - inability to make purposeful movements
  • april - the month following March and preceding May
  • aqua - a shade of blue tinged with green
  • aqueduct - a conduit that resembles a bridge but carries water over a valley
  • aqueous - produced by the action of water; similar to or containing or dissolved in water
  • ar - a state in south central United States; one of the Confederate states during the American Civil War; a unit of surface area equal to 100 square meters; a colorless and odorless inert gas; one of the six inert gases; comprises approximately 1% of the earth's atmosphere
  • arachnoid - relating to or resembling a member of the class Arachnida; the middle of the 3 meninges; air-breathing arthropods characterized by simple eyes and four pairs of legs
  • arbor - a framework that supports climbing plants; tree (as opposed to shrub); any of various rotating shafts that serve as axes for larger rotating parts
  • arbovirus - a large heterogeneous group of RNA viruses divisible into groups on the basis of the virions; they have been recovered from arthropods, bats, and rodents; most are borne by arthropods; they are linked by the epidemiologic concept of transmission between vertebrate hosts by arthropod vectors (mosquitoes, ticks, sandflies, midges, etc.) that feed on blood; they can cause mild fevers, hepatitis, hemorrhagic fever, and encephalitis
  • arc - a continuous portion of a circle; electrical conduction through a gas in an applied electric field; something curved in shape; form an arch or curve
  • arch - expert in skulduggery; (used of behavior or attitude) characteristic of those who treat others with condescension: (architecture) a masonry construction (usually curved) for spanning an opening and supporting the weight above it; a passageway under a curved masonry construction; a curved bony structure supporting or enclosing organs (especially the inner sides of the feet); a curved shape in the vertical plane that spans an opening; form an arch or curve
  • arched - constructed with or in the form of an arch or arches: forming or resembling an arch
  • arcuate - forming or resembling an arch
  • arcus - an whitish deposit in the shape of an arc that is sometimes seen in the cornea
  • ards - acute lung injury characterized by coughing and rales; inflammation of the lungs which become stiff and fibrous and cannot exchange oxygen; occurs among persons exposed to irritants such as corrosive chemical vapors or ammonia or chlorine etc.
  • are - a unit of surface area equal to 100 square meters
  • area - a part of a structure having some specific characteristic or function; the extent of a 2-dimensional surface enclosed within a boundary; a part of an animal that has a special function or is supplied by a given artery or nerve; a subject of study; a particular geographical region of indefinite boundary (usually serving some special purpose or distinguished by its people or culture or geography); a particular environment or walk of life
  • areola - small circular area such as that around the human nipple or an inflamed area around a pimple or insect bite; small space in a tissue or body part such as the area between veins on a leaf or an insect's wing
  • areolar - relating to or like or divided into areolae
  • arginine - a bitter tasting amino acid found in proteins and necessary for nutrition; its absence from the diet leads to a reduced production of spermatozoa
  • argon - a colorless and odorless inert gas; one of the six inert gases; comprises approximately 1% of the earth's atmosphere
  • argument - a variable in a logical or mathematical expression whose value determines the dependent variable; if f(x)=y, x is the independent variable; a summary of the subject or plot of a literary work or play or movie; a fact or assertion offered as evidence that something is true; a discussion in which reasons are advanced for and against some proposition or proposal; a contentious speech act; a dispute where there is strong disagreement
  • argyll - a covered gravy holder of silver or other metal containing a detachable central vessel for hot water to keep the gravy warm; a sock knitted or woven with an argyle design (usually used in the plural); a design consisting of a pattern of varicolored diamonds on a solid background (originally for knitted articles); patterned after the tartan of a clan in western Scotland
  • arise - result or issue; rise to one's feet; originate or come into being; get up and out of bed; move upward; take part in a rebellion; renounce a former allegiance; come into existence; take on form or shape
  • arm - the part of an armchair or sofa that supports the elbow and forearm of a seated person; any projection that is thought to resemble a human arm; a human limb; technically the part of the superior limb between the shoulder and the elbow but commonly used to refer to the whole superior limb; the part of a garment that is attached at the armhole and that provides a cloth covering for the arm; any instrument or instrumentality used in fighting or hunting; an administrative division of some larger or more complex organization: prepare oneself for a military confrontation; supply with arms
  • armpit - the hollow under the arm where it is joined to the shoulder
  • arms - the official symbols of a family, state, etc.; weapons considered collectively
  • army - a large number of people united for some specific purpose; a permanent organization of the military land forces of a nation or state; the army of the United States of America; the agency that organizes and trains soldiers for land warfare
  • arnold - United States general and traitor in the American Revolution; in 1780 his plan to surrender West Point to the British was foiled (1741-1801); English poet and literary critic (1822-1888)
  • aromatic - having a strong pleasant odor; (chemistry) of or relating to or containing one or more benzene rings
  • around - in circumference; by a circular or circuitous route; in a circle or circular motion; to a particular destination either specified or understood; (of quantities) imprecise but fairly close to correct; in the area or vicinity; from beginning to end; throughout; all around or on all sides; in or to a reversed position or direction; to or among many different places or in no particular direction
  • arousal - the act of arousing; awakening from sleep; a state of heightened physiological activity; mutual sexual fondling prior to sexual intercourse
  • aroused - (of persons) excessively affected by emotion; aroused to action; feeling great sexual desire; brought to a state of great tension; emotionally aroused; keenly excited (especially sexually) or indicating excitement
  • arrange - arrange thoughts, ideas, temporal events; make arrangements for; put into a proper or systematic order; adapt for performance in a different way; arrange attractively; plan, organize, and carry out (an event); set (printed matter) into a specific format
  • arranged - deliberately arranged for effect; planned in advance: disposed or placed in a particular kind of order
  • arrangement - the act of arranging and adapting a piece of music: an organized structure for arranging or classifying; an orderly grouping (of things or persons) considered as a unit; the result of arranging; the spatial property of the way in which something is placed; the thing arranged or agreed to; a piece of music that has been adapted for performance by a particular set of voices or instruments
  • arranging - the act of arranging and adapting a piece of music
  • arrest - the state of inactivity following an interruption; the act of apprehending (especially apprehending a criminal); hold back, as of a danger or an enemy; check the expansion or influence of; take into custody; attract and fix; cause to stop
  • arrested - having development checked or reversed
  • arrhythmia - an abnormal rate of muscle contractions in the heart
  • arrhythmic - without regard for rhythm; not having a steady rhythm
  • arrival - accomplishment of an objective; the act of arriving at a certain place; someone who arrives (or has arrived)
  • arrive - reach a destination; arrive by movement or progress: succeed in a big way; get to the top
  • arsenic - a very poisonous metallic element that has three allotropic forms; arsenic and arsenic compounds are used as herbicides and insecticides and various alloys; found in arsenopyrite and orpiment and realgar; a white powdered poisonous trioxide of arsenic; used in manufacturing glass and as a pesticide (rat poison) and weed killer
  • art - the creation of beautiful or significant things; the products of human creativity; works of art collectively; a superior skill that you can learn by study and practice and observation; photographs or other visual representations in a printed publication
  • artefact - a man-made object taken as a whole
  • arterial - of or involving or contained in the arteries
  • arteriogram - an X ray of an artery filled with a contrast medium
  • arteriography - roentgenographic examination of arteries
  • arteriole - one of the small thin-walled arteries that end in capillaries
  • arteriosclerosis - sclerosis of the arterial walls
  • arteriovenous - connecting an artery to a vein
  • arteritis - inflammation of an artery
  • artery - a major thoroughfare that bears important traffic; a blood vessel that carries blood from the heart to the body
  • artery - a major thoroughfare that bears important traffic; a blood vessel that carries blood from the heart to the body
  • arthralgia - pain in a joint or joints
  • arthritic - of or pertaining to arthritis; a person afflicted with arthritis
  • arthritis - inflammation of a joint or joints
  • arthritis - inflammation of a joint or joints
  • arthrodesis - the surgical fixation of a joint which is intended to result in bone fusion
  • arthrogram - an X ray of a joint after the injection of a contrast medium
  • arthrography - roentgenographic examination of a joint after injection of radiopaque contrast medium; produces an arthrogram
  • arthropathy - a pathology or abnormality of a joint
  • arthroplasty - surgical reconstruction or replacement of a malformed or degenerated joint
  • arthroscope - a type of endoscope that is inserted into a joint for visual examination
  • arthroscopy - a minimally invasive operation to repair a damaged joint; the surgeon examines the joint with an arthroscope while making repairs through a small incision
  • arthur - a legendary king of the Britons (possibly based on a historical figure in the 6th century but the story has been retold too many times to be sure); said to have led the Knights of the Round Table at Camelot; elected vice president and became 21st President of the United States when Garfield was assassinated (1830-1886)
  • article - one of a class of artifacts; nonfictional prose forming an independent part of a publication; (grammar) a determiner that may indicate the specificity of reference of a noun phrase; a separate section of a legal document (as a statute or contract or will); bind by a contract; especially for a training period
  • articular - relating to or affecting the joints of the body
  • articulate - expressing yourself easily or characterized by clear expressive language; consisting of segments held together by joints: express or state clearly; speak, pronounce, or utter in a certain way: put into words or an expression; provide with a joint
  • articulated - pronounced distinctly and clearly; consisting of segments held together by joints
  • articulation - the act of joining things in such a way that motion is possible; expressing in coherent verbal form; the aspect of pronunciation that involves bringing articulatory organs together so as to shape the sounds of speech; the shape or manner in which things come together and a connection is made; (anatomy) the point of connection between two bones or elements of a skeleton (especially if it allows motion)
  • artificial - artificially formal; contrived by art rather than nature; not arising from natural growth or characterized by vital processes
  • artificially - not according to nature; not by natural means
  • arytenoid - either of two small cartilages at the back of the larynx to which the vocal folds are attached
  • as - to the same degree (often followed by `as'); a United States territory on the eastern part of the island of Samoa; a very poisonous metallic element that has three allotropic forms; arsenic and arsenic compounds are used as herbicides and insecticides and various alloys; found in arsenopyrite and orpiment and realgar
  • asbestos - a fibrous amphibole; used for making fireproof articles; inhaling fibers can cause asbestosis or lung cancer
  • asbestosis - lung disease caused by inhaling asbestos particles
  • ascariasis - infestation of the human intestine with Ascaris roundworms
  • ascaris - type genus of the family Ascaridae: roundworms with a three-lipped mouth
  • ascending - moving or going or growing upward; the act of changing location in an upward direction
  • ascites - accumulation of serous fluid in peritoneal cavity
  • asepsis - (of non-living objects) the state of being free of pathogenic organisms; the process of inhibiting the growth and multiplication of microorganisms
  • aseptic - free of or using methods to keep free of pathological microorganisms
  • asexual - not having or involving sex
  • asia - the nations of the Asian continent collectively; the largest continent with 60% of the earth's population; it is joined to Europe on the west to form Eurasia; it is the site of some of the world's earliest civilizations
  • asian - denoting or characteristic of the biogeographic region including southern Asia and the Malay Archipelago as far as the Philippines and Borneo and Java; of or relating to or characteristic of Asia or the peoples of Asia or their languages or culture; a native or inhabitant of Asia
  • ask - make a request or demand for something to somebody: consider obligatory; request and expect; inquire about; direct or put; seek an answer to; address a question to and expect an answer from; require or ask for as a price or condition; require as useful, just, or proper
  • asking - relating to the use of or having the nature of an interrogation; the verbal act of requesting
  • asleep - dead; in a state of sleep; lacking sensation; into a sleeping state; in the sleep of death
  • asparagine - a crystalline amino acid found in proteins and in many plants (e.g., asparagus)
  • aspartame - an artificial sweetener made from aspartic acid; used as a calorie-free sweetener
  • aspect - a characteristic to be considered; a distinct feature or element in a problem; the beginning or duration or completion or repetition of the action of a verb; the feelings expressed on a person's face; the visual percept of a region
  • aspect - a characteristic to be considered; a distinct feature or element in a problem; the beginning or duration or completion or repetition of the action of a verb; the feelings expressed on a person's face; the visual percept of a region
  • aspergillosis - disease especially in agricultural workers caused by inhalation of Aspergillus spores causing lumps in skin and ears and respiratory organs; an opportunistic infection by a fungus of the genus Aspergillus; characterized by inflammation and lesions of the ear and other organs; severe respiratory disease of birds that takes the form of an acute rapidly fatal pneumonia in young chickens and turkeys
  • aspergillus - genus of common molds causing food spoilage and some pathogenic to plants and animals
  • asphyxia - a condition in which insufficient or no oxygen and carbon dioxide are exchanged on a ventilatory basis; caused by choking or drowning or electric shock or poison gas
  • asphyxiate - be asphyxiated; die from lack of oxygen; impair the respiration of or obstruct the air passage of; deprive of oxygen and prevent from breathing
  • asphyxiated - in a state of asphyxia
  • asphyxiation - killing by depriving of oxygen; the condition of being deprived of oxygen (as by having breathing stopped)
  • aspirate - a consonant pronounced with aspiration; suck in (air): pronounce with aspiration; of stop sounds; remove as if by suction
  • aspiration - a will to succeed; a manner of articulation involving an audible release of breath; the act of inhaling; the drawing in of air (or other gases) as in breathing; a cherished desire
  • aspirator - a pump that draws air or another gas through a liquid
  • aspirin - the acetylated derivative of salicylic acid; used as an analgesic anti-inflammatory drug (trade names Bayer and Empirin) usually taken in tablet form; used as an antipyretic; slows clotting of the blood by poisoning platelets
  • assay - a quantitative or qualitative test of a substance (especially an ore or a drug) to determine its components; frequently used to test for the presence or concentration of infectious agents or antibodies etc.; an appraisal of the state of affairs; a written report of the results of an analysis of the composition of some substance; a substance that is undergoing an analysis of its components; analyze (chemical substances); make an effort or attempt
  • assembled - formed by fitting or joining components together: brought together into a group or crowd
  • assess - estimate the value of (property) for taxation; charge (a person or a property) with a payment, such as a tax or a fine; place a value on; judge the worth of something; set or determine the amount of (a payment such as a fine)
  • assessment - the market value set on assets; an amount determined as payable; the act of judging or assessing a person or situation or event; the classification of someone or something with respect to its worth
  • assigned - appointed to a post or duty
  • assigning - the act of distributing something to designated places or persons
  • assimilate - become similar to one's environment; make similar: become similar in sound; take (gas, light or heat) into a solution: take up mentally
  • assimilating - capable of taking (gas,light, or liquids into a solution)
  • assimilation - in the theories of Jean Piaget: the application of a general schema to a particular instance; a linguistic process by which a sound becomes similar to an adjacent sound; the process of absorbing nutrients into the body after digestion; the social process of absorbing one cultural group into harmony with another; the state of being assimilated; people of different backgrounds come to see themselves as part of a larger national family; the process of assimilating new ideas into an existing cognitive structure
  • assist - (sports) the act of enabling another player to make a good play; the activity of contributing to the fulfillment of a need or furtherance of an effort or purpose; act as an assistant in a subordinate or supportive function; work for or be a servant to; give help or assistance; be of service
  • assistance - the activity of contributing to the fulfillment of a need or furtherance of an effort or purpose; a resource
  • assistant - of or relating to a person who is subordinate to another: a person who contributes to the fulfillment of a need or furtherance of an effort or purpose
  • assisted - having help; often used as a combining form
  • associate - having partial rights and privileges or subordinate status; any event that usually accompanies or is closely connected with another; a person who joins with others in some activity; a degree granted by a two-year college on successful completion of the undergraduates course of studies; a person who is frequently in the company of another; make a logical or causal connection; bring or come into association or action; keep company with; hang out with
  • associated - related to or accompanying; joined in some kind of relationship (as a colleague or ally or companion etc.)
  • association - the act of consorting with or joining with others; the process of bringing ideas or events together in memory or imagination; (ecology) a group of organisms (plants and animals) that live together in a certain geographical region and constitute a community with a few dominant species; a formal organization of people or groups of people; (chemistry) any process of combination (especially in solution) that depends on relatively weak chemical bonding; a relation resulting from interaction or dependence; the state of being connected together as in memory or imagination; a social or business relationship
  • assumed - accepted as real or true without proof; adopted in order to deceive; taken as your right without justification
  • assurance - freedom from doubt; belief in yourself and your abilities; a statement intended to inspire confidence; a binding commitment to do or give or refrain from something; a British term for some kinds of insurance
  • asthenia - an abnormal loss of strength
  • asthenic - having a slender physique; lacking strength or vigor
  • asthenopia - a tiredness of the eyes caused by prolonged close work by a person with an uncorrected vision problem
  • asthma - respiratory disorder characterized by wheezing; usually of allergic origin
  • asthma - respiratory disorder characterized by wheezing; usually of allergic origin
  • asthmatic - relating to breathing with a whistling sound; a person suffering from asthma
  • astigmatic - of or relating to a defect in the eye or in a lens caused by a deviation from spherical curvature which prevents light rays from meeting at a common focus and so results in distorted images
  • astigmatism - (optics) defect in an optical system in which light rays from a single point fail to converge in a single focal point: (ophthalmology) impaired eyesight resulting usually from irregular conformation of the cornea
  • astragalus - large genus of annual or perennial herbs or shrubs of north temperate regions; largest genus in the family Leguminosae: the bone in the ankle that articulates with the leg bones to form the ankle joint
  • astringent - tending to draw together or constrict soft organic tissue: sour or bitter in taste; a drug that causes contraction of body tissues and canals
  • astrocyte - comparatively large neuroglial cell
  • astronomer - a physicist who studies astronomy
  • asymmetric - characterized by asymmetry in the spatial arrangement or placement of parts or components
  • asymmetry - (mathematics) a lack of symmetry
  • asymptomatic - having no symptoms of illness or disease
  • asynclitism - the presentation during labor of the head of the fetus at an abnormal angle
  • asynergia - absence of coordination of organs or body parts that usually work together harmoniously
  • asynergy - absence of coordination of organs or body parts that usually work together harmoniously
  • asystole - absence of systole; failure of the ventricles of the heart to contract (usually caused by ventricular fibrillation) with consequent absence of the heart beat leading to oxygen lack and eventually to death
  • at - 100 at equal 1 kip in Laos; a highly unstable radioactive element (the heaviest of the halogen series); a decay product of uranium and thorium
  • ataractic - tending to soothe or tranquilize; a drug used to reduce stress or tension without reducing mental clarity
  • ataraxia - peace of mind
  • ataraxic - tending to soothe or tranquilize
  • ataraxis - the absence of mental stress or anxiety
  • ataxia - inability to coordinate voluntary muscle movements; unsteady movements and staggering gait
  • ataxic - lacking motor coordination; marked or caused by ataxia
  • ataxy - inability to coordinate voluntary muscle movements; unsteady movements and staggering gait
  • atelectasis - collapse of an expanded lung (especially in infants); also failure of pulmonary alveoli to expand at birth
  • atenolol - an oral beta blocker (trade name Tenormin) used in treating hypertension and angina; has adverse side effects (depression and exacerbation of congestive heart failure etc.)
  • atherogenesis - the formation of atheromas on the walls of the arteries as in atherosclerosis
  • atheroma - a fatty deposit in the intima (inner lining) of an artery; can obstruct blood flow
  • atheromatous - of or relating to or resembling atheroma
  • atherosclerosis - a stage of arteriosclerosis involving fatty deposits (atheromas) inside the arterial walls
  • atherosclerotic - of or relating to atherosclerosis
  • athetosis - a continuous succession of slow, writhing, involuntary movements of the hands and feet and other body parts
  • athletic - having a sturdy and well proportioned body; relating to or befitting athletics or athletes; vigorously active
  • athletics - participation in sports events as an extracurricular activity; an active diversion requiring physical exertion and competition; a contest between athletes
  • atlas - a figure of a man used as a supporting column; the 1st cervical vertebra; a collection of maps in book form; (Greek mythology) a Titan who was forced by Zeus to bear the sky on his shoulders
  • atmosphere - the mass of air surrounding the Earth; the envelope of gases surrounding any celestial body; the weather or climate at some place; a particular environment or surrounding influence; a distinctive but intangible quality surrounding a person or thing; a unit of pressure: the pressure that will support a column of mercury 760 mm high at sea level and 0 degrees centigrade
  • atmospheric - relating to or located in the atmosphere
  • atom - (nontechnical usage) a tiny piece of anything; (physics and chemistry) the smallest component of an element having the chemical properties of the element
  • atomic - immeasurably small; of or relating to or comprising atoms: (weapons) deriving destructive energy from the release of atomic energy
  • atomiser - a dispenser that turns a liquid (such as perfume) into a fine mist
  • atonic - used of syllables; characterized by a lack of tonus
  • atony - lack of normal muscular tension or tonus
  • atopy - an allergic reaction that becomes apparent in a sensitized person only minutes after contact
  • atp - a nucleotide derived from adenosine that occurs in muscle tissue; the major source of energy for cellular reactions
  • atresia - an abnormal condition in which a normal opening or tube in the body (as the urethra) is closed or absent
  • atrial - of or relating to a cavity or chamber in the body (especially one of the upper chambers of the heart)
  • atrioventricular - relating to or affecting the atria and ventricles of the heart
  • atrium - the central area in a building; open to the sky; any chamber that is connected to other chambers or passageways (especially one of the two upper chambers of the heart)
  • atrophic - relating to or characterized by atrophy
  • atrophied - (of an organ or body part) diminished in size or strength as a result of disease or injury or lack of use
  • atrophy - any weakening or degeneration (especially through lack of use); a decrease in size of an organ caused by disease or disuse: undergo atrophy
  • atropine - a poisonous crystalline alkaloid extracted from the nightshade family; used as an antispasmodic and to dilate the eye pupil; also administered in large amounts as an antidote for organophosphate nerve agents or organophosphate insecticides
  • attach - be attached; be in contact with; become attached; cause to be attached; take temporary possession of as a security, by legal authority; create social or emotional ties
  • attached - associated in an exclusive sexual relationship; used of buildings joined by common sidewalls; fastened together: permanently attached to a substrate; not free to move about; being joined in close association
  • attachment - the act of attaching or affixing something; faithful support for a religion or cause or political party; a supplementary part or accessory; a connection that fastens things together; a writ authorizing the seizure of property that may be needed for the payment of a judgment in a judicial proceeding; a feeling of affection for a person or an institution; the act of fastening things together
  • attack - a decisive manner of beginning a musical tone or phrase: an offensive move in a sport or game; the act of attacking; (military) an offensive against an enemy (using weapons); strong criticism: the onset of a corrosive or destructive process (as by a chemical agent); a sudden occurrence of an uncontrollable condition; ideas or actions intended to deal with a problem or situation; intense adverse criticism; begin to injure; set to work upon; turn one's energies vigorously to a task; attack in speech or writing; take the initiative and go on the offensive; launch an attack or assault on; begin hostilities or start warfare with; attack someone physically or emotionally
  • attacking - disposed to attack
  • attain - reach a point in time, or a certain state or level; reach a destination, either real or abstract; find unexpectedly; to gain with effort
  • attempt - earnest and conscientious activity intended to do or accomplish something; the act of attacking; enter upon an activity or enterprise; make an effort or attempt
  • attempted - tried unsuccessfully
  • attend - give heed (to); take charge of or deal with; be present at (meetings, church services, university), etc.; to accompany as a circumstance or follow as a result; work for or be a servant to
  • attending - being present (at meeting or event etc.); serving attendance on someone; the act of being present (at a meeting or event etc.); the process whereby a person concentrates on some features of the environment to the (relative) exclusion of others
  • attention - a courteous act indicating affection; a motionless erect stance with arms at the sides and feet together; assumed by military personnel during drill or review; the faculty or power of mental concentration; the process whereby a person concentrates on some features of the environment to the (relative) exclusion of others; a general interest that leads people to want to know more; the work of providing treatment for or attending to someone or something
  • attenuation - the property of something that has been weakened or reduced in thickness or density; weakening in force or intensity
  • attitude - a theatrical pose created for effect; a complex mental state involving beliefs and feelings and values and dispositions to act in certain ways; position of aircraft or spacecraft relative to a frame of reference (the horizon or direction of motion); the arrangement of the body and its limbs
  • attract - exert a force on (a body) causing it to approach or prevent it from moving away; direct toward itself or oneself by means of some psychological power or physical attributes; be attractive to
  • attraction - the quality of arousing interest; being attractive or something that attracts; a characteristic that provides pleasure and attracts; an entertainment that is offered to the public; the force by which one object attracts another; an entertainer who attracts large audiences
  • attractive - pleasing to the eye or mind especially through beauty or charm; having the properties of a magnet; the ability to draw or pull: having power to arouse interest
  • attributable - capable of being attributed
  • attrition - the act of rubbing together; wearing something down by friction; a wearing down to weaken or destroy; sorrow for sin arising from fear of damnation; the wearing down of rock particles by friction due to water or wind or ice; erosion by friction
  • atypical - deviating from normal expectations; somewhat odd, strange, or abnormal; not representative of a group, class, or type
  • au - a unit of length used for distances within the solar system; equal to the mean distance between the Earth and the Sun (approximately 93 million miles or 150 million kilometers); a soft yellow malleable ductile (trivalent and univalent) metallic element; occurs mainly as nuggets in rocks and alluvial deposits; does not react with most chemicals but is attacked by chlorine and aqua regia
  • audible - heard or perceptible by the ear; a football play is changed orally after both teams have assumed their positions at the line of scrimmage
  • audience - a gathering of spectators or listeners at a (usually public) performance; the part of the general public interested in a source of information or entertainment; a conference (usually with someone important); an opportunity to state your case and be heard
  • audio - the sound elements of television; an audible acoustic wave frequency; the audible part of a transmitted signal
  • audiogram - a graphical representation of a person's auditory sensitivity to sound
  • audiology - the measurement of hearing
  • audiometer - an instrument used to measure the sensitivity of hearing
  • audiometry - measuring sensitivity of hearing; the measurement of hearing
  • audit - a methodical examination or review of a condition or situation; an inspection of the accounting procedures and records by a trained accountant or CPA; attend academic courses without getting credit; examine carefully for accuracy with the intent of verification
  • auditory - of or relating to the process of hearing
  • augmentation - the act of augmenting; the statement of a theme in notes of greater duration (usually twice the length of the original): the amount by which something increases
  • august - profoundly honored; of or befitting a lord; the month following July and preceding September
  • augusta - a city in eastern Georgia north-northwest of Savannah; noted for golf tournaments; the capital of the state of Maine
  • augustinian - a Roman Catholic friar or monk belonging to one of the Augustinian monastic orders
  • augustus - Roman statesman who established the Roman Empire and became emperor in 27 BC; defeated Mark Antony and Cleopatra in 31 BC at Actium (63 BC - AD 14)
  • aura - an indication of radiant light drawn around the head of a saint: a sensation (as of a cold breeze or bright light) that precedes the onset of certain disorders such as a migraine attack or epileptic seizure; a distinctive but intangible quality surrounding a person or thing
  • aura - an indication of radiant light drawn around the head of a saint: a sensation (as of a cold breeze or bright light) that precedes the onset of certain disorders such as a migraine attack or epileptic seizure; a distinctive but intangible quality surrounding a person or thing
  • aural - relating to or characterized by an aura; of or pertaining to hearing or the ear
  • auricle - the externally visible cartilaginous structure of the external ear; a small conical pouch projecting from the upper anterior part of each atrium of the heart
  • auricular - pertaining to an auricle of the heart; relating to or perceived by or shaped like the organ of hearing; of or relating to near the ear
  • auriscope - medical instrument consisting of a magnifying lens and light; used for examining the external ear (the auditory meatus and especially the tympanic membrane)
  • auscultation - listening to sounds within the body (usually with a stethoscope)
  • auscultatory - of or relating to auscultation
  • australia - a nation occupying the whole of the Australian continent; aboriginal tribes are thought to have migrated from southeastern Asia 20,000 years ago; first Europeans were British convicts sent there as a penal colony; the smallest continent; between the South Pacific and the Indian Ocean
  • australian - of or relating to or characteristic of Australia or its inhabitants; the Austronesian languages spoken by Australian aborigines; a native or inhabitant of Australia
  • austria - a mountainous republic in central Europe; under the Habsburgs (1278-1918) Austria maintained control of the Holy Roman Empire and was a leader in European politics until the 19th century
  • austrian - of or relating to Austria or its people or culture; a native or inhabitant of Austria
  • author - someone who originates or causes or initiates something: writes (books or stories or articles or the like) professionally (for pay); be the author of
  • authorities - the organization that is the governing authority of a political unit
  • authority - official permission or approval; the power or right to give orders or make decisions; an authoritative written work; an expert whose views are taken as definitive; (usually plural) persons who exercise (administrative) control over others; freedom from doubt; belief in yourself and your abilities; an administrative unit of government
  • autism - (psychiatry) an abnormal absorption with the self; marked by communication disorders and short attention span and inability to treat others as people
  • autistic - characteristic of or affected with autism
  • auto - a motor vehicle with four wheels; usually propelled by an internal combustion engine
  • autoantibody - an antibody acting against tissues of the organism that produces it
  • autoclave - a device for heating substances above their boiling point; used to manufacture chemicals or to sterilize surgical instruments; subject to the action of an autoclave
  • autogenic - originating within the body
  • autogenous - originating within the body
  • autograft - tissue that is taken from one site and grafted to another site on the same person
  • autoimmune - of or relating to the immune response of the body against substance normally present in the body
  • autoimmunity - production of antibodies against the tissues of your own body; produces autoimmune disease or hypersensitivity reactions
  • autologous - derived from organisms of the selfsame individual
  • autolysis - lysis of plant or animal tissue by an internal process
  • automatic - operating with minimal human intervention; independent of external control; like the unthinking functioning of a machine: without volition or conscious control; a pistol that will keep firing until the ammunition is gone or the trigger is released; light machine gun
  • automatically - in a reflex manner; in a mechanical manner; by a mechanism
  • automatism - any reaction that occurs automatically without conscious thought or reflection (especially the undirected behavior seen in psychomotor epilepsy)
  • autonomic - relating to or controlled by the autonomic nervous system
  • autonomy - immunity from arbitrary exercise of authority: political independence; personal independence
  • autoplasty - surgical repair by using tissue from another part of the patient's own body; tissue that is taken from one site and grafted to another site on the same person
  • autopsy - an examination and dissection of a dead body to determine cause of death or the changes produced by disease: perform an autopsy on a dead body; do a post-mortem
  • autosomal - of or relating to an autosome
  • autosome - any chromosome that is not a sex chromosome; appear in pairs in body cells but as single chromosomes in spermatozoa
  • auxiliary - functioning in a subsidiary or supporting capacity: furnishing added support; someone who acts as assistant
  • av - the eleventh month of the civil year; the fifth month of the ecclesiastical year in the Jewish calendar (in July and August)
  • available - obtainable or accessible and ready for use or service: convenient for use or disposal; not busy; not otherwise committed
  • avascular - without blood vessels
  • average - lacking special distinction, rank, or status; commonly encountered; around the middle of a scale of evaluation of physical measures; approximating the statistical norm or average or expected value; lacking exceptional quality or ability; relating to or constituting the middle value of an ordered set of values (or the average of the middle two in a set with an even number of values): relating to or constituting the most frequent value in a distribution; a statistic describing the location of a distribution; compute the average of; achieve or reach on average; amount to or come to an average, without loss or gain
  • aversion - the act of turning yourself (or your gaze) away; a feeling of intense dislike
  • aviation - the art of operating aircraft; the operation of aircraft to provide transportation; the aggregation of a country's military aircraft; travel via aircraft
  • avitaminosis - any of several diseases caused by deficiency of one or more vitamins
  • avoid - stay clear from; keep away from; keep out of the way of someone or something; refrain from doing something; refrain from certain foods or beverages; prevent the occurrence of; prevent from happening; declare invalid
  • avulse - separate by avulsion
  • avulsion - a forcible tearing or surgical separation of one body part from another; an abrupt change in the course of a stream that forms the boundary between two parcels of land resulting in the loss of part of the land of one landowner and a consequent increase in the land of another
  • awake - not in a state of sleep; completely conscious; (usually followed by `to') showing acute awareness; mentally perceptive; not unconscious; especially having become conscious; stop sleeping
  • awakened - (somewhat formal) having been waked up; aroused or activated
  • aware - (sometimes followed by `of') having or showing knowledge or understanding or realization or perception; aware or knowing: bearing in mind; attentive to
  • awareness - having knowledge of; state of elementary or undifferentiated consciousness
  • away - (of a baseball pitch) on the far side of home plate from the batter; used of an opponent's ground; not present; having left; from a particular thing or place or position (`forth' is obsolete); from one's possession; out of existence; indicating continuing action; continuously or steadily; in a different direction; in or into a proper place (especially for storage or safekeeping); so as to be removed or gotten rid of; freely or at will; in reserve; not for immediate use: out of the way (especially away from one's thoughts); at a distance in space or time
  • awkward - not at ease socially; unsure and constrained in manner: causing inconvenience; hard to deal with; especially causing pain or embarrassment; not elegant or graceful in expression; lacking grace or skill in manner or movement or performance; difficult to handle or manage especially because of shape
  • awkwardly - in an awkward manner
  • axial - situated on or along or in the direction of an axis; of or relating to or resembling an axis of rotation; relating to or attached to the axis
  • axilla - the hollow under the arm where it is joined to the shoulder
  • axillary - of or relating to the armpit; of or relating to the axil
  • axis - the center around which something rotates; the 2nd cervical vertebra; serves as a pivot for turning the head; a straight line through a body or figure that satisfies certain conditions; in World War II the alliance of Germany and Italy in 1936 which later included Japan and other nations; the main stem or central part about which plant organs or plant parts such as branches are arranged; a group of countries in special alliance
  • axolemma - outer membrane covering an axon
  • axon - long nerve fiber that conducts away from the cell body of the neuron
  • azathioprine - an immunosuppressive drug (trade name Imuran) used to prevent rejection of a transplanted organ
  • azotaemia - accumulation in the blood of nitrogenous waste products (urea) that are usually excreted in the urine
  • azoturia - excess of urea in the urine
  • azt - an antiviral drug (trade name Retrovir) used in the treatment of AIDS; adverse side effects include liver damage and suppression of the bone marrow
  • azygous - occurring singly; not one of a pair

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  • ba - a bachelor's degree in arts and sciences; a soft silvery metallic element of the alkali earth group; found in barite
  • babinski - extension upward of the toes when the sole of the foot is stroked firmly on the outer side from the heel to the front; normal in infants under the age of two years but a sign of brain or spinal cord injury in older persons
  • baby - a project of personal concern to someone; a very young mammal; (slang) sometimes used as a term of address for attractive young women; the youngest member of a group (not necessarily young); a very young child (birth to 1 year) who has not yet begun to walk or talk; an immature childish person; treat with excessive indulgence
  • bachelor - a man who has never been married; a knight of the lowest order; could display only a pennon; lead a bachelor's existence
  • bacillary - formed like a bacillus; relating to or produced by or containing bacilli
  • bacillus - aerobic rod-shaped spore-producing bacterium; often occurring in chainlike formations; found primarily in soil
  • back - located at or near the back of an animal; related to or located at the back; of an earlier date; in or to or toward a past time; at or to or toward the back or rear; in repayment or retaliation; in or to or toward a former location; in or to or toward an original condition; in answer; the position of a player on a football team who is stationed behind the line of scrimmage; a support that you can lean against while sitting; the part of a garment that covers the back of your body: the posterior part of a human (or animal) body from the neck to the end of the spine; the part of something that is furthest from the normal viewer; (football) a person who plays in the backfield; the protective covering on the front, back, and spine of a book; the side that goes last or is not normally seen; the series of vertebrae forming the axis of the skeleton and protecting the spinal cord: strengthen by providing with a back or backing; establish as valid or genuine; shift to a counterclockwise direction; travel backward: cause to travel backward; support financial backing for; be behind; approve of; be in back of; place a bet on; give support or one's approval to
  • backache - an ache localized in the back
  • backbone - the part of a network that connects other networks together; fortitude and determination; the part of a book's cover that encloses the inner side of the book's pages and that faces outward when the book is shelved; the series of vertebrae forming the axis of the skeleton and protecting the spinal cord; a central cohesive source of support and stability
  • background - (computer science) the area of the screen in graphical user interfaces against which icons and windows appear: a person's social heritage: previous experience or training: information that is essential to understanding a situation or problem: the part of a scene (or picture) that lies behind objects in the foreground; relatively unimportant or inconspicuous accompanying situation; extraneous signals that can be confused with the phenomenon to be observed or measured; scenery hung at back of stage; the state of the environment in which a situation exists: understate the importance or quality of
  • backside - the fleshy part of the human body that you sit on; the side of an object that is opposite its front
  • backward - directed or facing toward the back or rear; (used of temperament or behavior) marked by a retiring nature; retarded in intellectual development; in a manner or order or direction the reverse of normal; in or to or toward a past time; at or to or toward the back or rear
  • backwards - at or to or toward the back or rear; in a manner or order or direction the reverse of normal
  • bacteria - (microbiology) single-celled or noncellular spherical or spiral or rod-shaped organisms lacking chlorophyll that reproduce by fission; important as pathogens and for biochemical properties; taxonomy is difficult; often considered plants
  • bacterial - relating to or caused by bacteria
  • bactericidal - preventing infection by inhibiting the growth or action of microorganisms
  • bactericide - any chemical agent that destroys bacteria; any drug that destroys bacteria or inhibits their growth
  • bacteriological - of or relating to bacteriology
  • bacteriologist - a biologist who studies bacteria
  • bacteriology - the branch of medical science that studies bacteria in relation to disease
  • bacteriolysis - dissolution or destruction of bacteria
  • bacteriolytic - of or relating to or causing bacteriolysis
  • bacteriophage - a virus that is parasitic in bacteria
  • bacteriostasis - inhibition of the growth of bacteria
  • bacteriostatic - of or relating to or causing bacteriostasis
  • bacterium - (microbiology) single-celled or noncellular spherical or spiral or rod-shaped organisms lacking chlorophyll that reproduce by fission; important as pathogens and for biochemical properties; taxonomy is difficult; often considered plants
  • bad - feeling physical discomfort or pain (`tough' is occasionally used colloquially for `bad'); (of foodstuffs) not in an edible or usable condition; not working properly; reproduced fraudulently; having undesirable or negative qualities; characterized by wickedness or immorality; capable of harming; physically unsound or diseased: very intense; not financially safe or secure; nonstandard; below average in quality or performance; not capable of being collected: feeling or expressing regret or sorrow or a sense of loss over something done or undone; very much; strongly; with great intensity (`bad' is a nonstandard variant for `badly'); that which is below standard or expectations as of ethics or decency
  • badly - with unusual distress or resentment or regret or emotional display; in a disadvantageous way; to someone's disadvantage: without skill or in a displeasing manner; to a severe or serious degree; very much; strongly; with great intensity (`bad' is a nonstandard variant for `badly'); in a disobedient or naughty way: evilly or wickedly; (`ill' is often used as a combining form) in a poor or improper or unsatisfactory manner; not well; unfavorably or with disapproval
  • bag - a flexible container with a single opening; a portable rectangular container for carrying clothes; a container used for carrying money and small personal items or accessories (especially by women); an ugly or ill-tempered woman; the quantity of game taken in a particular period (usually by one person); the quantity that a bag will hold; an activity that you like or at which you are superior: mammary gland of bovids (cows and sheep and goats); place that runner must touch before scoring; capture or kill, as in hunting; put into a bag; hang loosely, like an empty bag; take unlawfully; bulge out; form a bulge outward, or be so full as to appear to bulge
  • baghdad - capital and largest city of Iraq; located on the Tigris River
  • baker - someone who bakes bread or cake; someone who bakes commercially
  • balance - a scale for weighing; depends on pull of gravity; equality between the totals of the credit and debit sides of an account; the difference between the totals of the credit and debit sides of an account; equality of distribution; a state of equilibrium; a wheel that regulates the rate of movement in a machine; especially a wheel oscillating against the hairspring of a timepiece to regulate its beat; a weight that balances another weight; (mathematics) an attribute of a shape or relation; exact reflection of form on opposite sides of a dividing line or plane; harmonious arrangement or relation of parts or elements within a whole (as in a design); the seventh sign of the zodiac; the sun is in this sign from about September 23 to October 22; (astrology) a person who is born while the sun is in Libra: something left after other parts have been taken away; compute credits and debits of an account; bring into balance or equilibrium: be in equilibrium; hold or carry in equilibrium
  • balanced - total debits and credits are equal; being in a state of proper balance or equilibrium
  • balancing - getting two things to correspond
  • balanitis - inflammation of the head of the penis
  • balanoposthitis - inflammation of both the head of the penis and the foreskin
  • balanus - type genus of the family Balanidae
  • bald - lacking hair on all or most of the scalp; without the natural or usual covering; with no effort to conceal; grow bald; lose hair on one's head
  • baldness - the condition of having no hair on the top of the head
  • balkan - of or denoting or relating to the Balkan countries or their inhabitants or the Balkan peninsula or the Balkan Mountains; an inhabitant of the Balkan Peninsula
  • ball - a pitch that is not in the strike zone; the game of baseball: round object that is hit or thrown or kicked in games; a spherical object used as a plaything; a more or less rounded anatomical body or mass; a lavish dance requiring formal attire; a compact mass; the people assembled at a lavish formal dance; United States comedienne best known as the star of a popular television program (1911-1989); an object with a spherical shape; a solid projectile that is shot by a musket; one of the two male reproductive glands that produce spermatozoa and secrete androgens; form into a ball by winding or rolling
  • balloon - large tough nonrigid bag filled with gas or heated air; small thin inflatable rubber bag with narrow neck; become inflated; ride in a hot-air balloon
  • ballottement - a palpatory technique for feeling a floating object in the body (especially for determining the position of a fetus by feeling the rebound of the fetus after a quick digital tap on the wall of the uterus)
  • balsam - an ointment containing a fragrant resin; any seed plant yielding balsam; any of various fragrant oleoresins used in medicines and perfumes
  • baltimore - the largest city in Maryland; a major seaport and industrial center
  • ban - an official prohibition or edict against something; 100 bani equal 1 leu in Romania; 100 bani equal 1 leu in Moldova; a decree that prohibits something; a bachelor's degree in nursing; prohibit especially by legal means or social pressure; forbid the public distribution of ( a movie or a newspaper); expel from a community or group; ban from a place of residence, as for punishment
  • band - a thin flat strip of flexible material that is worn around the body or one of the limbs (especially to decorate the body); an adornment consisting of a strip of a contrasting color or material; a restraint put around something to hold it together; a strip of material attached to the leg of a bird to identify it (as in studies of bird migration); a thin flat strip or loop of flexible material that goes around or over something else; a stripe or stripes of contrasting color; a range of frequencies between two limits; instrumentalists not including string players; jewelry consisting of a circlet of precious metal (often set with jewels) worn on the finger; a cord-like tissue connecting two larger parts of an anatomical structure; an unofficial association of people or groups; a group of musicians playing popular music for dancing; bind or tie together, as with a band: attach a ring to the foot of, in order to identify
  • bandage - a piece of soft material that covers and protects an injured part of the body; dress by covering or binding; wrap around with something so as to cover or enclose
  • bandaged - covered or wrapped with a bandage
  • bandaging - the act of applying a bandage
  • bank - a flight maneuver; aircraft tips laterally about its longitudinal axis (especially in turning); a building in which the business of banking transacted; an arrangement of similar objects in a row or in tiers; a long ridge or pile; sloping land (especially the slope beside a body of water); a slope in the turn of a road or track; the outside is higher than the inside in order to reduce the effects of centrifugal force; the funds held by a gambling house or the dealer in some gambling games; a supply or stock held in reserve for future use (especially in emergencies); a container (usually with a slot in the top) for keeping money at home; a financial institution that accepts deposits and channels the money into lending activities; cover with ashes so to control the rate of burning; enclose with a bank; tip laterally; be in the banking business; act as the banker in a game or in gambling; do business with a bank or keep an account at a bank: have confidence or faith in; put into a bank account
  • banking - transacting business with a bank; depositing or withdrawing funds or requesting a loan etc.; engaging in the business of keeping money for savings and checking accounts or for exchange or for issuing loans and credit etc.
  • banned - forbidden by law
  • bar - a rigid piece of metal or wood; usually used as a fastening or obstruction or weapon; an obstruction (usually metal) placed at the top of a goal; a counter where you can obtain food or drink; (law) a railing that encloses the part of the courtroom where the judges and lawyers sit and the case is tried; a heating element in an electric fire: a horizontal rod that serves as a support for gymnasts as they perform exercises; a submerged (or partly submerged) ridge in a river or along a shore; (meteorology) a unit of pressure equal to a million dynes per square centimeter; the act of preventing; a room or establishment where alcoholic drinks are served over a counter; a portable .30 caliber automatic rifle operated by gas pressure and fed by cartridges from a magazine; used by United States troops in World War I and in World War II and in the Korean War; a block of solid substance (such as soap or wax); musical notation for a repeating pattern of musical beats; the body of individuals qualified to practice law in a particular jurisdiction; prevent from entering; keep out; secure with, or as if with, bars; render unsuitable for passage; expel, as if by official decree
  • barbados - easternmost of the West Indies about 300 miles north of Venezuela; a parliamentary democracy on the island of Barbados; former British colony; a popular resort area
  • barbed - having or covered with protective barbs or quills or spines or thorns or setae etc.; capable of wounding
  • barbital - a barbiturate used as a hypnotic
  • barbitone - a barbiturate used as a hypnotic
  • barbiturate - organic compound having powerful soporific effect; overdose can be fatal
  • bare - lacking in amplitude or quantity; completely unclothed; having everything extraneous removed including contents; providing no shelter or sustenance; lacking its natural or customary covering: lacking a surface finish such as paint; apart from anything else; without additions or modifications; just barely adequate or within a lower limit; lacking embellishment or ornamentation; not having a protective covering; lay bare; lay bare; make public
  • barium - a soft silvery metallic element of the alkali earth group; found in barite
  • bark - a sailing ship with 3 (or more) masts; the sound made by a dog; a noise resembling the bark of a dog; tough protective covering of the woody stems and roots of trees and other woody plants; tan (a skin) with bark tannins; speak in an unfriendly tone; make barking sounds; remove the bark of a tree; cover with bark
  • baron - a very wealthy or powerful businessman; a British peer of the lowest rank; a nobleman (in various countries) of varying rank
  • baroreceptor - a sensory receptor that responds to pressure
  • barrel - a cylindrical container that holds liquids; a tube through which a bullet travels when a gun is fired; any of various units of capacity; the quantity that a barrel (of any size) will hold; a bulging cylindrical shape; hollow with flat ends; put in barrels
  • barrier - a structure or object that impedes free movement; any condition that makes it difficult to make progress or to achieve an objective; anything serving to maintain separation by obstructing vision or access
  • bars - gymnastic apparatus consisting of two parallel wooden rods supported on uprights
  • bartholin - Danish physician who discovered Bartholin's gland (1585-1629)
  • basal - of primary importance; serving as or forming a base: especially of leaves; located at the base of a plant or stem; especially arising directly from the root or rootstock or a root-like stem
  • base - debased; not genuine; illegitimate; having or showing an ignoble lack of honor or morality; of low birth or station (`base' is archaic in this sense); not adhering to ethical or moral principles: (used of metals) consisting of or alloyed with inferior metal; serving as or forming a base; a support or foundation; place that runner must touch before scoring; (electronics) the part of a transistor that separates the emitter from the collector; installation from which a military force initiates operations; a flat bottom on which something is intended to sit; the principal ingredient of a mixture; the place where you are stationed and from which missions start and end: (anatomy) the part of an organ nearest its point of attachment; the bottom or lowest part; (numeration system) the positive integer that is equivalent to one in the next higher counting place; the bottom side of a geometric figure from which the altitude can be constructed; any of various water-soluble compounds capable of turning litmus blue and reacting with an acid to form a salt and water; lowest support of a structure; the stock of basic facilities and capital equipment needed for the functioning of a country or area: the fundamental assumptions from which something is begun or developed or calculated or explained; (linguistics) the form of a word after all affixes are removed; a lower limit; a terrorist network intensely opposed to the United States that dispenses money and logistical support and training to a wide variety of radical Islamic terrorist groups; has cells in more than 50 countries; the most important or necessary part of something; use as a basis for; found on; assign to a station; use (purified cocaine) by burning it and inhaling the fumes
  • based - having a base of operations (often used as a combining form); having a base; having a basis; often used as combining terms; being derived from (often followed by `on' or `upon')
  • basement - the lowermost portion of a structure partly or wholly below ground level; often used for storage; the ground floor facade or interior in Renaissance architecture
  • basic - of or denoting or of the nature of or containing a base: serving as a base or starting point; pertaining to or constituting a base or basis; reduced to the simplest and most significant form possible without loss of generality; (usually plural) a necessary commodity for which demand is constant; a popular programming language that is relatively easy to learn; an acronym for beginner's all-purpose symbolic instruction code; no longer in general use
  • basilar - of or relating to or located at the base
  • basin - a bowl-shaped vessel; usually used for holding food or liquids; a natural depression in the surface of the land often with a lake at the bottom of it; the quantity that a basin will hold; a bathroom sink that is permanently installed and connected to a water supply and drainpipe; where you can wash your hands and face; the entire geographical area drained by a river and its tributaries
  • basis - the fundamental assumptions from which something is begun or developed or calculated or explained; the most important or necessary part of something; a relation that provides the foundation for something
  • basle - a city in northwestern Switzerland
  • basophil - a leukocyte with basophilic granules easily stained by basic stains
  • basophilia - the tendency of cells to stain with basic dyes
  • basophilic - staining readily with basic dyes
  • batch - a collection of things or persons to be handled together; all the loaves of bread baked at the same time; (often followed by `of') a large number or amount or extent; batch together; assemble or process as a batch
  • bath - you soak and wash your body in a bathtub; a vessel containing liquid in which something is immersed (as to process it or to maintain it at a constant temperature or to lubricate it); a town in southwestern England on the River Avon; famous for its hot springs and Roman remains; an ancient Hebrew liquid measure equal to about 10 gallons; a room (as in a residence) containing a bathtub or shower and usually a washbasin and toilet; a relatively large open container that you fill with water and use to wash the body; clean one's body by immersion into water
  • bathe - the act of swimming; cleanse the entire body; clean one's body by immersion into water; suffuse with or as if with light
  • bathing - immersing the body in water or sunshine; the act of washing yourself (or another person)
  • bathroom - a room (as in a residence) containing a bathtub or shower and usually a washbasin and toilet; a room or building equipped with one or more toilets
  • battered - exhibiting symptoms resulting from repeated physical and emotional injury; damaged by blows or hard usage; damaged especially by hard usage
  • battledore - an ancient racket game; a light long-handled racket used by badminton players
  • bauxite - a clay-like mineral; the chief ore of aluminum; composed of aluminum oxides and aluminum hydroxides; used as an abrasive and catalyst
  • bavarian - of or relating to or characteristic of Bavaria or its people: a native or an inhabitant of Bavaria
  • bayard - French soldier said to be fearless and chivalrous (1473-1524)
  • bd - a bachelor's degree in religion
  • be - a light strong brittle grey toxic bivalent metallic element; spend or use time; work in a specific place, with a specific subject, or in a specific function; have the quality of being; (copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun); have life, be alive; be identical to; be someone or something; occupy a certain position or area; be somewhere; to remain unmolested, undisturbed, or uninterrupted -- used only in infinitive form; happen, occur, take place; have an existence, be extant; form or compose; be identical or equivalent to: represent, as of a character on stage; be priced at
  • beach - an area of sand sloping down to the water of a sea or lake: land on a beach
  • beak - horny projecting mouth of a bird; beaklike mouth of animals other than birds (e.g., turtles); informal terms for the nose; hit lightly with a picking motion
  • beam - long thick piece of wood or metal or concrete, etc., used in construction; (nautical) breadth amidships; a column of light (as from a beacon); a group of nearly parallel lines of electromagnetic radiation; a gymnastic apparatus used by women gymnasts; a signal transmitted along a narrow path; guides pilots in darkness or bad weather; smile radiantly; express joy through one's facial expression; express with a beaming face or smile; broadcast over the airwaves, as in radio or television; experience a feeling of well-being or happiness, as from good health or an intense emotion: have a complexion with a strong bright color, such as red or pink: emit light; be bright, as of the sun or a light
  • bean - any of various edible seeds of plants of the family Leguminosae used for food; any of various leguminous plants grown for their edible seeds and pods; any of various seeds or fruits that are beans or resemble beans; informal terms for a human head; hit on the head, especially with a pitched baseball
  • bear - massive plantigrade carnivorous or omnivorous mammals with long shaggy coats and strong claws; an investor with a pessimistic market outlook; an investor who expects prices to fall and so sells now in order to buy later at a lower price; move while holding up or supporting; bring forth, "The apple tree bore delicious apples this year"; take on as one's own the expenses or debts of another person; have rightfully; of rights, titles, and offices; have: have on one's person; cause_to_be_born; be pregnant with; put up with something or somebody unpleasant; support or hold in a certain manner; bring in; behave in a certain manner; contain or hold; have within
  • beard - hairy growth on or near the face of certain mammals; the hair growing on the lower part of a man's face; a person who diverts suspicion from someone (especially a woman who accompanies a male homosexual in order to conceal his homosexuality); a tuft or growth of hairs or bristles on certain plants such as iris or grasses: tuft of strong filaments by which e.g. a mussel makes itself fast to a fixed surface; go along the rim, like a beard around the chin
  • bearer - a messenger who bears or presents; someone whose employment involves carrying something; the person who is in possession of a check or note or bond or document of title that is endorsed to him or to whoever holds it; one of the mourners carrying the coffin at a funeral
  • bearing - (of a structural member) withstanding a weight or strain: producing or yielding; a rotating support placed between moving parts to allow them to move easily; dignified manner or conduct; the direction or path along which something moves or along which it lies; relevant relation or interconnection; heraldry consisting of a design or image depicted on a shield; characteristic way of bearing one's body
  • beat - very tired; the act of beating to windward; sailing as close as possible to the direction from which the wind is blowing; a stroke or blow; a regular rate of repetition; the sound of stroke or blow; a regular route for a sentry or policeman; a single pulsation of an oscillation produced by adding two waves of different frequencies; has a frequency equal to the difference between the two oscillations: the basic rhythmic unit in a piece of music; (prosody) the accent in a metrical foot of verse; the rhythmic contraction and expansion of the arteries with each beat of the heart; a member of the beat generation; a nonconformist in dress and behavior; come out better in a competition, race, or conflict; give a beating to; subject to a beating, either as a punishment or as an act of aggression; hit repeatedly; strike (water or bushes) repeatedly to rouse animals for hunting; strike (a part of one's own body) repeatedly, as in great emotion or in accompaniment to music; stir vigorously; shape by beating; produce a rhythm by striking repeatedly; make by pounding or trampling; move rhythmically; indicate by beating, as with the fingers or drumsticks; sail with much tacking or with difficulty; move with a flapping motion; move with a thrashing motion; glare or strike with great intensity; avoid paying; be superior; wear out completely: be a mystery or bewildering to; beat through cleverness and wit: move with or as if with a regular alternating motion; make a rhythmic sound; make a sound like a clock or a timer
  • beaten - much trodden and worn smooth or bare; formed or made thin by hammering
  • beating - expanding and contracting rhythmically as to the beating of the heart; the act of inflicting corporal punishment with repeated blows; the act of overcoming or outdoing
  • beats - a United States youth subculture of the 1950s; rejected possessions or regular work or traditional dress; for communal living and psychedelic drugs and anarchism; favored modern forms of jazz (e.g., bebop)
  • beck - a beckoning gesture
  • become - enter or assume a certain state or condition; come into existence; undergo a change or development; enhance the appearance of
  • becoming - displaying or setting off to best advantage; according with custom or propriety
  • becquerel - French physicist who discovered that rays emitted by uranium salts affect photographic plates (1852-1908)
  • bed - a piece of furniture that provides a place to sleep; a plot of ground in which plants are growing; a foundation of earth or rock supporting a road or railroad track; the flat surface of a printing press on which the type form is laid in the last stage of producing a newspaper or magazine or book etc.; a depression forming the ground under a body of water; (geology) a stratum of rock (especially sedimentary rock); single thickness of usually some homogeneous substance; a stratum of ore or coal thick enough to be mined with profit; put to bed; place (plants) in a prepared bed of soil; furnish with a bed; prepare for sleep; have sexual intercourse with
  • bedbug - bug of temperate regions that infests especially beds and feeds on human blood
  • bedclothes - coverings that are used on a bed
  • bedding - coverings that are used on a bed; material used to provide a bed for animals
  • bedpan - a shallow vessel used by a bedridden patient for defecation and urination
  • bedridden - confined to bed (by illness)
  • bedside - space by the side of a bed (especially the bed of a sick or dying person)
  • bedsore - a chronic ulcer of the skin caused by prolonged pressure on it (as in bedridden patients)
  • bee - any of numerous hairy-bodied insects including social and solitary species; a social gathering to carry out some communal task or to hold competitions
  • beer - a general name for alcoholic beverages made by fermenting a cereal (or mixture of cereals) flavored with hops
  • beet - round red root vegetable; biennial Eurasian plant usually having a swollen edible root; widely cultivated as a food crop
  • before - earlier in time; previously; at or in the front
  • before - earlier in time; previously; at or in the front
  • begin - Israeli statesman (born in Russia) who (as prime minister of Israel) negotiated a peace treaty with Anwar Sadat (then the president of Egypt) (1913-1992); set in motion, cause to start; begin to speak or say; begin to speak, understand, read, and write a language; achieve or accomplish in the least degree, usually used in the negative; begin an event that is implied and limited by the nature or inherent function of the direct object; have a beginning, in a temporal, spatial, or evaluative sense; have a beginning characterized in some specified way; have a beginning, of a temporal event; be the first item or point, constitute the beginning or start, come first in a series; take the first step or steps in carrying out an action
  • beginning - serving to begin; the act of starting something; the first part or section of something; the event consisting of the start of something; the place where something begins, where it springs into being; the time at which something is supposed to begin
  • behalf - as the agent of or on someone's part (usually expressed as "on behalf of" rather than "in behalf of"); for someone's benefit (usually expressed as `in behalf' rather than `on behalf' and usually with a possessive)
  • behave - behave in a certain manner; behave well or properly: behave in a certain manner; show a certain behavior; conduct or comport oneself
  • behavior - manner of acting or controlling yourself; (psychology) the aggregate of the responses or reactions or movements made by an organism in any situation; the action or reaction of something (as a machine or substance) under specified circumstances; (behavioral attributes) the way a person behaves toward other people
  • behavioral - of or relating to behavior
  • behaviour - manner of acting or controlling yourself; (psychology) the aggregate of the responses or reactions or movements made by an organism in any situation; (behavioral attributes) the way a person behaves toward other people; the action or reaction of something (as a machine or substance) under specified circumstances
  • behavioural - of or relating to behavior
  • behaviourism - an approach to psychology that emphasizes observable measurable behavior
  • behaviourist - of or relating to behaviorism; a psychologist who subscribes to behaviorism
  • behind - having the lower score or lagging position in a contest; in or to or toward the rear; remaining in a place or condition that has been left or departed from; in debt; in or into an inferior position; of timepieces; the fleshy part of the human body that you sit on
  • being - the state or fact of existing; a living thing that has (or can develop) the ability to act or function independently
  • being - the state or fact of existing; a living thing that has (or can develop) the ability to act or function independently
  • bel - Babylonian god of the earth; one of the supreme triad including Anu and Ea; earlier identified with En-lil; a logarithmic unit of sound intensity equal to 10 decibels
  • belch - a reflex that expels wind noisily from the stomach through the mouth; expel gas from the stomach; become active and spew forth lava and rocks
  • belching - the forceful expulsion of something from inside; a reflex that expels wind noisily from the stomach through the mouth
  • belie - represent falsely; be in contradiction with
  • belief - any cognitive content held as true; a vague idea in which some confidence is placed
  • believe - accept as true; take to be true; credit with veracity; follow a credo; have a faith; be a believer; be confident about something: judge or regard; look upon; judge
  • bell - a hollow device made of metal that makes a ringing sound when struck; the flared opening of a tubular device; the sound of a bell being struck; United States inventor (born in Scotland) of the telephone (1847-1922); English painter; sister of Virginia Woolf; prominent member of the Bloomsbury Group (1879-1961); a phonetician and father of Alexander Graham Bell (1819-1905); the shape of a bell; (nautical) each of the eight half-hour units of nautical time signaled by strokes of a ship's bell; eight bells signals 4:00, 8:00, or 12:00 o'clock, either a.m. or p.m.; a percussion instrument consisting of a set of tuned bells that are struck with a hammer; used as an orchestral instrument; a push button at an outer door that gives a ringing or buzzing signal when pushed; attach a bell to
  • belladonna - an alkaloidal extract or tincture of the poisonous belladonna plant that is used medicinally; perennial Eurasian herb with reddish bell-shaped flowers and shining black berries; extensively grown in United States; roots and leaves yield atropine
  • belle - a young woman who is the most charming and beautiful of several rivals
  • belly - the underpart of the body of certain vertebrates such as snakes or fish; a protruding abdomen; the hollow inside of something; a part that bulges deeply; the region of the body of a vertebrate between the thorax and the pelvis; swell out or bulge out
  • bellyache - an ache localized in the stomach or abdominal region: complain
  • belong - be owned by; be in the possession of; be classified with: be suitable or acceptable; be in the right place or situation; originate (in)
  • belonging - happiness felt in a secure relationship
  • below - at a later place; in or to a place that is lower; (in writing) see below; on a floor below; further down
  • belt - a band to tie or buckle around the body (usually at the waist): endless loop of flexible material between two rotating shafts or pulleys; an elongated region where a specific condition is found; the act of hitting vigorously; a vigorous blow; a path or strip (as cut by one course of mowing); fasten with a belt; deliver a blow to; sing loudly and forcefully
  • ben - a mountain or tall hill
  • bend - curved segment (of a road or river or railroad track etc.): diagonal line traversing a shield from the upper right corner to the lower left; a town in central Oregon at the eastern foot of the Cascade Range; a circular segment of a curve; movement that causes the formation of a curve; an angular or rounded shape made by folding; change direction; form a curve; cause (a plastic object) to assume a crooked or angular form; bend a joint; turn from a straight course , fixed direction, or line of interest; bend one's back forward from the waist on down
  • bending - not remaining rigid or straight; the act of bending something; movement that causes the formation of a curve; the property of being bent or deflected
  • bends - pain resulting from rapid change in pressure
  • bends - pain resulting from rapid change in pressure
  • beneath - in or to a place that is lower
  • benedict - Italian monk who founded the Benedictine order about 540 (480-547); United States anthropologist (1887-1948); a newly married man (especially one who has long been a bachelor)
  • beneficial - promoting or enhancing well-being; tending to promote physical well-being; beneficial to health
  • benefit - something that aids or promotes well-being; a performance to raise money for a charitable cause; financial assistance in time of need; be beneficial for; derive a benefit from
  • benign - pleasant and beneficial in nature or influence; kindness of disposition or manner; not dangerous to health; not recurrent or progressive (especially of a tumor)
  • benjamin - (Old Testament) the youngest and best-loved son of Jacob and Rachel and one of the twelve forebears of the tribes of Israel; gum resin used especially in treating skin irritation
  • bennett - United States aviator who (with Richard E. Byrd) piloted the first flight over the North Pole (1890-1928)
  • bent - of metal e.g.; used especially of the head or upper back; fixed in your purpose; altered from an originally straight condition; used of the back and knees; stooped; a special way of doing something; a relatively permanent inclination to react in a particular way; an area of grassland unbounded by fences or hedges; grass for pastures and lawns especially bowling and putting greens
  • benton - United States legislator who opposed the use of paper currency (1782-1858); United States artist whose paintings portrayed life in the Midwest and South (1889-1975)
  • benzene - a colorless liquid hydrocarbon; highly inflammable; carcinogenic; the simplest of the aromatic compounds
  • benzoate - any salt or ester of benzoic acid
  • benzocaine - a white crystalline ester used as a local anesthetic
  • benzodiazepine - any of several similar lipophilic amines used as tranquilizers or sedatives or hypnotics or muscle relaxants; chronic use can lead to dependency
  • benzoin - used in some classifications for the American spicebush and certain other plants often included in the genus Lindera; gum resin used especially in treating skin irritation
  • benzyl - the univalent radical derived from toluene
  • benzylpenicillin - the penicillin that constitutes the principal component of many commercial antibiotics
  • bereavement - state of sorrow over the death or departure of a loved one
  • beriberi - avitaminosis caused by lack of thiamine (vitamin B1)
  • berlin - a limousine with a glass partition between the front and back seats; capital of Germany located in eastern Germany; United States songwriter (born in Russia) who wrote more than 1500 songs and several musical comedies (1888-1989)
  • bern - the capital of Switzerland; located in western Switzerland
  • bernard - French physiologist noted for research on secretions of the alimentary canal and the glycogenic function of the liver (1813-1878)
  • beryllium - a light strong brittle grey toxic bivalent metallic element
  • best - (superlative of `good') having the most positive qualities: (comparative and superlative of `well') wiser or more advantageous and hence advisable; it would be sensible; in a most excellent way or manner; from a position of superiority or authority; the supreme effort one can make; the person who is most outstanding or excellent; someone who tops all others; Canadian physiologist (born in the United States) who assisted F. G. Banting in research leading to the discovery of insulin (1899-1978); get the better of
  • bet - the act of gambling; the money risked on a gamble; maintain with or as if with a bet; stake on the outcome of an issue; have faith or confidence in
  • beta - preliminary or testing stage of a software or hardware product; second in order of importance; the 2nd letter of the Greek alphabet; beets
  • better - (comparative and superlative of `well') wiser or more advantageous and hence advisable; (comparative of `good') superior to another (of the same class or set or kind) in excellence or quality or desirability or suitability; more highly skilled than another: (comparative of `good') changed for the better in health or fitness: more than half; comparative of `well'; in a better or more excellent manner or more advantageously or attractively or to a greater degree etc.; from a position of superiority or authority; the superior one of two alternatives; a superior person having claim to precedence; someone who bets; get better; to make better; surpass in excellence
  • between - in between; in the interval
  • beyond - in addition; farther along in space or time or degree; on the farther side from the observer
  • bi - a heavy brittle diamagnetic trivalent metallic element (resembles arsenic and antimony chemically); usually recovered as a by-product from ores of other metals
  • bias - slanting diagonally across the grain of a fabric; a partiality that prevents objective consideration of an issue or situation; a line or cut across a fabric that is not at right angles to a side of the fabric: cause to be biased; influence in an unfair way
  • bicarbonate - a salt of carbonic acid (containing the anion HCO3) in which one hydrogen atom has been replaced; an acid carbonate
  • biceps - any skeletal muscle having two origins (but especially the muscle that flexes the forearm)
  • bicipital - having two heads or points of origin as a biceps
  • biconcave - concave on both sides
  • biconvex - convex on both sides; shaped like a lentil
  • bicornuate - having two horns or horn-shaped parts
  • bicuspid - having two cusps or points (especially a molar tooth); a tooth having two cusps or points; located between the incisors and the molars
  • bifid - divided into two lobes
  • bifocal - having two foci
  • bifocals - eyeglasses having two focal lengths
  • bifurcate - resembling a fork; divided or separated into two branches; divide into two branches; split or divide into two
  • bifurcation - the act of splitting into two branches; the place where something divides into two branches; a bifurcating branch (one or both of them)
  • big - in an advanced stage of pregnancy; conspicuous in position or importance; given or giving freely; generous and understanding and tolerant; marked by intense physical force; significant; loud and firm: feeling self-importance; prodigious; above average in size or number or quantity or magnitude or extent; (of animals) fully developed; very intense; exhibiting self-importance; in a major way: on a grand scale; extremely well; in a boastful manner
  • bigger - large or big relative to something else
  • bilateral - having two sides or parts; affecting or undertaken by two parties; having identical parts on each side of an axis
  • bile - a digestive juice secreted by the liver and stored in the gallbladder; aids in the digestion of fats
  • bilharzia - an infestation with or a resulting infection caused by a parasite of the genus Schistosoma; common in the tropics and Far East; symptoms depend on the part of the body infected
  • bilharziasis - an infestation with or a resulting infection caused by a parasite of the genus Schistosoma; common in the tropics and Far East; symptoms depend on the part of the body infected
  • biliary - relating to the bile ducts or the gallbladder; relating to or containing bile
  • bilious - suffering from or suggesting a liver disorder or gastric distress; relating to or containing bile; irritable as if suffering from indigestion
  • biliousness - gastric distress caused by a disorder of the liver or gall bladder; a disposition to exhibit uncontrolled anger
  • bilirubin - an orange-yellow pigment in the bile that forms as a product of hemoglobin; excess amounts in the blood produce the yellow appearance observed in jaundice
  • billings - the largest city in Montana; located in southern Montana on the Yellowstone river
  • billion - denoting a quantity consisting of one thousand million items or units in the United States; denoting a quantity consisting of one million million items or units in Great Britain; the number that is represented as a one followed by 9 zeros; the number that is represented as a one followed by 12 zeros; in the United Kingdom the usage followed in the United States is frequently seen; a very large indefinite number (usually hyperbole)
  • bilobate - having two lobes
  • bimanual - requiring two hands or designed for two people
  • binary - consisting of two (units or components or elements or terms) or based on two; of or pertaining to a number system have 2 as its base; a system of two stars that revolve around each other under their mutual gravitation
  • binaural - relating to or having or hearing with two ears
  • bind - something that hinders as if with bonds; form a chemical bond with; make fast; tie or secure, with or as if with a rope; wrap around with something so as to cover or enclose; provide with a binding; create social or emotional ties; cause to be constipated: bind by an obligation; cause to be indebted; fasten or secure with a rope, string, or cord; secure with or as if with ropes; stick to firmly
  • binder - something used to tie or bind; holds loose papers or magazines; a machine that cuts grain and binds it in sheaves: something used to bind separate particles together or facilitate adhesion to a surface
  • binding - causing constipation; hindering freedom of movement: executed with proper legal authority; the protective covering on the front, back, and spine of a book; strip sewn over or along an edge for reinforcement or decoration; the capacity to attract and hold something; the act of applying a bandage
  • binet - French psychologist remembered for his studies of the intellectual development of children (1857-1911)
  • binocular - relating to both eyes
  • bioassay - appraisal of the biological activity of a substance by testing its effect on an organism and comparing the result with some agreed standard; subject to a bio-assay
  • biochemical - of or relating to biochemistry; involving chemical processes in living organisms
  • biochemist - someone with special training in biochemistry
  • biochemistry - the organic chemistry of compounds and processes occuring in organisms; the effort to understand biology within the context of chemistry
  • biodegradable - capable of being decomposed by e.g. bacteria
  • bioengineering - the branch of engineering science in which biological science is used to study the relation between workers and their environments
  • bioethics - the branch of ethics that studies moral values in the biomedical sciences
  • biofeedback - a training program in which a person is given information about physiological processes (heart rate or blood pressure) that is not normally available with the goal of gaining conscious control of them
  • biogenesis - the production of living organisms from other living organisms; production of a chemical compound by a living organism
  • biohazard - hazard to humans or the environment resulting from biological agents or conditions; any bacterium or virus or toxin that could be used in biological warfare
  • biological - of parents and children; related by blood; pertaining to biology or to life and living things
  • biologically - with respect to biology
  • biologist - (biology) a scientist who studies living organisms
  • biology - the science that studies living organisms; characteristic life processes and phenomena of living organisms; all the plant and animal life of a particular region
  • biomedical - relating to the activities and applications of science to clinical medicine
  • biomedicine - the branch of medical science that studies the ability of organisms to withstand environmental stress (as in space travel): the branch of medical science that applies biological and physiological principles to clinical practice
  • biometry - a branch of biology that studies biological phenomena and observations by means of statistical analysis
  • bionic - having particular physiological functions augmented or replaced by electronic or electromechanical components; of or relating to bionics
  • bionics - application of biological principals to the study and design of engineering systems (especially electronic systems)
  • biopsy - examination of tissues or liquids from the living body to determine the existence or cause of a disease
  • biostatistics - a branch of biology that studies biological phenomena and observations by means of statistical analysis
  • biotechnology - the branch of engineering science in which biological science is used to study the relation between workers and their environments; the branch of molecular biology that studies the use of microorganisms to perform specific industrial processes
  • biotin - a B vitamin that aids in body growth
  • biparous - producing two offspring at a time
  • bipolar - having two poles; of, pertaining to, or occurring in both polar regions; of or relating to manic depressive illness
  • bird - warm-blooded egg-laying vertebrates characterized by feathers and forelimbs modified as wings; the flesh of a bird or fowl (wild or domestic) used as food; badminton equipment consisting of a ball of cork or rubber with a crown of feathers; a cry or noise made to express displeasure or contempt; informal terms for a (young) woman; watch and study birds in their natural habitat
  • birmingham - a city in central England; 2nd largest English city and an important industrial and transportation center; the largest city in Alabama; located in northeastern Alabama
  • birth - the event of being born; the time when something begins (especially life); the process of giving birth; the kinship relation of an offspring to the parents; cause_to_be_born
  • birthday - an anniversary of the day on which a person was born (or the celebration of it); the date on which a person was born
  • birthing - the process of giving birth
  • birthmark - a blemish on the skin that is formed before birth
  • bisexual - sexually attracted to both sexes; having an ambiguous sexual identity; a person who is sexually attracted to both sexes
  • bisexuality - sexual activity with both men and women; showing characteristics of both sexes
  • bismuth - a heavy brittle diamagnetic trivalent metallic element (resembles arsenic and antimony chemically); usually recovered as a by-product from ores of other metals
  • bit - the cutting part of a drill; usually pointed and threaded and is replaceable in a brace or bitstock or drill press; piece of metal held in horse's mouth by reins and used to control the horse while riding: a small fragment of something broken off from the whole; a unit of measurement of information (from binary + digit); the amount of information in a system having two equiprobable states; a short theatrical performance that is part of a longer program; a small fragment; an instance of some kind; a small amount of solid food; a mouthful; a small quantity; an indefinitely short time
  • bite - a portion removed from the whole; the act of gripping or chewing off with the teeth and jaws; (angling) an instance of a fish taking the bait; a light informal meal; a wound resulting from biting by an animal or a person; a strong odor or taste property; wit having a sharp and caustic quality; a small amount of solid food; a mouthful; a painful wound caused by the thrust of an insect's stinger into skin; penetrate or cut, as with a knife; to grip, cut off, or tear with or as if with the teeth or jaws; cause a sharp or stinging pain or discomfort; deliver a sting to
  • biting - causing a sharply painful or stinging sensation; used especially of cold; capable of wounding
  • bitter - proceeding from or exhibiting great hostility or animosity: expressive of severe grief or regret; one of the four basic taste sensations; sharp and disagreeable; like the taste of quinine; very difficult to accept or bear; marked by strong resentment or cynicism: causing a sharply painful or stinging sensation; used especially of cold; harsh or corrosive in tone; extremely and sharply; the taste experience when quinine or coffee is taken into the mouth; English term for a dry sharp-tasting ale with strong flavor of hops (usually on draft); the property of having a harsh unpleasant taste; make bitter
  • bivalve - used of mollusks having two shells (as clams etc.); marine or freshwater mollusks having a soft body with platelike gills enclosed within two shells hinged together
  • bk - a radioactive transuranic element; discovered by bombarding americium with helium
  • black - marked by anger or resentment or hostility; of or belonging to a racial group having dark skin especially of sub-Saharan African origin; extremely dark; being of the achromatic color of maximum darkness; having little or no hue owing to absorption of almost all incident light; (of the face) made black especially as with suffused blood; soiled with dirt or soot; dressed in black; (of coffee) without cream or sugar; (of events) having extremely unfortunate or dire consequences; bringing ruin; stemming from evil characteristics or forces; wicked or dishonorable; (used of conduct or character) deserving or bringing disgrace or shame; offering little or no hope: (of intelligence operations) deliberately misleading; harshly ironic or sinister; distributed or sold illicitly; black clothing (worn as a sign of mourning); (board games) the darker pieces; the quality or state of the achromatic color of least lightness (bearing the least resemblance to white); a person with dark skin who comes from Africa (or whose ancestors came from Africa); popular child actress of the 1930's (born in 1928); British chemist who identified carbon dioxide and who formulated the concepts of specific heat and latent heat (1728-1799); total absence of light; make or become black
  • blackhead - a black-tipped plug clogging a pore of the skin
  • blackout - a momentary loss of consciousness; the failure of electric power for a general region; darkness resulting from the extinction of lights (as in a city invisible to enemy aircraft); a suspension of radio or tv broadcasting; partial or total loss of memory
  • blackwater - any of several human or animal diseases characterized by dark urine resulting from rapid breakdown of red blood cells
  • bladder - a bag that fills with air; a distensible membranous sac (usually containing liquid or gas)
  • blade - the flat part of a tool or weapon that (usually) has a cutting edge; flat surface that rotates and pushes against air or water; the part of the skate that slides on the ice; a broad flat body part (as of the shoulder or tongue); a cut of beef from the shoulder blade: something long and thin resembling a blade of grass; a dashing young man; especially a leaf of grass or the broad portion of a leaf as distinct from the petiole; a cutting or thrusting weapon that has a long metal blade and a hilt with a hand guard
  • blame - expletives used informally as intensifiers; a reproach for some lapse or misdeed; an accusation that you are responsible for some lapse or misdeed; attribute responsibility to; put or pin the blame on; harass with constant criticism
  • blanch - cook (vegetables) briefly; turn pale, as if in fear
  • bland - lacking stimulating characteristics; uninteresting; lacking taste or flavor or tang; smoothly agreeable and courteous with a degree of sophistication
  • blank - void of expression; (of a surface) not written or printed on: not charged with a bullet; a cartridge containing an explosive charge but no bullet; a piece of material ready to be made into something; a substitute for a taboo word; a blank gap or missing part; a blank character used to separate successive words in writing or printing: keep the opposing (baseball) team from winning
  • blank - void of expression; (of a surface) not written or printed on: not charged with a bullet; a cartridge containing an explosive charge but no bullet; a piece of material ready to be made into something; a substitute for a taboo word; a blank gap or missing part; a blank character used to separate successive words in writing or printing: keep the opposing (baseball) team from winning
  • blanket - broad in scope or content; bedding that keeps a person warm in bed; a layer of lead surrounding the highly reactive core of a nuclear reactor; anything that covers; cover as if with a blanket; form a blanket-like cover (over)
  • blast - a very long fly ball; an explosion (as of dynamite); intense adverse criticism; a highly pleasurable or exciting experience; a sudden very loud noise; a strong current of air; use explosives on: make a strident sound; hit hard
  • blastocele - the fluid-filled cavity inside a blastula
  • blastocoele - the fluid-filled cavity inside a blastula
  • blastocyst - the blastula of mammals
  • blastomyces - genus of pathogenic yeastlike fungi
  • blastomycosis - any of several infections of the skin or mucous membrane caused by Blastomyces
  • blastula - early stage of an embryo produced by cleavage of an ovum; a liquid-filled sphere whose wall is composed of a single layer of cells; during this stage (about eight days after fertilization) implantation in the wall of the uterus occurs
  • bleach - the act of whitening something by bleaching it (exposing it to sunlight or using a chemical bleaching agent); the whiteness that results from removing the color from something; an agent that makes things white or colorless; make whiter or lighter; remove color from
  • bleb - (pathology) an elevation of the skin filled with serous fluid
  • bleed - draw blood; drain of liquid or steam; get or extort (money or other possessions) from someone; lose blood from one's body; be diffused
  • bleeder - someone who has hemophilia and is subject to uncontrollable bleeding
  • bleeding - flow of blood from a ruptured blood vessels
  • blepharitis - inflammation of the eyelids characterized by redness and swelling and dried crusts
  • blepharospasm - spasm of the eyelid muscle resulting in closure of the eye
  • blind - unable or unwilling to perceive or understand; not based on reason or evidence; unable to see; something that keeps things out or hinders sight; a hiding place sometimes used by hunters (especially duck hunters); people who have severe visual impairments, considered as a group; something intended to misrepresent the true nature of an activity; make dim by comparison or conceal; make blind by putting the eyes out; render unable to see
  • blinded - deprived of sight
  • blindness - the state of being blind or lacking sight
  • blink - a reflex that closes and opens the eyes rapidly; briefly shut the eyes; force to go away by blinking; gleam or glow intermittently
  • blister - (pathology) an elevation of the skin filled with serous fluid: get blistered; cause blisters to from on; subject to harsh criticism
  • blistered - (of skin) having blisters (swellings containing watery fluid) caused by burning or irritation
  • blistering - very fast; capable of quick response and great speed: hot enough to raise (or as if to raise) blisters; marked by harshly abusive criticism; harsh or corrosive in tone; the formation of vesicles
  • bloated - abnormally distended especially by fluids or gas
  • block - a solid piece of something (usually having flat rectangular sides); housing in a large building that is divided into separate units: an inability to remember or think of something you normally can do; often caused by emotional tension; a number or quantity of related things dealt with as a unit; a rectangular area in a city surrounded by streets and usually containing several buildings; (computer science) a sector or group of sectors that function as the smallest data unit permitted; a three-dimensional shape with six square or rectangular sides; the act of obstructing or deflecting someone's movements; a platform from which an auctioneer sells; an obstruction in a pipe or tube; a metal casting containing the cylinders and cooling ducts of an engine; a simple machine consisting of a wheel with a groove in which a rope can run to change the direction or point of application of a force applied to the rope; shape into a block or blocks; shape by using a block; support, secure, or raise with a block; stamp or emboss a title or design on a book with a block; interrupt the normal function of by means of anesthesia; run on a block system; prohibit the conversion or use of (assets); be unable to remember; interfere with or prevent the reception of signals; impede the movement of (an opponent or a ball); block passage through; render unsuitable for passage; obstruct; shut out from view or get in the way so as to hide from sight; hinder or prevent the progress or accomplishment of; stop from happening or developing
  • blockage - the act of blocking; an obstruction in a pipe or tube; the state or condition of being obstructed
  • blocked - completely obstructed or closed off; closed to traffic
  • blocker - a class of drugs that inhibit (block) some biological process; a football player whose responsibility is to block players attempting to stop an offensive play
  • blocking - the act of obstructing or deflecting someone's movements
  • blood - temperament or disposition; the fluid (red in vertebrates) that is pumped by the heart; people viewed as members of a group: the descendants of one individual; a dissolute man in fashionable society; smear with blood, as in a hunting initiation rite, where the face of a person is smeared with the blood of the kill
  • bloodshot - (of an eye) reddened as a result of locally congested blood vessels; inflamed
  • bloodstained - covered with blood
  • bloodstream - the blood flowing through the circulatory system
  • bloody - having or covered with or accompanied by blood; (used of persons) informal intensifiers; extremely; cover with blood
  • bloomsbury - a city district of central London laid out in garden squares
  • blot - an act that brings discredit to the person who does it; a blemish made by dirt; dry (ink) with blotting paper; make a spot or mark onto
  • blotch - an irregularly shaped spot; mark with spots or blotches of different color or shades of color as if stained
  • blow - forceful exhalation through the nose or mouth; a powerful stroke with the fist or a weapon; an impact (as from a collision): street names for cocaine; an unpleasant or disappointing surprise: an unfortunate happening that hinders or impedes; something that is thwarting or frustrating; a strong current of air; exhale hard; free of obstruction by blowing air through; burst suddenly; shape by blowing; allow to regain its breath; cause to be revealed and jeopardized; lay eggs; spout moist air from the blowhole; cause to move by means of an air current; cause air to go in, on, or through: play or sound a wind instrument; make a sound as if blown; sound by having air expelled through a tube; spend lavishly or wastefully on; be blowing or storming; melt, break, or become otherwise unusable; show off; leave; informal or rude; be in motion due to some air or water current; provide sexual gratification through oral stimulation; spend thoughtlessly; throw away; make a mess of, destroy or ruin
  • blowing - processing that involves blowing a gas
  • blue - causing dejection; of the color intermediate between green and violet; having a color similar to that of a clear unclouded sky: low in spirits; morally rigorous and strict; used to signify the Union forces in the American Civil War (who wore blue uniforms): suggestive of sexual impropriety; characterized by profanity or cursing; belonging to or characteristic of the nobility or aristocracy: any of numerous small butterflies of the family Lycaenidae; blue clothing; blue color or pigment; resembling the color of the clear sky in the daytime; any organization or party whose uniforms or badges are blue; the sodium salt of amobarbital that is used as a barbiturate; used as a sedative and a hypnotic; the sky as viewed during daylight; used to whiten laundry or hair or give it a bluish tinge; turn blue
  • blueness - blue color or pigment; resembling the color of the clear sky in the daytime
  • blues - a type of folksong that originated among Black Americans at the beginning of the 20th century; has a melancholy sound from repeated use of blue notes; a state of depression
  • blunt - devoid of any qualifications or disguise or adornment: characterized by directness in manner or speech; without subtlety or evasion; used of a knife or other blade; not sharp; having a broad or rounded end; make less sharp; make less intense; make less lively, intense, or vigorous; impair in vigor, force, activity, or sensation: make dull or blunt; make numb or insensitive
  • blurred - unclear in form or expression; indistinct or hazy in outline
  • blush - sudden reddening of the face (as from embarrassment or guilt or shame or modesty); a rosy color (especially in the cheeks) taken as a sign of good health; turn red, as if in embarrassment or shame; become rosy or reddish
  • bm - a euphemism for defecation; solid excretory product evacuated from the bowels
  • bmr - the rate at which heat is produced by an individual in a resting state
  • board - a flat piece of material designed for a special purpose; a flat portable surface (usually rectangular) designed for board games: food or meals in general; a committee having supervisory powers; a stout length of sawn timber; made in a wide variety of sizes and used for many purposes; a printed circuit that can be inserted into expansion slots in a computer to increase the computer's capabilities; electrical device consisting of a flat insulated surface that contains switches and dials and meters for controlling other electrical devices; a table at which meals are served; a vertical surface on which information can be displayed to public view: provide food and lodging (for); lodge and take meals (at); get on board of (trains, buses, ships, aircraft, etc.); live and take one's meals at or in
  • boards - the boarding that surrounds an ice hockey rink; the stage of a theater
  • boat - a small vessel for travel on water; a dish (often boat-shaped) for serving gravy or sauce; ride in a boat on water
  • bodily - having or relating to a physical material body; affecting or characteristic of the body as opposed to the mind or spirit; of or relating to or belonging to the body; in bodily form
  • body - the external structure of a vehicle; the entire structure of an organism (especially an animal or human being); a natural object consisting of a dead animal or person; the central message of a communication; a group of persons associated by some common tie or occupation and regarded as an entity; a collection of particulars considered as a system; an individual 3-dimensional object that has mass and that is distinguishable from other objects; the property of holding together and retaining its shape; the body excluding the head and neck and limbs; invest with or as with a body; give body to
  • boil - a painful sore with a hard core filled with pus; the temperature at which a liquid boils at sea level; cook in boiling liquid; bring to, or maintain at, the boiling point; come to the boiling point and change from a liquid to vapor; be in an agitated emotional state; be agitated
  • boiled - cooked in hot water
  • boiling - extremely; cooking in a liquid that has been brought to a boil; the application of heat to change something from a liquid to a gas
  • bologna - large smooth-textured smoked sausage of beef and veal and pork; the capital of Emilia-Romagna; located in northern Italy east of the Apennines
  • bolus - a large pill; used especially in veterinary medicine; a small round soft mass (as of chewed food)
  • bond - held in slavery; British secret operative 007 in novels by Ian Fleming; United States civil rights leader who was elected to the legislature in Georgia but was barred from taking his seat because he opposed the Vietnam War (born 1940); a certificate of debt (usually interest-bearing or discounted) that is issued by a government or corporation in order to raise money; the issuer is required to pay a fixed sum annually until maturity and then a fixed sum to repay the principal; a superior quality of strong durable white writing paper; originally made for printing documents; a connection that fastens things together; a restraint that confines or restricts freedom (especially something used to tie down or restrain a prisoner); the property of sticking together (as of glue and wood) or the joining of surfaces of different composition; an electrical force linking atoms; (criminal law) money that must be forfeited by the bondsman if an accused person fails to appear in court for trial; a connection based on kinship or marriage or common interest; bring together in a common cause or emotion; issue bonds on; stick to firmly; create social or emotional ties
  • bonded - secured by written agreement
  • bonding - fastening firmly together; (dentistry) a technique for repairing a tooth; resinous material is applied to the surface of the tooth where it adheres to the tooth's enamel; a close personal relationship that forms between people (as between husband and wife or parent and child)
  • bone - consisting of or made up of bone; a shade of white the color of bleached bones; rigid connective tissue that makes up the skeleton of vertebrates; the porous calcified substance from which bones are made; remove the bones from; study intensively, as before an exam
  • bone - consisting of or made up of bone; a shade of white the color of bleached bones; rigid connective tissue that makes up the skeleton of vertebrates; the porous calcified substance from which bones are made; remove the bones from; study intensively, as before an exam
  • bones - a percussion instrument consisting of a pair of hollow pieces of wood or bone (usually held between the thumb and fingers) that are made to click together (as by Spanish dancers) in rhythm with the dance
  • bonesetter - someone (not necessarily a licensed physician) who sets broken bones
  • bonn - a city in western Germany on the Rhine River; was the capital of West Germany between 1949 and 1989
  • bonney - United States outlaw who was said to have killed 21 men (1859-1881)
  • bony - having bones especially many or prominent bones; very thin especially from disease or hunger or cold; composed of or containing bone
  • book - physical objects consisting of a number of pages bound together; a number of sheets (ticket or stamps etc.) bound together on one edge; a major division of a long written composition; a written work or composition that has been published (printed on pages bound together); a collection of rules or prescribed standards on the basis of which decisions are made; a collection of playing cards satisfying the rules of a card game; the sacred writings of the Christian religions; the sacred writings of Islam revealed by God to the prophet Muhammad during his life at Mecca and Medina; a compilation of the known facts regarding something or someone; a written version of a play or other dramatic composition; used in preparing for a performance; a record in which commercial accounts are recorded; engage for a performance; record a charge in a police register; register in a hotel booker; arrange for and reserve (something for someone else) in advance
  • booking - the act of reserving (a place or passage) or engaging the services of (a person or group); employment for performers or performing groups that lasts for a limited period of time
  • booster - an additional dose that makes sure the first dose was effective; the first stage of a multistage rocket; an amplifier for restoring the strength of a transmitted signal; a thief who steals goods that are in a store; someone who is an active supporter and advocate; a person who backs a politician or a team etc.
  • boot - a form of foot torture in which the feet are encased in iron and slowly crushed; footwear that covers the whole foot and lower leg: British term for the luggage compartment in a car; an instrument of torture that is used to heat or crush the foot and leg; protective casing for something that resembles a leg; the act of delivering a blow with the foot; the swift release of a store of affective force: cause to load (an operating system) and start the initial processes: kick; give a boot to
  • boracic - of or relating to or derived from or containing boron
  • borax - an ore of boron consisting of hydrated sodium borate; used as a flux or cleansing agent
  • border - a strip forming the outer edge of something; a decorative recessed or relieved surface on an edge; a line that indicates a boundary; the boundary of a surface; the boundary line or the area immediately inside the boundary; lie adjacent to another or share a boundary; provide with a border or edge; extend on all sides of simultaneously; encircle; enclose in or as if in a frame; form the boundary of; be contiguous to
  • borderline - of questionable or minimal quality; a line that indicates a boundary
  • boredom - the feeling of being bored by something tedious
  • boric - of or relating to or derived from or containing boron
  • born - brought into existence; being talented through inherited qualities; British nuclear physicist (born in Germany) honored for his contributions to quantum mechanics (1882-1970)
  • borrelia - cause of e.g. European and African relapsing fever
  • boston - state capital and largest city of Massachusetts; a major center for banking and financial services
  • botany - the branch of biology that studies plants; all the plant life in a particular region or period
  • both - (used with count nouns) two considered together; the two
  • bottle - a glass or plastic vessel used for storing drinks or other liquids; typically cylindrical without handles and with a narrow neck that can be plugged or capped; a vessel fitted with a flexible teat and filled with milk or formula; used as a substitute for breast feeding infants and very young children; the quantity contained in a bottle: put into bottles; store (liquids or gases) in bottles
  • bottom - the lowest rank; situated at the bottom or lowest position; a cargo ship; the lower side of anything; the lowest part of anything: the second half of an inning; while the home team is at bat; the fleshy part of the human body that you sit on; a depression forming the ground under a body of water; low-lying alluvial land near a river: strike the ground, as with a ship's bottom; provide with a bottom or a seat; come to understand
  • botulinum - anaerobic bacterium producing botulin the toxin that causes botulism
  • botulism - food poisoning from ingesting botulin; not infectious; affects the CNS; can be fatal if not treated promptly
  • bound - confined by bonds; secured with a cover or binding; often used as a combining form; (usually followed by `to') governed by fate; confined in the bowels; held with another element, substance or material in chemical or physical union; headed or intending to head in a certain direction; often used as a combining form as in `college-bound students'; bound by an oath; bound by contract: covered or wrapped with a bandage; a light, self-propelled movement upwards or forwards; the greatest possible degree of something; the line or plane indicating the limit or extent of something; a line determining the limits of an area; form the boundary of; be contiguous to; place limits on (extent or access): spring back; spring away from an impact; move forward by leaps and bounds
  • bout - a contest or fight (especially between boxers or wrestlers); a period of illness; an occasion for excessive eating or drinking: (sports) a period of play during which one team is on the offensive
  • bovine - dull and slow-moving and stolid; like an ox; of or relating to or belonging to the genus Bos (cattle); any of various members of the genus Bos
  • bow - a stroke with a curved piece of wood with taut horsehair strands that is used in playing stringed instruments; a slightly curved piece of resilient wood with taut horsehair strands, used in playing certain stringed instrument; curved piece of resilient wood with taut cord to propel arrows; front part of a vessel or aircraft; a knot with two loops and loose ends; used to tie shoelaces; a decorative interlacing of ribbons; an appearance by actors or performers at the end of the concert or play in order to acknowledge the applause of the audience; bending the head or body or knee as a sign of reverence or submission or shame; something curved in shape: bend one's knee or body, or lower one's head; play on a string instrument; bend the head or the upper part of the body in a gesture of respect or greeting; submit or yield to another's wish or opinion: bend one's back forward from the waist on down
  • bowel - the part of the alimentary canal between the stomach and the anus
  • bowels - the center of the Earth
  • bowl - a dish that is round and open at the top for serving foods; a round vessel that is open at the top; used for holding fruit or liquids or for serving food; a small round container that is open at the top for holding tobacco; a wooden ball (with flattened sides so that it rolls on a curved course) used in the game of lawn bowling; the quantity contained in a bowl; a concave shape with an open top; a large ball with finger holes used in the sport of bowling; a large structure for open-air sports or entertainments; engage in the sport of bowling: roll (a ball)
  • bowman - a person who is expert in the use of a bow and arrow
  • box - a blow with the hand (usually on the ear); a (usually rectangular) container; may have a lid; separate partitioned area in a public place for a few people; private area in a theater or grandstand where a small group can watch the performance; the driver's seat on a coach; any one of several designated areas on a ball field where the batter or catcher or coaches are positioned; evergreen shrubs or small trees; the quantity contained in a box; a rectangular drawing; a predicament from which a skillful or graceful escape is impossible: engage in a boxing match; hit with the fist; put into a box
  • boxer - a breed of stocky medium-sized short-haired dog with a brindled coat and square-jawed muzzle developed in Germany: someone who fights with his fists for sport; a member of a nationalistic Chinese secret society that led an unsuccessful rebellion in 1900 against foreign interests in China; a workman employed to pack things into containers
  • boxing - fighting with the fists; the enclosure of something in a package or box
  • boy - (ethnic slur) offensive and disparaging term for Black man; a friendly informal reference to a grown man; a youthful male person: a male human offspring
  • bph - enlarged prostate; appears to be part of the natural aging process
  • br - a Marxist-Leninist terrorist organization that arose out of a student protest movement in the late 1960s; wants to separate Italy from NATO and advocates violence in the service of class warfare and revolution; mostly inactive since 1989; a nonmetallic largely pentavalent heavy volatile corrosive dark brown liquid element belonging to the halogens; found in sea water
  • bra - an undergarment worn by women to support their breasts
  • brace - a structural member used to stiffen a framework; a carpenter's tool having a crank handle for turning and a socket to hold a bit for boring; an appliance that corrects dental irregularities: a support that steadies or strengthens something else; elastic straps that hold trousers up (usually used in the plural); a rope on a square-rigged ship that is used to swing a yard about and secure it; either of two punctuation marks ({ or }) used to enclose textual material; a set of two similar things considered as a unit; two items of the same kind; support by bracing; support or hold steady and make steadfast, with or as if with a brace; prepare (oneself) for something unpleasant or difficult; cause to be alert and energetic
  • bracelet - jewelry worn around the wrist for decoration; a band of cloth or leather or metal links attached to a wristwatch and wrapped around the wrist
  • braces - an appliance that corrects dental irregularities
  • brachial - of or relating to an arm
  • brachium - (biology) a branching or armlike part of an animal
  • brachycephaly - the quality of being brachycephalic
  • bradford - United States printer (born in England) whose press produced the first American prayer book and the New York City's first newspaper (1663-1752)
  • brady - United States financier noted for his love of diamonds and his extravagant lifestyle (1856-1917); United States pioneer photographer famous for his portraits; was the official Union photographer for the American Civil War (1823-1896)
  • bradycardia - abnormally slow heartbeat
  • braille - a point system of writing in which patterns of raised dots represent letters and numerals; French educator who lost his sight at the age of three and who invented a system of writing and printing for sightless people (1809-1852); transcribe in Braille
  • brain - that part of the central nervous system that includes all the higher nervous centers; enclosed within the skull; continuous with the spinal cord; mental ability; the brain of certain animals used as meat; that which is responsible for one's thoughts and feelings; the seat of the faculty of reason; someone who has exceptional intellectual ability and originality; kill by smashing someone's skull: hit on the head
  • brainstem - the part of the brain continuous with the spinal cord and comprising the medulla oblongata and pons and midbrain and parts of the hypothalamus
  • bran - food prepared from the husks of cereal grains; broken husks of the seeds of cereal grains that are separated from the flour by sifting
  • branch - an administrative division of some larger or more complex organization; a stream or river connected to a larger one; a division of a stem, or secondary stem arising from the main stem of a plant: a part of a forked or branching shape; any projection that is thought to resemble a human arm; a natural consequence of development: divide into two or more branches so as to form a fork; grow and send out branches or branch-like structures
  • branched - having branches; resembling a fork; divided or separated into two branches
  • branchia - respiratory organ of aquatic animals that breathe oxygen dissolved in water
  • branchial - of or relating to gills (or to parts of the body derived from embryonic gills)
  • branching - resembling the branches of a tree; having branches: the act of branching out or dividing into branches
  • brand - a recognizable kind; identification mark on skin, made by burning; a piece of wood that has been burned or is burning; a cutting or thrusting weapon that has a long metal blade and a hilt with a hand guard; a symbol of disgrace or infamy; a name given to a product or service; burn with a branding iron to indicate ownership; of animals; mark or expose as infamous; to accuse or condemn or openly or formally or brand as disgraceful
  • braun - United States rocket engineer (born in Germany where he designed a missile used against England); he led the United States Army team that put the first American satellite into space (1912-1977); the German mistress of Adolf Hitler (1910-1945)
  • brazilian - of or relating to or characteristic of Brazil or the people of Brazil; a native or inhabitant of Brazil
  • bread - food made from dough of flour or meal and usually raised with yeast or baking powder and then baked; informal terms for money; cover with bread crumbs
  • break - an escape from jail; a sudden dash; an act of delaying or interrupting the continuity; (tennis) a score consisting of winning a game when your opponent was serving; the opening shot that scatters the balls in billiards or pool; an abrupt change in the tone or register of the voice (as at puberty or due to emotion); an unexpected piece of good luck; the occurrence of breaking; any frame in which a bowler fails to make a strike or spare; the act of breaking something; a pause from doing something (as work); a personal or social separation (as between opposing factions); some abrupt occurrence that interrupts an ongoing activity; (geology) a crack in the earth's crust resulting from the displacement of one side with respect to the other; breaking of hard tissue such as bone; a time interval during which there is a temporary cessation of something; weaken or destroy in spirit or body; diminish or discontinue abruptly; fall sharply; be broken in; crack; of the male voice in puberty; render inoperable or ineffective; become separated into pieces or fragments; destroy the integrity of; usually by force; cause to separate into pieces or fragments; happen; prevent completion; change suddenly from one tone quality or register to another; come into being; find the solution or key to; find a flaw in: undergo breaking; interrupt the flow of current in; be released or become known; of news; pierce or penetrate; become punctured or penetrated; break a piece from a whole; go to pieces; ruin completely; separate from a clinch, in boxing; make the opening shot that scatters the balls; destroy the completeness of a set of related items; exchange for smaller units of money; force out or release suddenly and often violently something pent up; curl over and fall apart in surf or foam, of waves; emerge from the surface of a body of water; scatter or part; make a rupture in the ranks of the enemy or one's own by quitting or fleeing; move away or escape suddenly; change directions suddenly; invalidate by judicial action: interrupt a continued activity; cause the failure or ruin of; happen or take place; come forth or begin from a state of latency; give up: cause to give up a habit; vary or interrupt a uniformity or continuity: come to an end; fracture a bone of; make submissive, obedient, or useful; become fractured; break or crack on the surface only: terminate; lessen in force or effect; stop operating or functioning: cease an action temporarily; make known to the public information that was previously known only to a few people or that was meant to be kept a secret; surpass in excellence; do a break dance; break down, literally or metaphorically; reduce to bankruptcy; assign to a lower position; reduce in rank; discontinue an association or relation; go different ways; act in disregard of laws, rules, contracts, or promises; enter someone's property in an unauthorized manner, usually with the intent to steal or commit a violent act; fail to agree with; be in violation of; as of rules or patterns
  • breakdown - an analysis into mutually exclusive categories; a cessation of normal operation; a mental or physical breakdown; the act of disrupting an established order so it fails to continue
  • breakdown - an analysis into mutually exclusive categories; a cessation of normal operation; a mental or physical breakdown; the act of disrupting an established order so it fails to continue
  • breaker - a quarry worker who splits off blocks of stone; a device that trips like a switch and opens the circuit when overloaded; waves breaking on the shore
  • breakfast - the first meal of the day (usually in the morning); eat an early morning meal; provide breakfast for
  • breaking - (of waves) curling over and crashing into surf or spray: the act of breaking something
  • breast - the front part of the trunk from the neck to the abdomen: either of two soft fleshy milk-secreting glandular organs on the chest of a woman; meat carved from the breast of a fowl; reach the summit; meet at breast level; confront bodily
  • breastbone - the flat bone that articulates with the clavicles and the first seven pairs of ribs
  • breath - the process of taking in and expelling air during breathing: a slight movement of the air; the air that is inhaled and exhaled in respiration; a short respite; an indirect suggestion
  • breathe - draw air into, and expel out of, the lungs; reach full flavor by absorbing air and being let to stand after having been uncorked: manifest or evince; utter or tell; impart as if by breathing; be alive: allow the passage of air through; expel (gases or odors); take a short break from one's activities in order to relax
  • breathed - uttered without voice
  • breathing - passing or able to pass air in and out of the lungs normally; sometimes used in combination; the bodily process of inhalation and exhalation; the process of taking in oxygen from inhaled air and releasing carbon dioxide by exhalation
  • breathless - appearing dead; not breathing or having no perceptible pulse; not breathing or able to breathe except with difficulty; tending to cause suspension of regular breathing
  • breathlessness - a dyspneic condition
  • breech - opening in the rear of the barrel of a gun where bullets can be loaded
  • breed - a lineage or race of people; a special variety of domesticated animals within a species; a special lineage; half-caste offspring of parents of different races (especially of white and American Indian parents); have young (animals); cause to procreate (animals); copulate with a female, used especially of horses; call forth
  • bregma - the craniometric point at the junction of the sagittal and coronal sutures at the top of the cranium
  • breslau - a city in southwestern Poland on the Oder
  • brest - a port city in northwestern France (in Brittany); the chief naval station of France
  • breuer - United States architect (born in Hungary) who was associated with the Bauhaus in the 1920's (1902-1981)
  • bridge - any of various card games based on whist for four players: a structure that allows people or vehicles to cross an obstacle such as a river or canal or railway etc.; an upper deck where a ship is steered and the captain stands; the link between two lenses; rests on nose; a denture anchored to teeth on either side of missing teeth: a wooden support that holds the strings up; a circuit consisting of two branches (4 arms arranged in a diamond configuration) across which a meter is connected; the hard ridge that forms the upper part of the nose; something resembling a bridge in form or function: make a bridge across; cross over on a bridge; connect or reduce the distance between
  • bridges - United States labor leader who organized the longshoremen (1901-1990)
  • brief - concise and succinct; of short duration or distance; (of clothing) very short; a condensed written summary or abstract; a document stating the facts and points of law of a client's case; give essential information to someone
  • briefly - for a short time; in a concise manner; in a few words
  • brigade - army unit smaller than a division; form or unite into a brigade
  • bright - full or promise; having lots of light either natural or artificial: emitting or reflecting light readily or in large amounts; having striking color; abounding with sunlight; splendid; characterized by happiness or gladness; characterized by quickness and ease in learning; made smooth and bright by or as if by rubbing; reflecting a sheen or glow: clear and sharp and ringing; not made dim or less bright; with brightness
  • brightly - with brightness
  • brim - a circular projection that sticks outward from the crown of a hat; the top edge of a vessel or other container; fill as much as possible; be completely full
  • bring - bring into a different state; induce or persuade; go or come after and bring or take back; be accompanied by; cause to come into a particular state or condition; cause to happen or to occur as a consequence; attract the attention of; take something or somebody with oneself somewhere; advance or set forth in court; be sold for a certain price; bestow a quality on
  • bringing - the act of delivering or distributing something (as goods or mail)
  • bristol - an industrial city and port in southwestern England near the mouth of the River Avon
  • britain - a monarchy in northwestern Europe occupying most of the British Isles; divided into England and Scotland and Wales and Northern Ireland
  • british - of or relating to or characteristic of Great Britain or its people or culture; the people of Great Britain
  • brittle - having little elasticity; hence easily cracked or fractured or snapped; (of metal or glass) not annealed and consequently easily cracked or fractured; lacking warmth and generosity of spirit: caramelized sugar cooled in thin sheets
  • brittleness - firm but easily broken
  • brno - an industrial city in Moravia in Czech Republic southeast of Prague
  • broad - showing or characterized by broad-mindedness; lacking subtlety; obvious; not detailed or specific; being at a peak or culminating point; (of speech) heavily and noticeably regional; very large in expanse or scope; broad in scope or content; having great (or a certain) extent from one side to the other; slang term for a woman
  • broca - French anthropologist who studied the craniums and brains of different races of people; remembered for his discovery that articulate speech depends on an area of the brain now known as Broca's area (1824-1880)
  • broke - lacking funds
  • broken - physically and forcibly separated into pieces or cracked or split; (especially of promises or contracts) having been violated or disregarded; not continuous in space, time, or sequence or varying abruptly; lacking a part or parts; discontinuous; out of working order (`busted' is an informal substitute for `broken'); destroyed financially: weakened and infirm; thrown into a state of disarray or confusion: imperfectly spoken or written; subdued or brought low in condition or status; topographically very uneven; tamed or trained to obey
  • bromide - any of the salts of hydrobromic acid; formerly used as a sedative but now generally replaced by safer drugs; a trite or obvious remark
  • bromine - a nonmetallic largely pentavalent heavy volatile corrosive dark brown liquid element belonging to the halogens; found in sea water
  • bronchial - relating to or associated with the bronchi
  • bronchiolar - of or relating to or involving bronchioles
  • bronchiole - any of the smallest bronchial ducts; ending in alveoli
  • bronchiolitis - inflammation of the membranes lining the bronchioles
  • bronchitic - suffering from or prone to bronchitis
  • bronchitis - inflammation of the membranes lining the bronchial tubes
  • broncho - an unbroken or imperfectly broken mustang
  • bronchodilator - a drug that relaxes and dilates the bronchial passageways and improves the passages of air into the lungs
  • bronchopneumonia - pneumonia characterized by acute inflammation of the walls of the bronchioles
  • bronchoscope - a slender tubular instrument used to examine the bronchial tubes
  • bronchospasm - a spasm of the bronchi that makes exhalation difficult and noisy; associated with asthma and bronchitis
  • bronchus - either of the two main branches of the trachea
  • bronze - of the color of bronze; made from or consisting of bronze: a sculpture made of bronze; an alloy of copper and tin and sometimes other elements; also any copper-base alloy containing other elements in place of tin; give the color and appearance of bronze to something; get a tan, from wind or sun
  • brother - a male with the same parents as someone else; (Roman Catholic Church) a title given to a monk and used as form of address; a male person who is a fellow member (of a fraternity or religion of other group); used as a term of address for those male persons engaged in the same movement; a close friend who accompanies his buddies in their activities
  • brow - the part of the face above the eyes; the arch of hair above each eye; the peak of a hill
  • brown - (of skin) deeply suntanned; of a color similar to that of wood or earth; an orange of low brightness and saturation; abolitionist who was hanged after leading an unsuccessful raid at Harper's Ferry, Virginia (1800-1858); Scottish botanist who first observed the movement of small particles in fluids now known a Brownian motion (1773-1858); a university in Rhode Island; fry in a pan until it changes color
  • browne - United States writer of humorous tales of an itinerant showman (1834-1867); English illustrator of several of Dickens' novels (1815-1882)
  • brownish - of a color similar to that of wood or earth
  • bruce - King of Scotland from 1306 to 1329; defeated the English army under Edward II at Bannockburn and gained recognition of Scottish independence (1274-1329); Australian physician and bacteriologist who described the bacterium that causes undulant fever or brucellosis (1855-1931)
  • brucella - an aerobic Gram-negative coccobacillus that causes brucellosis; can be used as a bioweapon
  • brucellosis - infectious bacterial disease of human beings transmitted by contact with infected animals or infected meat or milk products; characterized by fever and headache; an infectious disease of domestic animals often resulting in spontaneous abortion; transmittable to human beings
  • bruise - an injury that doesn't break the skin but results in some discoloration; damage (plant tissue) by abrasion of pressure; break up into small pieces for food preparation; injure the underlying soft tissue of bone of; hurt the feelings of
  • bruised - injured without breaking the skin
  • bruising - brutally forceful and compelling; causing mental or emotional injury
  • bruit - tell or spread rumors
  • bruno - Italian philosopher who used Copernican principles to develop a pantheistic monistic philosophy; condemned for heresy by the Inquisition and burned at the stake (1548-1600); (Roman Catholic Church) a French cleric (born in Germany) who founded the Carthusian order in 1084 (1032-1101); German pope from 1049 to 1054 whose papacy was the beginning of papal reforms in the 11th century (1002-1054)
  • brush - contact with something dangerous or undesirable; the act of brushing your hair; the act of brushing your teeth; a minor short-term fight; an implement that has hairs or bristles firmly set into a handle: conducts current between rotating and stationary parts of a generator or motor; momentary contact; a dense growth of bushes: remove with or as if with a brush; touch lightly and briefly; rub with a brush, or as if with a brush; clean with a brush; cover by brushing: sweep across or over
  • bruxism - involuntarily or unconsciously clenching or grinding the teeth, typically during sleep
  • bs - a bachelor's degree in science
  • bse - a fatal disease of cattle that affects the central nervous system; causes staggering and agitation
  • bubble - a dome-shaped covering made of transparent glass or plastic; an impracticable and illusory idea; a hollow globule of gas (e.g., air or carbon dioxide); a speculative scheme that depends on unstable factors that the planner cannot control; form, produce, or emit bubbles; expel gas from the stomach; flow in an irregular current with a bubbling noise
  • bubo - a genus of Strigidae; a lymph node that is inflamed and swollen because of plague or gonorrhea or tuberculosis
  • bubonic - of or evidencing buboes
  • buccal - toward the inside of the cheek; lying within the mouth; of or relating to or toward the cheek
  • buck - mature male of various mammals (especially deer or antelope); United States author whose novels drew on her experiences as a missionary in China (1892-1973); a framework for holding wood that is being sawed; a gymnastic horse without pommels and with one end elongated; used lengthwise for vaulting: a piece of paper money worth one dollar; jump vertically, with legs stiff and back arched; resist; to strive with determination; move quickly and violently
  • bud - a partially opened flower; a swelling on a plant stem consisting of overlapping immature leaves or petals; start to grow or develop: develop buds
  • budget - a summary of intended expenditures along with proposals for how to meet them; a sum of money allocated for a particular purpose; make a budget
  • buffer - a cushion-like device that reduces shock due to contact; a power tool used to buff surfaces; (computer science) a part of RAM used for temporary storage of data that is waiting to be sent to a device; used to compensate for differences in the rate of flow of data between components of a computer system; an ionic compound that resists changes in its pH; an implement consisting of soft material mounted on a block; used for polishing (as in manicuring); an inclined metal frame at the front of a locomotive to clear the track: add a buffer (a solution); protect from impact
  • bug - general term for any insect or similar creeping or crawling invertebrate; a small hidden microphone; for listening secretly; a fault or defect in a system or machine; a minute life form (especially a disease-causing bacterium); the term is not in technical use: insects with sucking mouthparts and forewings thickened and leathery at the base; usually show incomplete metamorphosis: annoy persistently; tap a telephone or telegraph wire to get information
  • bug - general term for any insect or similar creeping or crawling invertebrate; a small hidden microphone; for listening secretly; a fault or defect in a system or machine; a minute life form (especially a disease-causing bacterium); the term is not in technical use: insects with sucking mouthparts and forewings thickened and leathery at the base; usually show incomplete metamorphosis: annoy persistently; tap a telephone or telegraph wire to get information
  • build - constitution of the human body; alternative names for the body of a human being; develop and grow; improve the cleansing action of; found or ground; build or establish something abstract; be engaged in building; give form to, according to a plan; order, supervise, or finance the construction of; form or accumulate steadily; bolster or strengthen; make by combining materials and parts
  • building - a structure that has a roof and walls and stands more or less permanently in one place; the occupants of a building; the act of constructing something; the commercial activity involved in repairing old structures or constructing new ones
  • buildup - the act of building up an accumulation; highly favorable publicity and praise; the result of the process of accumulation
  • built - (used of soaps or cleaning agents) having a substance (an abrasive or filler) added to increase effectiveness; well or attractively formed with respect to physique; formed by fitting or joining components together
  • bulb - a rounded part of a cylindrical instrument (usually at one end); a rounded dilation or expansion in a canal or vessel or organ: a modified bud consisting of a thickened globular underground stem serving as a reproductive structure; electric lamp consisting of a transparent or translucent glass housing containing a wire filament (usually tungsten) that emits light when heated by electricity; lower or hindmost part of the brain; continuous with spinal cord; (`bulb' is an old term for medulla oblongata)
  • bulbar - involving the medulla oblongata
  • bulbous - curving outward; shaped like a bulb
  • bulge - something that bulges out or is protuberant or projects from its surroundings; cause to bulge or swell outwards; swell or protrude outwards; bulge out; form a bulge outward, or be so full as to appear to bulge; bulge outward
  • bulging - curving or bulging outward; curving outward
  • bulimia - pathologically insatiable hunger (especially when caused by brain lesions); a disorder of eating seen among young women who go on eating binges and then feel guilt and depression and self-condemnation
  • bulimic - suffering from bulimia; a person suffering from bulimia
  • bulla - the round leaden seal affixed to a papal bull; (pathology) an elevation of the skin filled with serous fluid
  • bullet - a projectile that is fired from a gun; (baseball) a pitch thrown with maximum velocity; a high-speed passenger train
  • bump - a lump on the body caused by a blow; an impact (as from a collision); something that bulges out or is protuberant or projects from its surroundings; knock against with force or violence; dance erotically or dance with the pelvis thrust forward; remove or force from a position of dwelling previously occupied; come upon, as if by accident; meet with; assign to a lower position; reduce in rank
  • bumper - extraordinarily abundant; a mechanical device consisting of bars at either end of a vehicle to absorb shock and prevent serious damage; a glass filled to the brim (especially as a toast)
  • bunch - any collection in its entirety; a grouping of a number of similar things; an informal body of friends; gather or cause to gather into a cluster; form into a bunch
  • bundle - a package of several things tied together for carrying or storing; a collection of things wrapped or boxed together; a large sum of money (especially as pay or profit); sleep fully clothed in the same bed with one's betrothed; make into a bundle; compress into a wad; gather or cause to gather into a cluster
  • bunion - a painful swelling of the bursa of the first joint of the big toe
  • burial - the ritual placing of a corpse in a grave; concealing something under the ground
  • burn - damage inflicted by fire; a place or area that has been burned (especially on a person's body); an injury caused by exposure to heat or chemicals or radiation; pain that feels hot as if it were on fire: a browning of the skin resulting from exposure to the rays of the sun: burn with heat, fire, or radiation; undergo combustion; cause to undergo combustion; destroy by fire; feel strong emotion, especially anger or passion; feel hot or painful; spend (significant amounts of money); burn at the stake; cause to burn or combust; shine intensely, as if with heat; get a sunburn by overexposure to the sun: burn, sear, or freeze (tissue) using a hot iron or electric current or a caustic agent; use up (energy); create by duplicating data; cause a sharp or stinging pain or discomfort
  • burned - ruined by overcooking; destroyed or badly damaged by fire; injured by intense heat (as of fire or the sun); treated by heating to a high temperature but below the melting or fusing point; having undergone oxidation; hardened by subjecting to intense heat
  • burning - consuming fuel; used in combination; intensely hot; of immediate import; producing or having a painfully hot sensation: lighted up by or as by fire or flame; characterized by intense emotion; the act of burning something; a form of torture in which cigarettes or cigars or other hot implements are used to burn the victim's skin; execution by fire; execution by electricity; a process in which a substance reacts with oxygen to give heat and light; pain that feels hot as if it were on fire
  • burns - celebrated Scottish poet (1759-1796); United States comedian and film actor (1896-1996)
  • burnt - ruined by overcooking; destroyed or badly damaged by fire: hardened by subjecting to intense heat; treated by heating to a high temperature but below the melting or fusing point; having undergone oxidation
  • burp - a reflex that expels wind noisily from the stomach through the mouth; expel gas from the stomach
  • burr - rough projection left on a workpiece after drilling or cutting: rotary file for smoothing rough edges left on a workpiece; United States politician who served as vice president under Jefferson; he mortally wounded his political rival Alexander Hamilton in a duel and fled south (1756-1836); small bit used in dentistry or surgery; seed vessel having hooks or prickles; remove the burrs from
  • bursa - a small fluid-filled sac located between movable parts of the body especially at joints; a city in northwestern Turkey
  • bursitis - inflammation of a bursa; frequently in the shoulder
  • burst - suddenly and violently broken open especially from internal pressure (`busted' is an informal term for `burst'); a sudden flurry of activity (often for no obvious reason); the act of exploding or bursting something; rapid simultaneous discharge of firearms; a sudden violent happening; break open or apart suddenly; break open or apart suddenly and forcefully; emerge suddenly; move suddenly, energetically, or violently; burst outward, usually with noise; force out or release suddenly and often violently something pent up: cause to burst; be in a state of movement or action
  • bus - a vehicle carrying many passengers; used for public transport: a car that is old and unreliable; an electrical conductor that makes a common connection between several circuits; the topology of a network whose components are connected by a busbar; remove used dishes from the table in restaurants; ride in a bus; send or move around by bus
  • business - incidental activity performed by an actor for dramatic effect; the volume of commercial activity; a rightful concern or responsibility; an immediate objective; business concerns collectively; a commercial or industrial enterprise and the people who constitute it; the principal activity in your life that you do to earn money; the activity of providing goods and services involving financial and commercial and industrial aspects; customers collectively
  • businessmen - the body of individuals who manage businesses
  • but - and nothing more
  • butter - an edible emulsion of fat globules made by churning milk or cream; for cooking and table use; a fighter who strikes the opponent with his head; spread butter on
  • buttock - either of the two large fleshy masses of muscular tissue that form the human rump
  • buttocks - the fleshy part of the human body that you sit on
  • button - a round fastener sewn to shirts and coats etc to fit through buttonholes; any artifact that resembles a button; a round flat badge displaying information and suitable for pinning onto a garment; any of various plant parts that resemble buttons; an electrical switch operated by pressing; a device that when pressed will release part of a mechanism; a female sexual organ homologous to the penis: fasten with buttons; provide with buttons
  • buttonhole - a hole through which buttons are pushed; detain in conversation by or as if by holding on to the outer garments of; as for political or economic favors
  • buy - an advantageous purchase; accept as true; obtain by purchase; acquire by means of a financial transaction; acquire by trade or sacrifice or exchange; be worth or be capable of buying: make illegal payments to in exchange for favors or influence
  • buzzing - noisy like the sound of a bee
  • by - so as to pass a given point; in reserve; not for immediate use
  • bypass - a road that takes traffic around the edge of a town; a surgically created shunt (usually around a damaged part); a conductor having low resistance in parallel with another device to divert a fraction of the current; avoid something unpleasant or laborious

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  • ca - a state in the western United States on the Pacific; the 3rd largest state; known for earthquakes; a white metallic element that burns with a brilliant light; the fifth most abundant element in the earth's crust; an important component of most plants and animals
  • cab - a car driven by a person whose job is to take passengers where they want to go in exchange for money; small two-wheeled horse-drawn carriage; with two seats and a folding hood; a compartment at the front of a motor vehicle or locomotive where driver sits; ride in a taxicab
  • cabbage - any of various types of cabbage; any of various cultivars of the genus Brassica oleracea grown for their edible leaves or flowers; informal terms for money; make off with belongings of others
  • cabg - open-heart surgery in which the rib cage is opened and a section of a blood vessel is grafted from the aorta to the coronary artery to bypass the blocked section of the coronary artery and improve the blood supply to the heart
  • cabinet - a piece of furniture resembling a cupboard with doors and shelves and drawers; for storage or display; housing for electronic instruments, as radio or television; a storage compartment for clothes and valuables; usually it has a lock; persons appointed by a head of state to head executive departments of government and act as official advisers
  • cachet - a seal on a letter; a warrant formerly issued by a French king who could warrant imprisonment or death in a signed letter under his seal; an indication of approved or superior status
  • cachexia - any general reduction in vitality and strength of body and mind resulting from a debilitating chronic disease
  • cadaver - the dead body of a human being
  • cadaveric - of or relating to a cadaver or corpse
  • cadaverous - of or relating to a cadaver or corpse; very thin especially from disease or hunger or cold
  • caecal - of or like a cecum
  • caecum - the cavity in which the large intestine begins and into which the ileum opens
  • caesar - conqueror of Gaul and master of Italy (100-44 BC); United States comedian who pioneered comedy television shows (born 1922)
  • caesarean - of or relating to or in the manner of Julius Caesar: relating to abdominal delivery; the delivery of a fetus by surgical incision through the abdominal wall and uterus (from the belief that Julius Caesar was born that way)
  • caesium - a soft silver-white ductile metallic element (liquid at normal temperatures); the most electropositive and alkaline metal
  • caffeine - a bitter alkaloid found in coffee and tea that is responsible for their stimulating effects
  • cage - an enclosure made or wire or metal bars in which birds or animals can be kept; the net that is the goal in ice hockey; United States composer of avant-garde music (1912-1992); something that restricts freedom as a cage restricts movement; a movable screen placed behind home base to catch balls during batting practice: confine in a cage
  • caisson - large watertight chamber used for construction under water; a chest to hold ammunition; a two-wheeled military vehicle carrying artillery ammunition; an ornamental sunken panel in a ceiling or dome
  • calamine - a white mineral; a common ore of zinc
  • calcaneal - relating to the heel bone or heel
  • calcaneus - the largest tarsal bone; forms the human heel
  • calcareous - composed of or containing or resembling calcium carbonate or calcite or chalk
  • calcification - a process that impregnates something with calcium (or calcium salts); an inflexible and unchanging state; tissue hardened by deposition of lime salts
  • calcitonin - thyroid hormone that tends to lower the level of calcium in the blood plasma and inhibit resorption of bone
  • calcium - a white metallic element that burns with a brilliant light; the fifth most abundant element in the earth's crust; an important component of most plants and animals
  • calculate - make a mathematical calculation or computation; judge to be probable; specifically design a product, event, or activity for a certain public; have faith or confidence in; predict in advance; keep an account of
  • calculated - carefully thought out in advance
  • calculating - used of persons
  • calculation - the procedure of calculating; determining something by mathematical or logical methods; planning something carefully and intentionally; problem solving that involves numbers or quantities
  • calculus - the branch of mathematics that is concerned with limits and with the differentiation and integration of functions; a hard lump produced by the concretion of mineral salts; found in hollow organs or ducts of the body; an incrustation that forms on the teeth and gums
  • caldwell - United States author remembered for novels about poverty and degeneration (1903-1987)
  • calf - young of domestic cattle; young of various large placental mammals e.g. whale or giraffe or elephant or buffalo; the muscular back part of the shank; fine leather from the skin of a calf
  • caliber - a degree or grade of excellence or worth; diameter of a tube or gun barrel
  • calibrate - make fine adjustments or divide into marked intervals for optimal measuring; measure the caliber of; mark (the scale of a measuring instrument) so that it can be read in the desired units
  • calibre - a degree or grade of excellence or worth; diameter of a tube or gun barrel
  • california - a state in the western United States on the Pacific; the 3rd largest state; known for earthquakes
  • caliper - an instrument for measuring the distance between two points (often used in the plural); measure the diameter of something with calipers
  • call - (sports) the decision made by an umpire or referee; a visit in an official or professional capacity; a brief social visit; a special disposition (as if from a divine source) to pursue a particular course: a telephone connection; an instruction that interrupts the program being executed; a request; a demand especially in the phrase "the call of duty"; a demand for a show of hands in a card game; the option to buy a given stock (or stock index or commodity future) at a given price before a given date; the characteristic sound produced by a bird; a loud utterance; often in protest or opposition; a demand by a broker that a customer deposit enough to bring his margin up to the minimum requirement; rouse somebody from sleep with a call: consider or regard as being; challenge the sincerity or truthfulness of; utter in a loud voice or announce; order, summon, or request for a specific duty or activity, work, role; order or request or give a command for; lure by imitating the characteristic call of an animal: get or try to get into communication (with someone) by telephone: order, request, or command to come; declare in the capacity of an umpire or referee; challenge (somebody) to make good on a statement; charge with or censure for an offense; require the presentation of for redemption before maturation; ascribe a quality to or give a name of a common noun that reflects a quality; utter a characteristic note or cry; send a message or attempt to reach someone by radio, phone, etc.; make a signal to in order to transmit a message; read aloud to check for omissions or absentees: indicate a decision in regard to; give the calls (to the dancers) for a square dance; demand payment of (a loan); call a meeting; invite or command to meet; make a stop in a harbour; stop or postpone because of adverse conditions, such as bad weather; utter a sudden loud cry; make a prediction about; tell in advance; assign a specified (usually proper) proper name to; make a demand, as for a card or a suit or a show of hands; pay a brief visit; greet, as with a prescribed form, title, or name
  • called - known or spoken of as; given or having a specified name
  • calling - the particular occupation for which you are trained
  • calliper - an instrument for measuring the distance between two points (often used in the plural); measure the diameter of something with calipers
  • callisthenics - light exercises designed to promote general fitness: the practice of calisthenic exercises
  • callosity - an area of skin that is thick or hard from continual pressure or friction (as the sole of the foot); devoid of passion or feeling; hardheartedness
  • callus - (botany) an isolated thickening of tissue, especially a stiff protuberance on the lip of an orchid; bony tissue formed during the healing of a fractured bone; an area of skin that is thick or hard from continual pressure or friction (as the sole of the foot); form a callus or calluses; cause a callus to form on
  • calm - (of weather) free from storm or wind; not agitated; without losing self-possession; living without undue worry; taking life easy: steadiness of mind under stress; become quiet or calm, especially after a state of agitation; make calm or still; cause to be calm or quiet as by administering a sedative to; make steady
  • calming - causing to become tranquil; freeing from fear and anxiety: the act of appeasing (as by acceding to the demands of)
  • calomel - a tasteless colorless powder used medicinally as a cathartic
  • caloric - of or relating to calories in food; relating to or associated with heat
  • calorie - unit of heat defined as the quantity of heat required to raise the temperature of 1 gram of water by 1 degree centigrade at atmospheric pressure; a unit of heat equal to the amount of heat required to raise the temperature of one kilogram of water by one degree at one atmosphere pressure; used by nutritionists to characterize the energy-producing potential in food
  • calorific - heat-generating
  • calvaria - the dome of the skull
  • calyx - (botany) the whorl of sepals of a flower collectively forming the outer floral envelope or layer of the perianth enclosing and supporting the developing bud; usually green
  • cam - a rotating disk shaped to convert circular into linear motion; a river in east central England that flows past Cambridge to join the Ouse River
  • cambridge - a city in eastern England on the River Cam; site of Cambridge University; a city in Massachusetts just north of Boston; site of Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology; a university in England
  • camera - equipment for taking photographs (usually consisting of a lightproof box with a lens at one end and light-sensitive film at the other); television equipment consisting of a lens system that focuses an image on a photosensitive mosaic that is scanned by an electron beam
  • campaign - an overland journey by hunters (especially in Africa); a series of actions advancing a principle or tending toward a particular end; several related operations aimed at achieving a particular goal (usually within geographical and temporal constraints); a race between candidates for elective office; go on a campaign; go off to war; run, stand, or compete for an office or a position; exert oneself continuously, vigorously, or obtrusively to gain an end or engage in a crusade for a certain cause or person; be an advocate for
  • camphor - a resin obtained from the camphor tree; used in making celluloid and liniment
  • camphorated - impregnated with camphor
  • can - airtight sealed metal container for food or drink or paint etc.; a buoy with a round bottom and conical top; the quantity contained in a can; a room or building equipped with one or more toilets; a plumbing fixture for defecation and urination; the fleshy part of the human body that you sit on; preserve in a can or tin; terminate the employment of
  • canada - a nation in northern North America; the French were the first Europeans to settle in mainland Canada
  • canadian - of or relating to Canada or its people; a river rising in northeastern New Mexico and flowing eastward across the Texas panhandle to become a tributary of the Arkansas River in Oklahoma: a native or inhabitant of Canada
  • canal - long and narrow strip of water made for boats or for irrigation; (astronomy) an indistinct surface feature of Mars once thought to be a system of channels; they are now believed to be an optical illusion; a bodily passage or tube lined with epithelial cells and conveying a secretion or other substance; provide (a city) with a canal
  • canaliculus - a small canal or duct as in some bones and parts of plants
  • cancelled - (of events) no longer planned or scheduled
  • cancellous - having an open or latticed or porous structure
  • cancer - type genus of the family Cancridae; the fourth sign of the zodiac; the sun is in this sign from about June 21 to July 22; a small zodiacal constellation in the northern hemisphere; between Leo and Gemini; (astrology) a person who is born while the sun is in Cancer: any malignant growth or tumor caused by abnormal and uncontrolled cell division; it may spread to other parts of the body through the lymphatic system or the blood stream
  • cancer - type genus of the family Cancridae; the fourth sign of the zodiac; the sun is in this sign from about June 21 to July 22; a small zodiacal constellation in the northern hemisphere; between Leo and Gemini; (astrology) a person who is born while the sun is in Cancer: any malignant growth or tumor caused by abnormal and uncontrolled cell division; it may spread to other parts of the body through the lymphatic system or the blood stream
  • cancerous - like a cancer; an evil that grows and spreads; relating to or affected with cancer
  • candida - any of the yeastlike imperfect fungi of the genus Candida
  • candidate - someone who is considered for something (for an office or prize or honor etc.); a politician who is running for public office
  • candidiasis - an infection caused by fungi of the genus Monilia or Candida (especially Candida albicans)
  • cane - a stiff switch used to hit students as punishment; a stick that people can lean on to help them walk; a strong slender often flexible stem as of bamboos, reeds, rattans, or sugar cane; beat with a cane
  • canine - of or relating to or characteristic of members of the family Canidae; of or relating to a pointed conical tooth; any of various fissiped mammals with nonretractile claws and typically long muzzles; one of the four pointed conical teeth (two in each jaw) located between the incisors and the premolars
  • canker - an ulceration (especially of the lips or lining of the mouth): a fungal disease of woody plants that causes localized damage to the bark; a pernicious and malign influence that is hard to get rid of: infect with a canker; become infected with a canker
  • cannabis - the most commonly used illicit drug; considered a soft drug, it consists of the dried leaves of the hemp plant; smoked or chewed for euphoric effect; any plant of the genus Cannabis; a coarse bushy annual with palmate leaves and clusters of small green flowers; yields tough fibers and narcotic drugs
  • canned - sealed in a can or jar; recorded for broadcast
  • cannula - a small flexible tube inserted into a body cavity for draining off fluid or introducing medication
  • cannulate - introduce a cannula or tube into
  • canthus - either of the corners of the eye where the upper and lower eyelids meet
  • canulate - introduce a cannula or tube into
  • canvas - a heavy, closely woven fabric (used for clothing or chairs or sails or tents); the mat that forms the floor of the ring in which boxers or professional wrestlers compete; an oil painting on canvas fabric; the setting for a narrative or fictional or dramatic account; a tent made of canvas fabric; a large piece of fabric (usually canvas fabric) by means of which wind is used to propel a sailing vessel: cover with canvas; consider in detail and subject to an analysis in order to discover essential features or meaning; get the opinions (of people) by asking specific questions; solicit votes from potential voters in an electoral campaign
  • cap - a tight-fitting headdress; a top (as for a bottle); something serving as a cover or protection; a fruiting structure resembling an umbrella that forms the top of a stalked fleshy fungus such as a mushroom; the upper part of a column that supports the entablature: dental appliance consisting of an artificial crown for a tooth; a mechanical or electrical explosive device or a small amount of explosive; can be used to initiate the reaction of a disrupting explosive; an upper limit on what is allowed; restrict the number or amount of; lie at the top of
  • capable - (usually followed by `of') having capacity or ability: (followed by `of') having the temperament or inclination for; possibly accepting or permitting; having the requisite qualities for; have the skills and qualifications to do things well
  • capacity - a specified function; the maximum production possible: tolerance for alcohol; ability to perform or produce; the power to learn or retain knowledge; in law, the ability to understand the facts and significance of your behavior; (computer science) the amount of information (in bytes) that can be stored on a disk drive; the amount that can be contained; an electrical phenomenon whereby an electric charge is stored; the susceptibility of something to a particular treatment
  • capillary - long and slender with a very small internal diameter; of or relating to hair; a tube of small internal diameter; holds liquid by capillary action; any of the minute blood vessels connecting arterioles with venules
  • capital - uppercase; of primary important; first-rate; the upper part of a column that supports the entablature; one of the large alphabetic characters used as the first letter in writing or printing proper names and sometimes for emphasis; the federal government of the United States; a seat of government; a center that is associated more than any other with some activity or product; wealth in the form of money or property owned by a person or business and human resources of economic value; assets available for use in the production of further assets; a book written by Karl Marx (1867) describing his economic theories
  • capitate - being abruptly enlarged and globose at the tip; the wrist bone with a rounded head shape that articulates with the 3rd metacarpus
  • capitular - of or pertaining to an ecclesiastical chapter
  • capitulum - a dense clusters of flowers or foliage; the upper branches and leaves of a tree; fruiting spike of a cereal plant especially corn
  • capsular - of or relating to a capsule; resembling a capsule
  • capsule - a pill in the form of a small rounded gelatinous container with medicine inside; a small container; a structure that encloses a body part; a dry dehiscent seed vessel or the spore-containing structure of e.g. mosses; a pilot's seat in an airplane that can be forcibly ejected in the case of an emergency; then the pilot descends by parachute; a spacecraft designed to transport people and support human life in outer space; a shortened version of a written work: enclose in a capsule; put in a short or concise form; reduce in volume
  • captopril - a drug (trade name Capoten) that blocks the formation of angiotensin in the kidneys resulting in vasodilation; used in the treatment of hypertension and congestive heart failure
  • capture - the act of forcibly dispossessing an owner of property; the removal of an opponent's piece from the chess board; the act of taking of a person by force; any process in which an atomic or nuclear system acquires an additional particle; a process whereby a star or planet holds an object in its gravitational field; capture as if by hunting, snaring, or trapping; succeed in representing or expressing something intangible; attract; cause to be enamored; bring about the capture of an elementary particle or celestial body and causing it enter a new orbit; succeed in catching or seizing, especially after a chase; take possession of by force, as after an invasion
  • caput - a headlike protuberance on an organ or structure; the upper part of the human body or the front part of the body in animals; contains the face and brains
  • car - a motor vehicle with four wheels; usually propelled by an internal combustion engine; a wheeled vehicle adapted to the rails of railroad; where passengers ride up and down; the compartment that is suspended from an airship and that carries personnel and the cargo and the power plant; a conveyance for passengers or freight on a cable railway
  • carbohydrate - an essential structural component of living cells and source of energy for animals; includes simple sugars with small molecules as well as macromolecular substances; are classified according to the number of monosaccharide groups they contain
  • carbon - a copy made with carbon paper; an abundant nonmetallic tetravalent element occurring in three allotropic forms: amorphous carbon and graphite and diamond; occurs in all organic compounds: a thin paper coated on one side with a dark waxy substance (often containing carbon); used to transfer characters from the original to an under sheet of paper
  • carbonate - a salt or ester of carbonic acid (containing the anion CO3); treat with carbon dioxide; turn into a carbonate
  • carbonic - relating to or consisting of or yielding carbon
  • carcinogen - any substance that produces cancer
  • carcinogenic - causing or tending to cause cancer
  • carcinoid - a small tumor (benign or malignant) arising from the mucosa of the gastrointestinal tract; usually associated with excessive secretion of serotonin
  • carcinoma - any malignant tumor derived from epithelial tissue; one of the four major types of cancer
  • carcinomatous - being or relating to carcinoma
  • carcinosarcoma - a malignant neoplasm composed of carcinoma and sarcoma extensively intermixed
  • card - one of a set of small pieces of stiff paper marked in various ways and used for playing games or for telling fortunes; a card certifying the identity of the bearer; (golf) a record of scores (as in golf); a rectangular piece of stiff paper used to send messages (may have printed greetings or pictures); thin cardboard, usually rectangular; a printed circuit that can be inserted into expansion slots in a computer to increase the computer's capabilities: (baseball) a list of batters in the order in which they will bat; a list of dishes available at a restaurant; a printed or written greeting that is left to indicate that you have visited; a sign posted in a public place as an advertisement; a witty amusing person who makes jokes; ask someone for identification to determine whether he or she is old enough to consume liquor; separate the fibers of
  • cardia - the opening into the stomach and that part of the stomach connected to the esophagus
  • cardiac - of or relating to the heart
  • cardinal - serving as an essential component; being or denoting a numerical quantity but not order; crested thick-billed North American finch having bright red plumage in the male; a variable color averaging a vivid red; (Roman Catholic Church) one of a group of more than 100 prominent bishops in the Sacred College who advise the Pope and elect new Popes; the number of elements in a mathematical set; denotes a quantity but not the order
  • cardiogram - a graphical recording of the cardiac cycle produced by an electrocardiograph
  • cardiograph - medical instrument that records electric currents associated with contractions of the heart; a medical instrument that measures the mechanical force of cardiac contractions and the amount of blood passing through the heart during a specified period by measuring the recoil of the body as blood is pumped from the ventricles
  • cardiography - diagnostic procedure consisting of recording the activity of the heart electronically with a cardiograph (and producing a cardiogram)
  • cardiologist - a specialist in cardiology; a specialist in the structure and function and disorders of the heart
  • cardiology - the branch of medicine dealing with the heart and its diseases
  • cardiomegaly - an abnormal enlargement of the heart
  • cardiomyopathy - a disorder (usually of unknown origin) of the heart muscle (myocardium)
  • cardiopathy - a disease of the heart
  • cardiopulmonary - of or pertaining to or affecting both the heart and the lungs and their functions
  • cardiorespiratory - of or pertaining to or affecting both the heart and the lungs and their functions
  • cardiospasm - a spasm of the cardiac sphincter (between the esophagus and the stomach); if the cardiac sphincter does not relax during swallowing the passage of food into the stomach is obstructed
  • cardiovascular - of or pertaining to or involving the heart and blood vessels
  • carditis - inflammation of the heart
  • cards - a game played with playing cards
  • care - activity involved in maintaining something in good working order; the work of providing treatment for or attending to someone or something; attention and management implying responsibility for safety; a cause for feeling concern; judiciousness in avoiding harm or danger; an anxious feeling; feel concern or interest; provide care for; be concerned with; prefer or wish to do something; be in charge of, act on, or dispose of
  • career - the general progression of your working or professional life: the particular occupation for which you are trained; move headlong at high speed
  • careful - exercising caution or showing care or attention; with care and dignity; mindful of the future in spending money; cautiously attentive; full of cares or anxiety
  • carefully - taking care or paying attention; with caution or prudence or tact
  • caregiver - a person who is responsible for attending to the needs of a child or dependent adult; a person who helps in identifying or preventing or treating illness or disability
  • careworn - showing the wearing effects of overwork or care or suffering
  • caries - soft decayed area in a tooth; progressive decay can lead to the death of a tooth
  • carina - any of various keel-shaped structures or ridges such as that on the breastbone of a bird or that formed by the fused petals of a pea blossom; a keel-shaped constellation in the southern hemisphere; contains the start Canopus
  • caring - feeling and exhibiting concern and empathy for others: showing a care; having or displaying warmth or affection; a loving feeling
  • carlos - Venezuelan master terrorist raised by a Marxist-Leninist father; trained and worked with many terrorist groups (born in 1949)
  • carminative - relieving gas in the alimentary tract (colic or flatulence or griping); medication that prevents the formation of gas in the alimentary tract or eases its passing
  • carmine - of a color at the end of the color spectrum (next to orange); resembling the color of blood or cherries or tomatoes or rubies; a variable color averaging a vivid red; color carmine
  • carotene - yellow or orange-red fat-soluble pigments in plants; an orange isomer of an unsaturated hydrocarbon found in many plants; is converted into vitamin A in the liver
  • carotid - of or relating to either of the two major arteries supplying blood to the head and neck
  • carp - any of various freshwater fish of the family Cyprinidae; the lean flesh of a fish that is often farmed; can be baked or braised: raise trivial objections
  • carpal - of or relating to the wrist; any of the eight small bones of the wrist of primates
  • carpus - a joint between the distal end of the radius and the proximal row of carpal bones
  • carrier - (genetics) an organism that possesses a recessive gene whose effect is masked by a dominant allele; the associated trait is not apparent but can be passed on to offspring; a rack attached to a vehicle; for carrying luggage or skis or the like; a self-propelled wheeled vehicle designed specifically to carry something; a person or firm in the business of transporting people or goods or messages: (medicine) a person (or animal) who has some pathogen to which he is immune but who can pass it on to others; a boy who delivers newspapers; someone whose employment involves carrying something; an inactive substance that is a vehicle for a radioactive tracer of the same substance and that assists in its recovery after some chemical reaction; a large warship that carries planes and has a long flat deck for takeoffs and landings; a man who delivers the mail; a radio wave that can be modulated in order to transmit a signal
  • carry - the act of carrying something; continue or extend; include, as on a list; sing or play against other voices or parts; serve as a means for expressing something; pass on a communication; be successful in; win in an election; secure the passage or adoption (of bills and motions); cover a certain distance or advance beyond: have a certain range; be able to feed; drink alcohol without showing ill effects; bear or be able to bear the weight, pressure,or responsibility of; propel or give impetus to; bear (a crop); include as the content; broadcast or publicize; pursue a line of scent or be a bearer; transfer (a number, cipher, or remainder) to the next column or unit's place before or after, in addition or multiplication; capture after a fight; have on the surface or on the skin; take further or advance; compensate for a weaker partner or member by one's own performance; extend to a certain degree; win approval or support for; be equipped with (a mast or sail); be necessarily associated with or result in or involve; have or possess something abstract; keep up with financial support; have with oneself; have on one's person; be conveyed over a certain distance; have as an inherent or characteristic feature or have as a consequence; be pregnant with: propel, "Carry the ball"; move while supporting, either in a vehicle or in one's hands or on one's body; support or hold in a certain manner; transmit or serve as the medium for transmission; transfer (entries) from one account book to another; have on hand; behave in a certain manner; contain or hold; have within
  • cartilage - tough elastic tissue; mostly converted to bone in adults
  • cartilaginous - difficult to chew; of or relating to cartilage
  • caruncle - an outgrowth on a plant or animal such as a fowl's wattle or a protuberance near the hilum of certain seeds
  • cascara - dried bark of the cascara buckthorn used as a laxative
  • case - a portable container for carrying several objects; a glass container used to store and display items in a shop or museum or home; bed linen consisting of a cover for a pillow; the actual state of things; nouns or pronouns or adjectives (often marked by inflection) related in some way to other words in a sentence; a statement of facts and reasons used to support an argument; a problem requiring investigation; an occurrence of something; a person requiring professional services; the quantity contained in a case; a specific state of mind that is temporary; a comprehensive term for any proceeding in a court of law whereby an individual seeks a legal remedy; the enclosing frame around a door or window opening; the housing or outer covering of something; an enveloping structure or covering enclosing an animal or plant organ or part; a person of a specified kind (usually with many eccentricities); a person who is subjected to experimental or other observational procedures; someone who is an object of investigation; a special set of circumstances; look over, usually with the intention to rob; enclose in, or as if in, a case
  • casein - a milk protein used in making e.g. plastics and adhesives; a water-base paint made with a protein precipitated from milk
  • caspar - (New Testament) one of the three sages from the east who came bearing gifts for the infant Jesus
  • cast - (of molten metal or glass) formed by pouring or pressing into a mold; the act of throwing dice; object formed by a mold; bandage consisting of a firm covering (often made of plaster of Paris) that immobilizes broken bones while they heal; the actors in a play; the distinctive form in which a thing is made; a violent throw; the act of throwing a fishing line out over the water by means of a rod and reel: container into which liquid is poured to create a given shape when it hardens; the visual appearance of something or someone; form by pouring (e.g., wax or hot metal) into a cast or mold; select to play,sing, or dance a part in a play, movie, musical, opera, or ballet: deposit; assign the roles of (a movie or a play) to actors; eject the contents of the stomach through the mouth; formulate in a particular style or language; choose at random; throw forcefully; get rid of; put or send forth; move about aimlessly or without any destination, often in search of food or employment
  • castor - type genus of the Castoridae: beavers; a multiple star with 6 components; second brightest in Gemini; close to Pollux; a hat made with the fur of a beaver (or similar material); a pivoting roller attached to the bottom of furniture or trucks or portable machines to make them movable; a shaker with a perforated top for sprinkling powdered sugar
  • castrated - deprived of sexual capacity or sexual attributes
  • castration - surgical removal of the testes or ovaries (usually to inhibit hormone secretion in cases of breast cancer in women or prostate cancer in men); neutering a male animal by removing the testicles; the deletion of objectionable parts from a literary work
  • casualty - a decrease of military personnel or equipment; someone injured or killed in an accident; someone injured or killed or captured or missing in a military engagement; an accident that causes someone to die
  • cat - feline mammal usually having thick soft fur and no ability to roar: domestic cats; wildcats; a spiteful woman gossip; a method of examining body organs by scanning them with X rays and using a computer to construct a series of cross-sectional scans along a single axis; any of several large cats typically able to roar and living in the wild; a large tracked vehicle that is propelled by two endless metal belts; frequently used for moving earth in construction and farm work; a whip with nine knotted cords; the leaves of the shrub Catha edulis which are chewed like tobacco or used to make tea; has the effect of a euphoric stimulant; an informal term for a youth or man; beat with a cat-o'-nine-tails; eject the contents of the stomach through the mouth
  • catabolic - characterized by destructive metabolism; relating to or characterized by catabolism
  • catabolism - breakdown in living organisms of more complex substances into simpler ones together with release of energy
  • catalase - enzyme found in most plant and animal cells that functions as an oxidative catalyst; decomposes hydrogen peroxide into hydrogen and water
  • catalepsy - a trancelike state with loss of voluntary motion and failure to react to stimuli
  • catalyse - change by catalysis or cause to catalyze
  • catalysis - acceleration of a chemical reaction induced the presence of material that is chemically unchanged at the end of the reaction
  • catalyst - something that causes an important event to happen: (chemistry) a substance that initiates or accelerates a chemical reaction without itself being affected
  • catalytic - relating to or causing or involving catalysis
  • catalyze - change by catalysis or cause to catalyze
  • catamenia - the monthly discharge of blood from the uterus of nonpregnant women from puberty to menopause
  • cataract - a large waterfall; violent rush of water over a precipice: clouding of the natural lens of the eye
  • catarrh - inflammation of the nose and throat with increased production of mucus
  • catarrhal - of or relating to a catarrh
  • catatonia - extreme tonus; muscular rigidity; a common symptom in catatonic schizophrenia; a form of schizophrenia characterized by a tendency to remain in a fixed stuporous state for long periods; the catatonia may give way to short periods of extreme excitement
  • catatonic - characterized by catatonia especially either rigidity or extreme laxness of limbs
  • catch - the act of catching an object with the hands; a cooperative game in which a ball is passed back and forth; a fastener that fastens or locks a door or window; a restraint that checks the motion of something; a drawback or difficulty that is not readily evident; a break or check in the voice (usually a sign of strong emotion): anything that is caught (especially if it is worth catching); a person regarded as a good matrimonial prospect; the quantity that was caught; the act of apprehending (especially apprehending a criminal); contract; delay or hold up; prevent from proceeding on schedule or as planned; be struck or affected by; grasp with the mind or develop an understanding of; discover or come upon accidentally, suddenly, or unexpectedly; catch somebody doing something or in a certain state; become aware of; be the catcher: cause to become accidentally or suddenly caught, ensnared, or entangled; spread or be communicated; take hold of so as to seize or restrain or stop the motion of; take in and retain; attract and fix: apprehend and reproduce accurately; reach in time; suffer from the receipt of; perceive with the senses quickly, suddenly, or momentarily; hear, usually without the knowledge of the speakers: perceive by hearing; get or regain something necessary, usually quickly or briefly; check oneself during an action; start burning: detect a blunder or misstep; catch up with and possibly overtake: succeed in catching or seizing, especially after a chase; to hook or entangle; reach with a blow or hit in a particular spot; capture as if by hunting, snaring, or trapping; attract; cause to be enamored; see or watch
  • catching - (of disease) capable of being transmitted by infection: becoming infected; (baseball) playing the position of catcher on a baseball team; the act of detecting something; catching sight of something
  • catchment - a structure in which water is collected
  • category - a general concept that marks divisions or coordinations in a conceptual scheme; a collection of things sharing a common attribute
  • catering - providing food and services
  • catgut - a strong cord made from the intestines of sheep and used in surgery; perennial subshrub of eastern North America having downy leaves yellowish and rose flowers and; source of rotenone
  • catharsis - (psychoanalysis) purging of emotional tensions; purging the body by the use of a cathartic to stimulate evacuation of the bowels
  • cathartic - strongly laxative; emotionally purging (of e.g. art): emotionally purging; a purging medicine; stimulates evacuation of the bowels
  • catheter - a thin flexible tube inserted into the body to permit introduction or withdrawal of fluids or to keep the passageway open
  • catheterisation - the operation of introducing a catheter into the body
  • catheterisation - the operation of introducing a catheter into the body
  • catheterise - insert a catheter into (a body part)
  • catheterization - the operation of introducing a catheter into the body
  • catheterization - the operation of introducing a catheter into the body
  • catheterize - insert a catheter into (a body part)
  • cathode - a negatively charged electrode that is the source of electrons entering an electrical device; the positively charged terminal of a voltaic cell or storage battery that supplies current
  • cattle - domesticated bovine animals as a group regardless of sex or age
  • cauda - any taillike structure
  • caudal - situated in or directed toward the part of the body from which the tail arises; resembling a tail; constituting or relating to a tail; toward the posterior end of the body
  • caudate - having a tail or taillike appendage; of a leaf shape; tapering gradually into a long taillike tip; amphibians that resemble lizards; a tail-shaped basal ganglion located in a lateral ventricle of the brain
  • caul - the inner membrane of embryos in higher vertebrates (especially when covering the head at birth); part of the peritoneum attached to the stomach and to the colon and covering the intestines
  • cauliflower - compact head of white undeveloped flowers; a plant having a large edible head of crowded white flower buds
  • causal - involving or constituting a cause; causing
  • causalgia - a burning pain in a limb along the course of a peripheral nerve; usually associated with skin changes
  • cause - a justification for something existing or happening; events that provide the generative force that is the origin of something; any entity that produces an effect or is responsible for events or results: a series of actions advancing a principle or tending toward a particular end; a comprehensive term for any proceeding in a court of law whereby an individual seeks a legal remedy; give rise to; cause to happen or occur, not always intentionally; cause to do; cause to act in a specified manner
  • causing - the act of causing something to happen
  • caustic - of a substance, especially a strong acid; capable of destroying or eating away by chemical action; harsh or corrosive in tone; any chemical substance that burns or destroys living tissue
  • cauterisation - the act of coagulating blood and destroying tissue with a hot iron or caustic agent or by freezing
  • cauterise - make insensitive or callous; deaden feelings or morals: burn, sear, or freeze (tissue) using a hot iron or electric current or a caustic agent
  • cauterization - the act of coagulating blood and destroying tissue with a hot iron or caustic agent or by freezing
  • cauterize - burn, sear, or freeze (tissue) using a hot iron or electric current or a caustic agent; make insensitive or callous; deaden feelings or morals
  • cautery - the act of coagulating blood and destroying tissue with a hot iron or caustic agent or by freezing; an instrument or substance used to destroy tissue for medical reasons (eg removal of a wart) by burning it with a hot iron or an electric current or a caustic or by freezing it
  • cavernous - being or suggesting a cavern; filled with vascular sinuses and capable of becoming distended and rigid as the result of being filled with blood
  • cavity - (anatomy) a natural hollow or sinus within the body; soft decayed area in a tooth; progressive decay can lead to the death of a tooth; space that is surrounded by something; a sizeable hole (usually in the ground)
  • cbc - counting the number of white and red blood cells and the number of platelets in 1 cubic millimeter of blood
  • cc - a metric unit of volume equal to one thousandth of a liter
  • cd - a digitally encoded recording on an optical disk that is smaller than a phonograph record; played back by a laser; a debt instrument issued by a bank; usually pays interest; the basic unit of luminous intensity adopted under the Systeme International d'Unites; equal to 1/60 of the luminous intensity per square centimeter of a black body radiating at the temperature of 2,046 degrees Kelvin; a soft bluish-white ductile malleable toxic bivalent metallic element; occurs in association with zinc ores
  • cecum - the cavity in which the large intestine begins and into which the ileum opens
  • cefotaxime - a parenteral cephalosporin (trade name Claforan) used for severe infections of the lungs or throat or ears or urinary tract
  • celiac - belonging to or prescribed for celiac disease; of or in or belonging to the cavity of the abdomen
  • cell - (biology) the basic structural and functional unit of all organisms; they may exist as independent units of life (as in monads) or may form colonies or tissues as in higher plants and animals; a device that delivers an electric current as the result of a chemical reaction; a room where a prisoner is kept; small room is which a monk or nun lives; any small compartment; a small unit serving as part of or as the nucleus of a larger political movement; a hand-held mobile radiotelephone for use in an area divided into small sections, each with its own short-range transmitter/receiver
  • cell - (biology) the basic structural and functional unit of all organisms; they may exist as independent units of life (as in monads) or may form colonies or tissues as in higher plants and animals; a device that delivers an electric current as the result of a chemical reaction; a room where a prisoner is kept; small room is which a monk or nun lives; any small compartment; a small unit serving as part of or as the nucleus of a larger political movement; a hand-held mobile radiotelephone for use in an area divided into small sections, each with its own short-range transmitter/receiver
  • cellular - characterized by or divided into or containing cells or compartments (the smallest organizational or structural unit of an organism or organization); relating to cells
  • cellulite - lumpy deposits of body fat especially on women's thighs etc.
  • cellulitis - an inflammation of body tissue (especially that below the skin) characterized by fever and swelling and redness and pain
  • cellulose - a polysaccharide that is the chief constituent of all plant tissues and fibers
  • celsius - Swedish astronomer who devised the centigrade thermometer (1701-1744)
  • celsius - Swedish astronomer who devised the centigrade thermometer (1701-1744)
  • cement - something that hardens to act as adhesive material; a building material that is a powder made of a mixture of calcined limestone and clay; used with water and sand or gravel to make concrete and mortar; concrete pavement is sometimes referred to as cement; any of various materials used by dentists to fill cavities in teeth; a specialized bony substance covering the root of a tooth: make fast as if with cement; bind or join with or as if with cement: cover or coat with cement
  • cementum - a specialized bony substance covering the root of a tooth
  • census - a periodic count of the population; conduct a census
  • cent - a fractional monetary unit of several countries; a coin worth one-hundredth of the value of the basic unit
  • center - equally distant from the extremes; of or belonging to neither the right nor the left politically or intellectually; a position on a basketball team of the player who participates in the jump that starts the game; the position of the player on the line of scrimmage who puts the ball in play; the position on a hockey team of the player who participates in the face off at the beginning of the game; a building dedicated to a particular activity; a cluster of nerve cells governing a specific bodily process; the object upon which interest and attention focuses; the sweet central portion of a piece of candy that is enclosed in chocolate or some other covering; politically moderate persons; centrists; the middle of a military or naval formation; a place where some particular activity is concentrated; a point equidistant from the ends of a line or the extremities of a figure; an area that is approximately central within some larger region: (football) the person who plays center on the line of scrimmage and snaps the ball to the quarterback; (basketball) the person who plays center on a basketball team; (ice hockey) the person who plays center on a hockey team; the piece of ground in the outfield directly ahead of the catcher; mercantile establishment consisting of a carefully landscaped complex of shops representing leading merchandisers; usually includes restaurants and a convenient parking area; a modern version of the traditional marketplace; the choicest or most essential or most vital part of some idea or experience; move into the center; direct one's attention on something; center upon
  • centesis - (surgery) the act of puncturing a body cavity or organ with a hollow needle in order to draw out fluid
  • centile - (statistics) any of the 99 numbered points that divide an ordered set of scores into 100 parts each of which contains one-hundredth of the total
  • centiliter - a metric unit of volume equal to one hundredth of a liter
  • centilitre - a metric unit of volume equal to one hundredth of a liter
  • centimeter - a metric unit of length equal to one hundredth of a meter
  • centimetre - a metric unit of length equal to one hundredth of a meter
  • central - in or near a center or constituting a center; the inner area: centrally located and easy to reach; used in the description of a place that in the middle of another place; serving as an essential component; a workplace that serves as a telecommunications facility where lines from telephones can be connected together to permit communication
  • centrally - in or near or toward a center or according to a central role or function
  • centre - a low-lying region in central France; a building dedicated to a particular activity; a cluster of nerve cells governing a specific bodily process; the sweet central portion of a piece of candy that is enclosed in chocolate or some other covering; a place where some particular activity is concentrated; a point equidistant from the ends of a line or the extremities of a figure; an area that is approximately central within some larger region; direct one's attention on something; move into the center
  • centrifugal - tending to move away from a center; conveying information to the muscles from the CNS; tending away from centralization, as of authority
  • centrifugation - the process of separating substances by the use of a centrifuge
  • centrifuge - an apparatus that uses centrifugal force to separate particles from a suspension; rotate at very high speed in order to separate the liquids from the solids
  • centriole - one of a pair of small cylindrical cell organelles near the nucleus in animal cells; composed of nine triplet microtubules and form the asters during mitosis
  • centripetal - tending to move toward a center; of a nerve fiber or impulse originating outside and passing toward the central nervous system; tending to unify
  • centromere - a specialized condensed region of each chromosome that appears during mitosis where the chromatids are held together to form an X shape
  • centrosome - small region of cytoplasm adjacent to the nucleus; contains the centrioles and serves to organize the microtubules
  • centrum - the main body of a vertebra
  • century - a period of 100 years
  • cephalalgia - pain in the head caused by dilation of cerebral arteries or muscle contractions or a reaction to drugs
  • cephalexin - an oral cephalosporin (trade names Keflex and Keflin and Keftab) commonly prescribe for mild to moderately severe infections of the skin or ears or throat or lungs or urinary tract
  • cephalic - of or relating to the head
  • cephalometry - measurement of human heads
  • cephalosporin - one of several broad spectrum antibiotic substances obtained from fungi and related to penicillin (trade names Mefoxin); addition of side chains has produced semisynthetic antibiotics with greater antibacterial activity
  • cerebellar - relating to or associated with the cerebellum
  • cerebellum - a major division of the vertebrate brain; situated above the medulla oblongata and beneath the cerebrum in humans
  • cerebral - involving intelligence rather than emotions or instinct; of or relating to the cerebrum or brain
  • cerebration - the process of using your mind to consider something carefully
  • cerebrospinal - of or relating to the brain and spinal cord
  • cerebrovascular - of or relating to the brain and the blood vessels that supply it
  • cerebrum - anterior portion of the brain consisting of two hemispheres; dominant part of the brain in humans
  • ceremony - any activity that is performed in an especially solemn elaborate or formal way; the proper or conventional behavior on some solemn occasion; a formal event performed on a special occasion
  • certain - exercising or taking care great enough to bring assurance: established beyond doubt or question; definitely known; having or feeling no doubt or uncertainty; confident and assured; certain to occur; destined or inevitable; definite but not specified or identified: reliable in operation or effect; established irrevocably
  • certainly - definitely or positively (`sure' is sometimes used informally for `surely')
  • certificate - a document attesting to the truth of certain stated facts: a formal declaration that documents a fact of relevance to finance and investment; the holder has a right to receive interest or dividends; authorize by certificate; present someone with a certificate
  • certified - endorsed authoritatively as having met certain requirements; holding appropriate documentation and officially on record as qualified to perform a specified function or practice a specified skill; having quality or payment or delivery guaranteed; fit to be certified as insane (and treated accordingly)
  • certify - declare legally insane; guarantee payment on; of checks: guarantee as meeting a certain standard; provide evidence for; stand as proof of; show by one's behavior, attitude, or external attributes; authorize officially
  • cerumen - a soft yellow wax secreted by glands in the ear canal
  • ceruminous - relating to or secreting cerumen
  • cervical - relating to or associated with the neck; of or relating to the cervix of the uterus
  • cervicitis - inflammation of the uterine cervix
  • cervix - necklike opening to the uterus; the part of an organism that connects the head to the rest of the body
  • cesarean - relating to abdominal delivery; the delivery of a fetus by surgical incision through the abdominal wall and uterus (from the belief that Julius Caesar was born that way)
  • cesium - a soft silver-white ductile metallic element (liquid at normal temperatures); the most electropositive and alkaline metal
  • cessation - a stopping
  • cestode - ribbonlike flatworms that are parasitic in the intestines of humans and other vertebrates
  • cetrimide - a cationic detergent that is a powerful disinfectant
  • chafe - soreness and warmth caused by friction; anger produced by some annoying irritation; warm by rubbing, as with the hands; tear or wear off the skin or make sore by abrading; feel extreme irritation or anger; become or make sore by or as if by rubbing; cause friction: cause annoyance in; disturb, especially by minor irritations
  • chafed - painful from having the skin abraded
  • chafing - soreness or irritation of the skin caused by friction
  • chain - a series of (usually metal) rings or links fitted into one another to make a flexible ligament; a necklace made by a stringing objects together; anything that acts as a restraint; a number of similar establishments (stores or restaurants or banks or hotels or theaters) under one ownership; a series of things depending on each other as if linked together; (chemistry) a series of linked atoms (generally in an organic molecule); British biochemist (born in Germany) who isolated and purified penicillin, which had been discovered in 1928 by Sir Alexander Fleming (1906-1979); a unit of length; a series of hills or mountains; fasten or secure with chains: connect or arrange into a chain by linking
  • chains - metal shackles; for hands or legs
  • chair - a seat for one person, with a support for the back; the position of professor; an instrument of execution by electrocution; resembles an ordinary seat for one person; the officer who presides at the meetings of an organization; act or preside as chair, as of an academic department in a university; preside over
  • chalazion - a small sebaceous cyst of the eyelid resulting when a Meibomian gland is blocked
  • challenge - a demand by a sentry for a password or identification: questioning a statement and demanding an explanation; a formal objection to the selection of a particular person as a juror; a call to engage in a contest or fight; a demanding or stimulating situation: raise a formal objection in a court of law; ask for identification; issue a challenge to; take exception to
  • chamber - a natural or artificial enclosed space; a room where a judge transacts business; an enclosed volume in the body; a deliberative or legislative or administrative or judicial assembly; a room used primarily for sleeping; place in a chamber
  • chambers - English architect (1723-1796)
  • chance - occurring or appearing or singled out by chance; a risk involving danger; a measure of how likely it is that some event will occur; a number expressing the ratio of favorable cases to the whole number of cases possible; an unknown and unpredictable phenomenon that causes an event to result one way rather than another; the possibility of future success; a possibility due to a favorable combination of circumstances; be the case by chance: come upon, as if by accident; meet with; take a risk in the hope of a favorable outcome
  • chancre - a small hard painless nodule at the site of entry of a pathogen (as syphilis)
  • chancroid - infectious venereal ulcer
  • change - the action of changing something; a different or fresh set of clothes; a thing that is different; an event that occurs when something passes from one state or phase to another; the result of alteration or modification; money received in return for its equivalent in a larger denomination or a different currency; the balance of money received when the amount you tender is greater than the amount due; coins of small denomination regarded collectively; a relational difference between states; especially between states before and after some event; a difference that is usually pleasant: undergo a change; become different in essence; losing one's or its original nature; make or become different in some particular way, without permanently losing one's or its former characteristics or essence; cause to change; make different; cause a transformation: exchange or replace with another, usually of the same kind or category; remove or replace the coverings of; change clothes; put on different clothes; lay aside, abandon, or leave for another: become deeper in tone; change from one vehicle or transportation line to another; give to, and receive from, one another
  • changed - made or become different in some respect; made or become different in nature or form; changed in constitution or structure or composition by metamorphism
  • changing - marked by continuous change or effective action
  • channel - a passage for water (or other fluids) to flow through; a television station and its programs; a path over which electrical signals can pass; (often plural) a means of communication or access; a deep and relatively narrow body of water (as in a river or a harbor or a strait linking two larger bodies) that allows the best passage for vessels; a way of selling a company's product either directly or via distributors; a bodily passage or tube lined with epithelial cells and conveying a secretion or other substance; a long narrow furrow cut either by a natural process (such as erosion) or by a tool (as e.g. a groove in a phonograph record); direct the flow of: send from one person or place to another; transmit or serve as the medium for transmission
  • channels - official routes of communication
  • chaplain - a clergyman ministering to some institution
  • chapped - used of skin roughened as a result of cold or exposure
  • character - (genetics) an attribute (structural or functional) that is determined by a gene or group of genes; the inherent complex of attributes that determine a persons moral and ethical actions and reactions; an actor's portrayal of someone in a play; a formal recommendation by a former employer to a potential future employer describing the person's qualifications and dependability; a written symbol that is used to represent speech; a person of a specified kind (usually with many eccentricities); good repute; a characteristic property that defines the apparent individual nature of something; an imaginary person represented in a work of fiction (play or film or story); engrave or inscribe characters on
  • characterise - describe or portray the character or the qualities or peculiarities of; be characteristic of
  • characterised - of the meaning of words or concepts; stated precisely
  • characteristic - typical or distinctive; a distinguishing quality; any measurable property of a device measured under closely specified conditions; the integer part (positive or negative) of the representation of a logarithm; in the expression log 643 = 2.808 the characteristic is 2; a prominent aspect of something
  • characterize - be characteristic of; describe or portray the character or the qualities or peculiarities of
  • characterized - of the meaning of words or concepts; stated precisely
  • charcoal - of a very dark grey; a stick of black carbon material used for drawing; a drawing made with a stick of black carbon material; a very dark grey color; a carbonaceous material obtained by heating wood or other organic matter in the absence of air; draw, trace, or represent with charcoal
  • charcot - French neurologist who tried to use hypnotism to cure hysteria (1825-1893)
  • charge - a impetuous rush toward someone or something; a quantity of explosive to be set off at one time; heraldry consisting of a design or image depicted on a shield; (criminal law) a pleading describing some wrong or offense; request for payment of a debt; a person committed to your care; the quantity of unbalanced electricity in a body (either positive or negative) and construed as an excess or deficiency of electrons; the price charged for some article or service: financial liabilities (such as a tax); a special assignment that is given to a person or group; attention and management implying responsibility for safety; an assertion that someone is guilty of a fault or offence; a formal statement of a command or injunction to do something; the swift release of a store of affective force: (psychoanalysis) the libidinal energy invested in some idea or person or object; saturate; energize a battery by passing a current through it in the direction opposite to discharge; cause formation of a net electrical charge in or on; set or ask for a certain price; instruct or command with authority; instruct (a jury) about the law, its application, and the weighing of evidence; impose a task upon, assign a responsibility to; blame for, make a claim of wrongdoing or misbehavior against; make an accusatory claim; file a formal charge against; to make a rush at or sudden attack upon, as in battle; direct into a position for use; fill or load to capacity; place a heraldic bearing on; lie down on command, of hunting dogs; pay with a credit card; pay with plastic money; postpone payment by recording a purchase as a debt; demand payment; enter a certain amount as a charge; attribute responsibility to; provide with munition; cause to be agitated, excited, or roused; move quickly and violently; give over to another for care or safekeeping; cause to be admitted; of persons to an institution; assign a duty, responsibility or obligation to
  • charged - of a particle or body or system; having a net amount of positive or negative electric charge; fraught with great emotion: capable of producing violent emotion or arousing controversy: supplied with carbon dioxide
  • charity - an activity or gift that benefits the public at large; a kindly and lenient attitude toward people; an institution set up to provide help to the needy; a foundation created to promote the public good (not for assistance to any particular individuals); pinnate-leaved European perennial having bright blue or white flowers
  • charles - a river in eastern Massachusetts that empties into Boston Harbor and that separates Cambridge from Boston; French physicist and author of Charles's law which anticipated Gay-Lussac's law (1746-1823); the eldest son of Elizabeth II and heir to the English throne (born in 1948); son of James I who was King of England and Scotland and Ireland; was deposed and executed by Oliver Cromwell (1600-1649); King of England and Scotland and Ireland during the Restoration (1630-1685); as Charles II he was Holy Roman Emperor and as Charles I he was king of France (823-877): King of France who began his reign with most of northern France under English control; after the intervention of Jeanne d'Arc the French were able to defeat the English and end the Hundred Years' War (1403-1461); King of France from 1560 to 1574 whose reign was dominated by his mother Catherine de Medicis (1550-1574): king of the Franks and Holy Roman Emperor; conqueror of the Lombards and Saxons (742-814)
  • charlotte - a mold lined with cake or crumbs and filled with fruit or whipped cream or custard; the largest city in North Carolina; located in south central North Carolina
  • chart - a map designed to assist navigation by air or sea; a visual display of information; plan in detail; make a chart of; represent by means of a graph
  • chat - an informal conversation; songbirds having a chattering call: birds having a chattering call; talk socially without exchanging too much information
  • cheap - relatively low in price or charging low prices; embarrassingly stingy; of very poor quality; flimsy; tastelessly showy
  • check - the act of inspecting or verifying; (chess) a direct attack on an opponent's king; obstructing an opponent in ice hockey; a textile pattern of squares or crossed lines (resembling a checkerboard); a mark left after a small piece has been chopped or broken off of something; the bill in a restaurant; a written order directing a bank to pay money; the act of restraining power or action or limiting excess: something immaterial that interferes with or delays action or progress; an appraisal of the state of affairs; additional proof that something that was believed (some fact or hypothesis or theory) is correct; a mark indicating that something has been noted or completed etc.; the state of inactivity following an interruption; make cracks or chinks in; arrest the motion (of something) abruptly; slow the growth or development of; examine so as to determine accuracy, quality, or condition; put a check mark on or near or next to; verify by consulting a source or authority; write out a check on a bank account; place into check; hold back, as of a danger or an enemy; check the expansion or influence of; decline to initiate betting; mark into squares or draw squares on; draw crossed lines on; stop for a moment, as if out of uncertainty or caution; stop in a chase especially when scent is lost; abandon the intended prey, turn, and pursue an inferior prey, of falcons; hand over something to somebody as for temporary safekeeping; consign for shipment on a vehicle; make an examination or investigation; block or impede (a player from the opposing team) in ice hockey; be verified or confirmed; pass inspection; become fractured; break or crack on the surface only; be careful or certain to do something; make certain of something; find out, learn, or determine with certainty, usually by making an inquiry or other effort; lessen the intensity of; temper; hold in restraint; hold or keep within limits; train by instruction and practice; especially to teach self-control; be compatible, similar or consistent; coincide in their characteristics
  • checked - patterned with alternating squares of color; held back from some action especially by force
  • checkup - a thorough physical examination; includes a variety of tests depending on the age and sex and health of the person
  • cheek - either side of the face below the eyes; impudent aggressiveness; either of the two large fleshy masses of muscular tissue that form the human rump; an impudent statement; speak impudently to
  • cheekbone - the arch of bone beneath the eye that forms the prominence of the cheek
  • cheese - a solid food prepared from the pressed curd of milk; erect or decumbent Old World perennial with axillary clusters of rosy-purple flowers; introduced in United States; wind onto a cheese: used in the imperative (get away, or stop it)
  • cheilitis - inflammation and cracking of the skin of the lips
  • cheiloschisis - a congenital cleft in the middle of the upper lip
  • cheilosis - a disorder of the lips marked by scaling and fissures at the corners of the mouth; caused by a deficiency of riboflavin
  • chelate - having or resembling chelae or claws; relating to or characterized by chelation; a heterocyclic compound having a metal ion attached by coordinate bonds to at least two nonmetal ions; form a chelate, in chemistry
  • cheloid - raised pinkish scar tissue at the site of an injury; results from excessive tissue repair
  • chemical - relating to or used in chemistry; of or made from or using substances produced by or used in reactions involving atomic or molecular changes; produced by or used in a reaction involving changes in atoms or molecules
  • chemist - a scientist who specializes in chemistry; a health professional trained in the art of preparing and dispensing drugs
  • chemistry - the science of matter; the branch of the natural sciences dealing with the composition of substances and their properties and reactions; the way two individuals relate to each other
  • chemoreceptor - a sensory receptor that responds to chemical stimuli
  • chemosis - edema of the mucous membrane of the eyeball and eyelid lining
  • chemotaxis - movement by a cell or organism in reaction to a chemical stimulus
  • chemotherapeutic - of or relating to chemotherapy
  • chemotherapy - the use of chemical agents to treat or control disease (or mental illness)
  • cheque - a written order directing a bank to pay money; withdraw money by writing a check
  • chest - box with a lid; used for storage; usually large and sturdy: furniture with drawers for keeping clothes; the part of the human torso between the neck and the diaphragm or the corresponding part in other vertebrates
  • chesty - having or showing feelings of unwarranted importance out of overbearing pride; marked by a large or well-developed chest
  • chew - biting and grinding food in your mouth so it becomes soft enough to swallow; a wad of something chewable as tobacco; chew (food)
  • chewing - biting and grinding food in your mouth so it becomes soft enough to swallow
  • chi - the 22nd letter of the Greek alphabet; the circulating life energy that in Chinese philosophy is thought to be inherent in all things; in traditional Chinese medicine the balance of negative and positive forms in the body is believed to be essential for good health
  • chiasm - an intersection or crossing of two tracts in the form of the letter X
  • chiasma - an intersection or crossing of two tracts in the form of the letter X
  • chicago - largest city in Illinois; a bustling Great Lakes port that extends 26 miles along the southwestern shoreline of Lake Michigan; a gambling card game in which chips are placed on the ace and king and queen and jack of separate suits (taken from a separate deck); a player plays the lowest card of a suit in his hand and successively higher cards are played until the sequence stops; the player who plays a card matching one in the layout wins all the chips on that card
  • chickenpox - an acute contagious disease caused by herpes varicella zoster virus; causes a rash of vesicles on the face and body
  • chief - most important element; a person who exercises control over workers; a person who is in charge
  • chilblain - inflammation of the hands and feet caused by exposure to cold and moisture
  • chilblains - inflammation of the hands and feet caused by exposure to cold and moisture
  • child - a young person of either sex; a human offspring (son or daughter) of any age; an immature childish person; a member of a clan or tribe
  • child - a young person of either sex; a human offspring (son or daughter) of any age; an immature childish person; a member of a clan or tribe
  • childbearing - relating to or suitable for childbirth; the parturition process in human beings; having a baby; the process of giving birth to a child
  • childbirth - the parturition process in human beings; having a baby; the process of giving birth to a child
  • childhood - the state of a child between infancy and adolescence: the time of person's life when they are a child
  • childhood - the state of a child between infancy and adolescence: the time of person's life when they are a child
  • childless - without offspring
  • chill - uncomfortably cool; coldness due to a cold environment; a sudden numbing dread; a sensation of cold that often marks the start of an infection and the development of a fever; an almost pleasurable sensation of fright; depress or discourage; loose heat: make cool or cooler
  • chilling - so scary as to cause chills and shudders; the process of becoming cooler; a falling temperature
  • chin - the protruding part of the lower jaw; Kamarupan languages spoken in western Burma and Bangladesh and easternmost India: raise oneself while hanging from one's hands until one's chin is level with the support bar
  • china - high quality porcelain originally made only in China; a communist nation that covers a vast territory in eastern Asia; the most populous country in the world; dishware made of high quality porcelain; a government on the island of Taiwan established in 1949 by Chiang Kai-shek after the conquest of mainland China by the communists led by Mao Zedong
  • chinese - of or pertaining to China or its peoples or cultures; of or relating to or characteristic of the island republic on Taiwan or its residents or their language; any of the Sino-Tibetan languages spoken in China; regarded as dialects of a single language (even though they are mutually unintelligible) because they share an ideographic writing system; a native or inhabitant of Communist China or of Nationalist China
  • chiropodist - a specialist in care for the feet
  • chiropody - the branch of medicine concerned with the feet
  • chiropractic - a method of treatment that manipulates body structures (especially the spine) to relieve low back pain or even headache or high blood pressure
  • chiropractor - a therapist who practices chiropractic
  • chisel - an edge tool with a flat steel blade with a cutting edge: carve with a chisel; deprive somebody of something by deceit: engage in deceitful behavior; practice trickery or fraud
  • chlamydia - coccoid rickettsia infesting birds and mammals; cause infections of eyes and lungs and genitourinary tract; a sexually transmitted infection caused by bacteria of the genus Chlamydia
  • chlamydial - of or pertaining to the sexually transmitted infection or to the parasite
  • chloasma - a tan discoloration of a woman's face that is associated with pregnancy or with the use of oral contraceptives
  • chlorambucil - an alkalating agent (trade name Leukeran) used to treat some kinds of cancer
  • chloramphenicol - an oral antibiotic (trade name Chloromycetin) used to treat serious infections (especially typhoid fever)
  • chlordiazepoxide - a tranquilizer (trade names Librium and Libritabs) used in the treatment of alcoholism
  • chlorhexidine - a long-lasting liquid antiseptic; used by surgeons to wash their hands before performing surgery
  • chloride - any salt of hydrochloric acid (containing the chloride ion): any compound containing a chlorine atom
  • chlorination - disinfection of water by the addition of small amounts of chlorine or a chlorine compound; the addition or substitution of chlorine in organic compounds
  • chlorine - a common nonmetallic element belonging to the halogens; best known as a heavy yellow irritating toxic gas; used to purify water and as a bleaching agent and disinfectant; occurs naturally only as a salt (as in sea water)
  • chloroform - a volatile liquid haloform (CHCl3); formerly used as an anesthetic; anesthetize with chloroform
  • chlorophyll - any of a group of green pigments found in photosynthetic organisms; there are four naturally occurring forms
  • chloroquine - an antimalarial drug used to treat malaria and amebic dysentery and systemic lupus erythematosus
  • chlorosis - iron deficiency anemia in young women; characterized by weakness and menstrual disturbances and a green color to the skin
  • chlorothiazide - a diuretic drug (trade name Diuril) used in the treatment of edema and hypertension
  • chlorpromazine - a drug (trade name Thorazine) derived from phenothiazine that has antipsychotic effects and is used as a sedative and tranquilizer
  • chlorthalidone - a diuretic (trade names Hygroton and Thalidone) used to control hypertension and conditions that cause edema; effective in lowering blood pressure to prevent heart attacks
  • chocolate - a medium brown to dark-brown color; a food made from roasted ground cacao beans; a beverage made from cocoa powder and milk and sugar; usually drunk hot
  • choice - of superior grade; appealing to refined taste; the act of choosing or selecting; the person or thing chosen or selected; one of a number of things from which only one can be chosen
  • choke - a valve that controls the flow of air into the carburetor of a gasoline engine; a coil of low resistance and high inductance used in electrical circuits to pass direct current and attenuate alternating current; breathe with great difficulty, as when experiencing a strong emotion; constrict (someone's) throat and keep from breathing: reduce the air supply; be too tight; rub or press; wring the neck of: check or slow down the action or effect of; fail to perform adequately due to tension or agitation; cause to retch or choke; struggle for breath; have insufficient oxygen intake; pass from physical life and lose all bodily attributes and functions necessary to sustain life: suppress the development, creativity, or imagination of; become stultified, suppressed, or stifled; impair the respiration of or obstruct the air passage of; become or cause to become obstructed
  • choked - stopped up; clogged up
  • choking - the act of suffocating (someone) by constricting the windpipe; a condition caused by blocking the airways to the lungs (as with food or swelling of the larynx)
  • cholangiography - roentgenographic examination of the bile ducts after a contrast medium has been injected
  • cholangitis - inflammation of the bile ducts
  • cholecystectomy - surgical removal of the gall bladder (usually for relief of gallstone pain)
  • cholecystitis - inflammation of the gall bladder
  • cholelithiasis - the presence of gallstones in the gallbladder
  • cholelithotomy - removal of gallstone through an incision in the gallbladder
  • cholera - an acute intestinal infection caused by ingestion of contaminated water or food
  • cholestasis - a condition in which little or no bile is secreted or the flow of bile into the digestive tract is obstructed
  • cholesterol - an animal sterol that is normally synthesized by the liver; the most abundant steroid in animal tissues
  • choline - a B-complex vitamin that is a constituent of lecithin; essential in the metabolism of fat
  • cholinergic - releasing or activated by acetylcholine or a related compound
  • cholinesterase - an enzyme that hydrolyses acetylcholine (into choline and acetic acid)
  • chondrodystrophy - an inherited skeletal disorder beginning before birth; cartilage is converted to bone resulting in dwarfism
  • chondroma - a common benign tumor of cartilage cells
  • chondrosarcoma - a malignant neoplasm of cartilage cells
  • choose - pick out, select, or choose from a number of alternatives: select as an alternative; choose instead; prefer as an alternative: see fit or proper to act in a certain way; decide to act in a certain way
  • chorditis - inflammation of the vocal cords; inflammation of the spermatic cord
  • chorea - any of several degenerative nervous disorders characterized by spasmodic movements of the body and limbs: chorea in dogs
  • chorion - outermost membranous sac enclosing the embryo in higher vertebrates (reptiles, birds and mammals)
  • chorionic - of or relating to a chorion
  • choroid - a highly vascular membrane in the eye between the retina and the sclera
  • chosen - preferred above all others; an exclusive group of people: the name for Korea as a Japanese province (1910-1945); one who is the object of choice; who is given preference
  • christian - following the teachings or manifesting the qualities or spirit of Jesus Christ; relating to or characteristic of Christianity; a religious person who believes Jesus is the Christ and who is a member of a Christian denomination
  • christmas - a Christian holiday celebrating the birth of Christ; a quarter day in England, Wales, and Ireland; period extending from Dec. 24 to Jan. 6; spend Christmas
  • chromatid - one of two identical strands into which a chromosome splits during mitosis
  • chromatin - the readily stainable substance of a cell nucleus consisting of DNA and RNA and various proteins; during mitotic division it condenses into chromosomes
  • chromatography - a process used for separating mixtures by virtue of differences in absorbency
  • chromium - a hard brittle multivalent metallic element; resistant to corrosion and tarnishing
  • chromosomal - of or relating to a chromosome
  • chromosome - a threadlike body in the cell nucleus that carries the genes in a linear order
  • chronic - being long-lasting and recurrent or characterized by long suffering
  • chronological - relating to or arranged according to temporal order
  • chrysotherapy - the use of chemicals containing gold for treating diseases (such as rheumatoid arthritis)
  • chyle - a milky fluid consisting of lymph and emulsified fats; formed in the small intestine during digestion of ingested fats
  • chylomicron - a microscopic particle of triglycerides produced in the intestines during digestion; in the bloodstream they release their fatty acids into the blood
  • chyme - a semiliquid mass of partially digested food that passes from the stomach through the pyloric sphincter into the duodenum
  • ci - a unit of radioactivity equal to the amount of a radioactive isotope that decays at the rate of 37,000,000,000 disintegrations per second
  • cicatrise - form a scar, after an injury
  • cicatrix - a mark left (usually on the skin) by the healing of injured tissue
  • cicatrize - form a scar, after an injury
  • cigar - a roll of tobacco for smoking
  • cigarette - finely ground tobacco wrapped in paper; for smoking
  • ciliary - of or relating to the human eyelash; of or relating to cilia projecting from the surface of a cell; relating to the ciliary body and associated structures of the eye
  • ciliated - having a margin or fringe of hairlike projections
  • cilium - a hairlike projection from the surface of a cell; provides locomotion in free-swimming unicellular organisms; any of the short curved hairs that grow from the edges of the eyelids
  • cimetidine - a drug (trade name Tagamet) used to treat peptic ulcers by decreasing the secretion of stomach acid
  • cimex - type genus of the Cimicidae: bedbugs
  • cinchona - any of several trees of the genus Cinchona; medicinal bark of cinchona trees; source of quinine and quinidine
  • cingulum - (anatomy) an encircling structure (as the ridge around the base of a tooth)
  • ciprofloxacin - an oral antibiotic (trade name Cipro) used against serious bacterial infections of the skin or respiratory tract or urinary tract or bones or joints
  • circadian - of or relating to biological processes occurring at 24-hour intervals
  • circle - any circular or rotating mechanism; a curved section or tier of seats in a hall or theater or opera house; usually the first tier above the orchestra; ellipse in which the two axes are of equal length; a plane curve generated by one point moving at a constant distance from a fixed point; something approximating the shape of a circle; movement once around a course; street names for flunitrazepan; a road junction at which traffic streams circularly around a central island; an unofficial association of people or groups; travel around something; move in circles; form a circle around; be around
  • circular - marked by or moving in a circle; having a circular shape: shaped like a ring; an advertisement (usually printed on a page or in a leaflet) intended for wide distribution
  • circulate - cause to become widely known; move around freely: move through a space, circuit or system, returning to the starting point; cause to move in a circuit or system; cause to be distributed: cause to move around; become widely known and passed on; move in circles
  • circulating - passing from one to another
  • circulation - the spread or transmission of something (as news or money) to a wider group or area; the dissemination of copies of periodicals (as newspapers or magazines); free movement or passage through a series of vessels (as of water through pipes or sap through a plant); movement through a circuit; especially the movement of blood through the heart and blood vessels; number of copies of a newspaper or magazine that are sold; (library science) the count of books that are loaned by a library over a specified period
  • circulatory - relating to circulatory system or to circulation of the blood; of or relating to circulation
  • circumcise - cut the foreskin off male babies or teenage boys; cut the skin over the clitoris
  • circumcision - the act of circumcising; surgical removal of the foreskin of males; the act of circumcising performed on males eight days after birth as a Jewish and Muslim religious rite; (Roman Catholic Church and Anglican Church) feast day celebrating the circumcision of Jesus; celebrated on January 1st
  • circumduction - a circular movement of a limb or eye
  • circumflex - a diacritical mark (^) placed above a vowel in some languages to indicate a special phonetic quality
  • circumstances - a person's financial situation (good or bad); the state (usually personal) with regard to wealth; your overall circumstances or condition in life (including everything that happens to you)
  • circumvallate - surround with or as if with a rampart or other fortification
  • cirrhosis - a chronic disease interfering with the normal functioning of the liver; the major cause is chronic alcoholism
  • cistern - an artificial reservoir for storing liquids; especially an underground tank for storing rainwater; a tank that holds the water used to flush a toilet; a sac or cavity containing fluid especially lymph or cerebrospinal fluid
  • cisterna - a sac or cavity containing fluid especially lymph or cerebrospinal fluid
  • citrate - a salt or ester of citric acid; cause to form a salt or ester of citric acid
  • citric - of or related to citric acid
  • citrulline - an amino acid that does not occur in proteins but is an intermediate in the conversion of ornithine to arginine
  • civil - of or in a condition of social order; not rude; marked by satisfactory (or especially minimal) adherence to social usages and sufficient but not noteworthy consideration for others; (of divisions of time) legally recognized in ordinary affairs of life; applying to ordinary citizens; of or relating to or befitting citizens as individuals: of or occurring within the state or between or among citizens of the state
  • cjd - rare (usually fatal) brain disease (usually in middle age) caused by an unidentified slow virus; characterized by progressive dementia and gradual loss of muscle control
  • cl - a metric unit of volume equal to one hundredth of a liter; a common nonmetallic element belonging to the halogens; best known as a heavy yellow irritating toxic gas; used to purify water and as a bleaching agent and disinfectant; occurs naturally only as a salt (as in sea water)
  • cladding - a protective covering that protects the outside of a building
  • claim - demand for something as rightful or due; an informal right to something; an assertion of a right (as to money or property); an assertion that something is true or factual; an established or recognized right; a demand especially in the phrase "the call of duty"; take as an undesirable consequence of some event or state of affairs; assert or affirm strongly; state to be true or existing; lay claim to; as of an idea; ask for legally or make a legal claim to, as of debts, for example; demand as being one's due or property; assert one's right or title to
  • clamp - a device (generally used by carpenters) that holds things firmly together; impose or inflict forcefully; fasten or fix with a clamp
  • clap - a sudden very loud noise; a sharp abrupt noise as if two objects hit together; may be repeated; a common venereal disease caused by the bacterium Neisseria gonorrhoeae; symptoms are painful urination and pain around the urethra; clap one's hands together; strike together so as to produce a sharp percussive noise: strike with the flat of the hand; usually in a friendly way, as in encouragement or greeting; put quickly or forcibly; strike the air in flight; cause to strike the air in flight; clap one's hands or shout after performances to indicate approval
  • clarification - an interpretation that removes obstacles to understanding; the act of removing solid particles from a liquid
  • clasp - the act of grasping; a fastener (as a buckle or hook) that is used to hold two things together; hold firmly and tightly; grasp firmly: fasten with a buckle or buckles; fasten with or as if with a brooch
  • class - elegance in dress or behavior; people having the same social or economic status; a collection of things sharing a common attribute; (biology) a taxonomic group containing one or more orders; a body of students who are taught together; a body of students who graduate together; a league ranked by quality: education imparted in a series of lessons or meetings; arrange or order by classes or categories
  • classic - characteristic of the classical artistic and literary traditions: adhering to established standards and principles; a creation of the highest excellence; an artist who has created classic works
  • classification - restriction imposed by the government on documents or weapons that are available only to certain authorized people; the basic cognitive process of arranging into classes or categories; a group of people or things arranged by class or category; the act of distributing things into classes or categories of the same type
  • classified - arranged into classes; official classification of information or documents; withheld from general circulation; a short ad in a newspaper or magazine (usually in small print) and appearing along with other ads of the same type
  • classify - arrange or order by classes or categories; declare unavailable, as for security reasons; assign to a class or kind
  • claudication - disability of walking due to crippling of the legs or feet
  • claudius - Roman Emperor after his nephew Caligula was murdered; consolidated the Empire and conquered southern Britain; was poisoned by his fourth wife Agrippina after her son Nero was named as Claudius' heir (10 BC to AD 54)
  • claustrophobia - a morbid fear of being closed in a confined space
  • claustrophobic - suffering from claustrophobia; abnormally afraid of closed-in places; uncomfortably closed or hemmed in
  • clavicle - bone linking the scapula and sternum
  • clavus - a hard thickening of the skin (especially on the top or sides of the toes) caused by the pressure of ill-fitting shoes
  • claw - a bird's foot; sharp curved horny process on the toe of a bird or some mammals or reptiles; a grasping structure on the limb of a crustacean or other arthropods; a mechanical device that is curved or bent to suspend or hold or pull something; attack as if with claws: clutch as if in panic; scratch, scrape, pull, or dig with claws or nails: move as if by clawing, seizing, or digging
  • clay - United States politician responsible for the Missouri Compromise between free and slave states (1777-1852); United States general who commanded United States forces in Europe from 1945 to 1949 and who oversaw the Berlin airlift (1897-1978); a very fine-grained soil that is plastic when moist but hard when fired: the dead body of a human being; water soaked soil; soft wet earth
  • clean - free of drugs; free from clumsiness; precisely or deftly executed; not carrying concealed weapons; (of a record) having no marks of discredit or offense; free from dirt or impurities; or having clean habits; (of behavior or especially language) free from objectionable elements; fit for all observers; not spreading pollution or contamination; especially radioactive contamination; ritually clean or pure; thorough and without qualification; exhibiting or calling for sportsmanship or fair play; (of a manuscript) having few alterations or corrections; morally pure; without difficulties or problems; free from impurities; (of sound or color) free from anything that dulls or dims; free of restrictions or qualifications; (of a surface) not written or printed on; free from sepsis or infection; completely; used as intensifiers; in conformity with the rules or laws and without fraud or cheating; a weightlift in which the barbell is lifted to shoulder height and then jerked overhead; remove unwanted substances from, such as feathers or pits; remove shells or husks from; remove while making clean; make clean by removing dirt, filth, or unwanted substances from; remove all contents or possession from, or empty completely; deprive wholly of money in a gambling game, robbery, etc.; be cleanable; clean one's body or parts thereof, as by washing: remove unwanted substances from; clean and tidy up the house
  • cleaned - made clean
  • cleaner - someone whose occupation is cleaning; the operator of dry-cleaning establishment; a preparation used in cleaning something
  • cleaners - shop where dry cleaning is done
  • cleaning - the act of making something clean
  • cleanliness - diligence in keeping clean; the habit of keeping free of superficial imperfections
  • cleansing - acting like an antiseptic; cleansing the body by washing; especially ritual washing of e.g. hands; the act of making something clean
  • clear - of complexion; without such blemishes as e.g. acne; clear to the mind; free from cloudiness; allowing light to pass through; free from confusion or doubt; free from clouds or mist or haze: characterized by ease and quickness in perceiving; clear and distinct to the senses; easily perceptible; (especially of a title) free from any encumbrance or limitation that presents a question of fact or law; free from contact or proximity or connection; easily deciphered; clear of charges or deductions; affording free passage or view; free from flaw or blemish or impurity; characterized by freedom from troubling thoughts (especially guilt); accurately stated or described; freed from any question of guilt; (of sound or color) free from anything that dulls or dims; free of restrictions or qualifications; completely; in an easily perceptible manner; the state of being free of suspicion; a clear or unobstructed space or expanse of land or water; free (the throat) by making a rasping sound: remove; make a way or path by removing objects; remove the occupants of; remove (people) from a building; rid of instructions or data; make clear, bright, light, or translucent; make free from confusion or ambiguity; make clear; settle, as of a debt; pass an inspection or receive authorization; pass by, over, or under without making contact; go away or disappear; sell; be debited and credited to the proper bank accounts; clear from impurities, blemishes, pollution, etc.; free from payment of customs duties, as of a shipment; rid of obstructions; grant authorization or clearance for: pronounce not guilty of criminal charges; earn on some commercial or business transaction; earn as salary or wages; make as a net profit; yield as a net profit; go unchallenged; be approved; become clear
  • clearance - permission to proceed; the distance by which one thing clears another; the space between them; vertical space available to allow easy passage under something
  • clearing - the act of removing solid particles from a liquid; the act of freeing from suspicion; a tract of land with few or no trees in the middle of a wooded area
  • clearly - without doubt or question; in an easily perceptible manner: clear to the mind; with distinct mental discernment; in an intelligible manner
  • cleavage - the act of cleaving or splitting; the line formed by a groove between two parts (especially the separation between a woman's breasts); (embryology) the repeated division of a fertilised ovum; the breaking of a chemical bond in a molecule resulting in smaller molecules; the state of being split or cleft
  • cleft - having one or more incisions reaching nearly to the midrib: used of hooves; a split or indentation in something (as the palate or chin); a long narrow opening
  • clemens - United States writer and humorist best known for his novels about Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn (1835-1910)
  • clerking - the activity of recording business transactions
  • client - a person who seeks the advice of a lawyer; (computer science) any computer that is hooked up to a computer network: someone who pays for goods or services
  • climacteric - a period in a man's life corresponding to menopause: the time in a woman's life in which the menstrual cycle ends
  • climate - the weather in some location averaged over some long period of time; the prevailing psychological state
  • climax - the decisive moment in a novel or play; arrangement of clauses in ascending order of forcefulness; the highest point of anything conceived of as growing or developing or unfolding; the most severe stage of a disease; the moment of most intense pleasure in sexual intercourse; end, especially to reach a final or climactic stage
  • cling - fruit (especially peach) whose flesh adheres strongly to the pit; hold on tightly or tenaciously; come or be in close contact with; stick or hold together and resist separation; to remain emotionally or intellectually attached
  • clinic - a healthcare facility for outpatient care; meeting for diagnosis of problems and instruction or remedial work in a particular activity; a medical establishment run by a group of medical specialists
  • clinic - a healthcare facility for outpatient care; meeting for diagnosis of problems and instruction or remedial work in a particular activity; a medical establishment run by a group of medical specialists
  • clinical - scientifically detached; unemotional; relating to a clinic or conducted in or as if in a clinic and depending on direct observation of patients
  • clinically - in a clinical manner
  • clinician - a practitioner (of medicine or psychology) who does clinical work instead of laboratory experiments
  • clinodactyly - a congenital defect in which one or more toes or fingers are abnormally positioned
  • clinton - a town in east central Iowa; United States politician who as governor of New York supported the project to build the Erie Canal (1769-1828); 42nd President of the United States (1946-); wife of President Clinton and later a woman member of the United States Senate (1947-)
  • clip - a sharp slanting blow; the act of clipping or snipping; any of various small fasteners used to hold loose articles together; an article of jewelry that can be clipped onto a hat or dress; a metal frame or container holding cartridges; can be inserted into an automatic gun; an instance or single occasion for some event: terminate or abbreviate before its intended or proper end or its full extent; attach with a clip; cultivate, tend, and cut back the growth of: sever or remove by pinching or snipping; run at a moderately swift pace
  • clitoris - a female sexual organ homologous to the penis
  • cloaca - a waste pipe that carries away sewage or surface water
  • clock - a timepiece that shows the time of day; measure the time or duration of an event or action or the person who performs an action in a certain period of time
  • clomipramine - a tricyclic antidepressant drug
  • clone - a group of genetically identical cells or organisms derived from a single cell or individual by some kind of asexual reproduction: an unauthorized copy or imitation; a person who is almost identical to another; make multiple identical copies of
  • clonic - of or relating to abnormal neuromuscular activity characterized by rapidly alternating muscle contraction and relaxation
  • clonidine - an antihypertensive (trade name Catapres) that can be administered orally or via transdermal patches
  • cloning - a general term for the research activity that creates a copy of some biological entity (a gene or organism or cell)
  • clonus - convulsion characterized by alternating contractions and relaxations
  • close - marked by fidelity to an original; rigorously attentive; strict and thorough; at or within a short distance in space or time or having elements near each other; close in relevance or relationship: inclined to secrecy or reticence about divulging information: crowded; (of a contest or contestants) evenly matched; used of hair or haircuts; fitting closely but comfortably; confined to specific persons; strictly confined or guarded; of textiles; not far distant in time or space or degree or circumstances; giving or spending with reluctance; lacking fresh air; in an attentive manner; near in time or place or relationship; the concluding part of any performance; the last section of a communication; the temporal end; the concluding time; finish a game in baseball by protecting a lead; complete a business deal, negotiation, or an agreement; move so that an opening or passage is obstructed; make shut; become closed; fill or stop up; bar access to; bring together all the elements or parts of: draw near; come together, as if in an embrace; change one's body stance so that the forward shoulder and foot are closer to the intended point of impact; cause a window or an application to disappear on a computer desktop; engage at close quarters; finish or terminate (meetings, speeches, etc.); be priced or listed when trading stops; unite or bring into contact or bring together the edges of; cease to operate or cause to cease operating; come to a close
  • closed - not open or affording passage or access; used especially of mouth or eyes; blocked against entry; (set theory) of an interval that contains both its endpoints; not having an open mind; not open to the general public; with shutters closed; requiring union membership; not open
  • closely - in a close relation or position in time or space; in a close manner; in an attentive manner
  • closer - (comparative of `near' or `close') within a shorter distance: (baseball) a relief pitcher who can protect a lead in the last inning or two of the game; a person who closes something
  • closest - (superlative of `near' or `close') within the shortest distance
  • closing - final or ending; approaching a particular destination; a coming closer; a narrowing of a gap; a concluding action: termination of operations; the act of closing something; the last section of a communication
  • clostridium - spindle-shaped bacterial cell especially one swollen at the center by an endospore
  • closure - termination of operations; a Gestalt principle of organization holding that there is an innate tendency to perceive incomplete objects as complete and to close or fill gaps and to perceive asymmetric stimuli as symmetric; a rule for limiting or ending debate in a deliberative body; approaching a particular destination; a coming closer; a narrowing of a gap; the act of blocking; an obstruction in a pipe or tube; something settled or resolved; the outcome of decision making; terminate debate by calling for a vote
  • clot - a lump of material formed from the content of a liquid; change from a liquid to a thickened or solid state; cause to change from a liquid to a solid or thickened state; coalesce or unite in a mass; turn into curds
  • cloth - artifact made by weaving or felting or knitting or crocheting natural or synthetic fibers
  • clothes - clothing in general
  • clothing - a covering designed to be worn on a person's body
  • clotted - thickened or coalesced in soft thick lumps (such as clogs or clots)
  • clotting - the process of forming semisolid lumps in a liquid
  • cloud - a visible mass of water or ice particles suspended at a considerable altitude; any collection of particles (e.g., smoke or dust) or gases that is visible; out of touch with reality; suspicion affecting your reputation; a cause of worry or gloom or trouble; a group of many insects; make milky or dull; make gloomy or depressed; billow up in the form of a cloud; colour with streaks or blotches of different shades; place under suspicion or cast doubt upon; make less visible or unclear; make overcast or cloudy
  • cloudy - (of especially liquids) clouded as with sediment; full of or covered with clouds; lacking definite form or limits
  • club - stout stick that is larger at one end; a playing card in the minor suit that has one or more black trefoils on it; a formal association of people with similar interests; a spot that is open late at night and that provides entertainment (as singers or dancers) as well as dancing and food and drink; a building that is occupied by a social club; golf equipment used by a golfer to hit a golf ball; a team of professional baseball players who play and travel together; strike with a club or a bludgeon; gather and spend time together; unite with a common purpose
  • clubbing - a condition in which the ends of toes and fingers become wide and thick; a symptom of heart or lung disease
  • clump - a heavy dull sound (as made by impact of heavy objects); a grouping of a number of similar things; a compact mass; walk clumsily; gather or cause to gather into a cluster; come together as in a cluster or flock; make or move along with a sound as of a horse's hooves striking the ground
  • clumping - the sound of a horse's hoofs hitting on a hard surface
  • cluster - a grouping of a number of similar things; come together as in a cluster or flock; gather or cause to gather into a cluster
  • cm - a metric unit of length equal to one hundredth of a meter; a radioactive transuranic metallic element; produced by bombarding plutonium with helium nuclei
  • cmv - any of a group of herpes viruses that enlarge epithelial cells and can cause birth defects; can affect humans with impaired immunological systems
  • cns - the portion of the vertebrate nervous system consisting of the brain and spinal cord
  • co - a state in west central United States in the Rocky Mountains: one who refuses to serve in the armed forces on grounds of conscience; a hard ferromagnetic silver-white bivalent or trivalent metallic element; a trace element in plant and animal nutrition; an odorless very poisonous gas that is a product of incomplete combustion of carbon
  • coagulant - an agent that produces coagulation
  • coagulase - an enzyme that induces coagulation
  • coagulate - transformed from a liquid into a soft semisolid or solid mass; change from a liquid to a thickened or solid state; cause to change from a liquid to a solid or thickened state
  • coagulated - changed into a solid mass; transformed from a liquid into a soft semisolid or solid mass
  • coagulation - the process of forming semisolid lumps in a liquid
  • coagulum - a lump of material formed from the content of a liquid
  • coal - fossil fuel consisting of carbonized vegetable matter deposited in the Carboniferous period; a hot fragment of wood or coal that is left from a fire and is glowing or smoldering; take in coal; supply with coal; burn to charcoal
  • coalesce - fuse or cause to grow together; mix together different elements
  • coalescence - the union of diverse things into one body or form or group; the growing together of parts
  • coarctation - (biology) a narrowing or constriction of a vessel or canal; especially a congenital narrowing of the aorta; tight or narrow compression
  • coarse - conspicuously and tastelessly indecent; lacking refinement or cultivation or taste; of textures that are rough to the touch or substances consisting of relatively large particles; of low or inferior quality or value
  • coat - growth of hair or wool or fur covering the body of an animal: an outer garment that has sleeves and covers the body from shoulder down; worn outdoors; a thin layer covering something: cover or provide with a coat; form a coat over; put a coat on; cover the surface of; furnish with a surface
  • coated - having or dressed in a coat; having a coating; covered with an outer layer or film; often used in combination
  • coating - a thin layer covering something; a heavy fabric suitable for coats; a decorative texture or appearance of a surface (or the substance that gives it that appearance); the work of applying something
  • cobalt - a hard ferromagnetic silver-white bivalent or trivalent metallic element; a trace element in plant and animal nutrition
  • cobra - venomous Asiatic and African elapid snakes that can expand the skin of the neck into a hood
  • cocaine - a narcotic (alkaloid) extracted from coca leaves; used as a surface anesthetic or taken for pleasure; can become powerfully addictive
  • cocci - any spherical or nearly spherical bacteria
  • coccidioidomycosis - an infection of the lungs and skin characterized by excessive sputum and nodules
  • coccus - any spherical or nearly spherical bacteria
  • coccygeal - of or relating to or near the coccyx
  • coccyx - the end of the vertebral column in humans and tailless apes
  • cochlea - the snail-shaped tube (in the inner ear coiled around the modiolus) where sound vibrations are converted into nerve impulses by the organ of Corti
  • cochlear - of or relating to the cochlea of the ear
  • cocktail - an appetizer served as a first course at a meal; a short mixed drink
  • cod - payable by the recipient on delivery; collecting the charges upon delivery; major food fish of arctic and cold-temperate waters: lean white flesh of important North Atlantic food fish; usually baked or poached; the vessel that contains the seeds of a plant (not the seeds themselves); harass with persistent criticism or carping; fool or hoax
  • code - a coding system used for transmitting messages requiring brevity or secrecy; (computer science) the symbolic arrangement of data or instructions in a computer program or the set of such instructions; a set of rules or principles or laws (especially written ones); attach a code to; convert ordinary language into code
  • codeine - derivative of opium; used as an antitussive (to relieve coughing) and an analgesic (to relive pain)
  • codon - a specific sequence of three adjacent bases on a strand of DNA or RNA that provides genetic code information for a particular amino acid
  • coeliac - of or in or belonging to the cavity of the abdomen
  • coelom - a cavity in the mesoderm of an embryo that gives rise in humans to the pleural cavity and pericardial cavity and peritoneal cavity
  • coffee - a beverage consisting of an infusion of ground coffee beans; any of several small trees and shrubs native to the tropical Old World yielding coffee beans; a medium brown to dark-brown color; a seed of the coffee tree; ground to make coffee
  • cognition - the psychological result of perception and learning and reasoning
  • cognitive - of or being or relating to or involving cognition
  • cohort - a band of warriors (originally a unit of a Roman Legion); a company of companions or supporters; a group people having approximately the same age
  • coil - a structure consisting of something wound in a continuous series of loops; reactor consisting of a spiral of insulated wire that introduces inductance into a circuit; tubing that is wound in a spiral: a contraceptive device placed inside a woman's womb; a transformer that supplies high voltage to spark plugs in a gasoline engine; a round shape formed by a series of concentric circles (as formed by leaves or flower petals); wind around something in coils or loops; make without a potter's wheel; to wind or move in a spiral course
  • coiled - curled or wound (especially in concentric rings or spirals)
  • coin - a metal piece (usually a disc) used as money; make up; form by stamping, punching, or printing
  • coital - of or relating to coitus or copulation
  • coition - the act of sexual procreation between a man and a woman; the man's penis is inserted into the woman's vagina and excited until orgasm and ejaculation occur
  • coitus - the act of sexual procreation between a man and a woman; the man's penis is inserted into the woman's vagina and excited until orgasm and ejaculation occur
  • cold - lacking the warmth of life; of a seeker; far from the object sought; unconscious from a blow or shock or intoxication; feeling or showing no enthusiasm; having lost freshness through passage of time; used of physical coldness; having a low or inadequate temperature or feeling a sensation of coldness or having been made cold by e.g. ice or refrigeration; extended meanings; especially of psychological coldness; without human warmth or emotion; without compunction or human feeling; sexually unresponsive; so intense as to be almost uncontrollable; no longer new; uninteresting; marked by errorless familiarity; (color) giving no sensation of warmth; the sensation produced by low temperatures; a mild viral infection involving the nose and respiratory passages (but not the lungs); the absence of heat
  • colic - acute abdominal pain (especially in infants)
  • colicky - suffering from excessive gas in the alimentary canal
  • colitis - inflammation of the colon
  • collagen - a fibrous scleroprotein in bone and cartilage and tendon and other connective tissue; yields gelatin on boiling
  • collagenous - relating to or consisting of collagen
  • collapse - a mishap caused by something suddenly falling down or caving in; an abrupt failure of function or health; the act of throwing yourself down; a sudden large decline of business or the prices of stocks (especially one that causes additional failures); lose significance, effectiveness, or value; break down, literally or metaphorically; cause to burst; fold or close up; collapse due to fatigue, an illness, or a sudden attack; suffer a nervous breakdown: fall apart
  • collar - a figurative restraint; a band that fits around the neck and is usually folded over; a band of leather or rope that is placed around an animal's neck as a harness or to identify it; the stitching that forms the rim of a shoe or boot; the act of apprehending (especially apprehending a criminal); necklace that fits tightly around a woman's neck; take into custody; furnish with a collar; seize by the neck or collar
  • collarbone - bone linking the scapula and sternum
  • collateral - descended from a common ancestor but through different lines; situated or running side by side; accompany, concomitant; serving to support or corroborate; a security pledged for the repayment of a loan
  • collect - payable by the recipient on delivery; make a telephone call or mail a package so that the recipient pays; a short prayer generally preceding the lesson in the Church of Rome or the Church of England; get or bring together; call for and obtain payment of: gather or collect; assemble or get together; get or gather together
  • collected - in full control of your faculties; brought together in one place; brought together into a group or crowd
  • collecting - the act of gathering something together
  • collection - the act of gathering something together; a publication containing a variety of works; several things grouped together or considered as a whole; request for a sum of money
  • college - a complex of buildings in which an institution of higher education is housed; British slang for prison; the body of faculty and students of a college; an institution of higher education created to educate and grant degrees; often a part of a university
  • collins - tall iced drink of liquor (usually gin) with fruit juice; English writer noted for early detective novels (1824-1889)
  • collodion - a colorless syrupy solution of pyroxylin in ether and alcohol; used as a coating for wounds or photographic films
  • colloid - a mixture with properties between those of a solution and fine suspension
  • collyrium - lotion consisting of a solution used as a cleanser for the eyes
  • colon - the part of the large intestine between the cecum and the rectum; it extracts moisture from food residues before they are excreted; a punctuation mark (:) used after a word introducing a series or an example or an explanation (or after the salutation of a business letter); a port city at the Caribbean entrance to the Panama Canal; the basic unit of money in Costa Rica; equal to 100 centimos: the basic unit of money in El Salvador; equal to 100 centavos
  • colonic - of or relating to the colon; a water enema given to flush out the colon
  • colonoscope - an elongated fiberoptic endoscope for examining the entire colon from cecum to rectum
  • colonoscopy - visual examination of the colon (with a colonoscope) from the cecum to the rectum; requires sedation
  • colony - a group of animals of the same type living together: (microbiology) a group of organisms grown from a single parent cell: a body of people who settle far from home but maintain ties with their homeland; inhabitants remain nationals of their home state but are not literally under the home state's system of government; a geographical area politically controlled by a distant country; one of the 13 British colonies that formed the original states of the United States
  • coloration - choice and use of colors (as by an artist); appearance with regard to color; the timbre of a musical sound
  • colorectal - relating to or affecting the colon and the rectum
  • colostomy - a surgical operation that creates an opening from the colon to the surface of the body to function as an anus
  • colostrum - milky fluid secreted for the first day or two after parturition
  • colour - having or capable of producing colors; the appearance of objects (or light sources) described in terms of a person's perception of their hue and lightness (or brightness) and saturation; an outward or token appearance or form that is deliberately misleading; a visual attribute of things that results from the light they emit or transmit or reflect; the timbre of a musical sound; interest and variety and intensity; (physics) the characteristic of quarks that determines their role in the strong interaction; each flavor of quarks comes in three colors; a race with skin pigmentation different from the white race (especially Blacks); any material used for its color; change color, often in an undesired manner; add color to; affect as in thought or feeling; gloss or excuse; decorate with colors; modify or bias
  • coloured - having skin rich in melanin pigments; having color or a certain color; sometimes used in combination; (used of color) artificially produced; not natural; favoring one person or side over another
  • colouring - the act or process of changing the color of something; a visual attribute of things that results from the light they emit or transmit or reflect; a digestible substance used to give color to food
  • colourless - weak in color; not colorful; lacking in variety and interest
  • colours - a flag that shows its nationality; a distinguishing emblem
  • colpitis - inflammation of the vagina
  • colpocele - hernia projecting into the vagina
  • colpocystitis - inflammation of the vagina and bladder
  • columbus - a city in western Georgia on the Chattahoochee River; industrial center; a town in eastern Mississippi near the border with Alabama; the state capital of Ohio; located in the center of the state; site of Ohio State University; Italian navigator who discovered the New World in the service of Spain while looking for a route to China (1451-1506)
  • column - (architeture) a tall cylindrical vertical upright and used to support a structure; a vertical cylindrical structure standing alone and not supporting anything (such as a monument); a vertical glass tube used in column chromatography; a mixture is poured in the top and washed through a stationary substance where components of the mixture are adsorbed selectively to form colored bands; an article giving opinions or perspectives; a line of (usually military) units following one after another; a linear array of numbers one above another; anything tall and relatively thin that approximates the shape of a column or tower
  • columnar - characterized by columns; having the form of a column
  • coma - a state of deep and often prolonged unconsciousness; usually the result of disease or injury; (astronomy) the luminous cloud of particles surrounding the frozen nucleus of a comet; forms as the comet approaches the sun and is warmed; a usually terminal tuft of hairs especially on a seed
  • comatose - in a state of deep and usually prolonged unconsciousness; unable to respond to external stimuli; relating to or associated with a coma
  • comb - the act of drawing a comb through hair; the fleshy red crest on the head of the domestic fowl and other gallinaceous birds: ciliated comb-like swimming plate of a ctenophore; a flat device with narrow pointed teeth on one edge; disentangles or arranges hair: any of several tools for straightening fibers; a fleshy and deeply serrated outgrowth atop the heads of certain birds especially domestic fowl; smoothen and neaten with or as with a comb; search thoroughly; straighten with a comb
  • combat - an engagement fought between two military forces; the act of fighting; any contest or struggle; battle or contend against in or as if in a battle
  • combed - (of hair) made tidy with a comb
  • combination - the act of combining things to form a new whole; the act of arranging elements into specified groups without regard to order; a collection of things that have been combined; an assemblage of separate parts or qualities; an alliance of people or corporations or countries for a special purpose (formerly to achieve some antisocial end but now for general political or economic purposes); a group of people (often temporary) having a common purpose; a sequence of numbers or letters that opens a combination lock; a coordinated sequence of chess moves
  • combine - harvester that heads and threshes and cleans grain while moving across the field; an occurrence that results in things being united; a consortium of independent organizations formed to limit competition by controlling the production and distribution of a product or service; add together from different sources; join for a common purpose or in a common action; put or add together; mix together different elements; gather in a mass, sum, or whole: combine so as to form a whole; mix; have or possess in combination
  • combined - made or joined or united into one; involving the joint activity of two or more
  • combining - an occurrence that results in things being united; the act of combining things to form a new whole
  • combustion - a process in which a substance reacts with oxygen to give heat and light; a state of violent disturbance and excitement: the act of burning something
  • come - the thick white fluid containing spermatozoa that is ejaculated by the male genital tract; come to pass; arrive, as in due course; be found or available; happen as a result; reach or enter a state, relation, condition, use, or position; have a certain priority: cover a certain distance; move toward, travel toward something or somebody or approach something or somebody; be received: experience orgasm; to be the product or result; develop into; extend or reach; exist or occur in a certain point in a series; come to one's mind; suggest itself; reach a destination; arrive by movement or progress; proceed or get along; add up in number or quantity; come under, be classified or included; come from; be connected by a relationship of blood, for example; be a native of; come forth
  • comedo - a black-tipped plug clogging a pore of the skin
  • comfort - a feeling of freedom from worry or disappointment; a state of being relaxed and feeling no pain; the act of consoling; giving relief in affliction; a freedom from financial difficulty that promotes a comfortable state; lessen pain or discomfort; alleviate; give moral or emotional strength to
  • comfortable - providing or experiencing physical well-being or relief (`comfy' is informal); free from stress or conducive to mental ease; having or affording peace of mind; in fortunate circumstances financially; moderately rich; sufficient to provide comfort; more than adequate
  • comforted - made comfortable or more comfortable in a time of distress
  • comforter - device used for an infant to suck or bite on; bedding made of two layers of cloth filled with stuffing and stitched together: a person who reduces the intensity (e.g., of fears) and calms and pacifies; commiserates with someone who has had misfortune
  • comforting - affording comfort or solace; providing freedom from worry
  • comforts - things that make you comfortable and at ease
  • comfrey - leaves make a popular tisane; young leaves used in salads or cooked; perennial herbs of Europe and Iran; make rapidly growing groundcover for shaded areas
  • coming - yet to come; of the relatively near future; arrival that has been awaited (especially of something momentous); the moment of most intense pleasure in sexual intercourse; the act of drawing spatially closer to something; the temporal property of becoming nearer in time
  • commando - an amphibious military unit trained for raids into enemy territory; a member of a military unit trained as shock troops for hit-and-run raids
  • commensal - living in a state of commensalism; either of two different animal or plant species living in close association but not interdependent
  • comment - a written explanation or criticism or illustration that is added to a book or other textual material; a statement that expresses a personal opinion or belief; a report (often malicious) about the behavior of other people; explain or interpret something: make or write a comment on; provide interlinear explanations for words or phrases
  • commercial - connected with or engaged in or sponsored by or used in commerce or commercial enterprises; of the kind or quality used in commerce; average or inferior; of or relating to commercialism; a commercially sponsored ad on radio or television
  • commission - the act of granting authority to undertake certain functions; an official document issued by a government and conferring on the recipient the rank of an officer in the armed forces: a formal statement of a command or injunction to do something; a fee for services rendered based on a percentage of an amount received or collected or agreed to be paid (as distinguished from a salary); the state of being in good working order and ready for operation; a special assignment that is given to a person or group: the act of committing a crime; a special group delegated to consider some matter; a group of representatives or delegates; charge with a task; put into commission; equip for service; of ships; place an order for
  • commissioned - (of military officers) holding by virtue of a commission a rank of second lieutenant or ensign or above; given official approval to act
  • commissioner - a government administrator; a member of a commission
  • commissioning - the act of granting authority to undertake certain functions
  • commissure - a bundle of nerve fibers passing from one side to the other of the brain or spinal cord
  • commit - cause to be admitted; of persons to an institution; give entirely to a specific person, activity, or cause; make an investment: confer a trust upon; perform an act, usually with a negative connotation
  • commitment - the official act of consigning a person to confinement (as in a prison or mental hospital); the act of binding yourself (intellectually or emotionally) to a course of action; an engagement by contract involving financial obligation; a message that makes a pledge; the trait of sincere and steadfast fixity of purpose
  • committed - bound or obligated, as under a pledge to a particular cause, action, or attitude; associated in an exclusive sexual relationship
  • committee - a special group delegated to consider some matter; a self-constituted organization to promote something
  • commode - a tall elegant chest of drawers; a plumbing fixture for defecation and urination
  • common - having no special distinction or quality; widely known or commonly encountered; average or ordinary or usual; belonging to or participated in by a community as a whole; public; commonly encountered; being or characteristic of or appropriate to everyday language; of or associated with the great masses of people; to be expected; standard; common to or shared by two or more parties: lacking refinement or cultivation or taste; of low or inferior quality or value; a piece of open land for recreational use in an urban area
  • commonly - under normal conditions
  • communicable - readily communicated; (of disease) capable of being transmitted by infection
  • communicate - transmit thoughts or feelings; transmit information: administer communion; in church; be in verbal contact; interchange information or ideas; join or connect; receive Communion, in the Catholic church; transfer to another
  • communicate - transmit thoughts or feelings; transmit information: administer communion; in church; be in verbal contact; interchange information or ideas; join or connect; receive Communion, in the Catholic church; transfer to another
  • communicating - the activity of communicating; the activity of conveying information
  • communication - something that is communicated by or to or between people or groups; the activity of communicating; the activity of conveying information; a connection allowing access between persons or places
  • communication - something that is communicated by or to or between people or groups; the activity of communicating; the activity of conveying information; a connection allowing access between persons or places
  • community - (ecology) a group of interdependent organisms inhabiting the same region and interacting with each other; a group of people living in a particular local area; a group of people having ethnic or cultural or religious characteristics in common; a group of nations having common interests; common ownership; agreement as to goals; the body of people in a learned occupation; a district where people live; occupied primarily by private residences
  • compact - closely and firmly united or packed together; having component parts closely crowded together; heavy and compact in form or stature; briefly giving the gist of something; a small cosmetics case with a mirror; to be carried in a woman's purse; a small and economical car; a signed written agreement between two or more parties (nations) to perform some action; have the property of being packable or of compacting easily; squeeze or press together; make more compact by or as if by pressing; compress into a wad
  • company - an institution created to conduct business; a unit of firefighters including their equipment; a social gathering of guests or companions; organization of performers and associated personnel (especially theatrical); small military unit; usually two or three platoons; the state of being with someone; crew of a ship including the officers; the whole force or personnel of a ship; a band of people associated temporarily in some activity; a social or business visitor: be a companion to somebody
  • comparatively - in a relative manner; by comparison to something else
  • compare - qualities that are comparable; examine and note the similarities or differences of; consider or describe as similar, equal, or analogous; to form the comparative or superlative form on an adjective or adverb; be comparable
  • comparing - examining resemblances or differences
  • comparison - examining resemblances or differences; qualities that are comparable; relation based on similarities and differences
  • compassion - the humane quality of understanding the suffering of others and wanting to do something about it; a deep awareness of and sympathy for another's suffering
  • compatibility - capability of existing or performing in harmonious or congenial combination; a feeling of sympathetic understanding
  • compatible - able to exist and perform in harmonious or agreeable combination; capable of being used with or connected to other devices or components without modification; capable of forming a homogeneous mixture that neither separates nor is altered by chemical interaction; having similar disposition and tastes; (of a couple) existing together harmoniously
  • compensate - make payment to; compensate; make amends for; pay compensation for; adjust for; do or give something to somebody in return; make reparations or amends for; make up for shortcomings or a feeling of inferiority by exaggerating good qualities
  • compensation - something (such as money) given or received as payment or reparation (as for a service or loss or injury); (psychiatry) a defense mechanism that conceals your undesirable shortcomings by exaggerating desirable behaviors; the act of compensating for service or loss or injury
  • competence - the quality of being adequately or well qualified physically and intellectually
  • competitive - showing a fighting disposition; subscribing to capitalistic competition; involving competition or competitiveness
  • compilation - the act of compiling (as into a single book or file or list); something that is compiled (as into a single book or file)
  • complaining - expressing pain or dissatisfaction of resentment
  • complaint - (civil law) the first pleading of the plaintiff setting out the facts on which the claim for relief is based; an expression of grievance or resentment; (formerly) a loud cry (or repeated cries) of pain or rage or sorrow; (criminal law) a pleading describing some wrong or offense; an often persistent bodily disorder or disease; a cause for complaining
  • complement - something added to complete or make perfect; either of two parts that mutually complete each other; a word or phrase used to complete a grammatical construction; number needed to make up a whole force; a complete number or quantity; one of a series of enzymes in the blood serum that are part of the immune response; make complete or perfect; supply what is wanting or form the complement to
  • complementary - of words or propositions so related that each is the negation of the other; acting as or providing a complement (something that completes the whole); either one of two chromatic colors that when mixed together give white (in the case of lights) or grey (in the case of pigments)
  • complete - having every necessary or normal part or component or step; having come or been brought to a conclusion; perfect and complete in every respect; having all necessary qualities; without qualification; used informally as (often pejorative) intensifiers; highly skilled; bring to a whole, with all the necessary parts or elements: come or bring to a finish or an end; write all the required information onto a form; complete a pass; complete or carry out
  • completed - caught; (of a marriage) completed by the first act of sexual intercourse after the ceremony; successfully completed or brought to an end
  • completely - so as to be complete; with everything necessary; to a complete degree or to the full or entire extent (`whole' is often used informally for `wholly')
  • completing - acting as or providing a complement (something that completes the whole)
  • complex - complicated in structure; consisting of interconnected parts; a conceptual whole made up of complicated and related parts: (psychoanalysis) a combination of emotions and impulses that have been rejected from awareness but still influence a person's behavior; a compound described in terms of the central atom to which other atoms are bound or coordinated; a whole structure (as a building) made up of interconnected or related structures
  • complexion - (obsolete) a combination of elements (of dryness and warmth or of the four humors) that was once believed to determine a person's health and temperament; texture and appearance of the skin of the face; the coloring of a person's face; a point of view or general attitude or inclination; a combination that results from coupling or interlinking; give a certain color to
  • compliance - happy friendly agreement; the act of submitting; usually surrendering power to another; acting according to certain accepted standards; a disposition or tendency to yield to the will of others
  • complicated - difficult to analyze or understand
  • complication - the act or process of complicating; a development that complicates a situation; a situation or condition that is complex or confused; any disease or disorder that occurs during the course of (or because of) another disease; puzzling complexity
  • component - an artifact that is one of the individual parts of which a composite entity is made up; especially a part that can be separated from or attached to a system; an abstract part of something: something determined in relation to something that includes it
  • composed - serenely self-possessed and free from agitation especially in times of stress; made up of individual elements
  • composition - something that is created by arranging several things to form a unified whole; the spatial property resulting from the arrangement of parts in relation to each other and to the whole; an essay (especially one written as an assignment); a mixture of ingredients; the act of creating written works; musical creation; the way in which someone or something is composed; art and technique of printing with movable type; a musical work that has been created
  • compound - of leaf shapes; of leaves composed of several similar parts or lobes; consisting of two or more substances or ingredients or elements or parts; composed of many distinct individuals united to form a whole or colony; an enclosure of residences and other building (especially in the Orient); a whole formed by a union of two or more elements or parts; (chemistry) a substance formed by chemical union of two or more elements or ingredients in definite proportion by weight; put or add together; combine so as to form a whole; mix; create by mixing or combining; calculate principal and interest; make more intense, stronger, or more marked
  • comprehensive - including all or everything; broad in scope; an intensive examination testing a student's proficiency in some special field of knowledge
  • compress - a cloth pad or dressing (with or without medication) applied firmly to some part of the body (to relieve discomfort or reduce fever); squeeze or press together; make more compact by or as if by pressing
  • compressed - reduced in volume by pressure; pressed tightly together; flattened laterally along the whole length (e.g., certain leafstalks or flatfishes)
  • compression - applying pressure; encoding information while reducing the bandwidth or bits required; the process or result of becoming smaller or pressed together; an increase in the density of something
  • compulsion - using force to cause something; an urge to do or say something that might be better left undone or unsaid; an irrational motive for performing trivial or repetitive actions against your will
  • compulsive - strongly motivated to succeed; caused by or suggestive of psychological compulsion; a person with a compulsive disposition; someone who feels compelled to do certain things
  • compulsively - in a compulsive manner
  • compulsory - required by rule
  • computer - a machine for performing calculations automatically; an expert at calculation (or at operating calculating machines)
  • computerised - stored, processed, analyzed, or generated by computer
  • computing - the procedure of calculating; determining something by mathematical or logical methods; the branch of engineering science that studies (with the aid of computers) computable processes and structures
  • con - on the negative side; an argument opposed to a proposal; a swindle in which you cheat at gambling or persuade a person to buy worthless property; a person serving a sentence in a jail or prison: commit to memory; learn by heart; deprive of by deceit
  • concave - curving inward
  • conceive - become pregnant; undergo conception; judge or regard; look upon; judge; have the idea for
  • conceived - formed in the mind
  • concentrate - a concentrated example; a concentrated form of a foodstuff; the bulk is reduced by removing water; the desired mineral that is left after impurities have been removed from mined ore; make (the solvent of a solution) dense or denser; direct one's attention on something; draw together or meet in one common center; cook until very little liquid is left; be cooked until very little liquid is left; make more concise; compress or concentrate; make central
  • concentrated - gathered together or made less diffuse; of or relating to a solution whose dilution has been reduced; intensely focused; being the most concentrated solution possible at a given temperature; unable to dissolve still more of a substance; (of light) transmitted directly from a pointed light source
  • concentration - strengthening the amount of a substance in a unit amount of another substance (as of a solute in a mixture) by removing the other substance; bringing together military forces: (chemistry) the strength of a solution; number of molecules of a substance in a given volume (expressed as moles/cubic meter); the spatial property of being crowded together; complete attention; intense mental effort; increase in density; great and constant diligence and attention
  • concept - an abstract or general idea inferred or derived from specific instances
  • conception - the act of becoming pregnant; fertilization of an ovum by a spermatozoon; the creation of something in the mind; an abstract or general idea inferred or derived from specific instances: the event that occurred at the beginning of something
  • conceptual - being or characterized by concepts or their formation
  • conceptus - an animal organism in the early stages of growth and differentiation that in higher forms merge into fetal stages but in lower forms terminate in commencement of larval life
  • concern - something that interests you because it is important or affects you; something or someone that causes anxiety; a source of unhappiness; a feeling of sympathy for someone or something; an anxious feeling; a commercial or industrial enterprise and the people who constitute it; be on the mind of; have to do with or be relevant to
  • concerned - feeling or showing worry or solicitude; involved in or affected by or having a claim to or share in; in relation (or in regard) to; especially as in the phrases; culpably involved
  • concha - (anatomy) a structure that resembles a shell in shape
  • concise - expressing much in few words
  • concordance - an index of all main words in a book along with their immediate contexts; agreement of opinions; a harmonious state of things in general and of their properties (as of colors and sounds); congruity of parts with one another and with the whole
  • concretion - the formation of stonelike objects within a body organ (e.g., the kidneys); the union of diverse things into one body or form or group; the growing together of parts; an increase in the density of something; a hard lump produced by the concretion of mineral salts; found in hollow organs or ducts of the body
  • concussion - any violent blow; injury to the brain caused by a blow; usually resulting in loss of consciousness
  • condition - the procedure that is varied in order to estimate a variable's effect by comparison with a control condition; an assumption on which rests the validity or effect of something else: (usually plural) a statement of what is required as part of an agreement; a mode of being or form of existence of a person or thing; a state at a particular time; the state of (good) health (especially in the phrases `in condition' or `in shape' or `out of condition' or `out of shape'); information that should be kept in mind when making a decision; apply conditioner to in order to make smooth and shiny; put into a better state; establish a conditioned response; specify as a condition or requirement in a contract or agreement; make an express demand or provision in an agreement: train by instruction and practice; especially to teach self-control
  • conditioned - physically fit; established by conditioning or learning
  • conditioning - a learning process in which an organism's behavior becomes dependent on the occurrence of a stimulus in its environment
  • condom - contraceptive device consisting of a sheath of thin rubber or latex that is worn over the penis during intercourse
  • conduct - manner of acting or controlling yourself; (behavioral attributes) the way a person behaves toward other people; lead, as in the performance of a composition; lead musicians in the performance of; transmit or serve as the medium for transmission: direct the course of; manage or control; take somebody somewhere: behave in a certain manner
  • conduct - manner of acting or controlling yourself; (behavioral attributes) the way a person behaves toward other people; lead, as in the performance of a composition; lead musicians in the performance of; transmit or serve as the medium for transmission: direct the course of; manage or control; take somebody somewhere: behave in a certain manner
  • conducting - the direction of an orchestra or choir; the way of administering a business
  • conduction - the transmission of heat or electricity or sound
  • conductive - having the quality or power of conducting heat or electricity or sound; exhibiting conductivity
  • conductor - a device designed to transmit electricity, heat, etc.; the person who leads a musical group; the person who collects fares on a public conveyance; a substance that readily conducts e.g. electricity and heat
  • conduit - a passage (a pipe or tunnel) through which water or electric wires can pass
  • condyle - a round bump on a bone where it forms a joint with another bone
  • cone - any cone-shaped artifact; visual receptor cell sensitive to color; cone-shaped mass of ovule- or spore-bearing scales or bracts; a shape whose base is a circle and whose sides taper up to a point; make cone-shaped
  • confabulation - (psychiatry) a plausible but imagined memory that fills in gaps in what is remembered; an informal conversation
  • confederation - the act of forming an alliance or confederation; a union of political organizations; the state of being allied or confederated
  • confidence - a secret that is confided or entrusted to another; a feeling of trust (in someone or something); a trustful relationship; a state of confident hopefulness that events will be favorable; freedom from doubt; belief in yourself and your abilities
  • confident - not liable to error in judgment or action; having or marked by confidence or assurance; persuaded of; very sure
  • confidential - the level of official classification for documents next above restricted and below secret; available only to persons authorized to see documents so classified; denoting confidence or intimacy; (of information) given in confidence or in secret; entrusted with private information and the confidence of another
  • confidentiality - discretion in keeping secret information; the state of being secret
  • confined - not free to move about; not invading healthy tissue: enclosed by a confining fence; deprived of liberty; especially placed under arrest or restraint; in captivity
  • confinement - the act of restraining of a person's liberty by confining them; the state of being confined; concluding state of pregnancy; from the onset of labor to the birth of a child
  • confirm - make more firm; establish or strengthen as with new evidence or facts; strengthen or make more firm; administer the rite of confirmation to; support a person for a position
  • confirmed - having a habit of long standing; of persons; not subject to change; having been established or made firm or received the rite of confirmation
  • conform - be similar, be in line with; adapt or conform oneself to new or different conditions
  • conforming - adhering to established customs or doctrines (especially in religion)
  • confounding - that confounds or contradicts or confuses
  • confuse - mistake one thing for another; make unclear, indistinct, or blurred; make unclear or incomprehensible; be confusing or perplexing to; cause to be unable to think clearly; cause to feel embarrassment; assemble without order or sense
  • confused - mentally confused; unable to think with clarity or act intelligently; lacking orderly continuity; having lost your bearings; confused as to time or place or personal identity; thrown into a state of disarray or confusion; perplexed by many conflicting situations or statements; filled with bewilderment
  • confusion - a mistake that results from taking one thing to be another; an act causing a disorderly combination of elements with identities lost and distinctions blended; a mental state characterized by a lack of clear and orderly thought and behavior; a feeling of embarrassment that leaves you confused; disorder resulting from a failure to behave predictably
  • congeal - become gelatinous
  • congenital - present at birth but not necessarily hereditary; acquired during fetal development
  • congested - overfull as with blood
  • congestion - excessive crowding; excessive accumulation of blood or other fluid in a body part
  • congestive - relating to or affected by an abnormal collection of blood or other fluid
  • conjoined - consisting of two or more associated entities
  • conjugate - of an organic compound; containing two or more double bonds each separated from the other by a single bond; formed by the union of two compounds; of a pinnate leaflet; having only one pair of leaflets; joined together especially in a pair or pairs; a mixture of two partially miscible liquids A and B produces two conjugate solutions: one of A in B and another of B in A; unite chemically so that the product is easily broken down into the original compounds: undergo conjugation; add inflections showing person, number, gender, tense, aspect, etc.
  • conjunction - an uninflected function word that serves to conjoin words or phrases or clauses or sentences; (astronomy) apparent meeting or passing of two or more celestial bodies in the same degree of the zodiac; the grammatical relation between linguistic units (words or phrases or clauses) that are connected by a conjunction; something that joins or connects; the temporal property of two things happening at the same time; the state of being joined together
  • conjunctiva - a transparent membrane covering the eyeball and under surface of the eyelid
  • conjunctival - of or relating to the conjunctiva
  • conjunctivitis - inflammation of the conjunctiva of the eye
  • connect - join for the purpose of communication; join by means of communication equipment; land on or hit solidly; connect, fasten, or put together two or more pieces; hit or play a ball successfully: establish a rapport or relationship; be or become joined or united or linked; be scheduled so as to provide continuing service, as in transportation; make a logical or causal connection; plug into an outlet; establish communication with someone
  • connected - joined or linked together; plugged in; wired together to an alarm system; stored in, controlled by, or in direct communication with a central computer; being joined in close association; related to or accompanying
  • connecticut - a New England state; one of the original 13 colonies: one of the British colonies that formed the United States; a river in the northeastern United States; flows south from northern New Hampshire along the border between New Hampshire and Vermont and through Massachusetts and Connecticut where it empties into Long Island Sound
  • connecting - syntactically connecting sentences or elements of a sentence
  • connection - shifting from one form of transportation to another; an instrumentality that connects; a supplier (especially of narcotics): (usually plural) a person who is influential and to whom you are connected in some way (as by family or friendship); a relation between things or events (as in the case of one causing the other or sharing features with it); a connecting shape; the state of being connected; the act of bringing two things into contact (especially for communication); the process of bringing ideas or events together in memory or imagination
  • connective - connecting or tending to connect; an instrumentality that connects; an uninflected function word that serves to conjoin words or phrases or clauses or sentences
  • conrad - English novelist (born in Poland) noted for sea stories and for his narrative technique (1857-1924)
  • consanguinity - (anthropology) related by blood
  • conscience - conformity to one's own sense of right conduct; a feeling of shame when you do something immoral; motivation deriving logically from ethical or moral principles that govern a person's thoughts and actions
  • conscious - (followed by `of') showing realization or recognition of something; knowing and perceiving; having awareness of surroundings and sensations and thoughts; intentionally conceived
  • consciously - with awareness
  • consciousness - an alert cognitive state in which you are aware of yourself and your situation; having knowledge of
  • consensus - agreement in the judgment or opinion reached by a group as a whole
  • consent - permission to do something; give an affirmative reply to; respond favorably to
  • consequence - having important effects or influence; the outcome of an event especially as relative to an individual; a phenomenon that follows and is caused by some previous phenomenon
  • conservative - resistant to change; opposed to liberal reforms: conforming to the standards and conventions of the middle class: unimaginatively conventional; avoiding excess; a person who has conservative ideas or opinions
  • conserve - fruit preserved by cooking with sugar; preserve with sugar; use cautiously and frugally; keep in safety and protect from harm, decay, loss, or destruction; keep constant through physical or chemical reactions or evolutionary change
  • considerable - large or relatively large in number or amount or extent or degree
  • considerably - to a great extent or degree
  • consideration - a considerate and thoughtful act; kind and considerate regard for others; the process of giving careful thought to something; a discussion of a topic (as in a meeting); information that should be kept in mind when making a decision; a fee charged in advance to retain the services of someone
  • considered - carefully weighed; resulting from careful thought
  • consist - be composed of; be consistent in form, tenor, or character; be congruous; have its essential character; be comprised or contained in; be embodied in; originate (in)
  • consistency - a harmonious uniformity or agreement among things or parts; (logic) an attribute of a logical system that is so constituted that none of the propositions deducible from the axioms contradict one another; the property of holding together and retaining its shape; logical coherence and accordance with the facts
  • consolidation - the act of combining into an integral whole: combining into a solid mass; something that has consolidated into a compact mass
  • conspicuous - obvious to the eye or mind; without any attempt at concealment; completely obvious
  • constant - steadfast in purpose or devotion or affection; continually recurring or continuing without interruption; uninterrupted in time and indefinitely long continuing; persistent in occurrence and unvarying in nature; a quantity that does not vary; a number representing a quantity assumed to have a fixed value in a specified mathematical context
  • constantly - without interruption; seemingly uninterrupted; without variation or change
  • constipated - have difficult or incomplete or infrequent evacuation of the bowels
  • constipation - irregular and infrequent or difficult evacuation of the bowels; can be a symptom of intestinal obstruction or diverticulitis: the act of making something futile and useless (as by routine)
  • constituent - constitutional in the structure of something (especially your physical makeup); (grammar) a word or phrase or clause forming part of a larger grammatical construction; a member of a constituency; a citizen who is represented in a government by officials for whom he or she votes; an artifact that is one of the individual parts of which a composite entity is made up; especially a part that can be separated from or attached to a system; an abstract part of something
  • constitution - the act of forming something; United States 44-gun frigate that was one of the first three naval ships built by the United States; it won brilliant victories over British frigates during the War of 1812 and is without doubt the most famous ship in the history of the United States Navy; it has been rebuilt and is anchored in the Charlestown Navy Yard in Boston; the way in which someone or something is composed; law determining the fundamental political principles of a government
  • constitutional - sanctioned by or consistent with or operating under a constitution; of benefit to or intended to benefit your physical makeup; of or relating to a constitution; constitutional in the structure of something (especially your physical makeup); existing as an essential constituent or characteristic; a regular walk taken as a form of exercise
  • constitutionally - according to the constitution
  • constrict - become tight or as if tight; squeeze or press together
  • constricted - inhibited; drawn together or squeezed physically or by extension psychologically; especially tense; especially in some dialects
  • constricting - (of circumstances) tending to constrict freedom: hindering freedom of movement
  • constriction - the action or process of compressing; a tight feeling in some part of the body; tight or narrow compression; a narrowing that reduces the flow through a channel
  • constrictive - restricting the scope or freedom of action; (of circumstances) tending to constrict freedom
  • constrictor - any of various large nonvenomous snakes that kill their prey by crushing it in its coils
  • construction - drawing a figure satisfying certain conditions as part of solving a problem or proving a theorem; the act of constructing something; the commercial activity involved in repairing old structures or constructing new ones; the creation of a construct; the process of combining ideas into a congruous object of thought; a group of words that form a constituent of a sentence and are considered as a single unit; an interpretation of a text or action; a thing constructed; a complex entity constructed of many parts
  • consult - advise professionally; seek information from; get or ask advice from; have a conference in order to talk something over
  • consultancy - the practice of giving expert advice within a particular field
  • consultant - an expert who gives advice
  • consultation - a conference between two or more people to consider a particular question; a conference (usually with someone important); the act of referring or consulting
  • consumed - completely used up
  • consumption - the act of consuming something; the process of taking food into the body through the mouth (as by eating): (economics) the utilization of economic goods to satisfy needs or in manufacturing; involving the lungs with progressive wasting of the body
  • contact - close interaction; the act of touching physically: (electronics) a junction where things (as two electrical conductors) touch or are in physical contact; a thin curved glass or plastic lens designed to fit over the cornea in order to correct vision or to deliver medication; a communicative interaction; the physical coming together of two or more things; a person who is in a position to give you special assistance; the state or condition of touching or of being in immediate proximity; a channel for communication between groups; be in or establish communication with; be in direct physical contact with; make contact
  • contagion - the communication of an attitude or emotional state among a number of people; an incident in which an infectious disease is transmitted; any disease easily transmitted by contact
  • contagious - easily diffused or spread as from one person to another; (of disease) capable of being transmitted by infection
  • contain - be capable of holding or containing; be divisible by; hold back, as of a danger or an enemy; check the expansion or influence of; lessen the intensity of; temper; hold in restraint; hold or keep within limits; include or contain; have as a component; contain or hold; have within
  • contained - gotten under control; controlled
  • container - any object that can be used to hold things (especially a large metal boxlike object of standardized dimensions that can be loaded from one form of transport to another)
  • containment - the act of containing; keeping something from spreading; (physics) a system designed to prevent the accidental release of radioactive material from a reactor; a policy of creating strategic alliances in order to check the expansion of a hostile power or ideology or to force it to negotiate peacefully
  • contaminant - a substance that contaminates
  • contaminate - make radioactive by adding radioactive material: make impure
  • contaminated - rendered unwholesome by contaminants and pollution; corrupted by contact or association; contaminated with infecting organisms
  • contaminating - spreading pollution or contamination; especially radioactive contamination; that infects or taints
  • contamination - the act of contaminating or polluting; including (either intentionally or accidentally) unwanted substances or factors: the state of being contaminated; a substance that contaminates
  • contemporary - belonging to the present time; characteristic of the present; occurring in the same period of time; a person of nearly the same age as another
  • content - satisfied or showing satisfaction with things as they are: the sum or range of what has been perceived, discovered, or learned; everything that is included in a collection; the proportion of a substance that is contained in a mixture or alloy etc.; something (a person or object or scene) selected by an artist or photographer for graphic representation; what a communication that is about something is about; the amount that can be contained; the state of being contented with your situation in life; satisfy in a limited way: make content
  • contents - a list of divisions (chapters or articles) and the pages on which they start
  • continence - the exercise of self constraint in sexual matters: voluntary control over urinary and fecal discharge
  • continent - having control over urination and defecation; abstaining from sexual intercourse; the European mainland; one of the large landmasses of the earth
  • continual - seemingly without interruption; chiefly restricted to what recurs regularly or frequently in a prolonged and closely spaced series; `continual' (meaning seemingly uninterrupted) is often used interchangeably with `continuous' (meaning without interruption)
  • continually - seemingly without interruption
  • continuation - the act of continuing an activity without interruption: the consequence of being lengthened in duration; a Gestalt principle of organization holding that there is an innate tendency to perceive a line as continuing its established direction; a part added to a book or play that continues and extends it
  • continue - exist over a prolonged period of time; continue talking: keep or maintain in unaltered condition; cause to remain or last: continue a certain state, condition, or activity; continue after an interruption; do something repeatedly and showing no intention to stop; move ahead; travel onward in time or space; allow to remain in a place or position; span an interval of distance, space or time: continue in a place, position, or situation
  • continued - without stop or interruption
  • continuing - remaining in force or being carried on without letup
  • continuous - continuing in time or space without interruption; of a function or curve; extending without break or irregularity
  • continuously - at every point; with unflagging resolve
  • contraception - birth control by the use of devices (diaphragm or intrauterine device or condom) or drugs or surgery
  • contraceptive - capable of preventing conception or impregnation: an agent or device intended to prevent conception
  • contract - a variety of bridge in which the bidder receives points toward game only for the number of tricks he bid; a binding agreement between two or more persons that is enforceable by law: (contract bridge) the highest bid becomes the contract setting the number of tricks that the bidder must make; be stricken by an illness, fall victim to an illness; enter into a contractual arrangement: make smaller; become smaller or draw together; reduce in scope while retaining essential elements; make or become more narrow or restricted; compress or concentrate; squeeze or press together: engage by written agreement
  • contracted - reduced in size or pulled together
  • contractile - capable of contracting or being contracted
  • contracting - becoming infected
  • contraction - the act of decreasing (something) in size or volume or quantity or scope; (physiology) a shortening or tensing of a part or organ (especially of a muscle or muscle fiber); a word formed from two or more words by omitting or combining some sounds; the process or result of becoming smaller or pressed together
  • contracture - an abnormal and usually permanent contraction of a muscle
  • contraindication - (medicine) a reason that makes it inadvisable to prescribe a particular drug or employ a particular procedure or treatment
  • contralateral - on or relating to the opposite side (of the body)
  • contrast - the act of distinguishing by comparing differences; the range of optical density and tone on a photographic negative or print (or the extent to which adjacent areas on a television screen differ in brightness); the perceptual effect of the juxtaposition of very different colors; the opposition or dissimilarity of things that are compared; a conceptual separation or distinction; put in opposition to show or emphasize differences; to show differences when compared; be different
  • contrasting - strikingly different; tending to contrast
  • contribute - contribute to some cause; be conducive to; provide: bestow a quality on
  • control - the activity of managing or exerting control over something; (physiology) regulation or maintenance of a function or action or reflex etc; a mechanism that controls the operation of a machine; power to direct or determine; the economic policy of controlling or limiting or curbing prices or wages etc.; a spiritual agency that is assumed to assist the medium during a seance; a relation of constraint of one entity (thing or person or group) by another; discipline in personal and social activities; great skillfulness and knowledge of some subject or activity; a standard against which other conditions can be compared in a scientific experiment; the state that exists when one person or group has power over another: verify by using a duplicate register for comparison; exercise authoritative control or power over; lessen the intensity of; temper; hold in restraint; hold or keep within limits; verify or regulate by conducting a parallel experiment or comparing with another standard, of scientific experiments; have a firm understanding or knowledge of; be on top of; be careful or certain to do something; make certain of something; handle and cause to function; control (others or oneself) or influence skillfully, usually to one's advantage
  • controlled - restrained or managed or kept within certain bounds: curbed or regulated
  • controlling - able to control or determine policy
  • controversial - marked by or capable of arousing controversy
  • contused - injured without breaking the skin
  • contusion - the action of bruising; an injury that doesn't break the skin but results in some discoloration
  • convalesce - get over an illness or shock
  • convalescence - gradual healing (through rest) after sickness or injury
  • convalescent - returning to health after illness or debility; of or for or relating to convalescence or convalescents; a person who is recovering from illness
  • convenient - easy to reach; suited to your comfort or purpose or needs; large and roomy (`convenient' is archaic in this sense)
  • conventional - following accepted customs and proprieties: unimaginative and conformist; (weapons) using energy for propulsion or destruction that is not nuclear energy; in accord with or being a tradition or practice accepted from the past; conforming with accepted standards; represented in simplified or symbolic form: rigidly formal or bound by convention
  • converge - come together so as to form a single product; move or draw together at a certain location; be adjacent or come together: approach a limit as the number of terms increases without limit
  • convergent - tending to come together from different directions
  • conversation - the use of speech for informal exchange of views or ideas or information etc.
  • conversion - a spiritual enlightenment causing a person to lead a new life; a successful free throw or try for point after a touchdown: the act of changing from one use or function or purpose to another: act of exchanging one type of money or security for another; a change in the units or form of an expression: "conversion from Fahrenheit to Centigrade"; interchange of subject and predicate of a proposition; a change of religion; an event that results in a transformation; (psychiatry) a defense mechanism represses emotional conflicts which are then converted into physical symptoms that have no organic basis
  • convert - a person who has been converted to another religious or political belief; change in nature, purpose, or function; undergo a chemical change; change the nature, purpose, or function of something; change from one system to another or to a new plan or policy; change religious beliefs, or adopt a religious belief; cause to adopt a new or different faith; make (someone) agree, understand, or realize the truth or validity of something; score (a spare): complete successfully; score an extra point or points after touchdown by kicking the ball through the uprights or advancing the ball into the end zone; exchange or replace with another, usually of the same kind or category; exchange a penalty for a less severe one
  • converted - spiritually reborn or converted
  • convex - curving or bulging outward
  • convincing - causing one to believe the truth of something
  • convoluted - rolled or coiled together; highly complex or intricate
  • convolution - the action of coiling or twisting or winding together; a convex fold or elevation in the surface of the brain; the shape of something rotating rapidly
  • convulse - be overcome with laughter; make someone convulse with laughter; contract involuntarily, as in a spasm; cause to contract; shake uncontrollably; move or stir about violently
  • convulsion - a physical disturbance such as an earthquake or upheaval; a violent disturbance; violent uncontrollable contractions of muscles; a sudden uncontrollable attack
  • convulsive - affected by involuntary jerky muscular contractions; resembling a spasm; resembling a convulsion in being sudden and violent
  • cooked - having been prepared for eating by the application of heat
  • cooking - the act of preparing something (as food) by the application of heat
  • cool - marked by calm self-control (especially in trying circumstances); unemotional; fashionable and attractive at the time; often skilled or socially adept; (used of a number or sum) without exaggeration or qualification; neither warm nor very cold; giving relief from heat; psychologically cool and unenthusiastic; unfriendly or unresponsive or showing dislike; (color) inducing the impression of coolness; used especially of greens and blues and violets; the quality of being at a refreshingly low temperature; great coolness and composure under strain; loose heat; lose intensity; make cool or cooler
  • cooling - the process of becoming cooler; a falling temperature; a mechanism for keeping something cool
  • coordinate - of equal importance, rank, or degree; a number that identifies a position relative to an axis; bring into common action, movement, or condition; be co-ordinated; bring order and organization to; bring (components or parts) into proper or desirable coordination correlation
  • coordinated - being dexterous in the use of more than one set of muscle movements; operating as a unit; intentionally matched
  • coordination - the regulation of diverse elements into an integrated and harmonious operation; the skillful and effective interaction of movements; the grammatical relation of two constituents having the same grammatical form
  • coordination - the regulation of diverse elements into an integrated and harmonious operation; the skillful and effective interaction of movements; the grammatical relation of two constituents having the same grammatical form
  • cope - brick that is laid sideways at the top of a wall; come to terms or deal successfully with
  • copenhagen - the capital and largest city of Denmark; located on the island of Zealand
  • copied - derived by copying something else; especially by following lines seen through a transparent sheet
  • coping - brick that is laid sideways at the top of a wall
  • copper - any of various small butterflies of the family Lycaenidae having coppery wings; a reddish-brown color resembling the color of polished copper; a copper penny; a ductile malleable reddish-brown corrosion-resistant diamagnetic metallic element; occurs in various minerals but is the only metal that occurs abundantly in large masses; used as an electrical and thermal conductor: uncomplimentary terms for a policeman; coat with a layer of copper
  • coprolith - a hard mass of fecal matter
  • copulate - make love
  • copulation - the act of sexual procreation between a man and a woman; the man's penis is inserted into the woman's vagina and excited until orgasm and ejaculation occur
  • copy - a secondary representation of an original; matter to be printed; exclusive of graphical materials; material suitable for a journalistic account; a reproduction of a written record (e.g. of a legal or school record); make a replica of; copy down as is; reproduce or make an exact copy of; reproduce someone's behavior or looks
  • copying - an act of copying
  • cord - a line made of twisted fibers or threads; a cut pile fabric with vertical ribs; usually made of cotton; a light insulated conductor for household use; a unit of amount of wood cut for burning; 128 cubic feet; bind or tie with a cord; stack in cords
  • cordon - adornment consisting of an ornamental ribbon or cord: cord or ribbon worn as an insignia of honor or rank
  • cords - cotton trousers made of corduroy cloth
  • core - a bar of magnetic material (as soft iron) that passes through a coil and serves to increase the inductance of the coil; the chamber of a nuclear reactor containing the fissile material where the reaction takes place; a small group of indispensable persons or things; the center of an object; the central part of the Earth; a cylindrical sample of soil or rock obtained with a hollow drill; the choicest or most essential or most vital part of some idea or experience; the central meaning or theme of a speech or literary work; an organization founded by James Leonard Farmer in 1942 to work for racial equality; remove the core or center from
  • corium - the deep vascular inner layer of the skin
  • corn - something sentimental or trite; ears of corn grown for human food; tall annual cereal grass bearing kernels on large ears: widely cultivated in America in many varieties; the principal cereal in Mexico and Central and South America since pre-Columbian times: (Great Britain) any of various cereal plants (especially the dominant crop of the region--wheat in England or oats in Scotland and Ireland); the dried grains or kernels or corn used as animal feed or ground for meal; a hard thickening of the skin (especially on the top or sides of the toes) caused by the pressure of ill-fitting shoes: whiskey distilled from a mash of not less than 80 percent corn: preserve with salt; feed (cattle) with corn
  • cornea - transparent anterior portion of the outer covering of the eye; it covers the lens and iris and is continuous with the sclera
  • corneal - of or related to the cornea
  • cornell - United States businessman who unified the telegraph system in the United States and who in 1865 (with Andrew D. White) founded Cornell University (1807-1874); United States actress noted for her performances in Broadway plays (1893-1974)
  • corner - the intersection of two streets; (architecture) solid exterior angle of a building; especially one formed by a cornerstone; an interior angle formed be two meeting walls; the point where two lines meet or intersect; a place off to the side of an area; a remote area: the point where three areas or surfaces meet or intersect; a projecting part where two sides or edges meet; a predicament from which a skillful or graceful escape is impossible; a temporary monopoly on a kind of commercial trade; a small concavity; turn a corner; force a person or an animal into a position from which he cannot escape; gain control over
  • corneum - the outermost layer of the epidermis consisting of dead cells that slough off
  • cornu - (anatomy) any structure that resembles a horn in shape
  • corona - a long cigar with blunt ends; (anatomy) any structure that resembles a crown in shape; one or more circles of light seen around a luminous object; (botany) the trumpet-shaped or cup-shaped outgrowth of the corolla of a daffodil or narcissus flower; the outermost region of the sun's atmosphere; visible as a white halo during a solar eclipse; an electrical discharge accompanied by ionization of surrounding atmosphere
  • coronal - flower arrangement consisting of a circular band of foliage or flowers for ornamental purposes
  • coronary - surrounding like a crown (especially of the blood vessels surrounding the heart); obstruction of blood flow in a coronary artery by a blood clot (thrombus)
  • coroner - a public official who investigates by inquest any death not due to natural causes
  • corporate - organized and maintained as a legal corporation; done by or characteristic of individuals acting together; of or belonging to a corporation; possessing or existing in bodily form
  • corpse - the dead body of a human being
  • corpus - the main part of an organ or other bodily structure; a collection of writings; capital as contrasted with the income derived from it
  • corpuscle - either of two types of cells (erythrocytes and leukocytes) and sometimes including platelets; (nontechnical usage) a tiny piece of anything
  • correct - free from error; especially conforming to fact or truth: socially right or correct; in accord with accepted standards of usage or procedure; correct in opinion or judgment; treat a defect; make right or correct; alter or regulate so as to achieve accuracy or conform to a standard; censure severely; go down in value; make reparations or amends for; punish in order to gain control or enforce obedience; adjust for
  • corrected - having something undesirable neutralized; punished for misbehavior
  • correction - the act of offering an improvement to replace a mistake; setting right; treatment of a specific defect; a drop in stock market activity or stock prices following a period of increases: something substituted for an error; a rebuke for making a mistake; a quantity that is added or subtracted in order to increase the accuracy of a scientific measure; the act of punishing
  • corrective - tending or intended to correct or counteract or restore to a normal condition; designed to promote discipline; a device for treating injury or disease
  • correctly - in a correct manner
  • corresponding - agreeing in amount, magnitude, or degree: accompanying; similar especially in position or purpose; conforming in every respect
  • corridor - an enclosed passageway; rooms usually open onto it
  • corrode - become destroyed by water, air, or an etching chemical such as an acid; cause to deteriorate due to the action of water, air, or an acid
  • corrosive - of a substance, especially a strong acid; capable of destroying or eating away by chemical action; a substance having the tendency to cause corrosion (such a strong acids or alkali)
  • corset - a woman's close-fitting foundation garment; dress with a corset
  • cortex - the tissue forming the outer layer of an organ or structure in plant or animal; the layer of unmyelinated neurons (the grey matter) forming the cortex of the cerebrum
  • cortical - of or relating to a cortex
  • corticosteroid - a steroid hormone produced by the adrenal cortex or synthesized; administered as drugs they reduce swelling and decrease the body's immune response
  • corticosterone - secreted by the adrenal cortex; involved in regulating water and electrolyte balance in the body
  • corticotrophin - a hormone produced by the anterior pituitary gland that stimulates the adrenal cortex
  • corticotropin - a hormone produced by the anterior pituitary gland that stimulates the adrenal cortex
  • cortisol - an adrenal-cortex hormone (trade names Hydrocortone or Cortef) that is active in carbohydrate and protein metabolism
  • cortisone - a corticosteroid hormone (trade name Cortone Acetate) normally produced by the adrenal cortex; is converted to hydrocortisone
  • corynebacterium - any species of the genus Corynebacterium
  • coryza - an inflammation of the mucous membrane lining the nose (usually associated with nasal discharge)
  • cosmetic - serving an aesthetic purpose in beautifying the body: serving an esthetic rather than a useful purpose; a toiletry designed to beautify the body
  • cost - the total spent for goods or services including money and time and labor; the property of having material worth (often indicated by the amount of money something would bring if sold); value measured by what must be given or done or undergone to obtain something; require to lose, suffer, or sacrifice; be priced at
  • costa - a riblike part of a plant or animal (such as a middle rib of a leaf or a thickened vein of an insect wing); any of the 12 pairs of curved arches of bone extending from the spine to or toward the sternum in humans (and similar bones in most vertebrates)
  • costal - of or relating to or near a rib
  • costive - retarding evacuation of feces
  • costs - pecuniary reimbursement to the winning party for the expenses of litigation
  • cot - a small bed that folds up for storage or transport; baby bed with high sides made of slats; a sheath worn to protect a finger
  • cottage - a small house with a single story
  • cotton - fabric woven from cotton fibers; thread made of cotton fibers; erect bushy mallow plant or small tree bearing bolls containing seeds with many long hairy fibers; soft silky fibers from cotton plants in their raw state; take a liking to
  • cotyledon - embryonic leaf in seed-bearing plants
  • cotyloid - of the cup-shaped socket that receives the head of the thigh bone
  • couch - a narrow bed on which a patient lies during psychiatric or psychoanalytic treatment; a flat coat of paint or varnish used by artists as a primer; an upholstered seat for more than one person: formulate in a particular style or language
  • cough - the act of exhaling air suddenly with a noise; sudden expulsion of air from the lungs that clears the air passages; a common symptom of upper respiratory infection or bronchitis or pneumonia or tuberculosis; exhale abruptly, as when one has a chest cold or congestion
  • coughing - the act of exhaling air suddenly with a noise; sudden expulsion of air from the lungs that clears the air passages; a common symptom of upper respiratory infection or bronchitis or pneumonia or tuberculosis
  • council - a meeting of people for consultation; a body serving in an administrative capacity; (Christianity) an assembly or theologians and bishops and other representative of different churches or dioceses that is convened to regulate matters of discipline or doctrine
  • counselling - something that provides direction or advice as to a decision or course of action
  • counsellor - a lawyer who pleads cases in court; someone who gives advice about problems; someone who has supervisory duties at a summer camp
  • count - the act of counting; a nobleman (in various countries) having rank equal to a British earl; the total number counted; include as if by counting; have faith or confidence in; name or recite the numbers; determine the number or amount of; have weight; have import, carry weight; put into a group; take account of; show consideration for; take into account
  • counter - indicating opposition or resistance; in the opposite direction; table consisting of a horizontal surface over which business is transacted; a calculator that keeps a record of the number of times something happens; a piece of leather forming the back of a shoe or boot; game equipment used in various card or board games; (computer science) a register whose contents go through a regular series of states (usually states indicating consecutive integers); a person who counts things; a return punch (especially by a boxer); a piece of furniture that stands at the side of a dining room; has shelves and drawers; a quick reply to a question or remark (especially a witty or critical one); speak in response; act in advance of; deal with ahead of time
  • counteract - oppose and mitigate the effects of by contrary actions: destroy property or hinder normal operations; act in opposition to: oppose or check by a counteraction
  • counteraction - action intended to nullify the effects of some previous action
  • counterirritant - a medicine applied locally to produce superficial inflammation in order to reduce deeper inflammation
  • counterstain - a stain of contrasting color that is used when the principal stain does not show the structure clearly
  • counting - the act of counting
  • country - the territory occupied by a nation; an area outside of cities and towns; the people who live in a nation or country; a politically organized body of people under a single government; a particular geographical region of indefinite boundary (usually serving some special purpose or distinguished by its people or culture or geography)
  • countrywide - occurring or extending throughout a country or nation
  • coupling - the act of pairing a male and female for reproductive purposes; a mechanical device that serves to connect the ends of adjacent objects; a connection (like a clamp or vise) between two things so they move together
  • course - as might be expected; a mode of action; education imparted in a series of lessons or meetings; facility consisting of a circumscribed area of land or water laid out for a sport: (construction) a layer of masonry; part of a meal served at one time: a connected series of events or actions or developments; general line of orientation; a line or route along which something travels or moves; hunt with hounds; move swiftly through or over; move along, of liquids
  • court - respectful deference; an area wholly or partly surrounded by walls or buildings; a specially marked horizontal area within which a game is played; a room in which a lawcourt sits; the residence of a sovereign or nobleman; the sovereign and his advisers who are the governing power of a state; the family and retinue of a sovereign or prince; an assembly (including one or more judges) to conduct judicial business; Australian woman tennis player who won many major championships (born in 1947); a hotel for motorists; provides direct access from rooms to parking area; engage in social activities leading to marriage; make amorous advances towards; seek someone's favor
  • cover - fire that makes it difficult for the enemy to fire on your own individuals or formations; the act of concealing the existence of something by obstructing the view of it; a false identity and background (especially one created for an undercover agent); a recording of a song that was first recorded or made popular by somebody else; the protective covering on the front, back, and spine of a book; bedding that keeps a person warm in bed; a covering that serves to conceal or shelter something; covering for a hole (especially a hole in the top of a container); a natural object that covers or envelops; a fixed charge by a restaurant or night club over and above the charge for food and drink; clothe, as if for protection from the elements; protect by insurance; maintain a check on; especially by patrolling; deal with verbally or in some form of artistic expression; hold within range of an aimed firearm; protect or defend (a position in a game); be responsible for guarding an opponent in a game; play a higher card than the one previously played; form a cover over; provide with a covering or cause to be covered; spread over a surface to conceal or protect; hide from view or knowledge: be sufficient to meet, defray, or offset the charge or cost of; to take an action to protect against future problems; help out by taking someone's place and temporarily assuming his responsibilities: invest with a large or excessive amount of something; make up for shortcomings or a feeling of inferiority by exaggerating good qualities; provide for; span an interval of distance, space or time; sit on (eggs); be responsible for reporting the details of, as in journalism; put something on top of something else; copulate with a female, used especially of horses; cover as if with a shroud; travel across or pass over; include in scope; include as part of something broader; have as one's sphere or territory
  • covered - overlaid or spread or topped with or enclosed within something; sometimes used as a combining form
  • covering - the act of protecting something by covering it; an artifact that covers something else (usually to protect or shelter or conceal it); a natural object that covers or envelops; the work of applying something; the act of concealing the existence of something by obstructing the view of it
  • cow - mature female of mammals of which the male is called `bull': female of domestic cattle: "`moo-cow' is a child's term"; a large unpleasant woman; subdue, restrain, or overcome by affecting with a feeling of awe; frighten (as with threats)
  • cowper - English poet who wrote hymns and poetry about nature (1731-1800); English surgeon who discovered Cowper's gland (1666-1709)
  • cowpox - a viral disease of cattle causing a mild skin disease affecting the udder; formerly used to inoculate humans against smallpox
  • cows - domesticated bovine animals as a group regardless of sex or age
  • coxa - the ball-and-socket joint between the head of the femur and the acetabulum
  • cpr - an emergency procedure consisting of external cardiac massage and artificial respiration; the first treatment for a person who has collapsed and has no pulse and has stopped breathing; attempts to restore circulation of the blood and prevent death or brain damage due to lack of oxygen
  • cr - a hard brittle multivalent metallic element; resistant to corrosion and tarnishing
  • crab - a stroke of the oar that either misses the water or digs too deeply; decapod having eyes on short stalks and a broad flattened carapace with a small abdomen folded under the thorax and pincers: the edible flesh of any of various crabs; a quarrelsome grouch: infests the pubic region of the human body; the fourth sign of the zodiac; the sun is in this sign from about June 21 to July 22: (astrology) a person who is born while the sun is in Cancer; fish for crab; scurry sideways like a crab; direct (an aircraft) into a crosswind; complain
  • crack - of the highest quality; a usually brief attempt; a purified and potent form of cocaine that is smoked rather than snorted; a blemish resulting from a break without complete separation of the parts; a sudden sharp noise; a long narrow opening; the act of cracking something; a narrow opening; witty remark; a long narrow depression in a surface; a chance to do something; break into simpler molecules by means of heat; reduce (petroleum) to a simpler compound by cracking; become fractured; break or crack on the surface only; cause to become cracked; break partially but keep its integrity; tell spontaneously; hit forcefully; deal a hard blow, making a cracking noise; make a very sharp explosive sound; break suddenly and abruptly, as under tension; pass through (a barrier): suffer a nervous breakdown; make a sharp sound
  • cracked - informal or slang terms for mentally irregular; of paint or varnish; having the appearance of alligator hide; used of skin roughened as a result of cold or exposure
  • cracking - very good; the process whereby heavy molecules of naphtha or petroleum are broken down into hydrocarbons of lower molecular weight (especially in the oil-refining process); the act of cracking something; a sudden sharp noise
  • crackling - the sharp sound of snapping noises; the residue that remains after animal fat has been rendered
  • cradle - a baby bed with sides and rockers; birth of a person; a trough that can be rocked back and forth; used by gold miners to shake auriferous earth in water in order to separate the gold; where something originated or was nurtured in its early existence; run with the stick; hold gently and carefully; wash in a cradle; cut grain with a cradle scythe; hold or place in or as if in a cradle; bring up from infancy
  • cramp - a strip of metal with ends bent at right angles; used to hold masonry together; a clamp for holding pieces of wood together while they are glued; a painful and involuntary muscular contraction: secure with a cramp; prevent the progress or free movement of
  • cramped - constricted in size
  • cranial - of or relating to the cranium which encloses the brain
  • craniometry - the branch of physical anthropology dealing with the study and measurement of dry skulls after removal of its soft parts
  • craniotomy - a surgical opening through the skull
  • cranium - the part of the skull that encloses the brain
  • crash - the act of colliding with something; a serious accident (usually involving one or more vehicles); a sudden large decline of business or the prices of stocks (especially one that causes additional failures); (computer science) an event that causes a computer system to become inoperative; a loud resonant repeating noise; stop operating; undergo a sudden and severe downturn; hurl or thrust violently; undergo damage or destruction on impact; break violently or noisily; smash; cause to crash; fall or come down violently; move violently as through a barrier; move with, or as if with, a crashing noise; occupy, usually uninvited; sleep in a convenient place; enter uninvited; informal
  • cream - toiletry consisting of any of various substances in the form of a thick liquid that have a soothing and moisturizing effect when applied to the skin; the part of milk containing the butterfat; the best people or things in a group; add cream to one's coffee, for example: put on cream, as on one's face or body; beat thoroughly and conclusively in a competition or fight; make creamy by beating: remove from the surface
  • create - create by artistic means; pursue a creative activity; be engaged in a creative activity; bring into existence; invest with a new title, office, or rank; make or cause to be or to become; create or manufacture a man-made product
  • creatine - an amino acid that does not occur in proteins but is found in the muscle tissue of vertebrates both in the free form and as phosphocreatine; supplies energy for muscle contraction
  • creation - (theology) God's act of bringing the universe into existence; the human act of creating; an artifact that has been brought into existence by someone; the event that occurred at the beginning of something; the act of starting something for the first time; introducing something new; everything that exists anywhere
  • cred - credibility among young fashionable urban individuals
  • creep - a pen that is fenced so that young animals can enter but adults cannot; a slow longitudinal movement or deformation: someone unpleasantly strange or eccentric; a slow mode of locomotion on hands and knees or dragging the body; move slowly; in the case of people or animals with the body near the ground; to go stealthily or furtively; grow in such a way as to cover (a building): show submission or fear
  • creeping - a slow mode of locomotion on hands and knees or dragging the body
  • creeps - a feeling of fear and revulsion; a disease of cattle and sheep attributed to a dietary deficiency; characterized by anemia and softening of the bones and a slow stiff gait
  • crepitation - the sharp sound of snapping noises
  • crescent - resembling the new moon in shape; any shape resembling the curved shape of the moon in its first or last quarters
  • cresol - any of three poisonous colorless isomeric phenols; derived from coal or wood tar; used as a disinfectant
  • crest - a showy growth of e.g. feathers or skin on the head of a bird or other animal; (heraldry) in medieval times, an emblem used to decorate a helmet; the top line of a hill, mountain, or wave; the center of a cambered road; the top point of a mountain or hill; reach a high point; lie at the top of
  • cretinism - severe hypothyroidism resulting in physical and mental stunting
  • crew - the men who man a ship or aircraft; the team of men manning a racing shell; an organized group of workmen; an informal body of friends; serve as a crew member on
  • crib - the cards discarded by players at cribbage; baby bed with high sides made of slats; a bin or granary for storing grains; a card game (usually for two players) in which each player is dealt six cards and discards one or two; a literal translation used in studying a foreign language (often used illicitly); line with beams or planks; take unauthorized (intellectual material); use a crib, as in an exam
  • crick - English biochemist who (with Watson in 1953) helped discover the helical structure of DNA (1916-2004); a painful muscle spasm especially in the neck or back (`rick' and `wrick' are British): twist (a body part) into a strained position
  • crime - (criminal law) an act punishable by law; usually considered an evil act; an evil act not necessarily punishable by law
  • criminal - guilty of crime or serious offense; involving or being or having the nature of a crime; bringing or deserving severe rebuke or censure; someone who has committed (or been legally convicted of) a crime
  • crisis - a crucial stage or turning point in the course of something: an unstable situation of extreme danger or difficulty
  • criterion - the ideal in terms of which something can be judged; a basis for comparison; a reference point against which other things can be evaluated
  • critical - marked by a tendency to find and call attention to errors and flaws; characterized by careful evaluation and judgment; being in or verging on a state of crisis or emergency; at or of a point at which a property or phenomenon suffers an abrupt change especially having enough mass to sustain a chain reaction; forming or having the nature of a turning point or crisis; urgently needed; absolutely necessary; of or involving or characteristic of critics or criticism
  • critically - in a critical manner
  • crohn - United States physician who specialized in diseases of the intestines; he was the first to describe regional ileitis which is now known as Crohn's disease (1884-1983)
  • cross - extending or lying across; in a crosswise direction; at right angles to the long axis; perversely irritable; a representation of the structure on which Jesus was crucified; used as an emblem of Christianity or in heraldry; a wooden structure consisting of an upright post with a transverse piece; any affliction that causes great suffering; (genetics) the act of mixing different species or varieties of animals or plants and thus to produce hybrids; an organism that is the offspring of genetically dissimilar parents or stock; especially offspring produced by breeding plants or animals of different varieties or breeds or species; a marking that consists of lines that cross each other; trace a line through or across; meet and pass; fold so as to resemble a cross; to cover or extend over an area or time period; breed animals or plants using parents of different races and varieties; travel across or pass over; meet at a point; hinder or prevent (the efforts, plans, or desires) of
  • crossed - placed crosswise; (of a check) marked for deposit only as indicated by having two lines drawn across it; produced by crossbreeding
  • crossing - traveling across; a voyage across a body of water (usually across the Atlantic Ocean); a path (often marked) where something (as a street or railroad) can be crossed to get from one side to the other; a point where two lines (paths or arcs etc.) intersect; (genetics) the act of mixing different species or varieties of animals or plants and thus to produce hybrids; a junction where one street or road crosses another; a shallow area in a stream that can be forded
  • crotch - the angle formed by the inner sides of the legs where they join the human trunk; external sex organ; the region of the angle formed by the junction of two branches
  • croup - a disease of infants and young children; harsh coughing and hoarseness and fever and difficult breathing; the part of a quadruped that corresponds to the human buttocks
  • crowded - overfilled or compacted or concentrated
  • crown - the part of a hat (the vertex) that covers the crown of the head; an ornamental jewelled headdress signifying sovereignty; a wreath or garland worn on the head to signify victory; the center of a cambered road; the part of a tooth above the gum that is covered with enamel; the Crown (or the reigning monarch) as the symbol of the power and authority of a monarchy; the upper branches and leaves of a tree; an English coin worth 5 shillings; the top of the head; the award given to the champion; the top point of a mountain or hill; be the culminating event; put an enamel cover on; invest with regal power; enthrone; form the topmost part of
  • crowning - representing a level of the highest possible achievement or attainment; forming or providing a crown or summit
  • cruciate - shaped like a cross
  • crude - not processed or subjected to analysis; belonging to an early stage of technical development; characterized by simplicity and (often) crudeness; not carefully or expertly made; devoid of any qualifications or disguise or adornment; conspicuously and tastelessly indecent; not refined or processed; a dark oil consisting mainly of hydrocarbons
  • cruel - (of persons or their actions) able or disposed to inflict pain or suffering; (of weapons or instruments) causing suffering and pain
  • crural - of or relating the leg from the knee to the foot
  • crus - the leg from the knee to foot
  • crush - the act of crushing; a dense crowd of people; temporary love of an adolescent; leather that has had its grain pattern accentuated; break into small pieces; become injured, broken, or distorted by pressure; humiliate or depress completely; come out better in a competition, race, or conflict; make ineffective; crush or bruise; to compress with violence, out of natural shape or condition: come down on or keep down by unjust use of one's authority
  • crushed - treated so as to have a permanently wrinkled appearance; subdued or brought low in condition or status
  • crushing - physically or spiritually devastating; often used in combination; forceful prevention; putting down by power or authority
  • crust - the trait of being rude and impertinent; inclined to take liberties; the outer layer of the Earth; a hard outer layer that covers something; form a crust or form into a crust
  • crutch - anything that serves as an expedient; a wooden or metal staff that fits under the armpit and reaches to the ground; used by disabled person while walking
  • cry - a fit of weeping; a loud utterance; often in protest or opposition: a loud utterance of emotion (especially when inarticulate); the characteristic utterance of an animal; a slogan used to rally support for a cause; shed tears because of sadness, rage, or pain; bring into a particular state by crying; proclaim or announce in public; utter a characteristic sound; demand immediate action; utter aloud; often with surprise, horror, or joy; utter a sudden loud cry
  • cryaesthesia - hypersensitivity to cold
  • crying - conspicuously and outrageously bad or reprehensible: noisy with or as if with loud cries and shouts; demanding attention: the process of shedding tears (usually accompanied by sobs or other inarticulate sounds)
  • cryosurgery - the use of extreme cold (usually liquid nitrogen) to destroy unwanted tissue (warts or cataracts or skin cancers)
  • crypt - a cellar or vault or underground burial chamber (especially beneath a church)
  • cryptococcosis - a fungal infection characterized by nodular lesions--first in the lungs and spreading to the nervous system
  • cryptorchidism - failure of one or both testes to move into the scrotum as the male fetus develops
  • cryptorchism - failure of one or both testes to move into the scrotum as the male fetus develops
  • crystal - a protective cover that protects the face of a watch: glassware made of quartz; a crystalline element used as a component in various electronic devices; a rock formed by the solidification of a substance; has regularly repeating internal structure; external plane faces; a solid formed by the solidification of a chemical and having a highly regular atomic structure; colorless glass made of almost pure silica
  • crystalline - consisting of or containing or of the nature of crystals: transmitting light; able to be seen through with clarity; distinctly or sharply outlined
  • cs - a soft silver-white ductile metallic element (liquid at normal temperatures); the most electropositive and alkaline metal
  • ct - a method of examining body organs by scanning them with X rays and using a computer to construct a series of cross-sectional scans along a single axis; a New England state; one of the original 13 colonies
  • cu - a ductile malleable reddish-brown corrosion-resistant diamagnetic metallic element; occurs in various minerals but is the only metal that occurs abundantly in large masses; used as an electrical and thermal conductor
  • cube - a block in the (approximate) shape of a cube; any of several tropical American woody plants of the genus Lonchocarpus whose roots are used locally as a fish poison and commercially as a source of rotenone; the product of three equal terms; a hexahedron with six equal squares as faces; a three-dimensional shape with six square or rectangular sides; raise to the third power; cut into cubes
  • cubic - having three dimensions
  • cubital - of or relating to the elbow
  • cubitus - the arm from the elbow to the fingertips; hinge joint between the forearm and upper arm and the corresponding joint in the forelimb of a quadruped
  • cuboid - shaped like a cube; a rectangular parallelepiped
  • cuboidal - shaped like a cube
  • cuff - the lap consisting of a turned-back hem encircling the end of the sleeve or leg; shackle that consists of a metal loop that can be locked around the wrist; usually used in pairs; hit with the hand: confine or restrain with or as if with manacles or handcuffs
  • cuirass - medieval body armor that covers the chest and back
  • culdoscope - a specialized endoscope for visually examining a woman's pelvic organs
  • culdoscopy - endoscopic examination of a woman's pelvic organs by the insertion of a culdoscope through the vagina
  • culex - type genus of the Culicidae: widespread genus of mosquitoes distinguished by holding the body parallel to the resting surface
  • cultivated - (of land or fields) prepared for raising crops by plowing or fertilizing; no longer in the natural state; developed by human care and for human use; marked by refinement in taste and manners
  • cultural - denoting or deriving from or distinctive of the ways of living built up by a group of people; relating to the raising of plants or animals; of or relating to the shared knowledge and values of a society; of or relating to the arts and manners that a group favors
  • culturally - with regard to a culture
  • culture - the raising of plants or animals; (biology) the growing of microorganisms in a nutrient medium (such as gelatin or agar); the tastes in art and manners that are favored by a social group; the attitudes and behavior that are characteristic of a particular social group or organization; a particular society at a particular time and place; all the knowledge and values shared by a society; a highly developed state of perfection; having a flawless or impeccable quality
  • cumulative - increasing by successive addition
  • cuneiform - of or relating to the tarsal bones (or other wedge-shaped bones); shaped like a wedge; an ancient wedge-shaped script used in Mesopotamia and Persia
  • cup - a small open container usually used for drinking; usually has a handle; a large metal vessel with two handles that is awarded as a trophy to the winner of a competition; the hole (or metal container in the hole) on a golf green; a punch served in a pitcher instead of a punch bowl; cup-shaped plant organ; a United States liquid unit equal to 8 fluid ounces; the quantity a cup will hold; any cup-shaped concavity; treat by applying evacuated cups to the patient's skin; put into a cup; form into the shape of a cup
  • cupboard - a small room (or recess) or cabinet used for storage space
  • cupola - a roof in the form of a dome; a vertical cylindrical furnace for melting iron for casting
  • curable - curing or healing is possible; capable of being hardened by some additive or other agent
  • curare - a toxic alkaloid found in certain tropical South American trees that is a powerful relaxant for striated muscles
  • curative - tending to cure or restore to health; a medicine or therapy that cures disease or relieve pain
  • curdled - transformed from a liquid into a soft semisolid or solid mass
  • cure - a medicine or therapy that cures disease or relieve pain: prepare by drying, salting, or chemical processing in order to preserve; be or become preserved; make (substances) hard and improve their usability; provide a cure for, make healthy again
  • cured - (used of hay e.g.) allowed to dry; (used of concrete or mortar) kept moist to assist the hardening; (used of rubber) treated by a chemical or physical process to improve its properties (hardness and strength and odor and elasticity); freed from illness or injury; (used of tobacco) aging as a preservative process (`aged' is pronounced as one syllable); (used especially of meat) cured in brine
  • curet - a surgical instrument shaped like a scoop to remove tissue from a bodily cavity
  • curettage - surgery to remove tissue or growths from a bodily cavity (as the uterus) by scraping with a curette
  • curette - a surgical instrument shaped like a scoop to remove tissue from a bodily cavity
  • curettement - surgery to remove tissue or growths from a bodily cavity (as the uterus) by scraping with a curette
  • curie - French chemist (born in Poland) who won two Nobel prizes; one (with her husband and Henri Becquerel) for research on radioactivity and another for her discovery of radium and polonium (1867-1934); French physicist; husband of Marie Curie (1859-1906): a unit of radioactivity equal to the amount of a radioactive isotope that decays at the rate of 37,000,000,000 disintegrations per second
  • curing - the process of becoming hard or solid by cooling or drying or crystallization
  • curled - of hair having curls; drawn up into a ball
  • curling - of hair having curls; a game played on ice in which heavy stones with handles are slid toward a target
  • current - occurring in or belonging to the present time; a steady flow (usually from natural causes); a flow of electricity through a conductor; dominant course (suggestive of running water) of successive events or ideas
  • currently - at this time or period; now
  • curtain - hanging cloth used as a blind (especially for a window): any barrier to communication or vision; provide with drapery
  • curtis - English botanical writer and publisher (1746-1799)
  • curvature - the property possessed by the curving of a line or surface; the rate of change (at a point) of the angle between a curve and a tangent to the curve; (medicine) a curving or bending; often abnormal
  • curve - a pitch of a baseball that is thrown with spin so that its path curves as it approach the batter; a line on a graph representing data; the trace of a point whose direction of motion changes; curved segment (of a road or river or railroad track etc.); the property possessed by the curving of a line or surface; form a curl, curve, or kink; turn sharply; change direction abruptly; bend or cause to bend: form an arch or curve; extend in curves and turns
  • curved - having or marked by a curve or smoothly rounded bend
  • curving - having or marked by a curve or smoothly rounded bend
  • cushing - United States neurologist noted for his study of the brain and pituitary gland and who identified Cushing's syndrome (1869-1939)
  • cushion - a soft bag filled with air or a mass of padding such as feathers or foam rubber etc.; a mechanical damper; absorbs energy of sudden impulses; protect from impact
  • cusp - point formed by two intersecting arcs (as from the intrados of a Gothic arch); small elevation on the grinding surface of a tooth; a thin triangular flap of a heart valve
  • cuspid - one of the four pointed conical teeth (two in each jaw) located between the incisors and the premolars
  • custody - holding by the police; (with `in') guardianship over; in divorce cases it is the right to house and care for and discipline a child; a state of being confined (usually for a short time)
  • customs - money collected under a tariff
  • cut - with parts removed; separated into parts or laid open or penetrated with a sharp edge or instrument; (of pages of a book) having the folds of the leaves trimmed or slit; fashioned or shaped by cutting; mixed with water; (used of rates or prices) reduced usually sharply; wounded by cutting deeply; (of a male animal) having the testicles removed; (used of grass or vegetation) cut down with a hand implement or machine; made neat and tidy by trimming: an unexcused absence from class; the act of reducing the amount or number; the act of shortening something by choping off the ends: the act of cutting something into parts; the act of penetrating or opening open with a sharp edge; the division of a deck of cards before dealing; (sports) a stroke that puts reverse spin on the ball; a trench resembling a furrow that was made by erosion or excavation: a canal made by erosion or excavation; the style in which a garment is cut; a distinct selection of music from a recording or a compact disc; (film) an immediate transition from one shot to the next; a piece of meat that has been cut from an animal carcass; a share of the profits; a wound made by cutting; a step on some scale; in baseball; a batter's attempt to hit a pitched ball; a refusal to recognize someone you know; the omission that is made when an editorial change shortens a written passage; a remark capable of wounding mentally; grow through the gums; have grow through the gums: cease, stop; have a reducing effect; dissolve by breaking down the fat of; weed out unwanted or unnecessary things; shorten as if by severing the edges or ends of; penetrate injuriously; fell by sawing; hew; reap or harvest; hit (a ball) with a spin so that it turns in the opposite direction; separate with or as if with an instrument; divide a deck of cards at random into two parts to make selection difficult: make an incision or separation; allow incision or separation; function as a cutting instrument; style and tailor in a certain fashion; perform or carry out; form or shape by cutting or incising; form by probing, penetrating, or digging; create by duplicating data; record a performance on (a medium); make a recording of; stop filming: make an abrupt change of image or sound; pass through or across: pass directly and often in haste; move (one's fist); give the appearance or impression of; discharge from a group; intentionally fail to attend; cut off the testicles (of male animals such as horses): cut and assemble the components of; lessen the strength or flavor of a solution or mixture; reduce in scope while retaining essential elements; cut down on; make a reduction in; refuse to acknowledge: make out and issue; cause to stop operating by disengaging a switch; turn sharply; change direction abruptly; be able to manage or manage successfully
  • cutaneous - relating to or existing on or affecting the skin
  • cuticle - the dead skin at the base of a fingernail or toenail; hard outer covering or case of certain organisms such as arthropods and turtles; the outer layer of the skin covering the exterior body surface of vertebrates
  • cutis - a natural protective body covering and site of the sense of touch
  • cutting - suitable for cutting or severing; as physically painful as if caused by a sharp instrument; (of speech) harsh or hurtful in tone or character; unpleasantly cold and damp; the act of diluting something; a piece cut off from the main part of something; a part (sometimes a root or leaf or bud) removed from a plant to propagate a new plant through rooting or grafting; the act of shortening something by choping off the ends; the act of cutting something into parts; the act of penetrating or opening open with a sharp edge; the division of a deck of cards before dealing; removing parts to create a desired shape; the activity of selecting the scenes to be shown and putting them together to create a film; an excerpt cut from a newspaper or magazine
  • cva - a sudden loss of consciousness resulting when the rupture or occlusion of a blood vessel leads to oxygen lack in the brain
  • cyanide - an extremely poisonous salt of hydrocyanic acid; any of a class of organic compounds containing the cyano radical -CN
  • cyanocobalamin - a B vitamin that is used to treat pernicious anemia
  • cyanosis - a bluish discoloration of the skin and mucous membranes; a sign that oxygen in the blood is dangerously diminished (as in carbon monoxide poisoning)
  • cycle - a single complete execution of a periodically repeated phenomenon; a periodically repeated sequence of events; a series of poems or songs on the same theme; an interval during which a recurring sequence of events occurs; a wheeled vehicle that has two wheels and is moved by foot pedals; the unit of frequency; one hertz has a periodic interval of one second; recur in repeating sequences: pass through a cycle; cause to go through a recurring sequence: ride a bicycle; ride a motorcycle
  • cyclic - recurring in cycles; of a compound having atoms arranged in a ring structure; botany; forming a whorl or having parts arranged in a whorl; marked by repeated cycles; conforming to the Carnot cycle
  • cyclical - recurring in cycles
  • cycling - the sport of traveling on a bicycle or motorcycle
  • cyclopropane - a colorless flammable gas sometimes used as an inhalation anesthetic
  • cyclothymia - a mild bipolar disorder that persists over a long time
  • cylinder - a cylindrical container for oxygen or compressed air; a chamber within which piston moves; a solid bounded by a cylindrical surface and two parallel planes (the bases); a surface generated by rotating a parallel line around a fixed line
  • cylindrical - having the form of a cylinder
  • cyst - a closed sac that develops abnormally in some body structure; a small anatomically normal sac or bladderlike structure (especially one containing fluid)
  • cystic - of or relating to or resembling a cyst; of or relating to a normal cyst (as the gallbladder or urinary bladder)
  • cystine - a crystalline amino acid found in proteins (especially keratin); discovered in bladder stones
  • cystitis - inflammation of the urinary bladder and ureters
  • cystocele - hernia in which the urinary bladder protrudes through the wall of the vagina; sometimes occurs after childbirth
  • cytogenetics - the branch of biology that studies the cellular aspects of heredity (especially the chromosomes)
  • cytokine - any of various proteins secreted by cells of the immune system that serve to regulate the immune system
  • cytokinesis - organic process consisting of the division of the cytoplasm of a cell following karyokinesis bringing about the separation into two daughter cells
  • cytological - of or relating to the science of cytology
  • cytologist - a biologist who studies the structure and function of cells
  • cytology - the branch of biology that studies the structure and function of cells
  • cytolysis - pathological breakdown of cells by the destruction of their outer membrane
  • cytomegalovirus - any of a group of herpes viruses that enlarge epithelial cells and can cause birth defects; can affect humans with impaired immunological systems
  • cytopenia - a deficiency of some cellular element of the blood
  • cytoplasm - the protoplasm of a cell excluding the nucleus; is full of proteins that control cell metabolism
  • cytoplasmic - of or relating to cytoplasm
  • cytosine - a base found in DNA and RNA and derived from pyrimidine; pairs with guanine
  • cytotoxic - of or relating to substances that are toxic to cells
  • cytotoxin - any substance that has a toxic effect on cells
  • czech - of or relating to Czechoslovakia or its people or their language; the Slavic language of Czechs; a native of inhabitant of the Czech Republic; a native or inhabitant of the former republic of Czechoslovakia

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  • da - an official prosecutor for a judicial district
  • dab - a small quantity of something moist or liquid; a light touch or stroke; hit lightly; apply (usually a liquid) to a surface
  • dacryocystitis - inflammation of the lacrimal sac causing obstruction of the tube draining tears into the nose
  • dactyl - a metrical unit with stressed-unstressed-unstressed syllables; a finger or toe in human beings or corresponding body part in other vertebrates
  • dactylomegaly - abnormally large fingers or toes
  • dada - a nihilistic art movement (especially in painting) that flourished in Europe early in the 20th century; based on irrationality and negation of the accepted laws of beauty; an informal term for a father; probably derived from baby talk
  • dah - the longer of the two telegraphic signals used in Morse code
  • daily - occurring or done each day; measured by the day or happening every day; without missing a day; gradually and progressively; a newspaper that is published every day
  • dairy - a farm where dairy products are produced
  • daisy - any of numerous composite plants having flower heads with well-developed ray flowers usually arranged in a single whorl
  • dalton - English chemist and physicist who formulated atomic theory and the law of partial pressures; gave the first description of red-green color blindness (1766-1844)
  • daltonism - dichromacy characterized by a lowered sensitivity to green light resulting in an inability to distinguish green and purplish-red
  • damage - the act of damaging something or someone; loss of military equipment; the occurrence of a change for the worse; any harm or injury resulting from a violation of a legal right; the amount of money needed to purchase something; inflict damage upon
  • damaged - harmed or injured or spoiled; especially of reputation: being unjustly brought into disrepute
  • damages - a sum of money paid in compensation for loss or injury
  • damaging - designed or tending to discredit, especially without positive or helpful suggestions; (sometimes followed by `to') causing harm or injury
  • damp - slightly wet; a slight wetness; restrain or discourage; lessen in force or effect; make vague or obscure or make (an image) less visible; deaden (a sound or noise), especially by wrapping
  • dance - an artistic form of nonverbal communication; a party for social dancing; a party of people assembled for dancing; taking a series of rhythmical steps (and movements) in time to music; move in a pattern; usually to musical accompaniment; do or perform a dance; move in a graceful and rhythmical way; skip, leap, or move up and down or sideways
  • dander - a feeling of anger and animosity; small scales from animal skins or hair or bird feathers that can cause allergic reactions in some people
  • dandruff - loose scales shed from the scalp; a condition in which white scales of dead skin are shed by the scalp
  • dandy - very good; a man who is much concerned with his dress and appearance; a sailing vessel with two masts; a small mizzen is aft of the rudderpost
  • danger - a dangerous place; the condition of being susceptible to harm or injury; a cause of pain or injury or loss; a venture undertaken without regard to possible loss or injury
  • dangerous - causing fear or anxiety by threatening great harm: involving or causing danger or risk; liable to hurt or harm
  • dangerously - in a dangerous manner
  • daniel - an Old Testament book that tells of the apocalyptic visions and the experiences of Daniel in the court of Nebuchadnezzar; a wise and upright judge; (Old Testament) a youth who was taken into the court of Nebuchadnezzar and given divine protection when thrown into a den of lions (6th century BC)
  • danish - of or relating to or characteristic of Denmark or the Danes: a Scandinavian language that is the official language of Denmark: light sweet yeast-raised roll usually filled with fruits or cheese
  • dark - not giving performances; closed; brunet (used of hair or skin or eyes); devoid of or deficient in light or brightness; shadowed or black; (used of color) having a dark hue; marked by difficulty of style or expression; showing a brooding ill humor; secret; having skin rich in melanin pigments; causing dejection; lacking enlightenment or knowledge or culture; stemming from evil characteristics or forces; wicked or dishonorable; an unenlightened state; absence of light or illumination; an unilluminated area; absence of moral or spiritual values; the time after sunset and before sunrise while it is dark outside
  • darkening - becoming dark or darker as from waning light or clouding over; characterized by hopelessness; filled with gloom: changing to a darker color
  • darkness - a swarthy complexion; having a dark or somber color: an unilluminated area; an unenlightened state; absence of light or illumination; absence of moral or spiritual values
  • data - a collection of facts from which conclusions may be drawn
  • database - an organized body of related information
  • date - sweet edible fruit of the date palm with a single long woody seed; a meeting arranged in advance; a participant in a date; the present; the specified day of the month; a particular day specified as the time something happens; the particular day, month, or year (usually according to the Gregorian calendar) that an event occurred; a particular but unspecified point in time; assign a date to; determine the (probable) date of; provide with a dateline; mark with a date; stamp with a date; go on a date with; date regularly; have a steady relationship with
  • dated - bearing a date; marked by features of the immediate and usually discounted past
  • daughter - a female human offspring
  • david - (Old Testament) the 2nd king of the Israelites; as a young shepherd he fought Goliath (a giant Philistine warrior) and killed him by hitting him in the head with a stone flung from a sling; he united Israel with Jerusalem as its capital; many of the Psalms are attributed to David (circa 1000-962 BC); French neoclassical painter who actively supported the French Revolution (1748-1825); patron saint of Wales (circa 520-600)
  • day - United States writer best known for his autobiographical works (1874-1935); a period of opportunity; some point or period in time: the recurring hours when you are not sleeping (especially those when you are working); time for Earth to make a complete rotation on its axis; a day assigned to a particular purpose or observance: the time after sunrise and before sunset while it is light outside; the period of time taken by a particular planet (e.g. Mars) to make a complete rotation on its axis; an era of existence or influence; the time for one complete rotation of the earth relative to a particular star, about 4 minutes shorter than a mean solar day
  • daylight - light during the daytime; the time after sunrise and before sunset while it is light outside
  • days - the time during which someone's life continues
  • days - the time during which someone's life continues
  • daytime - the time after sunrise and before sunset while it is light outside
  • dazed - in a state of mental numbness especially as resulting from shock; stunned or confused and slow to react (as from blows or drunkenness or exhaustion)
  • dazzlingly - in a manner or to a degree that dazzles the beholder
  • db - a logarithmic unit of sound intensity; 10 times the logarithm of the ratio of the sound intensity to some reference intensity; a transuranic element
  • dds - a doctor's degree in dental surgery
  • ddt - an insecticide that is also toxic to animals and humans; banned in the United States since 1972
  • de - a Mid-Atlantic state; one of the original 13 colonies
  • dead - total; devoid of activity; physically inactive; no longer having or seeming to have or expecting to have life; not showing characteristics of life especially the capacity to sustain life; no longer exerting force or having energy or heat; lacking animation or excitement or activity; drained of electric charge; discharged: sudden and complete; no longer having force or relevance; no longer in force or use; inactive; lacking resilience or bounce; not surviving in active use; out of use or operation because of a fault or breakdown; not circulating or flowing; unerringly accurate; not yielding a return; lacking acoustic resonance; devoid of physical sensation; numb; (followed by `to') not showing human feeling or sensitivity; unresponsive; not endowed with life; very tired: completely and without qualification; used informally as intensifiers: quickly and without warning; people who are no longer living; a time when coldness (or some other quality associated with death) is intense
  • deaden - convert (metallic mercury) into a grey powder consisting of minute globules, as by shaking with chalk or fatty oil; make less lively, intense, or vigorous; impair in vigor, force, activity, or sensation; become lifeless, less lively, intense, or active; lose life, force, or vigor; lessen the momentum or velocity of; make vapid or deprive of spirit; make vague or obscure or make (an image) less visible; cut a girdle around so as to kill by interrupting the circulation of water and nutrients
  • deadly - (of a disease) having a rapid course and violent effect: causing or capable of causing death; of an instrument of certain death; involving loss of divine grace or spiritual death; extremely poisonous or injurious; producing venom; exceedingly harmful; as if produced by death; as if dead; (used as intensives) extremely
  • deaf - lacking or deprive of the sense of hearing wholly or in part: (usually followed by `to') unwilling or refusing to pay heed; people who have severe hearing impairments; make or render deaf
  • deafen - make soundproof; make or render deaf; be unbearably loud
  • deafened - caused to hear poorly or not at all
  • deafness - partial or complete loss of hearing
  • deal - the act of apportioning or distributing something; the act of distributing playing cards; a particular instance of buying or selling: the type of treatment received (especially as the result of an agreement); a plank of softwood (fir or pine board); an agreement between parties (usually arrived at after discussion) fixing obligations of each; the cards held in a card game by a given player at any given time; (often followed by `of') a large number or amount or extent; wood that is easy to saw (from conifers such as pine or fir); do business; offer for sale as for one's livelihood; sell; distribute to the players in a game; give (a specific card) to a player; take action with respect to (someone or something); behave in a certain way towards others; take into consideration for exemplifying purposes; deal with verbally or in some form of artistic expression: give out as one's portion or share; administer or bestow, as in small portions; be in charge of, act on, or dispose of; direct the course of; manage or control; come to terms or deal successfully with
  • dealing - method or manner of conduct in relation to others; the act of transacting within or between groups (as carrying on commercial activities)
  • deaminate - remove the amino radical (usually by hydrolysis) from an amino compound; to perform deamination
  • deamination - removal of the amino radical from an amino acid or other amino compound
  • death - the act of killing; the event of dying or departure from life: the personification of death; the permanent end of all life functions in an organism or part of an organism; the absence of life or state of being dead; the time at which life ends; continuing until dead; the time when something ends; a final state
  • death - the act of killing; the event of dying or departure from life: the personification of death; the permanent end of all life functions in an organism or part of an organism; the absence of life or state of being dead; the time at which life ends; continuing until dead; the time when something ends; a final state
  • debate - the formal presentation of and opposition to a stated proposition (usually followed by a vote); a discussion in which reasons are advanced for and against some proposition or proposal: argue with one another; discuss the pros and cons of an issue; have an argument about something; think about carefully; weigh
  • debilitate - make weak
  • debilitated - lacking strength or vigor
  • debilitating - impairing the strength and vitality
  • debility - the state of being weak in health or body (especially from old age)
  • debridement - surgical removal of foreign material and dead tissue from a wound in order to prevent infection and promote healing
  • debris - the remains of something that has been destroyed or broken up
  • decadron - a corticosteroid drug (trade names Decadron or Dexamethasone Intensol or Dexone or Hexadrol or Oradexon) used to treat allergies or inflammation
  • decalcification - loss of calcium from bones or teeth
  • decapitation - killing by cutting off the head; execution by cutting off the victim's head
  • decarboxylase - any of the enzymes that hydrolize the carboxyl group
  • decay - the organic phenomenon of rotting; a gradual decrease; as of stored charge or current; the process of gradually becoming inferior; the spontaneous disintegration of a radioactive substance along with the emission of ionizing radiation; an inferior state resulting from the process of decaying; fall into decay or ruin: undergo decay or decomposition; lose a stored charge, magnetic flux, or current
  • decayed - damaged by decay; hence unsound and useless
  • decibel - a logarithmic unit of sound intensity; 10 times the logarithm of the ratio of the sound intensity to some reference intensity
  • decide - reach, make, or come to a decision about something; bring to an end; settle conclusively; cause to decide; influence or determine
  • decided - recognizable; marked
  • deciding - having the power or quality of deciding; the cognitive process of reaching a decision
  • decidua - the epithelial tissue of the endometrium
  • deciduous - (of plants and shrubs) shedding foliage at the end of the growing season; (of teeth, antlers, etc.) being shed at the end of a period of growth
  • decigram - 1/10 gram
  • deciliter - a metric unit of volume equal to one tenth of a liter
  • decilitre - a metric unit of volume equal to one tenth of a liter
  • decimeter - a metric unit of length equal to one tenth of a meter
  • decimetre - a metric unit of length equal to one tenth of a meter
  • decision - the act of making up your mind about something; a position or opinion or judgment reached after consideration; the outcome of a game or contest; (boxing) a victory won on points when no knockout has occurred; the trait of resoluteness as evidenced by firmness of character or purpose
  • declared - made known or openly avowed; declared as fact; explicitly stated
  • decline - change toward something smaller or lower; a condition inferior to an earlier condition; a gradual falling off from a better state; a downward slope or bend; a gradual decrease; as of stored charge or current; grow smaller; inflect for number, gender, case, etc., "in many languages, speakers decline nouns, pronouns, and adjectives"; go down in value; go down; grow worse; show unwillingness towards; refuse to accept
  • decompose - separate (substances) into constituent elements or parts; break down; lose a stored charge, magnetic flux, or current
  • decomposition - the analysis of a vector field; (biology) the process of decay caused by bacterial or fungal action; (chemistry) separation of a substance into two or more substances that may differ from each other and from the original substance; in a decomposed state: the organic phenomenon of rotting
  • decompression - relieving pressure; restoring compressed information to its normal form for use or display
  • decongestant - a drug that decreases pulmonary congestion
  • decontamination - the removal of contaminants
  • decortication - removal of the outer covering of an organ or part
  • decrease - the act of decreasing or reducing something; the amount by which something decreases; a change downward; a process of becoming smaller or shorter; decrease in size, extent, or range: make smaller
  • decreased - made less in size or amount or degree
  • decreasing - becoming less or smaller; music
  • decubitus - a reclining position (as in a bed)
  • decussation - an intersection or crossing of two tracts in the form of the letter X
  • ded - a doctor's degree in education
  • dedicated - devoted to a cause or ideal or purpose; solemnly dedicated to or set apart for a high purpose
  • deep - exhibiting great cunning usually with secrecy; strong; intense; very distant in time or space; having great spatial extension or penetration downward or inward from an outer surface or backward or laterally or outward from a center; sometimes used in combination; relatively deep or strong; affecting one deeply; with head or back bent low; large in quantity or size; extreme; marked by depth of thinking; relatively thick from top to bottom; extending relatively far inward; difficult to penetrate; incomprehensible to one of ordinary understanding or knowledge; of an obscure nature: having or denoting a low vocal or instrumental range; (of darkness) very intense; to far into space; to an advanced time; to a great depth; literary term for an ocean; the central and most intense or profound part; a long steep-sided depression in the ocean floor
  • deeply - to a great depth; to a great depth psychologically
  • deer - distinguished from Bovidae by the male's having solid deciduous antlers
  • defecate - have a bowel movement
  • defecation - the elimination of fecal waste through the anus
  • defect - a failing or deficiency; an imperfection in a bodily system: an imperfection in a device or machine; a mark or flaw that spoils the appearance of something (especially on a person's body); desert (a cause, a country or an army), often in order to join the opposing cause, country, or army
  • defect - a failing or deficiency; an imperfection in a bodily system: an imperfection in a device or machine; a mark or flaw that spoils the appearance of something (especially on a person's body); desert (a cause, a country or an army), often in order to join the opposing cause, country, or army
  • defective - markedly subnormal in structure or function or intelligence or behavior; having a defect; not working properly
  • defence - protection from harm; military action or resources protecting a country against potential enemies; a defendant's answer or plea denying the truth of the charges against him; a structure used to defend against attack; the justification for some act or belief; the speech act of answering an attack on your assertions: an organization of defenders that provides resistance against attack: the defendant and his legal advisors collectively; (sports) the team that is trying to prevent the other team from scoring; (psychiatry) an unconscious process that tries to reduce the anxiety associated with instinctive desires
  • defend - argue or speak in defense of; be on the defensive; act against an attack; protect against a challenge or attack; be the defense counsel for someone in a trial; state or assert; fight against or resist strongly; protect or fight for as a champion
  • defendant - a person or institution against whom an action is brought in a court of law; the person being sued or accused
  • defending - attempting to or designed to prevent an opponent from winning or scoring
  • defense - protection from harm; military action or resources protecting a country against potential enemies; a defendant's answer or plea denying the truth of the charges against him; the justification for some act or belief; an organization of defenders that provides resistance against attack; the defendant and his legal advisors collectively; (sports) the team that is trying to prevent the other team from scoring; a structure used to defend against attack: the speech act of answering an attack on your assertions; the federal department responsible for safeguarding national security of the United States; created in 1947; (psychiatry) an unconscious process that tries to reduce the anxiety associated with instinctive desires
  • defensive - intended or appropriate for defending against or deterring aggression or attack; attempting to justify or defend in speech or writing; serving as or appropriate for defending or protecting; an attitude of defensiveness (especially in the phrase `on the defensive')
  • deferent - showing deference
  • defervescence - abatement of a fever as indicated by a reduction in body temperature
  • defibrillation - treatment by stopping fibrillation of heart muscles (usually by electric shock delivered by a defibrillator)
  • defibrillator - an electronic device that administers an electric shock of preset voltage to the heart through the chest wall in an attempt to restore the normal rhythm of the heart during ventricular fibrillation
  • deficiency - lack of an adequate quantity or number; the state of needing something that is absent or unavailable
  • deficient - inadequate in amount or degree; falling short of some prescribed norm; of a quantity not able to fulfill a need or requirement
  • deficit - the property of being an amount by which something is less than expected or required; an excess of liabilities over assets (usually over a certain period); (sports) the score by which a team or individual is losing; a deficiency or failure in neurological or mental functioning
  • define - give a definition for the meaning of a word; determine the nature of; show the form or outline of; determine the essential quality of
  • defined - clearly characterized or delimited; clearly defined; showing clearly the outline or profile or boundary
  • definite - known for certain; precise; explicit and clearly defined
  • deflation - the act of letting the air out of something; a contraction of economic activity resulting in a decline of prices; (geology) the erosion of soil as a consequence of sand and dust and loose rocks being removed by the wind
  • deflection - the property of being bent or deflected; the movement of the pointer or pen of a measuring instrument from its zero position; the amount by which a propagating wave is bent; a twist or aberration; especially a perverse or abnormal way of judging or acting; a turning aside (of your course or attention or concern)
  • defloration - the act of depriving a woman of her virginity (especially by rupturing the hymen through sexual intercourse); an act that despoils the innocence or beauty of something
  • deformation - alteration in the shape or dimensions of an object as a result of the application of stress to it; the act of twisting or deforming the shape of something (e.g., yourself); a change for the worse
  • deformed - so badly formed or out of shape as to be ugly
  • deformity - an affliction in which some part of the body is misshapen or malformed; an appearance that has been spoiled or is misshapen
  • degenerate - unrestrained by convention or morality; a person whose behavior deviates from what is acceptable especially in sexual behavior; grow worse
  • degeneration - passing from a more complex to a simpler biological form; the process of declining from a higher to a lower level of effective power or vitality or essential quality; the state of being degenerate in mental or moral qualities
  • degenerative - (of illness) marked by gradual deterioration of organs and cells along with loss of function
  • deglutition - the act of swallowing
  • degree - a position on a scale of intensity or amount or quality; the seriousness of something (e.g., a burn or crime); the highest power of a term or variable; a measure for arcs and angles; a unit of temperature on a specified scale; a specific identifiable position in a continuum or series or especially in a process; an award conferred by a college or university signifying that the recipient has satisfactorily completed a course of study
  • dehiscence - (biology) release of material by splitting open of an organ or tissue; the natural bursting open at maturity of a fruit or other reproductive body to release seeds or spores or the bursting open of a surgically closed wound
  • dehydrate - remove water from; preserve by removing all water and liquids from; lose water or moisture
  • dehydrated - suffering from excessive loss of water from the body: preserved by removing natural moisture
  • dehydration - the process of extracting moisture; depletion of bodily fluids; dryness resulting from the removal of water
  • dehydration - the process of extracting moisture; depletion of bodily fluids; dryness resulting from the removal of water
  • delay - the act of delaying; inactivity resulting in something being put off until a later time; time during which some action is awaited: cause to be slowed down or delayed; act later than planned, scheduled, or required; slow the growth or development of; stop or halt
  • delayed - caused to be slower or later; not as far along as normal in development
  • deleterious - harmful to living things
  • delf - an excavation; usually a quarry or mine
  • delhi - a city in north central India
  • deli - a shop selling ready-to-eat food products
  • deliberate - by conscious design or purpose; marked by careful consideration or reflection; with care and dignity; produced or marked by conscious design or premeditation; carefully thought out in advance; discuss the pros and cons of an issue; think about carefully; weigh
  • deliberately - with intention; in an intentional manner; in a deliberate unhurried manner
  • delicate - exquisitely fine and subtle and pleasing; susceptible to injury; easily broken or damaged or destroyed; difficult to handle; requiring great tact; of an instrument or device; capable of registering minute differences or changes precisely; marked by great skill especially in meticulous technique; easily hurt; developed with extreme delicacy and subtlety
  • delirious - marked by uncontrolled excitement or emotion: experiencing delirium
  • delirium - a usually brief state of excitement and mental confusion often accompanied by hallucinations; state of violent mental agitation
  • deliver - deliver (a speech, oration, or idea); utter (an exclamation, noise, etc.); bring to a destination, make a delivery; throw or hurl from the mound to the batter, as in baseball; carry out or perform: save from sins; cause_to_be_born; pass down; relinquish possession or control over; to surrender someone or something to another; hand over to the authorities of another country; free from harm or evil
  • delivery - the act of delivering a child; the act of delivering or distributing something (as goods or mail); the voluntary transfer of something (title or possession) from one party to another; the event of giving birth; recovery or preservation from loss or danger: (baseball) the act of throwing a baseball by a pitcher to a batter: your characteristic style or manner of expressing yourself orally
  • delta - the 4th letter of the Greek alphabet; a low triangular area where a river divides before entering a larger body of water
  • deltoid - of a leaf shape; suggesting a capital delta, with a point at the apex; a large triangular muscle covering the shoulder joint and serving to abduct and flex and extend and rotate the arm
  • delusion - the act of deluding; deception by creating illusory ideas: a mistaken or unfounded opinion or idea; (psychology) an erroneous belief that is held in the face of evidence to the contrary
  • delusional - suffering from or characterized by delusions
  • demand - the act of demanding; an urgent or peremptory request: the ability and desire to purchase goods and services; required activity; a condition requiring relief; request urgently and forcefully: claim as due or just; ask to be informed of; summon to court; lay legal claim to; require as useful, just, or proper
  • demanding - requiring more than usually expected or thought due; especially great patience and effort and skill
  • dementia - mental deterioration of organic or functional origin
  • demographic - of or relating to demography; a statistic characterizing human populations (or segments of human populations broken down by age or sex or income etc.)
  • demography - the branch of sociology that studies the characteristics of human populations
  • demonstrate - march in protest; take part in a demonstration: establish the validity of something, as by an example, explanation or experiment; provide evidence for; stand as proof of; show by one's behavior, attitude, or external attributes; show or demonstrate something to an interested audience
  • demulcent - having a softening or soothing effect especially to the skin; a medication (in the form of an oil or salve etc.) that soothes inflamed or injured skin
  • demyelination - loss of the myelin covering of some nerve fibers resulting in their impaired function
  • den - a room that is comfortable and secluded; a unit of 8 to 10 cub scouts; a hiding place; usually a remote place used by outlaws; the habitation of wild animals
  • denatured - changed in nature or natural quality
  • dendrite - short fiber that conducts toward the cell body of the neuron
  • dendritic - (neuroscience) of or relating to or resembling a dendrite
  • dengue - an infectious disease of the tropics transmitted by mosquitoes and characterized by rash and aching head and joints
  • denial - the act of asserting that something alleged is not true; the act of refusing to comply (as with a request); (psychiatry) a defense mechanism that denies painful thoughts; renunciation of your own interests in favor of the interests of others; a defendant's answer or plea denying the truth of the charges against him
  • denmark - a constitutional monarchy in northern Europe; consists of the mainland of Jutland and many islands between the North Sea and the Baltic Sea
  • dense - slow to learn or understand; lacking intellectual acuity: having high relative density or specific gravity; hard to pass through because of dense growth; permitting little if any light to pass through because of denseness of matter; having component parts closely crowded together
  • density - the amount per unit size; the spatial property of being crowded together
  • dent - an impression in a surface (as made by a blow); an appreciable consequence (especially a lessening); a depression scratched or carved into a surface; make a depression into
  • dental - of or relating to the teeth; of or relating to dentistry; a consonant articulated with the tip of the tongue near the gum ridge
  • dentin - bone (calcified tissue) surrounding the pulp cavity of a tooth; a calcareous material harder and denser than bone that comprises the bulk of a tooth
  • dentine - bone (calcified tissue) surrounding the pulp cavity of a tooth; a calcareous material harder and denser than bone that comprises the bulk of a tooth
  • dentist - a person qualified to practice dentistry
  • dentistry - the branch of medicine dealing with the anatomy and development and diseases of the teeth
  • dentition - the kind and number and arrangement of teeth (collectively) in a person or animal; the eruption through the gums of baby teeth
  • denture - a dental appliance that artificially replaces missing teeth
  • deodorant - a toiletry applied to the skin in order to mask unpleasant odors
  • deoxygenate - remove oxygen from (water)
  • department - a specialized sphere of knowledge; a specialized division of a large organization; the territorial and administrative division of some countries (such as France)
  • dependant - addicted to a drug; contingent on something else; a person who relies on another person for support (especially financial support)
  • dependence - lack of independence or self-sufficiency; being abnormally tolerant to and dependent on something that is psychologically or physically habit-forming (especially alcohol or narcotic drugs)
  • dependency - a geographical area politically controlled by a distant country; lack of independence or self-sufficiency; being abnormally tolerant to and dependent on something that is psychologically or physically habit-forming (especially alcohol or narcotic drugs)
  • dependent - addicted to a drug; contingent on something else; not independent; (of a clause) unable to stand alone syntactically as a complete sentence; being under the power or sovereignty of another or others; supported from above; a person who relies on another person for support (especially financial support)
  • depersonalisation - representing a human being as a physical thing deprived of personal qualities or individuality; (existentialism) a loss of personal identity; a feeling of being an anonymous cog in a stupid social machine; emotional dissociative disorder in which there is loss of contact with your own personal reality accompanied by feelings of unreality and strangeness
  • depersonalization - representing a human being as a physical thing deprived of personal qualities or individuality; (existentialism) a loss of personal identity; a feeling of being an anonymous cog in a stupid social machine; emotional dissociative disorder in which there is loss of contact with your own personal reality accompanied by feelings of unreality and strangeness
  • depilation - the act of removing hair (as from an animal skin); the condition of being void of hair
  • depilatory - able to remove hair or render hairless; a cosmetic for temporary removal of undesired hair; a chemical (usually a sulfide) used to remove hair or wool or bristles from hides
  • depletion - the act of decreasing something markedly; the state of being depleted
  • deposit - the act of putting something somewhere; a payment given as a guarantee that an obligation will be met; the phenomenon of sediment or gravel accumulating; money given as security for an article acquired for temporary use; money deposited in a bank; a facility where things can be deposited for storage or safekeeping: matter that has been deposited by some natural process; a partial payment made at the time of purchase; the balance to be paid later: the natural process of laying down a deposit of something; put into a bank account; fix, force, or implant; put (something somewhere) firmly
  • depressant - capable of depressing physiological or psychological activity or response by a chemical agent; a drug that reduces excitability and calms a person
  • depressed - having the central portion lower than the margin; lower than previously; flattened downward as if pressed from above or flattened along the dorsal and ventral surfaces; low in spirits
  • depression - pushing down; sad feelings of gloom and inadequacy: angular distance below the horizon (especially of a celestial object): a concavity in a surface produced by pressing; a mental state characterized by a pessimistic sense of inadequacy and a despondent lack of activity; a long-term economic state characterized by unemployment and low prices and low levels of trade and investment; a period during the 1930s when there was a worldwide economic depression and mass unemployment; a sunken or depressed geological formation; a state of depression and anhedonia so severe as to require clinical intervention; an air mass of lower pressure; often brings precipitation
  • depressive - causing or suggestive of sorrow or gloom; someone suffering psychological depression
  • depressor - a device used by physician to press a part down or aside; any nerve whose activity tends to reduce the activity or tone of the body part it serves; any skeletal muscle that draws a body part down
  • deprivation - act of depriving someone of food or money or rights: the disadvantage that results from losing something; a state of extreme poverty
  • deprived - marked by deprivation especially of the necessities of life or healthful environmental influences
  • depth - degree of psychological or intellectual profundity; extent downward or backward or inward; (usually plural) the deepest and most remote part; (usually plural) a low moral state; the intellectual ability to penetrate deeply into ideas
  • derangement - a state of mental disturbance and disorientation; the act of disturbing the mind or body
  • derivative - resulting from or employing derivation; (linguistics) a word that is derived from another word; the result of mathematical differentiation; the instantaneous change of one quantity relative to another; df(x)/dx; a financial instrument whose value is based on another security
  • derive - develop or evolve from a latent or potential state; come from; obtain; come from; be connected by a relationship of blood, for example; reason by deduction; establish by deduction
  • derived - formed or developed from something else; not original
  • derma - the deep vascular inner layer of the skin
  • dermal - of or relating to or located in the dermis; relating to or existing on or affecting the skin; of or relating to a cuticle or cuticula
  • dermatitis - inflammation of the skin; skin becomes itchy and may develop blisters
  • dermatological - of or relating to or practicing dermatology
  • dermatologist - a doctor who specializes in the physiology and pathology of the skin
  • dermatology - the branch of medicine dealing with the skin and its diseases
  • dermatome - a surgical instrument used to cut very thin slices of skin
  • dermatomycosis - fungal infection of the skin (especially of moist parts covered by clothing)
  • dermatomyositis - myositis characterized by weakness of limb and neck muscles and much muscle pain and selling accompanied by skin rash affecting cheeks and eyelids and neck and chest and limbs; progression and severity vary among individuals
  • dermatophytosis - fungal infection of the skin (especially of moist parts covered by clothing)
  • dermatosis - disorder involving lesions or eruptions of the skin (in which there is usually no inflammation)
  • dermis - the deep vascular inner layer of the skin
  • des - synthetic nonsteroid with the properties of estrogen; formerly used to treat menstrual problems but was found to be associated with vaginal cancers in the daughters of women so treated during pregnancy; a potent estrogen used in medicine and in feed for livestock and poultry
  • descendants - all of the offspring of a given progenitor
  • descending - coming down or downward
  • describe - give a description of; identify as in botany or biology, for example; to give an account or representation of in words; make a mark or lines on a surface
  • described - represented in words especially with sharpness and detail
  • description - sort or variety; a statement that represents something in words; the act of describing something
  • descriptive - describing the structure of a language; serving to describe or inform or characterized by description; concerned with phenomena (especially language) at a particular period without considering historical antecedents
  • desensitisation - the process of reducing sensitivity
  • desensitise - make insensitive; cause not to be sensitive
  • desensitising - making less susceptible or sensitive to either physical or emotional stimuli
  • desensitization - the process of reducing sensitivity
  • desensitize - make insensitive; cause not to be sensitive
  • design - the act of working out the form of something (as by making a sketch or outline or plan); a decorative or artistic work; a preliminary sketch indicating the plan for something; an arrangement scheme; the creation of something in the mind; something intended as a guide for making something else; an anticipated outcome that is intended or that guides your planned actions; intend or have as a purpose; design something for a specific role or purpose or effect: conceive or fashion in the mind; invent; make a design of; plan out in systematic, often graphic form; create the design for; create or execute in an artistic or highly skilled manner; create designs; make or work out a plan for; devise
  • designed - done or made or performed with purpose and intent: planned or created in an artistic or skilled manner; carefully practiced or designed or premeditated; organized so as to give configuration to
  • designer - a person who devises plots or intrigues; someone who creates plans to be used in making something (such as buildings): someone who designs clothing; a person who specializes in designing architectural interiors and their furnishings
  • desirable - worth having or seeking or achieving; worthy of being chosen especially as a spouse
  • desire - an inclination to want things; the feeling that accompanies an unsatisfied state; something that is desired; feel or have a desire for; want strongly; express a desire for; expect and wish
  • desired - greatly desired; wanted intensely
  • desk - a piece of furniture with a writing surface and usually drawers or other compartments
  • despatch - the act of sending off something; killing a person or animal; the property of being prompt and efficient; an official report (usually sent in haste); send away towards a designated goal
  • despite - contemptuous disregard; lack of respect accompanied by a feeling of intense dislike
  • desquamate - peel off in scales
  • desquamation - loss of bits of outer skin by peeling or shedding or coming off in scales
  • destroy - put to death; destroy completely; damage irreparably; do away with, cause the destruction or undoing of; defeat soundly
  • destroyed - spoiled or ruined or demolished; destroyed physically or morally
  • destruction - the termination of something by causing so much damage to it that it cannot be repaired or no longer exists; an event (or the result of an event) that completely destroys something; a final state
  • destructive - causing destruction or much damage
  • detach - cause to become detached or separated; take off; come to be detached; separate (a small unit) from a larger, especially for a special assignment
  • detached - used of buildings; standing apart from others; no longer connected or joined; not fixed in position; being or feeling set or kept apart from others; showing lack of emotional involvement
  • detachment - the act of releasing from an attachment or connection; a small unit of troops of special composition; coming apart; avoiding emotional involvement; the state of being isolated or detached
  • detail - an isolated fact that is considered separately from the whole: extended treatment of particulars; a crew of workers selected for a particular task; a small part that can be considered separately from the whole; a temporary military unit; assign to a specific task: provide details for
  • detailed - developed or executed with care and in minute detail
  • details - true confidential information
  • detect - discover or determine the existence, presence, or fact of
  • detected - perceived with the mind; perceived or discerned
  • detecting - a police investigation to determine the perpetrator
  • detection - the act of detecting something; catching sight of something; a police investigation to determine the perpetrator; the perception that something has occurred or some state exists; the detection that a signal is being received
  • detergent - having cleansing power; a cleansing agent that differs from soap but can also emulsify oils and hold dirt in suspension; a surface-active chemical widely used in industry and laundering
  • deteriorate - become worse or disintegrate; grow worse
  • deterioration - process of changing to an inferior state; a symptom of reduced quality or strength
  • determination - the act of determining the properties of something: the quality of being determined to do or achieve something; the act of making up your mind about something; a position or opinion or judgment reached after consideration
  • determine - fix conclusively or authoritatively; fix in scope; fix the boundaries of; the tree determines the border of the property; shape or influence; give direction to; establish after a calculation, investigation, experiment, survey, or study; find out, learn, or determine with certainty, usually by making an inquiry or other effort: reach, make, or come to a decision about something; settle conclusively; come to terms; decide upon or fix definitely
  • determined - having been learned or found or determined especially by investigation; characterized by great determination; determined or decided upon as by an authority; devoting full strength and concentrated attention to; strongly motivated to succeed
  • determining - having the power or quality of deciding
  • deterrent - tending to deter; something immaterial that interferes with or delays action or progress
  • detox - the hospital ward or clinic in which patients are detoxified: treat for alcohol or drug dependence
  • detoxification - treatment for poisoning by neutralizing the toxic properties (normally a function of the liver); a treatment for addiction to drugs or alcohol intended to remove the physiological effects of the addictive substances
  • detrition - effort expended in moving one object over another with pressure; the wearing down of rock particles by friction due to water or wind or ice; erosion by friction
  • detritus - loose material (stone fragments and silt etc) that is worn away from rocks; the remains of something that has been destroyed or broken up
  • detroit - the largest city in Michigan and a major Great Lakes port; center of the United States automobile industry; located in southeastern Michigan on the Detroit river across from Windsor
  • detumescence - diminution of swelling; the subsidence of anything swollen
  • deuteranopia - dichromacy characterized by a lowered sensitivity to green light resulting in an inability to distinguish green and purplish-red
  • develop - expand in the form of a series; grow, progress, unfold, or evolve through a process of evolution, natural growth, differentiation, or a conducive environment; cause to grow and differentiate in ways conforming to its natural development; be gradually disclosed or unfolded; become manifest; elaborate by the unfolding of a musical idea and by the working out of the rhythmic and harmonic changes in the theme; grow emotionally or mature; gain through experience: move into a strategically more advantageous position; move one's pieces into strategically more advantageous positions; superimpose a three-dimensional surface on a plane without stretching, in geometry; generate gradually; make something new, such as a product or a mental or artistic creation; make visible by means of chemical solutions; come to have or undergo a change of (physical features and attributes); change the use of and make available or usable; happen; become technologically advanced; create by training and teaching; elaborate, as of theories and hypotheses: work out; come into existence; take on form or shape
  • developed - being changed over time so as to be e.g. stronger or more complete or more useful; (of real estate) made more useful and profitable as by building or laying out roads; (used of societies) having high industrial development
  • developing - relating to societies in which capital needed to industrialize is in short supply; gradually unfolding or growing (especially as of something latent); making or becoming visible through or as if through the action of a chemical agent; processing a photosensitive material in order to make an image visible
  • development - act of improving by expanding or enlarging or refining; (music) the section of a composition or movement (especially in sonata form) where the major musical themes are developed and elaborated; a recent event that has some relevance for the present situation; a district that has been developed to serve some purpose; processing a photosensitive material in order to make an image visible; a process in which something passes by degrees to a different stage (especially a more advanced or mature stage); a state in which things are improving; the result of developing (as in the early part of a game of chess); the act of making some area of land or water more profitable or productive or useful; (biology) the process of an individual organism growing organically; a purely biological unfolding of events involved in an organism changing gradually from a simple to a more complex level
  • developmental - of or relating to or constituting development
  • deviance - deviate behavior; a state or condition markedly different from the norm
  • deviation - deviate behavior; the error of a compass due to local magnetic disturbances; the difference between an observed value and the expected value of a variable or function; a variation that deviates from the standard or norm; a turning aside (of your course or attention or concern)
  • device - any clever maneuver; an instrumentality invented for a particular purpose; an emblematic design (especially in heraldry): any ornamental pattern or design (as in embroidery); something in an artistic work designed to achieve a particular effect
  • devices - an inclination or desire; used in the plural in the phrase `left to your own devices'
  • dexamethasone - a corticosteroid drug (trade names Decadron or Dexamethasone Intensol or Dexone or Hexadrol or Oradexon) used to treat allergies or inflammation
  • dextrocardia - abnormal condition where the heart is located toward the right side of the chest
  • dextrose - an isomer of glucose that is found in honey and sweet fruits
  • dia - an intelligence agency of the United States in the Department of Defense; is responsible for providing intelligence in support of military planning and operations and weapons acquisition
  • diabetes - any of several metabolic disorders marked by excessive urination and persistent thirst
  • diabetic - suffering from diabetes; of or relating to or causing diabetes; someone who has diabetes
  • diagnose - determine or distinguish the nature of a problem or an illness through a diagnostic analysis; subject to a medical analysis
  • diagnosing - identifying the nature or cause of some phenomenon
  • diagnosis - identifying the nature or cause of some phenomenon
  • diagnostic - characteristic or indicative of e.g. a disease; concerned with diagnosis; used for furthering diagnosis
  • diagonally - in a diagonal manner
  • diagram - a drawing intended to explain how something works; a drawing showing the relation between the parts; make a schematic or technical drawing of that shows how things work or how they are constructed
  • dialyse - separate by dialysis
  • dialysis - separation of substances in solution by means of their unequal diffusion through semipermeable membranes
  • diameter - the length of a straight line passing through the center of a circle and connecting two points on the circumference; a straight line connecting the center of a circle with two points on its perimeter (or the center of a sphere with two points on its surface)
  • diamine - any organic compound containing two amino groups
  • diapedesis - passage of blood cells (especially white blood cells) through intact capillary walls and into the surrounding tissue
  • diaper - garment consisting of a folded cloth drawn up between the legs and fastened at the waist; worn by infants to catch excrement; a fabric (usually cotton or linen) with a distinctive woven pattern of small repeated figures
  • diaphoresis - the process of the sweat glands of the skin secreting a salty fluid
  • diaphoretic - inducing perspiration; used to produce perspiration
  • diaphragm - a mechanical device in a camera that controls size of aperture of the lens; electro-acoustic transducer that vibrates to receive or produce sound waves; a contraceptive device consisting of a flexible dome-shaped cup made of rubber or plastic; it is filled with spermicide and fitted over the uterine cervix; (anatomy) a muscular partition separating the abdominal and thoracic cavities; functions in respiration
  • diaphyseal - relating to the diaphysis of a bone
  • diaphysis - the main (mid) section of a long bone
  • diarrhea - frequent and watery bowel movements; can be a symptom of infection or food poisoning or colitis or a gastrointestinal tumor
  • diarrhoea - frequent and watery bowel movements; can be a symptom of infection or food poisoning or colitis or a gastrointestinal tumor
  • diarrhoeal - of or relating to diarrhea
  • diarthrosis - a joint so articulated as to move freely
  • diastasis - separation of an epiphysis from the long bone to which it is normally attached without fracture of the bone
  • diastema - a gap or vacant space between two teeth
  • diastole - the widening of the chambers of the heart between two contractions when the chambers fill with blood
  • diastolic - of or relating to a diastole or happening during a diastole
  • diathermy - a method of physical therapy that involves generating local heat in body tissues by high-frequency electromagnetic currents
  • diathesis - constitutional predisposition to a particular disease or abnormality
  • diazepam - a tranquilizer (trade name Valium) used to relieve anxiety and relax muscles; acts by enhancing the inhibitory actions of the neurotransmitter GABA; can also be used as an anticonvulsant drug in cases of nerve agent poisoning
  • diazoxide - vasodilator (trade name Hyperstat) used to treat severe hypertension
  • dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane - an insecticide that is also toxic to animals and humans; banned in the United States since 1972
  • dichromatism - a deficiency of color vision in which the person can match any given hue by mixing only two other wavelengths of light (as opposed to the three wavelengths needed by people with normal color vision)
  • dictionary - a reference book containing an alphabetical list of words with information about them
  • die - a device used for shaping metal; a cutting tool that is fitted into a diestock and used for cutting male (external) screw threads on screws or bolts or pipes or rods; small cubes with 1 to 6 spots on the faces; used to generate random numbers; suffer spiritual death; be damned (in the religious sense); disappear or come to an end; pass from physical life and lose all bodily attributes and functions necessary to sustain life; lose sparkle or bouquet; to be on base at the end of an inning, of a player; cut or shape with a die; be brought to or as if to the point of death by an intense emotion such as embarrassment, amusement, or shame; languish as with love or desire; feel indifferent towards; suffer or face the pain of death; stop operating or functioning
  • die - a device used for shaping metal; a cutting tool that is fitted into a diestock and used for cutting male (external) screw threads on screws or bolts or pipes or rods; small cubes with 1 to 6 spots on the faces; used to generate random numbers; suffer spiritual death; be damned (in the religious sense); disappear or come to an end; pass from physical life and lose all bodily attributes and functions necessary to sustain life; lose sparkle or bouquet; to be on base at the end of an inning, of a player; cut or shape with a die; be brought to or as if to the point of death by an intense emotion such as embarrassment, amusement, or shame; languish as with love or desire; feel indifferent towards; suffer or face the pain of death; stop operating or functioning
  • diencephalon - the posterior division of the forebrain; connects the cerebral hemispheres with the mesencephalon
  • diet - the act of restricting your food intake (or your intake of particular foods); the usual food and drink consumed by an organism (person or animal); a prescribed selection of foods; a legislative assembly in certain countries (e.g., Japan); eat sparingly, for health reasons or to lose weight; follow a regimen or a diet, as for health reasons
  • dietary - of or relating to the diet; a regulated daily food allowance
  • dietetic - of or relating to the diet
  • dietetics - the scientific study of food preparation and intake
  • dieting - the act of restricting your food intake (or your intake of particular foods)
  • dietitian - a specialist in the study of nutrition
  • difference - the quality of being unlike or dissimilar; a significant change; a disagreement or argument about something important; a variation that deviates from the standard or norm; the number that remains after subtraction; the number that when added to the subtrahend gives the minuend
  • different - differing from all others; not ordinary; unlike in nature or quality or form or degree; distinctly separate from the first; distinct or separate; marked by dissimilarity
  • differential - relating to or showing a difference; involving or containing one or more derivatives; a quality that differentiates between similar things; a bevel gear that permits rotation of two shafts at different speeds; used on the rear axle of automobiles to allow wheels to rotate at different speeds on curves; the result of mathematical differentiation; the instantaneous change of one quantity relative to another; df(x)/dx
  • differentiation - the mathematical process of obtaining the derivative of a function; a discrimination between things as different and distinct; (biology) the structural adaptation of some body part for a particular function
  • differently - in another and different manner
  • difficult - not easy; requiring great physical or mental effort to accomplish or comprehend or endure; requiring much effort and trouble; difficult to manage or control
  • difficulty - the quality of being difficult; a factor causing trouble in achieving a positive result or tending to produce a negative result; a condition or state of affairs almost beyond one's ability to deal with and requiring great effort to bear or overcome; an effort that is inconvenient
  • diffuse - spread out; not concentrated in one place; lacking conciseness; (of light) transmitted from a broad light source or reflected; move outward; cause to become widely known; spread or diffuse through
  • diffusion - the spread of social institutions (and myths and skills) from one society to another; (physics) the process of diffusing; the intermingling of molecules in gases and liquids as a result of random thermal agitation; the act of dispersing or diffusing something; the property of being diffused or dispersed
  • digest - a periodical that summarizes the news; something that is compiled (as into a single book or file); soften or disintegrate by means of chemical action, heat, or moisture; make more concise: soften or disintegrate, as by undergoing exposure to heat or moisture; systematize, as by classifying and summarizing; become assimilated into the body; arrange and integrate in the mind; put up with something or somebody unpleasant; convert food into absorbable substances
  • digested - capable of undergoing digestion
  • digestible - capable of being converted into assimilable condition in the alimentary canal
  • digestion - learning and coming to understand ideas and information; the organic process by which food is converted into substances that can be absorbed into the body; the process of decomposing organic matter (as in sewage) by bacteria or by chemical action or heat
  • digestive - relating to or having the power to cause or promote digestion; any substance that promotes digestion
  • digit - a finger or toe in human beings or corresponding body part in other vertebrates; one of the elements that collectively form a system of numeration; the length of breadth of a finger used as a linear measure
  • digital - of a circuit or device that represents magnitudes in digits: relating to or performed with the fingers; displaying numbers rather than scale positions
  • digitalin - a powerful cardiac stimulant obtained from foxglove
  • digitalis - a powerful cardiac stimulant obtained from foxglove; any of several plants of the genus Digitalis
  • digitalise - put into digital form, as for use in a computer
  • digitalize - administer digitalis such that the patient benefits maximally without getting adverse effects; put into digital form, as for use in a computer
  • digitoxin - digitalis preparation used to treat congestive heart failure or cardiac arrhythmia
  • digoxin - digitalis preparation (trade name Lanoxin) used to treat congestive heart failure or cardiac arrhythmia; helps the heart beat more forcefully
  • digs - temporary living quarters; an excavation for ore or precious stones or for archaeology
  • dilatation - the state of being stretched beyond normal dimensions: the act of expanding an aperture
  • dilate - become wider; add details, as to an account or idea; clarify the meaning of and discourse in a learned way, usually in writing
  • dilated - made wider or larger in all dimensions
  • dilation - the act of expanding an aperture; a lengthy discussion (spoken or written) on a particular topic
  • dilator - a surgical instrument that is used to dilate or distend an opening or an organ; a drug that causes dilation; a muscle or nerve that dilates or widens a body part
  • diltiazem - a calcium blocker (trade name Cardizem) used in treating hypertension or angina or heart failure
  • diluent - a diluting agent
  • dilute - reduced in strength or concentration or quality or purity: lessen the strength or flavor of a solution or mixture; corrupt, debase, or make impure by adding a foreign or inferior substance; often by replacing valuable ingredients with inferior ones
  • diluted - reduced in strength or concentration or quality or purity: made less strong or severe
  • dilution - weakening (reducing the concentration) by the addition of water or a thinner; a diluted solution
  • dim - lacking in light; not bright or harsh; lacking clarity or distinctness; made dim or less bright; slow to learn or understand; lacking intellectual acuity; offering little or no hope; make dim or lusterless; become dim or lusterless; switch (a car's headlights) from a higher to a lower beam; become vague or indistinct; make dim by comparison or conceal; become or make darker
  • dimenhydrinate - antihistamine and antiemetic (trade name Dramamine) used to treat motion sickness
  • diminished - (of musical intervals) reduction by a semitone of any perfect or minor musical interval; impaired by diminution; (of an organ or body part) diminished in size or strength as a result of disease or injury or lack of use; made to seem smaller or less (especially in worth)
  • din - the act of making a noisy disturbance; a loud harsh or strident noise; instill (into a person) by constant repetition; make a resonant sound, like artillery
  • diopter - a unit of measurement of the refractive power of a lens which is equal to the reciprocal of the focal length measured in meters; used by oculists
  • dioptre - a unit of measurement of the refractive power of a lens which is equal to the reciprocal of the focal length measured in meters; used by oculists
  • dioxide - an oxide containing two atoms of oxygen in the molecule
  • dioxin - any of several toxic or carcinogenic hydrocarbons that occur as impurities in herbicides
  • dip - a gymnastic exercise on the parallel bars in which the body is lowered and raised by bending and straightening the arms; a brief swim in water; a candle that is made by repeated dipping in a pool of wax or tallow; a brief immersion; tasty mixture or liquid into which bite-sized foods are dipped; (physics) the angle that a magnetic needle makes with the plane of the horizon; a depression in an otherwise level surface; a sudden sharp decrease in some quantity: a thief who steals from the pockets or purses of others in public places; stain an object by immersing it in a liquid; go down momentarily; scoop up by plunging one's hand or a ladle below the surface; immerse in a disinfectant solution; place (candle wicks) into hot, liquid wax; dip into a liquid; slope downwards; appear to move downward; lower briefly; dip into a liquid while eating; immerse briefly into a liquid so as to wet, coat, or saturate; switch (a car's headlights) from a higher to a lower beam
  • diphtheria - acute contagious infection caused by the bacterium Corynebacterium diphtheriae; marked by the formation of a false membrane in the throat and other air passages causing difficulty in breathing
  • diplegia - paralysis of corresponding parts on both sides of the body
  • diplococcus - Gram-positive bacteria usually occurring in pairs
  • diploid - of a cell or organism having two sets of chromosomes or twice the haploid number; (genetics) an organism or cell having two sets of chromosomes or twice the haploid number
  • diploma - a document certifying the successful completion of a course of study
  • diplopia - visual impairment in which an object is seen as two objects
  • dipsomania - an intense persistent desire to drink alcoholic beverages to excess
  • direct - lacking compromising or mitigating elements; exact; direct in spatial dimensions; proceeding without deviation or interruption; straight and short; (of a current) flowing in one direction only: extended senses; direct in means or manner or behavior or language or action; similar in nature or effect or relation to another quantity; moving from west to east on the celestial sphere; or--for planets--around the sun in the same direction as the Earth; having no intervening persons, agents, conditions; in precisely the same words used by a writer or speaker; being an immediate result or consequence; in a straight unbroken line of descent from parent to child; without deviation; command with authority; give directions to; point somebody into a certain direction; guide the actors in (plays and films); be in charge of; plan and direct (a complex undertaking): specifically design a product, event, or activity for a certain public: put an address on (an envelope); intend (something) to move towards a certain goal; aim or direct at; as of blows, weapons, or objects such as photographic equipment; lead, as in the performance of a composition; direct the course; determine the direction of travelling; cause to go somewhere; take somebody somewhere
  • directed - manageable by a supervising agent; (often used in combination) having a specified direction
  • directing - showing the way by conducting or leading; imposing direction on
  • direction - a general course along which something has a tendency to develop; a message describing how something is to be done; a line leading to a place or point; the spatial relation between something and the course along which it points or moves; the act of setting and holding a course; the act of managing something; the concentration of attention or energy on something; something that provides direction or advice as to a decision or course of action; a formal statement of a command or injunction to do something
  • directional - relating to or indicating directions in space; relating to direction toward a (nonspatial) goal; showing the way by conducting or leading; imposing direction on
  • directly - without deviation; in a forthright manner; candidly or frankly; without anyone or anything intervening; without delay or hesitation; with no time intervening
  • director - someone who controls resources and expenditures: someone who supervises the actors and directs the action in the production of a show; member of a board of directors; the person who leads a musical group; the person who directs the making of a film
  • dirt - (of roads) not leveled or drained; unsuitable for all year travel: the state of being covered with unclean things; disgraceful gossip about the private lives of other people; the part of the earth's surface consisting of humus and disintegrated rock; obscene terms for feces
  • dirty - unpleasantly stormy; soiled or likely to soil with dirt or grime: (of behavior or especially language) characterized by obscenity or indecency; spreading pollution or contamination; especially radioactive contamination; unethical or dishonest; expressing or revealing hostility or dislike; obtained illegally or by improper means: (of a manuscript) defaced with changes; vile; despicable; (of color) discolored by impurities; not bright and clear; violating accepted standards or rules; contaminated with infecting organisms; make soiled, filthy, or dirty
  • dis - god of the underworld; counterpart of Greek Pluto
  • disability - the condition of being unable to perform as a consequence of physical or mental unfitness
  • disable - injure permanently; make unable to perform a certain action
  • disabled - markedly unable to function as a consequence of injury or illness; so badly injured as to be excused from continuing; people collectively who are crippled or otherwise physically handicapped
  • disablement - the condition of being unable to perform as a consequence of physical or mental unfitness
  • disabling - depriving of legal right; rendering legally disqualified: that cripples or disables or incapacitates
  • disadvantage - the quality of having an inferior or less favorable position; put at a disadvantage; hinder, harm
  • disappear - get lost, as without warning or explanation; become less intense and fade away gradually; cease to exist; become invisible or unnoticeable
  • disappearance - the act of leaving secretly or without explanation: the event of passing out of sight; ceasing to exist; gradually ceasing to be visible
  • disappearing - quickly going away and passing out of sight; the act of leaving secretly or without explanation
  • disappointing - not up to expectations
  • disaster - an act that has disastrous consequences; an event resulting in great loss and misfortune; a state of extreme (usually irremediable) ruin and misfortune
  • disc - a flat circular plate; (computer science) a memory device consisting of a flat disk covered with a magnetic coating on which information is stored; sound recording consisting of a disk with a continuous groove; used to reproduce music by rotating while a phonograph needle tracks in the groove; something with a round shape like a flat circular plate
  • discarded - thrown away
  • discern - detect with the senses
  • discharge - the act of discharging a gun; the act of venting; the sudden giving off of energy; the pouring forth of a fluid; electrical conduction through a gas in an applied electric field; any of several bodily processes by which substances go out of the body; a substance that is emitted or released; a formal written statement of relinquishment; the termination of someone's employment (leaving them free to depart); eliminate (substances) from the body; release from military service; pour forth or release; remove the charge from: become empty or void of its content; pronounce not guilty of criminal charges; cause to go off; go off or discharge; leave or unload, especially of passengers or cargo; free from obligations or duties: complete or carry out
  • discharged - having lost your job; set free as from prison or duty
  • disciplinary - relating to a specific field of academic study; relating to discipline in behavior; designed to promote discipline
  • discipline - training to improve strength or self-control; the act of punishing; the trait of being well behaved; a system of rules of conduct or method of practice; a branch of knowledge; punish in order to gain control or enforce obedience; train by instruction and practice; especially to teach self-control
  • discolor - change color, often in an undesired manner; cause to lose or change color; lose color or turn colorless
  • discoloration - the act of changing the natural color of something by making it duller or dingier or unnatural or faded; a soiled or discolored appearance
  • discolour - change color, often in an undesired manner
  • discoloured - having the color spoiled with spots or streaks
  • discomfort - an uncomfortable feeling of mental painfulness or distress; the state of being tense and feeling pain
  • disconnection - the act of breaking a connection; an unbridgeable disparity (as from a failure of understanding); state of being disconnected
  • discouraged - lacking in resolution; made less hopeful or enthusiastic
  • discover - make a discovery; make a discovery, make a new finding; see for the first time; make a discovery; get to know or become aware of, usually accidentally; identify as in botany or biology, for example; make known to the public information that was previously known only to a few people or that was meant to be kept a secret; discover or determine the existence, presence, or fact of: find unexpectedly
  • discovered - no longer concealed; uncovered as by opening a curtain; `discovered' is archaic and primarily a theater term: discovered or determined by scientific observation
  • discrete - constituting a separate entity or part
  • discuss - speak with others about (something); talk (something) over in detail; have a discussion; to consider or examine in speech or writing
  • discussion - an extended communication (often interactive) dealing with some particular topic; an exchange of views on some topic
  • disease - an impairment of health or a condition of abnormal functioning
  • disease - an impairment of health or a condition of abnormal functioning
  • diseased - caused by or altered by or manifesting disease or pathology
  • disfigure - mar or spoil the appearance of
  • disfigured - having the appearance spoiled
  • disfigurement - an appearance that has been spoiled or is misshapen; the act of damaging the appearance or surface of something
  • disgusting - highly offensive; arousing aversion or disgust
  • dish - a piece of dishware normally used as a container for holding or serving food; directional antenna consisting of a parabolic reflector for microwave or radio frequency radiation; a particular item of prepared food; the quantity that a dish will hold; an activity that you like or at which you are superior; a very attractive or seductive looking woman; make concave; shape like a dish; provide (usually but not necessarily food)
  • disinfect - destroy microorganisms or pathogens by cleansing
  • disinfectant - preventing infection by inhibiting the growth or action of microorganisms; an agent (as heat or radiation or a chemical) that destroys microorganisms that might carry disease
  • disinfection - treatment to destroy harmful microorganisms
  • disinfest - rid of vermin
  • disinfestation - the activity of getting rid of vermin
  • disintegrate - break into parts or components or lose cohesion or unity; lose a stored charge, magnetic flux, or current; cause to undergo fission or lose particles
  • disintegration - total destruction; the spontaneous disintegration of a radioactive substance along with the emission of ionizing radiation: separation into component parts; in a decomposed state
  • dislike - a feeling of aversion or antipathy; an inclination to withhold approval from some person or group; have or feel a dislike or distaste for
  • dislocate - put out of its usual place, position, or relationship; move out of position
  • dislocated - separated at the joint
  • dislocation - the act of disrupting an established order so it fails to continue; an event that results in a displacement or discontinuity; a displacement of a part (especially a bone) from its normal position (as in the shoulder or the vertebral column)
  • dismember - separate the limbs from the body; divide into pieces
  • dismemberment - the removal of limbs; being cut to pieces
  • disorder - a disturbance of the peace or of public order; condition in which there is a disturbance of normal functioning; a condition in which things are not in their expected places; bring disorder to: disturb in mind or make uneasy or cause to be worried or alarmed
  • disordered - not arranged in order; lacking orderly continuity: thrown into a state of disarray or confusion
  • disorganised - lacking order or methodical arrangement or function
  • disorientation - confusion (usually transient) about where you are and how to proceed; uncertainty as to direction; a wild delusion (especially one induced by a hallucinogenic drug)
  • dispensary - clinic where medicine and medical supplies are dispensed
  • dispense - grant a dispensation; grant an exemption; give or apply (medications); administer or bestow, as in small portions
  • dispenser - a container so designed that the contents can be used in prescribed amounts; a person who dispenses
  • disperse - move away from each other; to cause to separate and go in different directions; cause to separate; cause to become widely known; distribute loosely
  • dispersed - distributed or spread over a considerable extent
  • displace - force to move; take the place of; move (people) forcibly from their homeland into a new and foreign environment; put out of its usual place, position, or relationship; remove or force from a position of dwelling previously occupied; cause to move, both in a concrete and in an abstract sense; take the place of or have precedence over
  • displacement - act of removing from office or employment; to move something from its natural environment; (psychiatry) a defense mechanism that transfers affect or reaction from the original object to some more acceptable one; (chemistry) a reaction in which an elementary substance displaces and sets free a constituent element from a compound; act of taking the place of another especially using underhanded tactics; the act of uniform movement; an event in which something is displaced without rotation
  • display - something shown to the public; a visual representation of something; an electronic device that represents information in visual form; something intended to communicate a particular impression: exhibiting openly in public view; behavior that makes your feelings public; attract attention by displaying some body part or posing; of animals; to show, make visible or apparent; make clear and visible
  • disposable - designed to be disposed of after use; free or available for use or disposition; an item that can be disposed of after it has been used
  • disposal - the act or means of getting rid of something; a kitchen appliance for disposing of garbage; the power to use something or someone; a method of tending to (especially business) matters
  • disposition - your usual mood; a natural or acquired habit or characteristic tendency in a person or thing; the act or means of getting rid of something; an attitude of mind especially one that favors one alternative over others
  • disproportion - lack of proportion; imbalance among the parts of something
  • dispute - coming into conflict with; a disagreement or argument about something important; have a disagreement over something: take exception to
  • disrupted - marked by breaks or gaps
  • disruptive - characterized by unrest or disorder or insubordination
  • dissatisfaction - the feeling of being displeased and discontent
  • dissect - cut open or cut apart; make a mathematical, chemical, or grammatical analysis of; break down into components or essential features
  • dissection - cutting so as to separate into pieces; detailed critical analysis or examination one part at a time (as of a literary work); a minute and critical analysis
  • dissemination - the property of being diffused or dispersed; the opening of a subject to widespread discussion and debate; the act of dispersing or diffusing something
  • dissociate - to undergo a reversible or temporary breakdown of a molecule into simpler molecules or atoms; regard as unconnected: part; cease or break association with
  • dissociation - the act of removing from association; (chemistry) the temporary or reversible process in which a molecule or ion is broken down into smaller molecules or ions; a state in which some integrated part of a person's life becomes separated from the rest of the personality and functions independently
  • dissociative - tending to produce dissociation
  • dissolve - (film) a gradual transition from one scene to the next; the next scene is gradually superimposed as the former scene fades out; declare void; come to an end; bring the association of to an end or cause to break up; become or cause to become soft or liquid: pass into a solution; cause to go into a solution; become weaker: cause to fade away; lose control emotionally; cause to lose control emotionally; stop functioning or cohering as a unit
  • dissolved - (of solid matter) reduced to a liquid form
  • dissolving - causing to dissolve; the process of going into solution
  • distal - situated farthest from point of attachment or origin, as of a limb or bone; directed away from the midline or mesial plane of the body
  • distally - far from the center
  • distance - the property created by the space between two objects or points; size of the gap between two places; indifference by personal withdrawal; a distant region; the interval between two times; a remote point in time; keep at a distance; go far ahead of
  • distended - abnormally expanded or increased in size; (`swollen' is sometimes used in combination); abnormally distended especially by fluids or gas
  • distension - the act of expanding by pressure from within; the state of being stretched beyond normal dimensions
  • distil - give off (a liquid); undergo the process of distillation; extract by the process of distillation; undergo condensation; change from a gaseous to a liquid state and fall in drops
  • distillation - the process of purifying a liquid by boiling it and condensing its vapors; a purified liquid produced by condensation from a vapor during distilling; the product of distilling
  • distinct - recognizable; marked; easy to perceive; especially clearly outlined; (often followed by `from') not alike; different in nature or quality; clearly or sharply defined to the mind; constituting a separate entity or part
  • distinctive - of a feature that helps to distinguish a person or thing: capable of being classified
  • distinguish - mark as different; be a distinctive feature, attribute, or trait; sometimes in a very positive sense; identify as in botany or biology, for example; make conspicuous or noteworthy; detect with the senses
  • distinguished - set apart from other such things; used of a person's appearance or behavior; befitting an eminent person; (used of persons) standing above others in character or attainment or reputation
  • distinguishing - serving to distinguish or identify a species or group
  • distort - alter the shape of (something) by stress; make false by mutilation or addition; as of a message or story; affect as in thought or feeling; form into a spiral shape; twist and press out of shape
  • distorted - having an intended meaning altered or misrepresented: so badly formed or out of shape as to be ugly; strained or wrenched out of normal shape
  • distortion - the mistake of misrepresenting the facts; the act of distorting something so it seems to mean something it was not intended to mean; a change for the worse; a change (usually undesired) in the waveform of an acoustic or analog electrical signal; the difference between two measurements of a signal (as between the input and output signal); an optical phenomenon resulting from the failure of a lens or mirror to produce a good image; a shape resulting from distortion
  • distraction - the act of distracting; drawing someone's attention away from something; mental turmoil; an obstacle to attention; an entertainment that provokes pleased interest and distracts you from worries and vexations
  • distress - the seizure and holding of property as security for payment of a debt or satisfaction of a claim; psychological suffering: extreme physical pain; a state of adversity (danger or affliction or need); cause mental pain to
  • distressed - facing or experiencing financial trouble or difficulty: generalized feeling of distress; afflicted with or marked by anxious uneasiness or trouble or grief; suffering severe physical strain or distress
  • distressing - causing distress or worry or anxiety; bad; unfortunate
  • distribution - the act of distributing or spreading or apportioning; the commercial activity of transporting and selling goods from a producer to a consumer; the spatial property of being scattered about over an area or volume; (statistics) an arrangement of values of a variable showing their observed or theoretical frequency of occurrence
  • district - a region marked off for administrative or other purposes: regulate housing in; of certain areas of towns
  • disturb - damage as if by shaking or jarring; move deeply; destroy the peace or tranquility of; tamper with; change the arrangement or position of
  • disturbance - the act of disturbing something or someone; setting something in motion; a disorderly outburst or tumult; an unhappy and worried mental state; a noisy fight; activity that is an intrusion or interruption; electrical or acoustic activity that can disturb communication; (psychiatry) a psychological disorder of thought or emotion; a more neutral term than mental illness
  • disturbed - emotionally unstable and having difficulty coping with personal relationships; having the place or position changed: affected with madness or insanity; afflicted with or marked by anxious uneasiness or trouble or grief
  • disturbing - causing distress or worry or anxiety
  • disulfiram - a drug (trade name Antabuse) used in the treatment of alcoholism; causes nausea and vomiting if alcohol is ingested
  • diuresis - increased secretion of urine; if not due to increased liquid intake or to the action of a diuretic drug it can be a symptom of diabetes mellitus
  • diuretic - any substance that tends to increase the flow of urine
  • diurnal - having a daily cycle or occurring every day; belonging to or active during the day
  • divarication - branching at a wide angle
  • dive - a steep nose-down descent by an aircraft; a headlong plunge into water; a cheap disreputable nightclub or dance hall; swim under water; plunge into water; drop steeply
  • diver - someone who dives (into water); someone who works underwater; large somewhat primitive fish-eating diving bird of the northern hemisphere having webbed feet placed far back; related to the grebes
  • divergence - the act of moving away in different direction from a common point; an infinite series that has no limit; a difference between conflicting facts or claims or opinions; a variation that deviates from the standard or norm
  • divergent - tending to move apart in different directions; diverging from another or from a standard
  • divert - send on a course or in a direction different from the planned or intended one; withdraw (money) and move into a different location, often secretly and with dishonest intentions; turn aside; turn away from; occupy in an agreeable, entertaining or pleasant fashion
  • diverticulitis - inflammation of a diverticulum in the digestive tract (especially the colon); characterized by painful abdominal cramping and fever and constipation
  • diverticulosis - presence of multiple diverticula in the walls of the colon
  • diverticulum - a herniation through the muscular wall of a tubular organ (especially the colon)
  • divide - a serious disagreement between two groups of people (typically producing tension or hostility); a ridge of land that separates two adjacent river systems; perform a division; separate into parts or portions; force, take, or pull apart; come apart; make a division or separation; act as a barrier between; stand between
  • divided - distributed in portions (often equal) on the basis of a plan or purpose; having a median strip or island between lanes of traffic moving in opposite directions; separated into parts or pieces
  • dividing - serving simply to separate or partition; serving to divide or marking a division
  • division - the act or process of dividing; the act of dividing or partitioning; separation by the creation of a boundary that divides or keeps apart; an arithmetic operation that is the inverse of multiplication; the quotient of two numbers is computed; discord that splits a group; an army unit large enough to sustain combat; a group of ships of similar type; a unit of the United States Air Force usually comprising two or more wings; an administrative unit in government or business; (botany) taxonomic unit of plants corresponding to a phylum; (biology) a group of organisms forming a subdivision of a larger category; one of the portions into which something is regarded as divided and which together constitute a whole; a league ranked by quality
  • divorce - the legal dissolution of a marriage; get a divorce; formally terminate a marriage; part; cease or break association with
  • dizygotic - derived from two separately fertilized eggs
  • dizziness - a reeling sensation; a feeling that you are about to fall
  • dizzy - having or causing a whirling sensation; liable to falling: lacking seriousness; given to frivolity; make dizzy or giddy
  • dj - a person who announces and plays popular recorded music: comment on music to be played
  • dl - a metric unit of volume equal to one tenth of a liter
  • dle - a chronic skin disease occurring primarily in women between the ages of 20 and 40; characterized by an eruption of red lesions over the cheeks and bridge of the nose
  • dm - a metric unit of length equal to one tenth of a meter; diabetes caused by a relative or absolute deficiency of insulin and characterized by polyuria
  • dmd - a doctor's degree in dental medicine
  • dna - (biochemistry) a long linear polymer found in the nucleus of a cell and formed from nucleotides and shaped like a double helix; associated with the transmission of genetic information
  • do - the syllable naming the first (tonic) note of any major scale in solmization; doctor's degree in osteopathy; an uproarious party: create or design, often in a certain way; travel or traverse (a distance); carry on or manage; get (something) done; proceed or get along; behave in a certain manner; show a certain behavior; conduct or comport oneself; arrange attractively; give rise to; cause to happen or occur, not always intentionally; carry out or perform an action; engage in; carry out or practice; as of jobs and professions: be sufficient; be adequate, either in quality or quantity; spend time in prison or in a labor camp
  • doctor - children take the roles of physician or patient or nurse and pretend they are at the physician's office; a licensed medical practitioner; a person who holds Ph.D. degree (or the equivalent) from an academic institution; (Roman Catholic Church) a title conferred on 33 saints who distinguished themselves through the orthodoxy of their theological teaching; give medical treatment to: restore by replacing a part or putting together what is torn or broken: alter and make impure, as with the intention to deceive
  • doctor - children take the roles of physician or patient or nurse and pretend they are at the physician's office; a licensed medical practitioner; a person who holds Ph.D. degree (or the equivalent) from an academic institution; (Roman Catholic Church) a title conferred on 33 saints who distinguished themselves through the orthodoxy of their theological teaching; give medical treatment to: restore by replacing a part or putting together what is torn or broken: alter and make impure, as with the intention to deceive
  • document - anything serving as a representation of a person's thinking by means of symbolic marks; writing that provides information (especially information of an official nature); a written account of ownership or obligation; (computer science) a computer file that contains text (and possibly formatting instructions) using seven-bit ASCII characters; support or supply with references: record in detail
  • documentation - documentary validation; confirmation that some fact or statement is true; program listings or technical manuals describing the operation and use of programs
  • documented - furnished with or supported by documents; officially documented; established as genuine
  • dog - a member of the genus Canis (probably descended from the common wolf) that has been domesticated by man since prehistoric times; occurs in many breeds; informal term for a man; metal supports for logs in a fireplace; a hinged catch that fits into a notch of a ratchet to move a wheel forward or prevent it from moving backward; a smooth-textured sausage of minced beef or pork usually smoked; often served on a bread roll; someone who is morally reprehensible; a dull unattractive unpleasant girl or woman: go after with the intent to catch
  • dolichocephalic - having a relatively long head with a cephalic index of under 75; an adult with a long narrow head
  • dolichocephaly - the quality of being dolichocephalic
  • dolor - (poetry) painful grief
  • dome - a hemispherical roof; a stadium that has a roof; a concave shape whose distinguishing characteristic is that the concavity faces downward; informal terms for a human head
  • domestic - produced in a particular country; of concern to or concerning the internal affairs of a nation; of or involving the home or family; converted or adapted to domestic use; of or relating to the home; a servant who is paid to perform menial tasks around the household
  • domiciliary - of or relating to or provided in a domicile
  • dominance - the organic phenomenon in which one of a pair of alleles present in a genotype is expressed in the phenotype and the other allele of the pair is not; the state that exists when one person or group has power over another; superior development of one side of the body; the power or right to give orders or make decisions
  • dominant - exercising influence or control; (of genes) producing the same phenotype whether its allele is identical or dissimilar; (music) the fifth note of the diatonic scale; an allele that produces the same phenotype whether its paired allele is identical or different
  • dominated - controlled or ruled by superior authority or power: harassed by persistent nagging
  • domino - a small rectangular block used in playing the game of dominoes; the face of each block has two equal areas that can bear 0 to 6 dots; a mask covering the upper part of the face but with holes for the eyes; a loose hooded cloak worn with a half mask as part of a masquerade costume; United States rhythm and blues pianist and singer and composer (born in 1928)
  • donate - give to a charity or good cause
  • donated - given freely especially to a cause or fund
  • donation - act of giving in common with others for a common purpose especially to a charity; a voluntary gift (as of money or service or ideas) made to some worthwhile cause
  • done - cooked until ready to serve; having finished or arrived at completion
  • donor - person who makes a gift of property; (medicine) someone who gives blood or tissue or an organ to be used in another person (the host)
  • donor - person who makes a gift of property; (medicine) someone who gives blood or tissue or an organ to be used in another person (the host)
  • door - a swinging or sliding barrier that will close the entrance to a room or building or vehicle; a room that is entered via a door; a structure where people live or work (usually ordered along a street or road); anything providing a means of access (or escape); the entrance (the space in a wall) through which you enter or leave a room or building; the space that a door can close
  • dopa - amino acid that is formed in the liver and converted into dopamine in the brain
  • dopamine - a monoamine neurotransmitter found in the brain and essential for the normal functioning of the central nervous system; as a drug (trade names Dopastat and Intropin) it is used to treat shock and hypotension
  • doppler - Austrian physicist famous for his discovery of the Doppler effect (1803-1853)
  • dormant - inactive but capable of becoming active; of e.g. volcanos; not erupting and not extinct; in a condition of biological rest or suspended animation
  • dorsal - belonging to or on or near the back or upper surface of an animal or organ or part; facing away from the axis of an organ or organism
  • dorsiflexion - the act of bending backward (of the body or a body part)
  • dorsoventral - extending from the back to the belly
  • dorsum - the back of the body of a vertebrate or any analogous surface (as the upper or outer surface of an organ or appendage or part); the posterior part of a human (or animal) body from the neck to the end of the spine
  • dosage - the quantity of an active agent (substance or radiation) taken in or absorbed at any one time
  • dose - a measured portion of medicine taken at any one time; the quantity of an active agent (substance or radiation) taken in or absorbed at any one time; street name for lysergic acid diethylamide; a communicable infection transmitted by sexual intercourse or genital contact; treat with an agent; add (an agent) to: administer a drug to
  • dosimeter - a measuring instrument for measuring doses of ionizing radiation (X-rays or radioactivity)
  • dosimetry - measuring the dose of radiation emitted by a radioactive source
  • dot - the shorter of the two telegraphic signals used in Morse code: street name for lysergic acid diethylamide; the United States federal department that institutes and coordinates national transportation programs; created in 1966; a very small circular shape; mark with a dot; make a dot or dots; scatter or intersperse like dots or studs: distribute loosely
  • double - having two meanings with intent to deceive; large enough for two; twice as great or many; consisting of or involving two parts or components usually in pairs; having more than one decidedly dissimilar aspects or qualities; used of flowers having more than the usual number of petals in crowded or overlapping arrangements: used of homologous chromosomes associated in pairs in synapsis: two together; downward and forward; to double the degree; a base hit on which the batter stops safely at second base; a quantity that is twice as great as another; someone who closely resembles a famous person (especially an actor); a stand-in for movie stars to perform dangerous stunts; raising the stakes in a card game by a factor of 2; increase twofold; hit a two-base hit; do double duty; serve two purposes or have two functions; bridge: make a demand for (a card or suit); make or do or perform again; bend over or curl up, usually with laughter or pain
  • doubly - to double the degree; in a twofold manner
  • doubt - uncertainty about the truth or factuality of existence of something; the state of being unsure of something; consider unlikely or have doubts about; lack confidence in or have doubts about
  • doubtful - fraught with uncertainty or doubt; open to doubt or suspicion; unsettled in mind or opinion
  • douche - irrigation with a jet of water or medicated solution into or around a body part (especially the vagina) to treat infections or cleanse from odorous contents; a small syringe with detachable nozzles; used for vaginal lavage and enemas; direct a spray of water into a bodily cavity, for cleaning
  • douglas - United States politician who proposed that individual territories be allowed to decide whether they would have slavery; he engaged in a famous series of debates with Abraham Lincoln (1813-1861)
  • douglas - United States politician who proposed that individual territories be allowed to decide whether they would have slavery; he engaged in a famous series of debates with Abraham Lincoln (1813-1861)
  • down - not functioning (temporarily or permanently); shut: understood perfectly; being put out by a strikeout; extending or moving from a higher to a lower place; becoming progressively lower; being or moving lower in position or less in some value; low in spirits; lower than previously; spatially or metaphorically from a higher to a lower level or position; away from a more central or a more northerly place; paid in cash at time of purchase; in an inactive or inoperative state; to a lower intensity; from an earlier time: (American football) a complete play to advance the football; soft fine feathers; fine soft dense hair (as the fine short hair of cattle or deer or the wool of sheep or the undercoat of certain dogs); (usually plural) a rolling treeless highland with little soil; English physician who first described Down's syndrome (1828-1896); bring down or defeat (an opponent); cause to come or go down; shoot at and force to come down; improve or perfect by pruning or polishing; eat immoderately; drink down entirely
  • downstairs - on or of lower floors of a building; on a floor below
  • downward - extending or moving from a higher to a lower place: spatially or metaphorically from a higher to a lower level or position
  • downwards - spatially or metaphorically from a higher to a lower level or position
  • doxepin - a tricyclic antidepressant (trade names Adapin and Sinequan) with numerous side effects (dry mouth and sedation and gastrointestinal disturbances)
  • doxycycline - an antibiotic derived from tetracycline that is effective against many infections
  • doze - a light fitful sleep; sleep lightly or for a short period of time
  • dozens - a large number or amount
  • dozy - half asleep
  • drachm - a unit of capacity or volume in the apothecary system equal to one eighth of a fluid ounce; a British imperial capacity measure (liquid or dry) equal to 60 minims or 3.5516 cubic centimeters; a unit of apothecary weight equal to an eighth of an ounce or to 60 grains
  • dracunculiasis - a painful and debilitating infestation contracted by drinking stagnant water contaminated with Guinea worm larvae that can mature inside a human's abdomen until the worm emerges through a painful blister in the person's skin
  • dracunculus - type genus of the family Dracunculidae; tuberous herbaceous perennials: dragon arum
  • dragee - pill that is a sugar-coated medicated candy; sugar-coated nut or fruit piece; silvery candy beads used for decorating cakes
  • drain - emptying something accomplished by allowing liquid to run out of it; a gradual depletion of energy or resources; a pipe through which liquid is carried away; tube inserted into a body cavity (as during surgery) to remove unwanted material; empty of liquid; drain the liquid from; deplete of resources; flow off gradually; make weak
  • drainage - emptying something accomplished by allowing liquid to run out of it
  • drained - emptied or exhausted of (as by drawing off e.g. water or other liquid); drained of electric charge; discharged; very tired
  • draining - having a debilitating effect
  • dramatic - suitable to or characteristic of drama; sensational in appearance or thrilling in effect; used of a singer or singing voice that is marked by power and expressiveness and a histrionic or theatrical style; pertaining to or characteristic of drama
  • drape - a sterile covering arranged over a patient's body during a medical examination or during surgery in order to reduce the possibility of contamination; the manner in which fabric hangs or falls; hanging cloth used as a blind (especially for a window): arrange in a particular way; place casually; cover or dress loosely with cloth
  • draw - the act of drawing or hauling something; poker in which a player can discard cards and receive substitutes from the dealer: (American football) the quarterback moves back as if to pass and then hands the ball to the fullback who is running toward the line of scrimmage; a playing card or cards dealt or taken from the pack: anything (straws or pebbles etc.) taken or chosen at random; the finish of a contest in which the score is tied and the winner is undecided; a gully that is shallower than a ravine; a golf shot that curves to the left for a right-handed golfer; an entertainer who attracts large audiences; cause to localize at one point; flatten, stretch, or mold metal or glass, by rolling or by pulling it through a die or by stretching; steep; pass through a strainer; reduce the diameter of (a wire or metal rod) by pulling it through a die; contract: bring or lead someone to a certain action or condition; select or take in from a given group or region; make, formulate, or derive in the mind; choose at random; move or pull so as to cover or uncover something; earn or achieve a base by being walked by the pitcher: engage in drawing; represent by making a drawing of, as with a pencil, chalk, etc. on a surface; write a legal document or paper: elicit responses, such as objections, criticism, applause, etc.; take liquid out of a container or well; bring, take, or pull out of a container or from under a cover; move or go steadily or gradually; cause to flow; pull (a person) apart with four horses tied to his extremities, so as to execute him; require a specified depth for floating; allow a draft; remove the entrails of; give a description of; finish a game with an equal number of points, goals, etc.; suck in or take (air); guide or pass over something; pull back the sling of (a bow); thread on or as if on a string; cause to move by pulling; direct toward itself or oneself by means of some psychological power or physical attributes; take in, also metaphorically; make a mark or lines on a surface; cause to move in a certain direction by exerting a force upon, either physically or in an abstract sense; get or derive; remove (a commodity) from (a supply source)
  • drawing - act of getting or draining something such as electricity or a liquid from a source; the creation of artistic pictures or diagrams; a representation of forms or objects on a surface by means of lines: an illustration that is drawn by hand and published in a book or magazine; the act of moving a load by drawing or pulling; players buy (or are given) chances and prizes are distributed by casting lots
  • drawn - having the curtains or draperies closed or pulled shut; used of vehicles pulled forward (often used in combination); showing the wearing effects of overwork or care or suffering
  • dream - a state of mind characterized by abstraction and release from reality; a series of mental images and emotions occurring during sleep; imaginative thoughts indulged in while awake: someone or something wonderful; a fantastic but vain hope (from fantasies induced by the opium pipe); a cherished desire; have a daydream; indulge in a fantasy; experience while sleeping
  • dreamer - someone who is dreaming; a person who escapes into a world of fantasy; someone guided more by ideals than by practical considerations
  • dreaming - a series of mental images and emotions occurring during sleep; imaginative thoughts indulged in while awake
  • dresden - a city in southeastern Germany on the Elbe River; it was almost totally destroyed by British air raids in 1945
  • dress - (of an occasion) requiring formal clothes; suitable for formal occasions; a one-piece garment for a woman; has skirt and bodice: clothing in general; clothing of a distinctive style or for a particular occasion; arrange attractively; dress in a certain manner; give a neat appearance to; put on clothes; provide with clothes or put clothes on; apply a bandage or medication to; convert into leather: kill and prepare for market or consumption; cut down rough-hewn (lumber) to standard thickness and width; put a finish on; put a dressing on; provide with decoration; arrange in ranks; dress or groom with elaborate care; cultivate, tend, and cut back the growth of; decorate (food), as with parsley or other ornamental foods
  • dressed - dressed in fancy or formal clothing; (of lumber or stone) to trim and smooth; treated with medications and protective covering: dressed or clothed especially in fine attire; often used in combination
  • dresser - a cabinet with shelves; a wardrobe assistant for an actor: a person who dresses in a particular way; furniture with drawers for keeping clothes; low table with mirror or mirrors where one sits while dressing or applying makeup
  • dressing - the act of applying a bandage; the activity of getting dressed; putting on clothes; processes in the conversion of rough hides into leather; a cloth covering for a wound or sore; savory dressings for salads; basically of two kinds: either the thin French or vinaigrette type or the creamy mayonnaise type; making fertile as by applying fertilizer or manure; a mixture of seasoned ingredients used to stuff meats and vegetables
  • dribble - the propulsion of a ball by repeated taps or kicks; saliva spilling from the mouth; flowing in drops; the formation and falling of drops of liquid; propel, "Carry the ball"; let or cause to fall in drops: let saliva drivel from the mouth; run or flow slowly, as in drops or in an unsteady stream
  • dribbling - the propulsion of a ball by repeated taps or kicks
  • dried - preserved by removing natural moisture; not still wet
  • drier - an appliance that removes moisture; a substance that promotes drying (e.g., calcium oxide absorbs water and is used to remove moisture)
  • drill - (military) the training of soldiers to march (as in ceremonial parades) or to perform the manual of arms; similar to the mandrill but smaller and less brightly colored; a tool with a sharp point and cutting edges for making holes in hard materials (usually rotating rapidly or by repeated blows); systematic training by multiple repetitions; train in the military, e.g., in the use of weapons; undergo military training or do military exercises; learn by repetition; teach by repetition; make a hole with a pointed power or hand tool
  • drilled - trained in a skill by repetitious practice
  • drink - the act of drinking alcoholic beverages to excess; a single serving of a beverage; any large deep body of water; the act of swallowing; any liquid suitable for drinking; take in liquids; consume alcohol; drink excessive amounts of alcohol; be an alcoholic; be fascinated or spell-bound by; pay close attention to; propose a toast to
  • drinker - a person who drinks alcoholic beverages (especially to excess); a person who drinks liquids
  • drinking - the act of consuming liquids; the act of drinking alcoholic beverages to excess
  • drip - (architecture) a projection from a cornice or sill designed to protect the area below from rainwater (as over a window or doorway); the sound of a liquid falling drop by drop; flowing in drops; the formation and falling of drops of liquid; fall in drops; let or cause to fall in drops
  • dripping - having liquid falling in drops; wet with secreted or exuded moisture such as sweat or tears; extremely wet; a liquid (as water) that flows in drops (as from the eaves of house); the sound of a liquid falling drop by drop
  • drive - the act of applying force to propel something; a journey in a vehicle (usually an automobile); the act of driving a herd of animals overland; (sports) a hard straight return (as in tennis or squash): hitting a golf ball off of a tee with a driver; a wide scenic road planted with trees; a mechanism by which force or power is transmitted in a machine; (computer science) a device that writes data onto or reads data from a storage medium; the trait of being highly motivated; a physiological state corresponding to a strong need or desire; a series of actions advancing a principle or tending toward a particular end; a road leading up to a private house; move into a desired direction of discourse; hunting: chase from cover into more open ground; hunting: search for game; cause to function by supplying the force or power for or by controlling; excavate horizontally; hit very hard and straight with the bat swinging more or less vertically: strike with a driver, as in teeing off; cause to move rapidly by striking or throwing with force; push, propel, or press with force; compel somebody to do something, often against his own will or judgment: travel or be transported in a vehicle; proceed along in a vehicle: operate or control a vehicle; urge forward; cause someone or something to move by driving; move by being propelled by a force: work as a driver; to compel or force or urge relentlessly or exert coercive pressure on, or motivate strongly; have certain properties when driven; cause to move back by force or influence; force into or from an action or state, either physically or metaphorically; strive and make an effort to reach a goal
  • driven - urged or forced to action through moral pressure: compelled forcibly by an outside agency; strongly motivated to succeed
  • driver - a golf club (a wood) with a near vertical face that is used for hitting long shots from the tee; (computer science) a program that determines how a computer will communicate with a peripheral device; the operator of a motor vehicle; a golfer who hits the golf ball with a driver; someone who drives animals that pull a vehicle
  • driving - having the power of driving or impelling; acting with vigor: the act of controlling and steering the movement of a vehicle or animal; hitting a golf ball off of a tee with a driver
  • drooping - hanging down (as from exhaustion or weakness); weak from exhaustion; having branches or flower heads that bend downward
  • drop - the act of dropping something; a central depository where things can be left or picked up; a sudden sharp decrease in some quantity; a free and rapid descent by the force of gravity; a predetermined hiding place for the deposit and distribution of illicit goods (such as drugs or stolen property); a small indefinite quantity (especially of a liquid); a shape that is spherical and small; a curtain that can be lowered and raised onto a stage from the flies; often used as background scenery; a steep high face of rock; give birth; used for animals; stop pursuing or acting; go down in value; change from one level to another; utter casually; lose (a game); leave or unload, especially of passengers or cargo; to fall vertically; let fall to the ground; terminate an association with; grow worse; lower the pitch of (musical notes); leave undone or leave out; cause to fall by or as if by delivering a blow; get rid of; let or cause to fall in drops: fall or drop to a lower place or level; pay out; stop associating with: hang freely
  • droplet - a tiny drop
  • dropped - (used of a mammal) born
  • dropper - pipet consisting of a small tube with a vacuum bulb at one end for drawing liquid in and releasing it a drop at a time
  • dropsy - swelling from excessive accumulation of serous fluid in tissue
  • drown - die from being submerged in water, getting water into the lungs, and asphyxiating; get rid of as if by submerging; kill by submerging in water; cover completely or make imperceptible
  • drowsiness - a very sleepy state
  • drowsy - showing lack of attention or boredom; half asleep
  • drug - a substance that is used as a medicine or narcotic: administer a drug to; use recreational drugs
  • drunk - stupefied or excited by a chemical substance (especially alcohol); as if under the influence of alcohol; someone who is intoxicated; a chronic drinker
  • dry - practicing complete abstinence from alcoholic beverages: lacking warmth or emotional involvement; having a large proportion of strong liquor; without a mucous or watery discharge; humorously sarcastic or mocking; (of food) eaten without a spread or sauce or other garnish; having no adornment or coloration; unproductive especially of the expected results; used of solid substances in contrast with liquid ones; lacking interest or stimulation; dull and lifeless; (of liquor) having a low residual sugar content because of decomposition of sugar during fermentation; not shedding tears; free from liquid or moisture; lacking natural or normal moisture or depleted of water; or no longer wet; not producing milk; opposed to or prohibiting the production and sale of alcoholic beverages; lacking moisture or volatile components; a reformer who opposes the use of intoxicating beverages; remove the moisture from and make dry: become dry or drier
  • dryness - the condition of not containing or being covered by a liquid (especially water); objectivity and detachment; moderation in or abstinence from alcohol or other drugs
  • ds - an honorary degree in science; the bureau in the State Department that is responsible for the security of diplomats and embassies overseas; a radioactive transuranic element
  • dts - acute delirium caused by alcohol poisoning
  • dual - a grammatical number category referring to two items or units as opposed to one item (singular) or more than two items (plural): consisting of or involving two parts or components usually in pairs: having more than one decidedly dissimilar aspects or qualities
  • dublin - capital and largest city and major port of the Irish Free State
  • duct - an enclosed conduit for a fluid; a bodily passage or tube lined with epithelial cells and conveying a secretion or other substance; a continuous tube formed by a row of elongated cells lacking intervening end walls
  • ductless - not having a duct
  • ductule - a very small duct
  • due - owed and payable immediately or on demand; suitable to or expected in the circumstances; scheduled to arrive; directly or exactly; straight; that which is deserved or owed; a payment that is due (e.g., as the price of membership)
  • dull - (of business) not active or brisk; emitting or reflecting very little light; (of color) very low in saturation; highly diluted; darkened with overcast; not having a sharp edge or point; not keenly felt; lacking in liveliness or animation; being or made softer or less loud or clear: not clear and resonant; sounding as if striking with or against something relatively soft; blunted in responsiveness or sensibility: slow to learn or understand; lacking intellectual acuity; so lacking in interest as to cause mental weariness; make less lively or vigorous: become dull or lusterless in appearance; lose shine or brightness: make dull in appearance; make dull or blunt; become less interesting or attractive; make numb or insensitive; deaden (a sound or noise), especially by wrapping
  • dulled - deprived of color; having lost or been caused to lose interest because of overexposure; made dull or blunt
  • dullness - without sharpness or clearness of edge or point; lack of sensibility; a lack of visual brightness; the quality of lacking interestingness; the quality of being slow to understand
  • dumb - unable to speak because of hereditary deafness; lacking the power of human speech; unable to speak temporarily; slow to learn or understand; lacking intellectual acuity
  • dumbness - the quality of being mentally slow and limited
  • dummy - having the appearance of being real but lacking capacity to function; a figure representing the human form; a person who does not talk; a cartridge containing an explosive charge but no bullet; an ignorant or foolish person; make a dummy of
  • dumping - selling goods abroad at a price below that charged in the domestic market
  • duo - a musical composition for two performers; a pair who associate with one another; two performers or singers who perform together; two items of the same kind
  • duodenal - in or relating to the duodenum
  • duodenum - the part of the small intestine between the stomach and the jejunum
  • duplex - allowing communication in opposite directions simultaneously; (used technically of a device or process) having two parts; an apartment having rooms on two floors that are connected by a staircase; a house with two units sharing a common wall: change into a duplex
  • dura - the outermost (and toughest) of the 3 meninges
  • dural - of or relating to the dura mater
  • duration - continuance in time; the property of enduring or continuing in time; the period of time during which something continues
  • dust - fine powdery material such as dry earth or pollen that can be blown about in the air; free microscopic particles of solid material: the remains of something that has been destroyed or broken up: remove the dust from; rub the dust over a surface so as to blur the outlines of a shape; cover with a light dusting of a substance: distribute loosely
  • dutch - of or relating to the Netherlands or its people or culture; the West Germanic language of the Netherlands; the people of the Netherlands
  • duty - work that you are obliged to perform for moral or legal reasons; the social force that binds you to the courses of action demanded by that force; a government tax on imports or exports
  • dwarfism - a genetic abnormality resulting in short stature
  • dye - a usually soluble substance for staining or coloring e.g. fabrics or hair; color with dye
  • dying - in or associated with the process of passing from life or ceasing to be; eagerly desirous; the time when something ends
  • dynamic - characterized by action or forcefulness or force of personality; of or relating to dynamics; expressing action rather than a state of being; used of verbs (e.g. `to run') and participial adjectives (e.g. `running' in `running water'); an efficient incentive
  • dynamometer - measuring instrument designed to measure power
  • dysarthria - impaired articulatory ability resulting from defects in the peripheral motor nerves or in the speech musculature
  • dyschezia - difficulty in defecating (usually as a consequence of long continued voluntary suppression of the urge to defecate)
  • dyscrasia - an abnormal or physiologically unbalanced state of the body
  • dysentery - an infection of the intestines marked by severe diarrhea
  • dysfunction - (medicine) any disturbance in the function of an organ or body part
  • dysfunctional - (of a trait or condition) failing to serve an adjustive purpose; impaired in function; especially of a bodily system or organ
  • dysgenesis - infertility between hybrids
  • dysgraphia - impaired ability to learn to write
  • dyskinesia - abnormality in performing voluntary muscle movements
  • dyslexia - impaired ability to learn to read
  • dyslexic - of or relating to or symptomatic of dyslexia; having impaired ability to comprehend written words usually associated with a neurologic disorder
  • dyslogia - impaired ability to express ideas verbally; usually resulting from difficulties of reasoning (as in feeblemindedness or certain psychoses)
  • dyspepsia - a disorder of digestive function characterized by discomfort or heartburn or nausea
  • dyspeptic - suffering from dyspepsia; irritable as if suffering from indigestion; a person suffering from indigestion
  • dysphagia - condition in which swallowing is difficult or painful
  • dysphasia - an impairment of language (especially speech production) that is usually due to brain damage
  • dysphonia - speech disorder attributable to a disorder of phonation
  • dysplasia - abnormal development (of organs or cells) or an abnormal structure resulting from such growth
  • dyspnoea - difficult or labored respiration
  • dyspnoeic - not breathing or able to breathe except with difficulty
  • dyssynergia - inability to coordinate voluntary muscle movements; unsteady movements and staggering gait
  • dystrophy - any degenerative disorder resulting from inadequate or faulty nutrition; any of several hereditary diseases of the muscular system characterized by weakness and wasting of skeletal muscles
  • dysuria - painful or difficult urination
  • dysuria - painful or difficult urination
  • each - (used of count nouns) every one considered individually; to or from every one of two or more (considered individually)
  • eager - having or showing keen interest or intense desire or impatient expectancy; marked by active interest and enthusiasm; a high wave (often dangerous) caused by tidal flow (as by colliding tidal currents or in a narrow estuary)
  • ear - the sense organ for hearing and equilibrium; good hearing: attention to what is said; fruiting spike of a cereal plant especially corn; the externally visible cartilaginous structure of the external ear
  • earache - an ache localized in the middle or inner ear
  • eardrum - the membrane in the ear that vibrates to sound
  • earlier - (comparative and superlative of `early') more early than; most early; earlier in time; previously; before now; comparatives of `soon' or `early'
  • early - at or near the beginning of a period of time or course of events or before the usual or expected time; being or occurring at an early stage of development; of an early stage in the development of a language or literature; very young; belonging to the distant past: expected in the near future; before the usual time or the time expected; in good time; during an early stage
  • earth - the abode of mortals (as contrasted with heaven or hell); the 3rd planet from the sun; the planet we live on; the loose soft material that makes up a large part of the land surface; once thought to be one of four elements composing the universe (Empedocles); a connection between an electrical device and a large conducting body, such as the earth (which is taken to be at zero voltage); the concerns of this life as distinguished from heaven and the afterlife: the solid part of the earth's surface; connect to the earth; hide in the earth like a hunted animal
  • earwax - a soft yellow wax secreted by glands in the ear canal
  • ease - freedom from difficulty or hardship or effort; freedom from constraint or embarrassment; a freedom from financial difficulty that promotes a comfortable state; freedom from activity (work or strain or responsibility); the condition of being comfortable or relieved (especially after being relieved of distress); move gently or carefully: lessen pain or discomfort; alleviate; make easier; lessen the intensity of or calm
  • easily - without question; with ease (`easy' is sometimes used informally for `easily'); indicating high probability; in all likelihood
  • easing - the act of reducing something unpleasant (as pain or annoyance); a change for the better
  • east - situated in or facing or moving toward the east; to, toward, or in the east; the countries of Asia; the region of the United States lying north of the Ohio River and east of the Mississippi River; the cardinal compass point that is at 90 degrees
  • easy - obtained with little effort or sacrifice, often obtained illegally: less in demand and therefore readily obtainable; casual and unrestrained in sexual behavior; affording comfort; not strict; posing no difficulty; requiring little effort; free from worry or anxiety; marked by moderate steepness; having little impact; not hurried or forced: affording pleasure; readily exploited or tricked; in fortunate circumstances financially; moderately rich; in a relaxed manner; or without hardship; with ease (`easy' is sometimes used informally for `easily'); without speed (`slow' is sometimes used informally for `slowly')
  • eat - eat a meal; take a meal; take in solid food; worry or cause anxiety in a persistent way; cause to deteriorate due to the action of water, air, or an acid; use up (resources or materials); take in food; used of animals only
  • eating - the act of consuming food
  • eats - informal terms for a meal
  • ebola - a severe and often fatal disease in humans and nonhuman primates (monkeys and chimpanzees) caused by the Ebola virus; characterized by high fever and severe internal bleeding; can be spread from person to person; is largely limited to Africa
  • eburnation - a change that occurs in degenerative joint disease in which bone is converted into a dense smooth substance resembling ivory
  • ecchymosis - the escape of blood from ruptured blood vessels into the surrounding tissue to form a purple or black-and-blue spot on the skin; the purple or black-and-blue area resulting from a bruise
  • eccrine - (of exocrine glands) producing a clear aqueous secretion without releasing part of the secreting cell; important in regulating body temperature
  • eccyesis - pregnancy resulting from gestation elsewhere than in the uterus
  • ecdysis - periodic shedding of the cuticle in arthropods or the outer skin in reptiles
  • ecg - a graphical recording of the cardiac cycle produced by an electrocardiograph
  • echinococcosis - infestation with larval echinococci (tapeworms)
  • echinococcus - tapeworms whose larvae are parasitic in humans and domestic animals
  • echo - the persistence of a sound after its source has stopped; a reply that repeats what has just been said; (Greek mythology) a nymph who was spurned by Narcissus and pined away until only her voice remained; call to mind; to say again or imitate; ring or echo with sound
  • echocardiogram - a graphical image of the heart produced by an echocardiograph
  • echocardiography - a noninvasive diagnostic procedure that uses ultrasound to study to structure and motions of the heart
  • echoencephalography - a noninvasive diagnostic procedure that uses ultrasound to study the anatomy of the brain
  • echography - using the reflections of high-frequency sound waves to construct an image of a body organ (a sonogram); commonly used to observe fetal growth or study bodily organs
  • echolalia - (psychiatry) mechanical and meaningless repetition of the words of another person (as in schizophrenia); an infant's repetition of sounds uttered by others
  • echovirus - any of a group of viruses associated with various diseases including viral meningitis and mild respiratory disorders and diarrhea in newborn infants
  • eclampsia - a toxic condition characterized by convulsions and possibly coma during or immediately after pregnancy
  • eclipse - one celestial body obscures another; cause an eclipse of (a celestial body) by intervention; cause an eclipse of; of celestial bodies; exceed in importance; outweigh
  • ecology - the branch of biology concerned with the relations between organisms and their environment; the environment as it relates to living organisms
  • economics - the branch of social science that deals with the production and distribution and consumption of goods and services and their management
  • economy - an act of economizing; reduction in cost; frugality in the expenditure of money or resources; the efficient use of resources: the system of production and distribution and consumption
  • ecstasy - a state of being carried away by overwhelming emotion; a state of elated bliss; street names for methylenedioxymethamphetamine
  • ect - the administration of a strong electric current that passes through the brain to induce convulsions and coma
  • ectasia - dilatation or distension of a hollow organ
  • ectoderm - the outer germ layer that develops into skin and nervous tissue
  • ectodermal - of or relating to the ectoderm
  • ectoparasite - any external parasitic organism (as fleas)
  • ectopia - abnormal position of a part or organ (especially at the time of birth)
  • ectopic - exhibiting ectopia
  • ectrodactyly - congenital abnormality involving the absence of some fingers or toes
  • eczema - generic term for inflammatory conditions of the skin; particularly with vesiculation in the acute stages
  • ed - impotence resulting from a man's inability to have or maintain an erection of his penis
  • edema - swelling from excessive accumulation of serous fluid in tissue
  • edematous - swollen with an excessive accumulation of fluid
  • edentulous - having lost teeth
  • edge - a sharp side formed by the intersection of two surfaces of an object; a strip near the boundary of an object; a slight competitive advantage; the attribute of urgency; the boundary of a surface; a line determining the limits of an area; provide with an edge; advance slowly, as if by inches; lie adjacent to another or share a boundary: provide with a border or edge
  • edged - having a specified kind of border or edge; having a cutting edge or especially an edge or edges as specified; often used in combination; (of speech) harsh or hurtful in tone or character
  • edible - suitable for use as food; any substance that can be used as food
  • edinburgh - the capital of Scotland; located in the Lothian Region on the south side of the Firth of Forth
  • edited - improved or corrected by critical editing
  • edition - the form in which a text (especially a printed book) is published; an issue of a newspaper; all of the identical copies of something offered to the public at the same time; something a little different from others of the same type
  • educate - give an education to; train to be discriminative in taste or judgment; create by training and teaching
  • educated - possessing an education (especially having more than average knowledge); having or based on relevant experience
  • education - the profession of teaching (especially at a school or college or university); the activities of educating or instructing; activities that impart knowledge or skill; the result of good upbringing (especially knowledge of correct social behavior); the gradual process of acquiring knowledge; knowledge acquired by learning and instruction; the United States federal department that administers all federal programs dealing with education (including federal aid to educational institutions and students); created 1979
  • educational - providing knowledge; relating to the process of education
  • edward - son of Edward III who defeated the French at Crecy and Poitiers in the Hundred Years' War (1330-1376); third son of Elizabeth II (born in 1964); King of England from 1272 to 1307; conquered Wales (1239-1307); King of England from 1307 to 1327 and son of Edward I; was defeated at Bannockburn by the Scots led by Robert the Bruce; was deposed and died in prison (1284-1327): son of Edward II and King of England from 1327-1377; his claim to the French throne provoked the Hundred Years' War; his reign was marked by an epidemic of the Black Plague and by the emergence of the House of Commons as the powerful arm of British Parliament (1312-1377); King of England from 1461 to 1470 and from 1471 to 1483; was dethroned in 1470 but regained the throne in 1471 by his victory at the battle of Tewkesbury (1442-1483); King of England who was crowned at the age of 13 on the death of his father Edward IV but was immediately confined to the Tower of London where he and his younger brother were murdered (1470-1483); King of England and Ireland from 1547 to 1553; son of Henry VIII and Jane Seymour; died of tuberculosis (1537-1553); King of England from 1901 to 1910; son of Victoria and Prince Albert; famous for his elegant sporting ways (1841-1910); King of England and Ireland in 1936; his marriage to Wallis Warfield Simpson created a constitutional crisis leading to his abdication (1894-1972)
  • edwards - American theologian whose sermons and writings stimulated a period of renewed interest in religion in America (1703-1758)
  • edwin - king of Northumbria who was converted to Christianity (585-633)
  • eeg - a graphical record of electrical activity of the brain; produced by an electroencephalograph
  • effacement - withdrawing into the background; making yourself inconspicuous; shortening of the uterine cervix and thinning of its walls as it is dilated during labor
  • effect - (of a law) having legal validity; an impression (especially one that is artificial or contrived); the central meaning or theme of a speech or literary work; a symptom caused by an illness or a drug: an outward appearance; a phenomenon that follows and is caused by some previous phenomenon; produce; act so as to bring into existence
  • effective - existing in fact; not theoretical; real; able to accomplish a purpose; functioning effectively; exerting force or influence: producing or capable of producing an intended result or having a striking effect; works well as a means or remedy; ready for service
  • effective - existing in fact; not theoretical; real; able to accomplish a purpose; functioning effectively; exerting force or influence: producing or capable of producing an intended result or having a striking effect; works well as a means or remedy; ready for service
  • effectively - in actuality or reality or fact; in an effective manner
  • effectiveness - power to be effective; the quality of being able to bring about an effect; capacity to produce strong physiological or chemical effects
  • effector - an organ (a gland or muscle) that becomes active in response to nerve impulses; a nerve fiber that terminates on a muscle or gland and stimulates contraction or secretion; one who brings about a result or event; one who accomplishes a purpose
  • effects - property of a personal character that is portable but not used in business
  • efferent - of nerves and nerve impulses; conveying information away from the CNS; a nerve that conveys impulses toward or to muscles or glands
  • efficacy - capacity or power to produce a desired effect
  • efficiency - skillfulness in avoiding wasted time and effort; the ratio of the output to the input of any system
  • efficient - being effective without wasting time or effort or expense: able to accomplish a purpose; functioning effectively
  • efficiently - in an efficient manner
  • effleurage - a rhythmic stroking
  • effluent - that is flowing outward; water mixed with waste matter
  • effort - use of physical or mental energy; hard work; a notable achievement; earnest and conscientious activity intended to do or accomplish something; a series of actions advancing a principle or tending toward a particular end
  • effusion - flow under pressure; an unrestrained expression of emotion
  • egg - animal reproductive body consisting of an ovum or embryo together with nutritive and protective envelopes; especially the thin-shelled reproductive body laid by e.g. female birds; oval reproductive body of a fowl (especially a hen) used as food; one of the two male reproductive glands that produce spermatozoa and secrete androgens; coat with beaten egg; throw eggs at
  • eggs - oval reproductive body of a fowl (especially a hen) used as food
  • ego - (psychoanalysis) the conscious mind; an inflated feeling of pride in your superiority to others; your consciousness of your own identity
  • egyptian - of or relating to or characteristic of Egypt or its people or their language; the ancient and now extinct language of Egypt under the Pharaohs; written records date back to 3000 BC; a native or inhabitant of Egypt
  • eidetic - of visual imagery of almost photographic accuracy
  • eight - being one more than seven; the cardinal number that is the sum of seven and one; a group of United States painters founded in 1907 and noted for their realistic depictions of sordid aspects of city life
  • eighteen - being one more than seventeen; the cardinal number that is the sum of seventeen and one
  • eighth - coming next after the seventh and just before the ninth in position; position eight in a countable series of things; one part in eight equal parts
  • eighty - being ten more than seventy; the cardinal number that is the product of ten and eight
  • either - after a negative statement used as an intensive meaning something like `likewise' or `also'
  • ejaculate - the thick white fluid containing spermatozoa that is ejaculated by the male genital tract; eject semen; utter impulsively
  • ejaculation - an abrupt emphatic exclamation expressing emotion: the discharge of semen in males
  • eject - leave an aircraft rapidly, using an ejection seat or capsule: eliminate (substances) from the body; cause to come out in a squirt: put out or expel from a place
  • ejection - the act of forcing out someone or something; the act of expelling or projecting or ejecting
  • ekg - a graphical recording of the cardiac cycle produced by an electrocardiograph
  • el - a railway that is powered by electricity and that runs on a track that is raised above the street level; angular distance above the horizon (especially of a celestial object)
  • elastic - capable of resuming original shape after stretching or compression; springy; able to adjust readily to different conditions; a fabric made of yarns containing an elastic material; a narrow band of elastic rubber used to hold things (such as papers) together
  • elasticity - the tendency of a body to return to its original shape after it has been stretched or compressed
  • elastin - a fibrous scleroprotein found in elastic tissues such as the walls of arteries
  • elation - a feeling of joy and pride; an exhilarating psychological state of pride and optimism; an absence of depression
  • elbow - the joint of a mammal or bird that corresponds to the human elbow; the part of a sleeve that covers the elbow joint; a sharp bend in a road or river; a length of pipe with a sharp bend in it; hinge joint between the forearm and upper arm and the corresponding joint in the forelimb of a quadruped; shove one's elbow into another person's ribs; push one's way with the elbows
  • eld - a time in life (usually defined in years) at which some particular qualification or power arises; a late time of life
  • elderly - advanced in years; (`aged' is pronounced as two syllables): people who are old collectively
  • eldest - first in order of birth; the offspring who came first in the order of birth
  • elective - subject to popular election; not compulsory; a course that the student can select from among alternatives
  • electra - (Greek mythology) the daughter of Agamemnon and Clytemnestra; persuaded her brother (Orestes) to avenge Agamemnon's death by helping her to kill Clytemnestra and her lover (Aegisthus)
  • electric - affected by emotion as if by electricity; thrilling; (of a situation) exceptionally tense; using or providing or producing or transmitting or operated by electricity; a car that is powered by electricity
  • electrical - relating to or concerned with electricity; using or providing or producing or transmitting or operated by electricity
  • electrically - by electricity
  • electricity - keen and shared excitement; a physical phenomenon associated with stationary or moving electrons and protons; energy made available by the flow of electric charge through a conductor
  • electrocardiogram - a graphical recording of the cardiac cycle produced by an electrocardiograph
  • electrocardiograph - medical instrument that records electric currents associated with contractions of the heart
  • electrocardiography - diagnostic procedure consisting of recording the activity of the heart electronically with a cardiograph (and producing a cardiogram)
  • electrocautery - application of a needle heated by an electric current to destroy tissue (as to remove warts)
  • electrochemical - of or involving electrochemistry
  • electrode - a conductor used to make electrical contact with some part of a circuit
  • electroencephalogram - a graphical record of electrical activity of the brain; produced by an electroencephalograph
  • electroencephalograph - medical instrument that records electric currents generated by the brain
  • electrolysis - removing superfluous or unwanted hair by passing an electric current through the hair root; (chemistry) a chemical decomposition reaction produced by passing an electric current through a solution containing ions
  • electrolyte - a solution that conducts electricity
  • electrolytic - of or relating to or containing an electrolyte; of or concerned with or produced by electrolysis; a fixed capacitor consisting of two electrodes separated by an electrolyte
  • electromagnetic - pertaining to or exhibiting magnetism produced by electric charge in motion
  • electromyogram - a graphical record of electric currents associated with muscle contractions
  • electromyography - diagnosis of neuromuscular disorders with the use of an electromyograph
  • electron - an elementary particle with negative charge
  • electronic - of or relating to electronics; concerned with or using devices that operate on principles governing the behavior of electrons; of or concerned with electrons
  • electronically - by electronic means
  • electrophoresis - the motion of charged particles in a colloid under the influence of an electric field; particles with a positive charge go to the cathode and negative to the anode
  • electroretinogram - a graphical recording of the electrical activity of the retina that results when light is flashed into the eye
  • electrosurgery - surgery performed with electrical devices (as in electrocautery)
  • electrotherapy - the therapeutic application of electricity to the body (as in the treatment of various forms of paralysis)
  • element - the most favorable environment for a plant or animal; a straight line that generates a cylinder or cone; the situation in which you are happiest and most effective; one of four substances thought in ancient and medieval cosmology to constitute the physical universe; an artifact that is one of the individual parts of which a composite entity is made up; especially a part that can be separated from or attached to a system; an abstract part of something; any of the more than 100 known substances (of which 92 occur naturally) that cannot be separated into simpler substances and that singly or in combination constitute all matter
  • elements - violent or severe weather (viewed as caused by the action of the four elements)
  • elephantiasis - hypertrophy of certain body parts (usually legs and scrotum); the end state of the disease filariasis
  • elevate - raise in rank or condition; raise from a lower to a higher position; give a promotion to or assign to a higher position
  • elevated - raised above the ground; raised above ground level; on elevated rails; a railway that is powered by electricity and that runs on a track that is raised above the street level
  • elevation - drawing of an exterior of a structure; (ballet) the height of a dancer's leap or jump; distance of something above a reference point (such as sea level); the event of something being raised upward; angular distance above the horizon (especially of a celestial object); the act of increasing the wealth or prestige or power or scope of something; a raised or elevated geological formation; the highest level or degree attainable; the highest stage of development
  • elevator - lifting device consisting of a platform or cage that is raised and lowered mechanically in a vertical shaft in order to move people from one floor to another in a building; the airfoil on the tailplane of an aircraft that makes it ascend or descend
  • eleven - being one more than ten; the cardinal number that is the sum of ten and one; a team that plays football
  • eleventh - coming next after the tenth and just before the twelfth in position; position 11 in a countable series of things
  • elf - (folklore) fairies that are somewhat mischievous; below 3 kilohertz
  • eliminate - kill in large numbers; terminate or take out; remove (an unknown variable) from two or more equations; remove from a contest or race; eliminate from the body; dismiss from consideration or a contest; do away with
  • elimination - the murder of a competitor; the act of removing or getting rid of something; the act of removing an unknown mathematical quantity by combining equations; analysis of a problem into alternative possibilities followed by the systematic rejection of unacceptable alternatives; the bodily process of discharging waste matter
  • elisa - an assay that relies on an enzymatic conversion reaction and is used to detect the presence of specific substances (such as enzymes or viruses or antibodies or bacteria)
  • elixir - a substance believed to cure all ills; a sweet flavored liquid (usually containing a small amount of alcohol) used in compounding medicines to be taken by mouth in order to mask an unpleasant taste; a hypothetical substance that the alchemists believed to be capable of changing base metals into gold
  • ellison - United States novelist who wrote about a young Black man and his struggles in American society (1914-1994)
  • else - other than what is under consideration or implied; (usually used with `or') if not, then; additional to or different from this one or place or time or manner
  • elsewhere - in or to another place
  • em - a linear unit (1/6 inch) used in printing; the square of a body of any size of type
  • emaciated - very thin especially from disease or hunger or cold
  • emaciation - extreme leanness (usually caused by starvation or disease)
  • emasculation - loss of power and masculinity; neutering a male animal by removing the testicles
  • embalm - preserve a dead body
  • embarrassment - some event that causes someone to be embarrassed; the shame you feel when your inadequacy or guilt is made public; the state of being embarrassed (usually by some financial inadequacy); extreme excess
  • embolectomy - surgical removal of an embolus (usually from an artery)
  • embolic - of or relating to an embolism or embolus
  • embolism - occlusion of a blood vessel by an embolus (a loose clot or air bubble or other particle); an insertion into a calendar
  • embolism - occlusion of a blood vessel by an embolus (a loose clot or air bubble or other particle); an insertion into a calendar
  • embolus - an abnormal particle (e.g. an air bubble or part of a clot) circulating in the blood
  • embrocation - a medicinal liquid that is rubbed into the skin to relieve muscular stiffness and pain
  • embryo - an animal organism in the early stages of growth and differentiation that in higher forms merge into fetal stages but in lower forms terminate in commencement of larval life; (botany) a minute rudimentary plant contained within a seed or an archegonium
  • embryology - the branch of biology that studies the formation and early development of living organisms
  • embryonic - in an early stage of development; of an organism prior to birth or hatching
  • emerge - come out into view, as from concealment; become known or apparent; come up to the surface of or rise; come out of; happen or occur as a result of something
  • emergence - the act of emerging; the becoming visible; the gradual beginning or coming forth; the act of coming (or going) out; becoming apparent
  • emergency - a sudden unforeseen crisis (usually involving danger) that requires immediate action; a state in which martial law applies: a brake operated by hand; usually operates by mechanical linkage
  • emesis - the reflex act of ejecting the contents of the stomach through the mouth
  • emetic - a medicine that induces nausea and vomiting
  • emf - the rate at which energy is drawn from a source that produces a flow of electricity in a circuit; expressed in volts
  • emg - a graphical record of electric currents associated with muscle contractions
  • emile - the boy whose upbringing was described by Jean-Jacques Rousseau
  • eminence - high status importance owing to marked superiority; a protuberance on a bone especially for attachment of a muscle or ligament
  • emissary - someone sent on a mission to represent the interests of someone else
  • emission - the act of emitting; causing to flow forth; the occurrence of a flow of water (as from a pipe); the release of electrons from parent atoms; any of several bodily processes by which substances go out of the body; a substance that is emitted or released
  • emmenagogue - any agent that promotes menstrual discharge
  • emmetropia - (ophthalmology) the normal refractive condition of the eye in which there is clear focus of light on the retina
  • emollient - having a softening or soothing effect especially to the skin; toiletry consisting of any of various substances in the form of a thick liquid that have a soothing and moisturizing effect when applied to the skin
  • emotion - any strong feeling
  • emotional - of more than usual emotion; determined or actuated by emotion rather than reason; of or pertaining to emotion; (of persons) excessively affected by emotion; extravagantly demonstrative
  • emotionally - with regard to emotions; in an emotional manner
  • empathy - understanding and entering into another's feelings
  • emphasise - to stress, single out as important; give extra weight to (a communication)
  • emphysema - an abnormal condition of the lungs marked by decreased respiratory function; associated with smoking or chronic bronchitis or old age
  • empirical - derived from experiment and observation rather than theory; relying on medical quackery
  • employed - having your services engaged for; or having a job especially one that pays wages or a salary; put to use
  • employee - a worker who is hired to perform a job
  • employer - a person or firm that employs workers
  • employment - the occupation for which you are paid; the act of giving someone a job; the state of being employed or having a job: the act of using
  • empowerment - the act of conferring legality or sanction or formal warrant
  • empty - holding or containing nothing; emptied of emotion; needing nourishment; devoid of significance or point; having nothing inside: a container that has been emptied; become empty or void of its content; make void or empty of contents; remove; excrete or discharge from the body; leave behind empty; move out of
  • emptying - the act of removing the contents of something
  • empyema - a collection of pus in a body cavity (especially in the lung cavity)
  • emulsion - a light-sensitive coating on paper or film; consists of fine grains of silver bromide suspended in a gelatin; (chemistry) a colloid in which both phases are liquids
  • en - half the width of an em
  • enable - render capable or able for some task
  • enalapril - an ACE inhibitor (trade name Vasotec) that blocks the formation of angiotensin in the kidney and so results in vasodilation; administered after heart attacks
  • enamel - any smooth glossy coating that resembles ceramic glaze: a paint that dries to a hard glossy finish; hard white substance covering the crown of a tooth; a colored glassy compound (opaque or partially opaque) that is fused to the surface of metal or glass or pottery for decoration or protection; coat, inlay, or surface with enamel
  • enanthema - eruption on a mucous membrane (as the inside of the mouth) occurring as a symptom of a disease
  • enarthrosis - a freely moving joint in which a sphere on the head of one bone fits into a rounded cavity in the other bone
  • encephalitis - inflammation of the brain usually caused by a virus; symptoms include headache and neck pain and drowsiness and nausea and fever (`phrenitis' is no longer in scientific use)
  • encephalocele - protrusion of brain tissue through a congenital fissure in the skull
  • encephalogram - an X ray of the brain made by replacing spinal fluid with a gas (usually oxygen) to improve contrast; a graphical record of electrical activity of the brain; produced by an electroencephalograph
  • encephalography - roentgenography of the brain after spinal fluid has been replaced by a gas (usually oxygen); produces an encephalogram
  • encephalomyelitis - inflammation of the brain and spinal cord
  • encephalon - that part of the central nervous system that includes all the higher nervous centers; enclosed within the skull; continuous with the spinal cord
  • encephalopathy - any disorder or disease of the brain
  • enchondroma - benign slow-growing tumor of cartilaginous cells at the ends of tubular bones (especially in the hands and feet)
  • enclosed - closed in or surrounded or included within
  • enclosing - the act of enclosing something inside something else
  • encopresis - involuntary defecation not attributable to physical defects or illness
  • encounter - a casual meeting with a person of thing; a minor short-term fight; a hostile disagreement face-to-face; a casual or unexpected convergence; contend against an opponent in a sport, game, or battle; come together; come upon, as if by accident; meet with; be beset by; experience as a reaction
  • encourage - spur on; inspire with confidence; give hope or courage to; contribute to the progress or growth of
  • encouraged - inspired with confidence
  • encouraging - giving courage or confidence or hope; furnishing support and encouragement
  • encysted - enclosed in (or as if in) a cyst
  • end - a position on the line of scrimmage; the part you are expected to play; a piece of cloth that is left over after the rest has been used or sold; a final part or section; the concluding parts of an event or occurrence; a boundary marking the extremities of something; either extremity of something that has length; the surface at either extremity of a three-dimensional object; one of two places from which people are communicating to each other; (football) the person who plays at one end of the line of scrimmage; a final state; the point in time at which something ends; the state of affairs that a plan is intended to achieve and that (when achieved) terminates behavior intended to achieve it; the last section of a communication; bring to an end or halt; put an end to; have an end, in a temporal, spatial, or quantitative sense; either spatial or metaphorical; be the end of; be the last or concluding part of
  • endanger - pose a threat to; present a danger to; put in a dangerous, disadvantageous, or difficult position
  • endarterectomy - surgical removal of the inner lining of an artery that is clogged with atherosclerosis
  • endarteritis - inflammation of the inner lining of an artery
  • ended - having come or been brought to a conclusion
  • endemic - native to or confined to a certain region; of or relating to a disease (or anything resembling a disease) constantly present to greater or lesser extent in a particular locality; originating where it is found; a plant that is native to a certain limited area; a disease that is constantly present to a greater or lesser degree in people of a certain class or in people living in a particular location
  • ending - the end of a word (a suffix or inflectional ending or final morpheme); event whose occurrence ends something; the act of ending something; the last section of a communication; the point in time at which something ends
  • endocarditis - inflammation of the endocardium and heart valves
  • endocardium - the membrane that lines the cavities of the heart and forms part of the heart valves
  • endocervicitis - inflammation of the mucous lining of the uterine cervix
  • endocrine - of or belonging to endocrine glands or their secretions: any of the glands of the endocrine system that secrete hormones directly into the bloodstream; the secretion of an endocrine gland that is transmitted by the blood to the tissue on which it has a specific effect
  • endocrinologist - physician who specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of conditions affecting the endocrine system
  • endocrinology - the branch of medicine dealing with the endocrine glands and their secretions
  • endoderm - the inner germ layer that develops into the lining of the digestive and respiratory systems
  • endodontia - the branch of dentistry dealing with diseases of the dental pulp
  • endogenous - derived or originating internally; of or resembling an endogen
  • endolymph - the bodily fluid that fills the membranous labyrinth of the inner ear
  • endometrial - of or relating to the endometrium
  • endometriosis - the presence of endometrium elsewhere than in the lining of the uterus; causes premenstrual pain and dysmenorrhea
  • endometritis - inflammation of the lining of the uterus (of the endometrium)
  • endometrium - (pregnancy) the mucous membrane that lines the uterus; thickens under hormonal control and (if pregnancy does not occur) is shed in menstruation; if pregnancy occurs it is shed along with the placenta at parturition
  • endoneurium - delicate connective tissue around individual nerve fibers in nerve
  • endoparasite - any of various parasites that live in the internal organs of animals (especially intestinal worms)
  • endorphin - a neurochemical occurring naturally in the brain and having analgesic properties
  • endoscope - a long slender medical instrument for examining the interior of a bodily organ or performing minor surgery
  • endoscopic - of or relating to endoscopy
  • endoscopy - visual examination of the interior of a hollow body organ by use of an endoscope
  • endoskeleton - the internal skeleton; bony and cartilaginous structure (especially of vertebrates)
  • endosteum - vascular membrane that lines the inner surface of long bones
  • endothelial - of or relating to or located in the endothelium
  • endothelium - an epithelium of mesoblastic origin; a thin layer of flattened cells that lines the inside of some body cavities
  • endotoxin - a toxin that is confined inside the microorganisms and is released only when the microorganisms are broken down or die
  • endure - put up with something or somebody unpleasant; undergo or be subjected to; continue to live; endure or last; continue to exist: persist for a specified period of time; last and be usable; face or endure with courage
  • enema - injection of a liquid through the anus to stimulate evacuation; sometimes used for diagnostic purposes
  • energetic - possessing or exerting or displaying energy; working hard to promote an enterprise
  • energy - an imaginative lively style (especially style of writing): enterprising or ambitious drive; forceful exertion; (physics) the capacity of a physical system to do work; the units of energy are joules or ergs; a healthy capacity for vigorous activity; the federal department responsible for maintaining a national energy policy of the United States; created in 1977
  • energy - an imaginative lively style (especially style of writing): enterprising or ambitious drive; forceful exertion; (physics) the capacity of a physical system to do work; the units of energy are joules or ergs; a healthy capacity for vigorous activity; the federal department responsible for maintaining a national energy policy of the United States; created in 1977
  • enervation - lack of vitality; serious weakening and loss of energy
  • engagement - employment for performers or performing groups that lasts for a limited period of time; the act of sharing in the activities of a group; contact by fitting together; a hostile meeting of opposing military forces in the course of a war; the act of giving someone a job; a mutual promise to marry; a meeting arranged in advance
  • engineering - a room (as on a ship) in which the engine is located: the discipline dealing with the art or science of applying scientific knowledge to practical problems; the practical application of science to commerce or industry
  • england - a division of the United Kingdom
  • english - of or relating to or characteristic of England or its culture or people; of or relating to the English language; the discipline that studies the English language and literature; an Indo-European language belonging to the West Germanic branch; the official language of Britain and the United States and most of the commonwealth countries; (sports) the spin given to a ball by striking it on one side or releasing it with a sharp twist; the people of England
  • engorged - overfull as with blood
  • engorgement - eating ravenously or voraciously to satiation: congestion with blood
  • enhance - increase; make better or more attractive
  • enjoy - have benefit from; derive or receive pleasure from; get enjoyment from; take pleasure in; have for one's benefit; take delight in; get pleasure from
  • enjoyable - affording satisfaction or pleasure
  • enkephalin - an endorphin having opiate qualities that occurs in the brain and spinal cord and elsewhere
  • enlarge - make larger; become larger or bigger; make large; add details, as to an account or idea; clarify the meaning of and discourse in a learned way, usually in writing
  • enlarged - expanded in scope; larger than normal; (of an organ or body part) excessively enlarged as a result of increased size in the constituent cells; enlarged to an abnormal degree; as of a photograph; made larger
  • enlargement - a photographic print that has been enlarged; the state of being enlarged; the act of increasing (something) in size or volume or quantity or scope; a discussion that provides additional information
  • enormously - extremely
  • enough - enough to meet a purpose; as much as necessary; an adequate quantity; a quantity that is large enough to achieve a purpose
  • enquiry - a systematic investigation of a matter of public interest; a search for knowledge; an instance of questioning
  • enrolled - officially entered in a roll or list
  • ensiform - shaped like a sword blade
  • ensue - issue or terminate (in a specified way, state, etc.); end
  • ensure - be careful or certain to do something; make certain of something; make certain of
  • enter - become a participant; be involved in; come on stage; to come or go into; set out on (an enterprise or subject of study); make a record of; set down in permanent form; put or introduce into something; take on duties or office; register formally as a participant or member; be or play a part of or in
  • enteral - of or relating to or inside the intestines; of or relating to the enteron
  • enteric - of or relating to the enteron; of or relating to or inside the intestines
  • entering - the act of entering; a movement into or inward
  • enteritis - inflammation of the intestine (especially the small intestine); usually characterized by diarrhea
  • enterobacteria - rod-shaped Gram-negative bacteria; most occur normally or pathogenically in intestines of humans and other animals
  • enterobiasis - an infestation with or a resulting infection caused by the pinworm Enterobius vermicularis; occurs especially in children
  • enterobius - pinworms
  • enterolith - a calculus occurring in the intestines
  • enteron - the alimentary canal (especially of an embryo or a coelenterate)
  • enteropathy - a disease of the intestinal tract
  • enteroptosis - an abnormally downward position of the intestines in the abdominal cavity
  • enterostomy - surgical operation that creates a permanent opening through the abdominal wall into the intestine
  • enterotomy - surgical operation that creates a permanent opening through the abdominal wall into the intestine
  • enterotoxin - a cytotoxin specific for the cells of the intestinal mucosa
  • enterovirus - any of a group of picornaviruses that infect the gastrointestinal tract and can spread to other areas (especially the nervous system)
  • entire - constituting the full quantity or extent; complete; (used of domestic animals) sexually competent; (of leaves or petals) having a smooth edge; not broken up into teeth or lobes; constituting the undiminished entirety; lacking nothing essential especially not damaged; uncastrated adult male horse
  • entirely - without any others being included or involved; to a complete degree or to the full or entire extent (`whole' is often used informally for `wholly')
  • entitled - qualified for by right according to law; given a title or identifying name
  • entity - that which is perceived or known or inferred to have its own distinct existence (living or nonliving)
  • entoderm - the inner germ layer that develops into the lining of the digestive and respiratory systems
  • entrance - the act of entering; something that provides access (to get in or get out); a movement into or inward; put into a trance: attract; cause to be enamored
  • entrapment - a defense that claims the defendant would not have broken the law if not tricked into doing it by law enforcement officials
  • entry - an item inserted in a written record; a written record of a commercial transaction; the act of entering; the act of beginning something new; something that provides access (to get in or get out); something (manuscripts or architectural plans and models or estimates or works of art of all genres etc.) submitted for the judgment of others (as in a competition)
  • enucleate - remove (a tumor or eye) from an enveloping sac or cover; remove the nucleus from (a cell)
  • enucleation - surgical removal of something without cutting into it
  • enuresis - inability to control the flow of urine and involuntary urination
  • environment - the area in which something exists or lives; the totality of surrounding conditions
  • environment - the area in which something exists or lives; the totality of surrounding conditions
  • environmental - concerned with the ecological effects of altering the environment; of or relating to the external conditions or surroundings
  • enzymatic - of or relating to or produced by an enzyme
  • enzyme - any of several complex proteins that are produced by cells and act as catalysts in specific biochemical reactions
  • eosin - a red fluorescent dye resulting from the action of bromine on fluorescein; used in cosmetics and as a biological stain for studying cell structures
  • eosinopenia - a decrease in the number of eosinophils in the blood
  • eosinophil - a leukocyte readily stained with eosin
  • eosinophilia - a symptom of allergic states; increased eosinophils in the blood
  • ependyma - thin epithelial membrane lining the ventricles of the brain and the spinal cord canal
  • ephedrine - white odorless powdered or crystalline alkaloid from plants of the genus Ephedra (especially Ephedra sinica) or made synthetically; used as a bronchodilator to treat bronchitis and asthma
  • epi - a self-report personality inventory based on Hans Eysenck's factor analysis of personality which assumes three basic factors (the two most important being extraversion to introversion and neuroticism)
  • epicanthus - a vertical fold of skin over the nasal canthus; normal for Mongolian peoples; sometimes occurs in Down's syndrome
  • epicardium - the innermost of the two layers of the pericardium
  • epicondyle - a projection on a bone above a condyle serving for the attachment of muscles and ligaments
  • epicondylitis - painful inflammation of the muscles and soft tissues around an epicondyle
  • epicranium - the muscle and aponeurosis and skin covering the cranium
  • epidemic - (especially of medicine) of disease or anything resembling a disease; attacking or affecting many individuals in a community or a population simultaneously; a widespread outbreak of an infectious disease; many people are infected at the same time
  • epidemiological - of or relating to epidemiology
  • epidemiologist - a medical scientist who studies the transmission and control of epidemic diseases
  • epidemiology - the branch of medical science dealing with the transmission and control of disease
  • epidermal - of or relating to a cuticle or cuticula
  • epidermis - the outer layer of the skin covering the exterior body surface of vertebrates
  • epididymis - a convoluted tubule in each testis; carries sperm to vas deferens
  • epididymitis - painful inflammation of the epididymis
  • epidural - on or outside the dura mater; regional anesthesia resulting from injection of an anesthetic into the epidural space of the spinal cord; sensation is lost in the abdominal and genital and pelvic areas; used in childbirth and gynecological surgery
  • epigastric - lying on or over the stomach; of or relating to the anterior walls of the abdomen
  • epigastrium - the region lying on or over the stomach (just below the sternum)
  • epiglottis - a flap of cartilage that covers the windpipe while swallowing
  • epiglottitis - inflammation of the epiglottis; characterized by fever and a severe sore throat and difficulty in swallowing
  • epilation - loss of hair; the result of removing hair; the act of removing hair (as from an animal skin)
  • epilepsy - a disorder of the central nervous system characterized by loss of consciousness and convulsions
  • epilepsy - a disorder of the central nervous system characterized by loss of consciousness and convulsions
  • epileptic - of or relating to or characteristic of epilepsy; a person who has epilepsy
  • epileptic - of or relating to or characteristic of epilepsy; a person who has epilepsy
  • epinephrine - a catecholamine secreted by the adrenal medulla in response to stress (trade name Adrenalin); stimulates autonomic nerve action
  • epiphenomenon - a secondary phenomenon that is a by-product of another phenomenon
  • epiphora - repetition of the ends of two or more successive sentences, verses, etc.
  • epiphyseal - relating to the epiphysis of a bone
  • epiphysis - the end of a long bone; initially separated from the main bone by a layer of cartilage that eventually ossifies so the parts become fused; a small endocrine gland in the brain; situated beneath the back part of the corpus callosum; secretes melatonin
  • episcleritis - inflammation of the sclera of the eye
  • episiotomy - surgical incision of the perineum to enlarge the vagina and so facilitate delivery during childbirth
  • episode - a brief section of a literary or dramatic work that forms part of a connected series; a part of a broadcast serial; a happening that is distinctive in a series of related events; film consisting of a succession of related shots that develop a given subject in a movie
  • episodic - limited in duration to a single episode; occurring or appearing at usually irregular intervals; of writing or narration; divided into or composed of episodes
  • epispadias - a congenital abnormality in males in which the urethra is on the upper surface of the penis
  • epistaxis - bleeding from the nose
  • epithelial - of or belonging to the epithelium
  • epithelioma - a malignant tumor of the epithelial tissue
  • epithelium - membranous tissue covering internal organs and other internal surfaces of the body
  • eponym - the name derived from a person (real or imaginary); the person for whom something is named
  • epstein - British sculptor (born in the United States) noted for busts and large controversial works (1880-1959)
  • equal - well matched; having the same quantity, value, or measure as another; equal in amount or value; a person who is of equal standing with another in a group; make equal, uniform, corresponding, or matching; be identical or equivalent to; be equal to in quality or ability
  • equality - the quality of being the same in quantity or measure or value or status; a state of being essentially equal or equivalent; equally balanced
  • equally - to the same degree (often followed by `as'); in equal amounts or shares; in a balanced or impartial way
  • equator - an imaginary line around the Earth forming the great circle that is equidistant from the north and south poles; a circle dividing a sphere or other surface into two usually equal and symmetrical parts
  • equilibrium - a sensory system located in structures of the inner ear that registers the orientation of the head; a stable situation in which forces cancel one another; a chemical reaction and its reverse proceed at equal rates; equality of distribution
  • equipment - an instrumentality needed for an undertaking or to perform a service
  • equipped - carrying weapons; provided or fitted out with what is necessary or useful or appropriate; prepared with proper equipment: provided with whatever is necessary for a purpose (as furniture or equipment or authority)
  • equivalent - being essentially equal to something; equal in amount or value; the atomic weight of an element that has the same combining capacity as a given weight of another element; the standard is 8 for oxygen; a person or thing equal to another in value or measure or force or effect or significance etc
  • er - a room in a hospital or clinic staffed and equipped to provide emergency care to persons requiring immediate medical treatment: a trivalent metallic element of the rare earth group; occurs with yttrium
  • eradicate - kill in large numbers; destroy completely, as if down to the roots
  • eradication - the complete destruction of every trace of something
  • erect - upright in position or posture; of sexual organs; stiff and rigid: construct, build, or erect; cause to rise up
  • erectile - filled with vascular sinuses and capable of becoming distended and rigid as the result of being filled with blood; capable of being raised to an upright position
  • erection - a structure that has been erected; an erect penis; the act of building or putting up
  • erethism - an abnormally high degree of irritability or sensitivity to stimulation of an organ or body part
  • erg - a cgs unit of work or energy; the work done by a force of one dyne acting over a distance of one centimeter
  • ergonomic - of or relating to ergonomics
  • ergonomics - the branch of engineering science in which biological science is used to study the relation between workers and their environments
  • ergot - a fungus that infects various cereal plants forming compact black masses of branching filaments that replace many grains of the plant; source of medicinally important alkaloids and of lysergic acid: a plant disease caused by the ergot fungus
  • ergotamine - an alkaloid derived from ergot that is less toxic than ergot; causes constriction of blood vessels and is used to treat migraine
  • ergotism - poisoning by ingestion of ergot-infected grain products; characterized by thirst and diarrhea and nausea and craming and vomiting and abnormal cardiac rhythms; in severe cases it can cause seizures and gangrene of the limbs
  • ernst - painter (born in Germany, resident of France and the United States) who was a cofounder of dadaism; developed the technique of collage (1891-1976)
  • erogenous - sensitive to sexual stimulation
  • erosion - (geology) the mechanical process of wearing or grinding something down (as by particles washing over it); a gradual decline of something; condition in which the earth's surface is worn away by the action of water and wind; erosion by chemical action
  • erotic - giving sexual pleasure; sexually arousing; an erotic person
  • error - (baseball) a failure of a defensive player to make an out when normal play would have sufficed; departure from what is ethically acceptable; a misconception resulting from incorrect information; part of a statement that is not correct; (computer science) the occurrence of an incorrect result produced by a computer; a wrong action attributable to bad judgment or ignorance or inattention; inadvertent incorrectness
  • eructation - a reflex that expels wind noisily from the stomach through the mouth; (of volcanos) pouring out fumes of lava (or a deposit so formed)
  • erupt - become active and spew forth lava and rocks; erupt or intensify suddenly; become raw or open; start abruptly; appear on the skin; break out; start to burn or burst into flames; force out or release suddenly and often violently something pent up
  • eruption - the emergence of a tooth as it breaks through the gum: (of volcanos) pouring out fumes of lava (or a deposit so formed): symptom consisting of a breaking out and becoming visible; a sudden very loud noise; a sudden violent spontaneous occurrence (usually of some undesirable condition); the sudden occurrence of a violent discharge of steam and volcanic material
  • erysipelas - an acute streptococcal infection characterized by deep-red inflammation of the skin and mucous membranes
  • erythema - abnormal redness of the skin resulting from dilation of blood vessels (as in sunburn or inflammation)
  • erythematous - relating to or characterized by erythema
  • erythroblast - a nucleated cell in bone marrow from which red blood cells develop
  • erythroblastosis - a blood disease characterized by the abnormal presence of erythroblasts in the blood
  • erythrocyte - a mature blood cell that contains hemoglobin to carry oxygen to the bodily tissues; a biconcave disc that has no nucleus
  • erythroderma - any skin disorder involving abnormal redness
  • erythromycin - an antibiotic (trade name Erythrocin or E-Mycin or Ethril or Ilosone or Pediamycin) obtained from the actinomycete Streptomyces erythreus; effective against many Gram-positive bacteria and some Gram-negative
  • erythropoiesis - the process of producing red blood cells by the stem cells in the bone marrow
  • erythropoietin - a glycoprotein secreted by the kidneys that stimulates the production of red blood cells
  • es - a radioactive transuranic element produced by bombarding plutonium with neutrons
  • escape - the act of escaping physically; a means or way of escaping; an avoidance of danger or difficulty; an inclination to retreat from unpleasant realities through diversion or fantasy; the unwanted discharge of a fluid from some container; a plant originally cultivated but now growing wild; nonperformance of something distasteful (as by deceit or trickery) that you are supposed to do; a valve in a container in which pressure can build up (as a steam boiler); it opens automatically when the pressure reaches a dangerous level; issue or leak, as from a small opening; run away from confinement; remove oneself from a familiar environment, usually for pleasure or diversion; fail to experience; escape potentially unpleasant consequences; get away with a forbidden action; flee; take to one's heels; cut and run; be incomprehensible to; escape understanding by
  • escaped - having escaped, especially from confinement
  • eschar - a dry scab formed on the skin following a burn or cauterization of the skin
  • escherichia - a genus of enteric bacteria
  • escort - the act of accompanying someone or something in order to protect them; an attendant who is employed to accompany someone; someone who escorts and protects a prominent person; a participant in a date; accompany as an escort; accompany or escort
  • esm - electronic warfare undertaken under direct control of an operational commander to locate sources of radiated electromagnetic energy for the purpose of immediate threat recognition
  • esophageal - relating to the esophagus
  • esophagus - the passage between the pharynx and the stomach
  • esotropia - strabismus in which one or both eyes turn inward toward the nose
  • especially - to a distinctly greater extent or degree than is common: in a special manner
  • esr - microwave spectroscopy in which there is resonant absorption of radiation by a paramagnet; the rate at which red blood cells settle out in a tube of blood under standardized conditions; a high rate usually indicates the presence of inflammation
  • essence - any substance possessing to a high degree the predominant properties of a plant or drug or other natural product from which it is extracted; a toiletry that emits and diffuses a fragrant odor; the choicest or most essential or most vital part of some idea or experience; the central meaning or theme of a speech or literary work
  • essential - basic and fundamental; absolutely required and not to be used up or sacrificed; absolutely necessary; vitally necessary; being or relating to or containing the essence of a plant etc; defining rights and duties as opposed to giving the rules by which rights and duties are established; of the greatest importance; anything indispensable
  • est - standard time in the 5th time zone west of Greenwich, reckoned at the 75th meridian; used in the eastern United States
  • establish - use as a basis for; found on; set up or lay the groundwork for; bring about; set up or found; establish the validity of something, as by an example, explanation or experiment; institute, enact, or establish; place; build or establish something abstract
  • established - introduced from another region and persisting without cultivation; brought about or set up or accepted; especially long established; shown to be valid beyond a reasonable doubt; securely established; conforming with accepted standards; settled securely and unconditionally
  • esteem - the condition of being honored (esteemed or respected or well regarded); an attitude of admiration or esteem; a feeling of delighted approval and liking; look on as or consider; regard highly; think much of
  • ester - formed by reaction between an acid and an alcohol with elimination of water
  • estimate - a judgment of the qualities of something or somebody; an approximate calculation of quantity or degree or worth; the respect with which a person is held; a statement indicating the likely cost of some job; a document appraising the value of something (as for insurance or taxation); judge tentatively or form an estimate of (quantities or time); judge to be probable
  • estonia - a republic in northeastern Europe on the Baltic Sea
  • estradiol - the most powerful female hormone that occurs naturally; synthesized and used to treat estrogen deficiency and breast cancer
  • estriol - a naturally occurring estrogenic hormone; a synthetic form is used to treat estrogen deficiency
  • estrogen - a general term for female steroid sex hormones that are secreted by the ovary and responsible for typical female sexual characteristics
  • estrogenic - relating to or caused by estrogen
  • estrone - a naturally occurring weak estrogenic hormone secreted by the mammalian ovary; synthesized (trade name Estronol) and used to treat estrogen deficiency
  • ethanol - the intoxicating agent in fermented and distilled liquors; used pure or denatured as a solvent or in medicines and colognes and cleaning solutions and rocket fuel; proposed as a renewable clean-burning additive to gasoline
  • ethene - a flammable colorless gaseous alkene; obtained from petroleum and natural gas and used in manufacturing many other chemicals; sometimes used as an anesthetic
  • ether - a colorless volatile highly inflammable liquid formerly used as an inhalation anesthetic; a medium that was once supposed to fill all space and to support the propagation of electromagnetic waves; any of a class of organic compounds that have two hydrocarbon groups linked by an oxygen atom; the fifth and highest element after air and earth and fire and water; was believed to be the substance composing all heavenly bodies
  • ethical - conforming to accepted standards of social or professional behavior; adhering to ethical and moral principles; of or relating to the philosophical study of ethics
  • ethics - the philosophical study of moral values and rules: motivation based on ideas of right and wrong
  • ethmoid - one of the eight bones of the cranium; a small bone filled with air spaces that forms part of the eye sockets and the nasal cavity
  • ethnic - not acknowledging the God of Christianity and Judaism and Islam; denoting or deriving from or distinctive of the ways of living built up by a group of people; a person who is a member of an ethnic group
  • ethyl - the univalent hydrocarbon radical C2H5 derived from ethane by the removal of one hydrogen atom
  • ethylene - a flammable colorless gaseous alkene; obtained from petroleum and natural gas and used in manufacturing many other chemicals; sometimes used as an anesthetic
  • etiology - the philosophical study of causation; the cause of a disease
  • eu - an international organization of European countries formed after World War II to reduce trade barriers and increase cooperation among its members; a bivalent and trivalent metallic element of the rare earth group
  • eubacteria - a large group of bacteria having rigid cell walls; motile types have flagella
  • eucalyptus - a tree of the genus Eucalyptus; wood of any of various eucalyptus trees valued as timber
  • eugenics - the study of methods of improving genetic qualities by selective breeding (especially as applied to human mating)
  • eunuch - a man who has been castrated and is incapable of reproduction
  • euphemistic - of an inoffensive substitute for offensive terminology
  • euphoria - a feeling of great (usually exaggerated) elation
  • eustachio - Italian anatomist who was one of the fathers of modern anatomy; noted for descriptions of the ear and the heart (1520-1574)
  • euthanasia - the act of killing someone painlessly (especially someone suffering from an incurable illness)
  • ev - a unit of energy equal to the work done by an electron accelerated through a potential difference of 1 volt
  • evacuant - strongly laxative
  • evacuate - excrete or discharge from the body; empty completely: create a vacuum in (a bulb, flask, reaction vessel); move out of an unsafe location into safety; move people from their homes or country
  • evacuation - the act of evacuating; leaving a place in an orderly fashion; especially for protection; the act of removing the contents of something; the bodily process of discharging waste matter
  • evaluate - form a critical opinion of; place a value on; judge the worth of something
  • evaluation - act of ascertaining or fixing the value or worth of; an appraisal of the value of something
  • evaporation - the process of extracting moisture; the process of becoming a vapor
  • even - equal in degree or extent or amount; or equally matched or balanced; being level or straight or regular and without variation as e.g. in shape or texture; or being in the same plane or at the same height as something else (i.e. even with); divisible by two; occurring at fixed intervals; symmetrically arranged; of the score in a contest: used as an intensive especially to indicate something unexpected; to a greater degree or extent; used with comparisons; in spite of; notwithstanding; to the full extent; the latter part of the day (the period of decreasing daylight from late afternoon until nightfall): make even or more even; become even or more even; make level or straight
  • evening - the latter part of the day (the period of decreasing daylight from late afternoon until nightfall); the early part of night (from dinner until bedtime) spent in a special way; a later concluding time period
  • event - something that happens at a given place and time; a phenomenon located at a single point in space-time; the fundamental observational entity in relativity theory; a special set of circumstances; a phenomenon that follows and is caused by some previous phenomenon
  • eventration - protrusion of the intestine through the abdominal wall
  • eventually - within an indefinite time or at an unspecified future time; after a long period of time or an especially long delay
  • ever - at any time; (intensifier for adjectives) very; at all times; all the time and on every occasion
  • eversion - the position of being turned outward; the act of turning inside out
  • every - (used of count nouns) each and all of the members of a group considered singly and without exception; each and all of a series of entities or intervals as specified
  • everyday - commonplace and ordinary; found in the ordinary course of events; suited for everyday use
  • everywhere - to or in any or all places
  • evidence - your basis for belief or disbelief; knowledge on which to base belief; an indication that makes something evident; (law) all the means by which any alleged matter of fact whose truth is investigated at judicial trial is established or disproved; provide evidence for; stand as proof of; show by one's behavior, attitude, or external attributes; give evidence; provide evidence for
  • evisceration - altering something (as a legislative act or a statement) in such a manner as to reduce its value; surgical removal of an organ (or the contents of an organ) from a patient; the act of removing the bowels or viscera; the act of cutting so as to cause the viscera to protrude
  • evolution - (biology) the sequence of events involved in the evolutionary development of a species or taxonomic group of organisms; a process in which something passes by degrees to a different stage (especially a more advanced or mature stage)
  • exacerbate - exasperate or irritate; make worse
  • exacerbating - making worse
  • exacerbation - violent and bitter exasperation; action that makes a problem or a disease (or its symptoms) worse
  • exact - marked by strict and particular and complete accordance with fact; (of ideas, images, representations, expressions) characterized by perfect conformity to fact or truth ; strictly correct: take as an undesirable consequence of some event or state of affairs; claim as due or just
  • exactly - indicating exactness or preciseness; in a precise manner: just as it should be
  • exam - a set of questions or exercises evaluating skill or knowledge
  • examination - the act of examining something closely (as for mistakes); the act of giving students or candidates a test (as by questions) to determine what they know or have learned; a set of questions or exercises evaluating skill or knowledge; a detailed inspection of your conscience (as done daily by Jesuits); formal systematic questioning
  • examine - question closely; observe, check out, and look over carefully or inspect; consider in detail and subject to an analysis in order to discover essential features or meaning; question or examine thoroughly and closely; put to the test, as for its quality, or give experimental use to
  • example - an item of information that is representative of a type: punishment intended as a warning to others; a task performed or problem solved in order to develop skill or understanding; something to be imitated; a representative form or pattern; an occurrence of something
  • exanthem - eruption on the skin occurring as a symptom of a disease
  • excavator - a workman who excavates for foundations of buildings or for quarrying; a machine for excavating
  • exceed - go beyond; go beyond; be or do something to a greater degree
  • excellence - the quality of excelling; possessing good qualities in high degree; an outstanding feature; something in which something or someone excels
  • except - prevent from being included or considered or accepted: take exception to
  • exception - a deliberate act of omission; an instance that does not conform to a rule or generalization; grounds for adverse criticism
  • excess - more than is needed, desired, or required; immoderation as a consequence of going beyond sufficient or permitted limits; a quantity much larger than is needed; excessive indulgence; the state of being more than full
  • excessive - beyond normal limits; unrestrained, especially with regard to feelings
  • excessively - to an excessive degree
  • exchange - (chess) the capture by both players (usually on consecutive moves) of pieces of equal value; (chess) gaining (or losing) a rook in return for a knight or bishop; reciprocal transfer of equivalent sums of money especially the currencies of different countries; the act of giving something in return for something received; the act of changing one thing for another thing; a workplace for buying and selling; open only to members; a mutual expression of views (especially an unpleasant one); chemical process in which one atom or ion or group changes places with another; the act of putting one thing or person in the place of another: "he sent Smith in for Jones but the substitution came too late to help"; (sports) an unbroken sequence of several successive strokes; a workplace that serves as a telecommunications facility where lines from telephones can be connected together to permit communication; give to, and receive from, one another; hand over one and receive another, approximately equivalent; change over, change around, as to a new order or sequence; exchange or replace with another, usually of the same kind or category; exchange a penalty for a less severe one
  • exchanged - changed for (replaced by) something different
  • excise - a tax that is measured by the amount of business done (not on property or income from real estate); remove by cutting; levy an excise tax on; remove by erasing or crossing out or as if by drawing a line
  • excision - the act of pulling up or out; uprooting; cutting off from existence; the act of banishing a member of a church from the communion of believers and the privileges of the church; cutting a person off from a religious society; surgical removal of a body part or tissue; the omission that is made when an editorial change shortens a written passage
  • excitation - something that agitates and arouses; the neural or electrical arousal of an organ or muscle or gland; the state of being emotionally aroused and worked up
  • excitatory - (of drugs e.g.) able to excite or stimulate
  • excite - produce a magnetic field in; raise to a higher energy level: arouse or elicit a feeling; act as a stimulant; stir the feelings, emotions, or peace of; stimulate sexually; cause to be agitated, excited, or roused; stir feelings in
  • excited - in an aroused state; (of persons) excessively affected by emotion; (of e.g. a molecule) made reactive or more reactive: marked by uncontrolled excitement or emotion
  • excitement - the state of being emotionally aroused and worked up: disturbance usually in protest; something that agitates and arouses: the feeling of lively and cheerful joy
  • exclude - prevent from being included or considered or accepted: prevent from entering; shut out; lack or fail to include; prevent from entering; keep out; put out or expel from a place
  • exclusively - without any others being included or involved
  • excoriation - severe censure; an abraded area where the skin is torn or worn off
  • excrement - waste matter (as urine or sweat but especially feces) discharged from the body
  • excrescence - (pathology) an abnormal outgrowth or enlargement of some part of the body; something that bulges out or is protuberant or projects from its surroundings
  • excreta - waste matter (as urine or sweat but especially feces) discharged from the body
  • excrete - eliminate from the body
  • excretion - the bodily process of discharging waste matter; waste matter (as urine or sweat but especially feces) discharged from the body
  • excruciating - extremely painful
  • executive - having the function of carrying out plans or orders etc.: persons who administer the law; a person responsible for the administration of a business; someone who manages a government agency or department
  • exenteration - surgical removal of the organs within a body cavity (as those of the pelvis)
  • exercise - the activity of exerting your muscles in various ways to keep fit; a task performed or problem solved in order to develop skill or understanding; systematic training by multiple repetitions; (usually plural) a ceremony that involves processions and speeches; the act of using; do physical exercise; give a workout to; learn by repetition: put to use; carry out or practice; as of jobs and professions
  • exercising - the activity of exerting your muscles in various ways to keep fit
  • exert - put to use; make a great effort at a mental or physical task: have and exercise
  • exertion - use of physical or mental energy; hard work
  • exfoliation - the peeling off in flakes or scales of bark or dead skin: a thin flake of dead epidermis shed from the surface of the skin
  • exhalation - the act of expelling air from the lungs; exhaled breath
  • exhale - expel air; give out (breath or an odor)
  • exhaust - system consisting of the parts of an engine through which burned gases or steam are discharged; gases ejected from an engine as waste products; wear out completely; use up the whole supply of; create a vacuum in (a bulb, flask, reaction vessel); use up (resources or materials); deplete
  • exhausted - completely emptied of resources or properties; drained physically; drained of energy or effectiveness; extremely tired; completely exhausted
  • exhaustion - the act of exhausting something entirely; extreme fatigue; serious weakening and loss of energy
  • exhibitionism - the perverse act of exposing and attracting attention to your own genitals; extravagant and conspicuous behavior intended to attract attention to yourself
  • exist - have an existence, be extant; support oneself
  • existence - everything that exists anywhere; the state or fact of existing
  • existing - presently existing; existing in something specified; having existence or being or actuality
  • exit - the act of going out; an opening that permits escape or release; euphemistic expressions for death; lose the lead; move out of or depart from; pass from physical life and lose all bodily attributes and functions necessary to sustain life
  • exocrine - of or relating to exocrine glands or their secretions; a gland that secretes externally through a duct
  • exogenous - derived or originating externally
  • exomphalos - an umbilical hernia at birth in which some abdominal organs push into the umbilical cord
  • exophthalmos - protrusion of the eyeball from the socket
  • exoskeleton - the exterior protective or supporting structure or shell of many animals (especially invertebrates) including bony or horny parts such as nails or scales or hoofs
  • exostosis - a benign outgrowth from a bone (usually covered with cartilage)
  • exotic - strikingly strange or unusual; being or from or characteristic of another place or part of the world
  • exotoxin - a toxin that is secreted by microorganisms into the surrounding medium
  • exotropia - strabismus in which one or both eyes are directed outward
  • expand - become larger in size or volume or quantity; make bigger or wider in size, volume, or quantity; extend in one or more directions; exaggerate or make bigger; grow stronger; expand the influence of; add details, as to an account or idea; clarify the meaning of and discourse in a learned way, usually in writing
  • expanded - increased in extent or size or bulk or scope
  • expansion - the act of increasing (something) in size or volume or quantity or scope; adding information or detail; a discussion that provides additional information
  • expect - look forward to the birth of a child; consider reasonable or due; regard something as probable or likely; look forward to the probable occurrence of; be pregnant with; consider obligatory; request and expect
  • expectancy - something expected (as on the basis of a norm): pleasurable expectation
  • expectant - in an advanced stage of pregnancy; marked by eager anticipation
  • expected - considered likely or probable to happen or arrive: expected to become or be; in prospect; looked forward to as probable
  • expectorant - a medicine promoting expectoration
  • expectorate - discharge (phlegm or sputum) from the lungs and out of the mouth; clear out the chest and lungs
  • expectoration - the process of coughing up and spitting out; the act of spitting (forcefully expelling saliva)
  • expel - put out or expel from a place; force to leave or move out: eliminate (substances) from the body; cause to flee; remove from a position or office
  • expensive - high in price or charging high prices
  • experience - the accumulation of knowledge or skill that results from direct participation in events or activities; the content of direct observation or participation in an event; an event as apprehended: go through (mental or physical states or experiences); go or live through; undergo; have firsthand knowledge of states, situations, emotions, or sensations; undergo an emotional sensation
  • experienced - having experience; having knowledge or skill from observation or participation
  • experiential - derived from experience or the experience of existence; relating to or resulting from experience
  • experiment - the act of conducting a controlled test or investigation: a venture at something new or different; the testing of an idea; to conduct a test or investigation; try something new, as in order to gain experience
  • experimental - relying on observation or experiment; of the nature of or undergoing an experiment; relating to or based on experiment
  • expert - having or showing knowledge and skill and aptitude; a person with special knowledge or ability who performs skillfully
  • expertise - skillfulness by virtue of possessing special knowledge
  • expiration - the act of expelling air from the lungs; euphemistic expressions for death; a coming to an end of a contract period
  • expiratory - of or relating to the breathing out phase of respiration
  • expire - expel air; pass from physical life and lose all bodily attributes and functions necessary to sustain life; lose validity
  • explain - make plain and comprehensible; define; serve as a reason or cause or justification of
  • explanation - thought that makes something comprehensible; a statement that makes something comprehensible by describing the relevant structure or operation or circumstances etc.; the act of explaining; making something plain or intelligible
  • exploitation - an act that exploits or victimizes someone (treats them unfairly); the act of making some area of land or water more profitable or productive or useful
  • exploration - to travel for the purpose of discovery; a careful systematic search; a systematic consideration
  • exploratory - serving in or intended for exploration or discovery
  • explore - examine (organs) for diagnostic purposes; examine minutely; travel to or penetrate into; inquire into
  • explosion - the act of exploding or bursting something; a golf shot from a bunker that typically moves sand as well as the golf ball; a sudden outburst; a violent release of energy caused by a chemical or nuclear reaction; the noise caused by an explosion; a sudden great increase; the terminal forced release of pressure built up during the occlusive phase of a stop consonant
  • expose - the exposure of an impostor or a fraud; abandon by leaving out in the open air; expose or make accessible to some action or influence; expose to light, of photographic film; to show, make visible or apparent; expose while ridiculing; especially of pretentious or false claims and ideas; make known to the public information that was previously known only to a few people or that was meant to be kept a secret; put in a dangerous, disadvantageous, or difficult position; remove all or part of one's clothes to show one's body; disclose to view as by removing a cover
  • exposed - not covered with clothing; with no protection or shield
  • exposure - the act of subjecting someone to an influencing experience; abandoning without shelter or protection (as by leaving as infant out in the open); presentation to view in an open or public manner; the act of exposing film to light; vulnerability to the elements; to the action of heat or cold or wind or rain; aspect re light or wind; the disclosure of something secret; the intensity of light falling on a photographic film or plate; a picture of a person or scene in the form of a print or transparent slide; recorded by a camera on light-sensitive material; the state of being vulnerable or exposed
  • express - not tacit or implied; without unnecessary stops; by express; rapid transport of goods; public transport consisting of a fast train or bus that makes only a few scheduled stops; mail that is distributed by a rapid and efficient system; articulate; either verbally or with a cry, shout, or noise; give expression to; send by rapid transport or special messenger service; indicate through a symbol, formula, etc.; manifest the effects of (a gene or genetic trait); serve as a means for expressing something; obtain from a substance, as by mechanical action
  • expressed - communicated in words; precisely and clearly expressed or readily observable; leaving nothing to implication
  • expression - the act of forcing something out by squeezing or pressing; the feelings expressed on a person's face; expression without words; the communication (in speech or writing) of your beliefs or opinions; (genetics) the process of expressing a gene; a group of words that form a constituent of a sentence and are considered as a single unit; a group of symbols that make a mathematical statement; the style of expressing yourself; a word or phrase that particular people use in particular situations
  • exquisitely - in a delicate manner
  • extend - increase in quantity or bulk by adding a cheaper substance; prolong the time allowed for payment of; expand the influence of; open or straighten out; unbend; make available; provide; reach outward in space; extend one's limbs or muscles, or the entire body; thrust or extend out; continue or extend; lengthen in time; cause to be or last longer; extend in scope or range or area: use to the utmost; exert vigorously or to full capacity; cause to move at full gallop; extend or stretch out to a greater or the full length: offer verbally; stretch out over a distance, space, time, or scope; run or extend between two points or beyond a certain point; span an interval of distance, space or time
  • extended - beyond the literal or primary sense; fully extended or stretched forth; large in spatial extent or range or scope or quantity: drawn out or made longer spatially; relatively long in duration; tediously protracted
  • extension - act of expanding in scope; making more widely available; act of stretching or straightening out a flexed limb; an educational opportunity provided by colleges and universities to people who not enrolled as regular students; an additional telephone set that is connected to the same telephone line; amount or degree or range to which something extends; the ability to raise the working leg high in the air; a string of characters beginning with a period and followed by one to three letters; the optional second part of a PC computer filename; a mutually agreed delay in the date set for the completion of a job or payment of a debt; an addition that extends a main building; an addition to the length of something; the most direct or specific meaning of a word or expression; the class of objects that an expression refers to; the spreading of something (a belief or practice) into new regions
  • extensive - large in spatial extent or range or scope or quantity; of agriculture; increasing productivity by using large areas with minimal outlay and labor; broad in scope or content
  • extensor - a skeletal muscle whose contraction extends or stretches a body part
  • extent - the distance or area or volume over which something extends; the point or degree to which something extends
  • exterior - situated in or suitable for the outdoors or outside of a building; the outer side or surface of something; the region that is outside of something
  • exteriorisation - embodying in an outward form
  • exteriorization - embodying in an outward form
  • external - happening or arising or located outside or beyond some limits or especially surface; purely outward or superficial; from or between other countries; coming from the outside; outward features
  • externally - on or from the outside; with respect to the outside
  • exteroceptor - any receptor that responds to stimuli outside the body
  • extinct - (of e.g. volcanos) permanently inactive; being out or having grown cold; no longer in existence; lost or especially having died out leaving no living representatives
  • extinction - the act of extinguishing; causing to stop burning; a conditioning process in which the reinforcer is removed and a conditioned response becomes independent of the conditioned stimulus; complete annihilation; the reduction of the intensity of radiation as a consequence of absorption and radiation; no longer in existence; no longer active; extinguished
  • extirpate - surgically remove (an organ); pull up by or as if by the roots; destroy completely, as if down to the roots
  • extirpation - the act of pulling up or out; uprooting; cutting off from existence; surgical removal of a body part or tissue
  • extra - further or added; added to a regular schedule; more than is needed, desired, or required; unusually or exceptionally; something additional of the same kind; an additional edition of a newspaper (usually to report a crisis); a minor actor in crowd scenes
  • extracellular - located or occurring outside a cell or cells
  • extract - a passage selected from a larger work; a solution obtained by steeping or soaking a substance (usually in water); calculate the root of a number; remove, usually with some force or effort; also used in an abstract sense; separate (a metal) from an ore; get despite difficulties or obstacles; extract by the process of distillation: take out of a literary work in order to cite or copy; obtain from a substance, as by mechanical action; deduce (a principle) or construe (a meaning)
  • extraction - the act of pulling out (as a tooth); the process of obtaining something from a mixture or compound by chemical or physical or mechanical means; properties attributable to your ancestry
  • extractor - an instrument for extracting tight-fitting components; a mechanism in a firearm that pulls an empty shell case out of the chamber and passes it to the ejector; an apparatus that uses centrifugal force to separate particles from a suspension
  • extradural - on or outside the dura mater
  • extraordinary - (of an official) serving an unusual or special function in addition to those of the regular officials; far more than usual or expected; beyond what is ordinary or usual; highly unusual or exceptional or remarkable
  • extrasensory - seemingly outside normal sensory channels
  • extrasystole - a premature systole resulting in a momentary cardiac arrhythmia
  • extravasation - the process of exuding or passing out of a vessel into surrounding tissues; said of blood or lymph or urine; an extravasated liquid (blood or lymph or urine); the product of extravasation; (of volcanos) pouring out fumes of lava (or a deposit so formed)
  • extraversion - (psychology) an extroverted disposition; concern with what is outside the self
  • extravert - being concerned with the social and physical environment; (psychology) a person concerned more with practical realities than with inner thoughts and feelings
  • extreme - most distant in any direction; of the greatest possible degree or extent or intensity; far beyond a norm in quantity or amount or degree; to an utmost degree; beyond a norm in views or actions; the furthest or highest degree of something; the point located farthest from the middle of something
  • extremely - to an extreme degree; to a high degree or extent; favorably or with much respect; to an extreme degree or extent; to an extreme degree
  • extremity - an external body part that projects from the body; that part of a limb that is farthest from the torso; the outermost or farthest region or point; the greatest or utmost degree; an extreme condition or state (especially of adversity or disease)
  • extrinsic - not forming an essential part of a thing or arising or originating from the outside
  • extroversion - (psychology) an extroverted disposition; concern with what is outside the self
  • extrovert - being concerned with the social and physical environment; (psychology) a person concerned more with practical realities than with inner thoughts and feelings
  • extroverted - at ease in talking to others; not introspective; examining what is outside yourself; being concerned with the social and physical environment
  • exudate - a substance that oozes out from plant pores; release (a liquid) in drops or small quantities
  • exudation - the process of exuding; the slow escape of liquids from blood vessels through pores or breaks in the cell membranes; a substance that oozes out from plant pores
  • eye - a small hole or loop (as in a needle); the organ of sight; good discernment (either visually or as if visually); attention to what is seen; an area that is approximately central within some larger region; look at
  • eyeball - the ball-shaped capsule containing the vertebrate eye: look at
  • eyebath - a small vessel with a rim curved to fit the orbit of the eye; use to apply medicated or cleansing solution to the eyeball
  • eyebrow - the arch of hair above each eye
  • eyed - having an eye or eyes or eyelike feature especially as specified; often used in combination
  • eyeglasses - optical instrument consisting of a pair of lenses for correcting defective vision
  • eyelash - any of the short curved hairs that grow from the edges of the eyelids
  • eyelid - either of two folds of skin that can be moved to cover or open the eye
  • eyes - opinion or judgment
  • eyesight - normal use of the faculty of vision
  • eyestrain - a tiredness of the eyes caused by prolonged close work by a person with an uncorrected vision problem
  • eyetooth - one of the four pointed conical teeth (two in each jaw) located between the incisors and the premolars
  • fa - the syllable naming the fourth (subdominant) note of the diatonic scale in solmization
  • face - a vertical surface of a building or cliff; the side upon which the use of a thing depends (usually the most prominent surface of an object); the striking or working surface of an implement; the general outward appearance of something; status in the eyes of others; the front of the human head from the forehead to the chin and ear to ear; the part of an animal corresponding to the human face; a part of a person that is used to refer to a person; the feelings expressed on a person's face; impudent aggressiveness; a specific size and style of type within a type family; a contorted facial expression; a surface forming part of the outside of an object; cover the front or surface of: line the edge (of a garment) with a different material; turn so as to face; turn the face in a certain direction; turn so as to expose the face; be opposite; deal with (something unpleasant) head on: present somebody with something, usually to accuse or criticize: oppose, as in hostility or a competition; be oriented in a certain direction, often with respect to another reference point; be opposite to
  • faced - having a face or facing especially of a specified kind or number; often used in combination
  • facet - a smooth surface (as of a bone or cut gemstone); a distinct feature or element in a problem
  • facial - of or pertaining to the outside surface of an object; of or concerning the face; care for the face that usually involves cleansing and massage and the application of cosmetic creams; cranial nerve that supplies facial muscles
  • facilitate - make easier; increase the likelihood of (a response); be of use
  • facilitation - act of assisting or making easier the progress or improvement of something; (neurophysiology) phenomenon that occurs when two or more neural impulses that alone are not enough to trigger a response in a neuron combine to trigger an action potential; the condition of being made easy (or easier)
  • facility - a service that an organization or a piece of equipment offers you; something designed and created to serve a particular function and to afford a particular convenience or service; a building or place that provides a particular service or is used for a particular industry; a natural effortlessness; skillful performance or ability without difficulty
  • facing - a protective covering that protects the outside of a building: a lining applied to the edge of a garment for ornamentation or strengthening; an ornamental coating to a building; providing something with a surface of a different material
  • fact - a piece of information about circumstances that exist or events that have occurred; a concept whose truth can be proved; a statement or assertion of verified information about something that is the case or has happened; an event known to have happened or something known to have existed
  • factor - an independent variable in statistics; anything that contributes causally to a result; any of the numbers (or symbols) that form a product when multiplied together; (genetics) a segment of DNA that is involved in producing a polypeptide chain; it can include regions preceding and following the coding DNA as well as introns between the exons; it is considered a unit of heredity; an abstract part of something; a businessman who buys or sells for another in exchange for a commission; one of two or more integers that can be exactly divided into another integer; resolve into factors
  • factory - a plant consisting of one or more buildings with facilities for manufacturing
  • faculty - one of the inherent cognitive or perceptual powers of the mind; the body of teachers and administrators at a school
  • fade - gradually ceasing to be visible; a golf shot that curves to the right for a right-handed golfer; become less clearly visible or distinguishable; disappear gradually or seemingly; lose freshness, vigor, or vitality; become feeble; disappear gradually
  • faecal - foul with waste matter; of or relating to feces
  • faecalith - a hard mass of fecal matter
  • faeces - solid excretory product evacuated from the bowels
  • fahrenheit - German physicist who invented the mercury thermometer and developed the scale of temperature that bears his name (1686-1736)
  • fahrenheit - German physicist who invented the mercury thermometer and developed the scale of temperature that bears his name (1686-1736)
  • fail - get worse; stop operating or functioning; prove insufficient: disappoint, prove undependable to; abandon, forsake; become bankrupt or insolvent; fail financially and close; fall short in what is expected; fail to get a passing grade; judge unacceptable; be unsuccessful; fail to do something; leave something undone; be unable
  • failed - unable to meet financial obligations
  • failing - below acceptable in performance; unable to meet financial obligations; failure to reach a minimum required performance; a flaw or weak point
  • failure - an unexpected omission; an act that fails; an event that does not accomplish its intended purpose; a person with a record of failing; someone who loses consistently; loss of ability to function normally; lack of success; inability to discharge all your debts as they come due
  • faint - lacking conviction or boldness or courage; indistinctly understood or felt or perceived; deficient in magnitude; barely perceptible; lacking clarity or brightness or loudness etc; lacking strength or vigor; weak and likely to lose consciousness; lacking clarity or distinctness; a spontaneous loss of consciousness caused by insufficient blood to the brain; pass out from weakness, physical or emotional distress due to a loss of blood supply to the brain
  • faintness - barely audible; the property of being without strength; a feeling of faintness and of being ready to swoon; the quality of being dim or lacking contrast; the trait of lacking boldness and courage
  • fair - (used of hair or skin) pale or light-colored; free of clouds or rain; (of a baseball) hit between the foul lines; free from favoritism or self-interest or bias or deception; or conforming with established standards or rules; attractively feminine; not excessive or extreme: very pleasing to the eye; (of a manuscript) having few alterations or corrections; lacking exceptional quality or ability; showing lack of favoritism; without favoring one party, in a fair evenhanded manner: in conformity with the rules or laws and without fraud or cheating; a competitive exhibition of farm products; gathering of producers to promote business; a traveling show; having sideshows and rides and games of skill etc.; a sale of miscellany; often for charity; join so that the external surfaces blend smoothly
  • fairbanks - United States film actor noted for his swashbuckling roles (1883-1939); United States film actor; son of Douglas Elton Fairbanks, (1909-2000)
  • faith - loyalty or allegiance to a cause or a person; complete confidence in a person or plan etc; a strong belief in a supernatural power or powers that control human destiny; an institution to express belief in a divine power
  • falciform - curved like a sickle
  • fall - a lapse into sin; a loss of innocence or of chastity; a movement downward; a sudden decline in strength or number or importance: when a wrestler's shoulders are forced to the mat; the lapse of mankind into sinfulness because of the sin of Adam and Eve; the season when the leaves fall from the trees; the act of surrendering (under agreed conditions); a sudden drop from an upright position; a sudden sharp decrease in some quantity; a free and rapid descent by the force of gravity; a downward slope or bend; the time of day immediately following sunset; pass suddenly and passively into a state of body or mind; come as if by falling; go as if by falling; occur at a specified time or place; begin vigorously; be born, used chiefly of lambs; come out; issue; be cast down; assume a disappointed or sad expression; descend in free fall under the influence of gravity: drop oneself to a lower or less erect position; lose an upright position suddenly; slope downward; move in a specified direction: be inherited by; fall to somebody by assignment or lot; be captured: to be given by assignment or distribution; to be given by right or inheritance; lose office or power; suffer defeat, failure, or ruin; yield to temptation or sin; lose one's chastity; touch or seem as if touching visually or audibly; die, as in battle or in a hunt; be due; come under, be classified or included; decrease in size, extent, or range; fall or flow in a certain way; move downward and lower, but not necessarily all the way; come into the possession of; fall from clouds
  • fallen - killed in battle; having lost your chastity; having fallen in or collapsed; having dropped by the force of gravity
  • falling - becoming lower or less in degree or value; decreasing in amount or degree; coming down freely under the influence of gravity
  • fallopio - Italian anatomist who first described the Fallopian tubes (1523-1562)
  • fallot - French physician who described cardiac anomalies including Fallot's tetralogy (1850-1911)
  • fallout - the radioactive particles that settle to the ground after a nuclear explosion; any adverse and unwanted secondary effect
  • falls - the petals or sepals of a flower that bend downward (especially the outer perianth of an iris); a steep descent of the water of a river
  • false - (used especially of persons) not dependable in devotion or affection; unfaithful; arising from error; inaccurate in pitch; designed to deceive; deliberately deceptive; not in accordance with the fact or reality or actuality; erroneous and usually accidental; adopted in order to deceive; not genuine or real; being an imitation of the genuine article; inappropriate to reality or facts; in a disloyal and faithless manner
  • familial - tending to occur among members of a family usually by heredity; relating to or having the characteristics of a family
  • familiar - having mutual interests or affections; of established friendship; well known or easily recognized; within normal everyday experience; common and ordinary; not strange; (usually followed by `with') well informed about or knowing thoroughly; a spirit (usually in animal form) that acts as an assistant to a witch or wizard; a person attached to the household of a high official (as a pope or bishop) who renders service in return for support; a person who is frequently in the company of another
  • family - primary social group; parents and children; people descended from a common ancestor; a social unit living together: (biology) a taxonomic group containing one or more genera; an association of people who share common beliefs or activities; a collection of things sharing a common attribute; a loose affiliation of gangsters in charge of organized criminal activities; a person having kinship with another or others
  • famotidine - a histamine blocker (trade name Pepcid) used to treat peptic ulcers and gastritis and esophageal reflux
  • fantasise - portray in the mind; indulge in fantasies
  • fantasize - portray in the mind; indulge in fantasies
  • fantasy - imagination unrestricted by reality; fiction with a large amount of imagination in it; something many people believe that is false; indulge in fantasies
  • far - at a great distance in time or space or degree; being of a considerable distance or length; beyond a norm in opinion or actions; being the animal or vehicle on the right or being on the right side of an animal or vehicle; at or to or from a great distance in space; remote in time; to a considerable degree; very much; at or to a certain point or degree; to an advanced stage or point; a terrorist organization that seeks to overthrow the government dominated by Tutsi and to institute Hutu control again
  • fare - the food and drink that are regularly consumed; a paying (taxi) passenger; the sum charged for riding in a public conveyance; an agenda of things to do; eat well; proceed or get along
  • farinaceous - composed of or covered with particles resembling meal in texture or consistency; resembling starch
  • farm - workplace consisting of farm buildings and cultivated land as a unit; collect fees or profits; be a farmer; work as a farmer; cultivate by growing, often involving improvements by means of agricultural techniques
  • farthest - (comparatives of `far') most remote in space or time or order; to the greatest distance in space or time (`farthest' is used more often than `furthest' in this physical sense); to the greatest degree or extent or most advanced stage (`furthest' is used more often than `farthest' in this abstract sense)
  • fascia - a sheet or band of fibrous connective tissue separating or binding together muscles and organs etc
  • fasciculation - muscular twitching of contiguous groups of muscle fibers
  • fasciculus - a bundle of fibers (especially nerve fibers)
  • fascioliasis - infestation with the liver fluke Fasciola hepatica; liver damage sometimes occurs; related to liver rot
  • fasciolopsis - a genus of Fasciolidae
  • fashioned - planned and made or fashioned artistically
  • fast - acting or moving or capable of acting or moving quickly; at a rapid tempo; (used of timepieces) indicating a time ahead of or later than the correct time; securely fixed in place; resistant to destruction or fading; (of surfaces) conducive to rapid speeds; unwavering in devotion to friend or vow or cause; hurried and brief; unrestrained by convention or morality; firmly fastened or secured against opening: quickly or rapidly (often used as a combining form); firmly or tightly: abstaining from food; abstain from eating; abstain from certain foods, as for religious or medical reasons
  • fastened - firmly closed or secured; fastened with strings or cords: furnished or closed with buttons or something buttonlike
  • faster - more quickly
  • fat - a chubby body; having much flesh (especially fat); marked by great fruitfulness; lucrative; having a relatively large diameter: containing or composed of fat; a soft greasy substance occurring in organic tissue and consisting of a mixture of lipids (mostly triglycerides); excess bodily weight; a kind of body tissue containing stored fat that serves as a source of energy; it also cushions and insulates vital organs; make fat or plump
  • fatal - controlled or decreed by fate; predetermined; bringing death: having momentous consequences; of decisive importance; (of events) having extremely unfortunate or dire consequences; bringing ruin
  • fatality - the quality of being able to cause death or fatal disasters; a death resulting from an accident or a disaster
  • fatally - with fatal consequences or implications
  • father - God when considered as the first person in the Trinity; a male parent (also used as a term of address to your father); `Father' is a term of address for priests in some churches (especially the Roman Catholic Church or the Orthodox Catholic Church); `Padre' is frequently used in the military; a person who holds an important or distinguished position in some organization; (Christianity) any of about 70 theologians in the period from the 2nd to the 7th century whose writing established and confirmed official church doctrine; in the Roman Catholic Church some were later declared saints and became Doctor of the Church; the best known Latin Church Fathers are Ambrose, Augustine, Gregory the Great, and Jerome; those who wrote in Greek include Athanasius, Basil, Gregory Nazianzen, and John Chrysostom; the head of an organized crime family; the founder of a family; a person who founds or establishes some institution; make children
  • fatigue - (always used with a modifier) boredom resulting from overexposure to something; temporary loss of strength and energy resulting from hard physical or mental work; used of materials (especially metals) in a weakened state caused by long stress; labor of a nonmilitary kind done by soldiers (cleaning or digging or draining or so on); exhaust or get tired through overuse or great strain or stress; get tired of something or somebody
  • fatigued - drained of energy or effectiveness; extremely tired; completely exhausted
  • fatty - containing or composed of fat; a rotund individual
  • fauces - the passage between the back of the mouth and the pharynx
  • fault - (sports) a serve that is illegal (e.g., that lands outside the prescribed area); responsibility for a bad situation or event: (electronics) equipment failure attributable to some defect in a circuit (loose connection or insulation failure or short circuit etc.); (geology) a crack in the earth's crust resulting from the displacement of one side with respect to the other; a wrong action attributable to bad judgment or ignorance or inattention; the quality of being inadequate or falling short of perfection; an imperfection in a device or machine: put or pin the blame on
  • faulty - characterized by errors; having a defect
  • favism - anemia resulting from eating fava beans; victims have an inherited blood abnormality and enzyme deficiency
  • favus - a contagious fungal infection of the scalp; occurs mainly in Africa and the Middle East
  • fda - a federal agency in the Department of Health and Human Services established to regulate the release of new foods and health-related products
  • fe - a heavy ductile magnetic metallic element; is silver-white in pure form but readily rusts; used in construction and tools and armament; plays a role in the transport of oxygen by the blood
  • fear - an emotion experienced in anticipation of some specific pain or danger (usually accompanied by a desire to flee or fight); a profound emotion inspired by a deity; an anxious feeling; be afraid or scared of; be frightened of; be uneasy or apprehensive about; be sorry; used to introduce an unpleasant statement; be afraid or feel anxious or apprehensive about a possible or probable situation or event; regard with feelings of respect and reverence; consider hallowed or exalted or be in awe of
  • feature - an article of merchandise that is displayed or advertised more than other articles; the characteristic parts of a person's face: eyes and nose and mouth and chin; a prominent aspect of something; a special or prominent article in a newspaper or magazine; the principal (full-length) film in a program at a movie theater; have as a feature; wear or display in an ostentatious or proud manner
  • febrifuge - any medicine that lowers body temperature to prevent or alleviate fever
  • febrile - of or relating to or characterized by fever
  • fecal - foul with waste matter; of or relating to feces
  • fecundation - making fertile as by applying fertilizer or manure: creation by the physical union of male and female gametes; of sperm and ova in an animal or pollen and ovule in a plant
  • fed - the central bank of the United States; incorporates 12 Federal Reserve branch banks and all national banks and state charted commercial banks and some trust companies; any federal law-enforcement officer
  • federation - the act of constituting a political unity out of a number of separate states or colonies or provinces so that each member retains the management of its internal affairs; an organization formed by merging several groups or parties; a union of political organizations
  • fee - an interest in land capable of being inherited; a fixed charge for a privilege or for professional services; give a tip or gratuity to in return for a service, beyond the compensation agreed on
  • feeble - lacking strength; pathetically lacking in force or effectiveness; lacking physical strength or vitality; lacking strength or vigor
  • feed - food for domestic livestock; introduce continuously; give food to; take in food; used of animals only; serve as food for; be the food for; feed into; supply; provide as food; gratify; support or promote: provide with fertilizers or add nutrients to; profit from in an exploitatory manner; move along, of liquids
  • feedback - response to an inquiry or experiment; the process in which part of the output of a system is returned to its input in order to regulate its further output
  • feeding - the act of supplying food and nourishment; the act of consuming food
  • feel - manual stimulation of the genital area for sexual pleasure; an intuitive awareness; a property perceived by touch; the general atmosphere of a place or situation and the effect that it has on people; seem with respect to a given sensation given; have a feeling or perception about oneself in reaction to someone's behavior or attitude; examine by touch; pass one's hands over the sexual organs of; undergo an emotional sensation; perceive by a physical sensation, e.g., coming from the skin or muscles; undergo passive experience of:"We felt the effects of inflation"; grope or feel in search of something; produce a certain impression; find by testing or cautious exploration; be felt or perceived in a certain way; come to believe on the basis of emotion, intuitions, or indefinite grounds: examine (a body part) by palpation
  • feeling - the experiencing of affective and emotional states; an intuitive understanding of something; a physical sensation that you experience; the sensation produced by pressure receptors in the skin; a vague idea in which some confidence is placed; the general atmosphere of a place or situation and the effect that it has on people
  • feelings - emotional or moral sensitivity (especially in relation to personal principles or dignity)
  • fell - (of persons or their actions) able or disposed to inflict pain or suffering; the act of felling something (as a tree); seam made by turning under or folding together and stitching the seamed materials to avoid rough edges; the dressed skin of an animal (especially a large animal); cause to fall by or as if by delivering a blow; sew a seam by folding the edges; pass away rapidly
  • fellow - an informal form of address for a man; a man who is the lover of a girl or young woman; a boy or man; a person who is member of your class or profession; a person who is frequently in the company of another
  • felon - a purulent infection at the end of a finger or toe in the area surrounding the nail; someone who has committed (or been legally convicted of) a crime
  • felt - a fabric made of compressed matted animal fibers; change texture so as to become matted and felt-like; cover with felt; mat together and make felt-like
  • female - being the sex (of plant or animal) that produces fertilizable gametes (ova) from which offspring develop; for or pertaining to or composed of women or girls; characteristic of or peculiar to a woman; an animal that produces gametes (ova) that can be fertilized by male gametes (spermatozoa); a person who belongs to the sex that can have babies
  • femininity - the trait of behaving in ways considered typical for women
  • feminisation - the process of becoming feminized; the development of female characteristics (loss of facial hair or breast enlargement) in a male because of hormonal disorders or castration
  • feminization - the process of becoming feminized; the development of female characteristics (loss of facial hair or breast enlargement) in a male because of hormonal disorders or castration
  • femoral - of or relating to or near the femur or thigh
  • femoris - the longest and thickest bone of the human skeleton; extends from the pelvis to the knee
  • femur - the longest and thickest bone of the human skeleton; extends from the pelvis to the knee
  • fen - 100 fen equal 1 yuan in China; low-lying wet land with grassy vegetation; usually is a transition zone between land and water
  • fence - a barrier that serves to enclose an area; a dealer in stolen property; fight with fencing swords; enclose with a fence; receive stolen goods; have an argument about something; surround with a wall in order to fortify
  • fenestra - a small opening covered with membrane (especially one in the bone between the middle and inner ear)
  • fenestration - surgical procedure that creates a new fenestra to the cochlea in order to restore hearing lost because of osteosclerosis: the arrangement of windows in a building
  • fenoprofen - a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (trade name Nalfon) used in the treatment of arthritis and other painful inflammatory disorders
  • fentanyl - trade names of a narcotic analgesic that can be inhaled and that acts on the central nervous system and may become addictive; used as a veterinary anesthetic and with other drugs before, during, and after surgery; also used as a nonlethal gas to incapacitate people in hostage situations; also abused as a recreational drug
  • fermentation - a process in which an agent causes an organic substance to break down into simpler substances; especially, the anaerobic breakdown of sugar into alcohol; a state of agitation or turbulent change or development
  • ferric - of or relating to or containing iron
  • ferritin - a protein containing 20% iron that is found in the intestines and liver and spleen; it is one of the chief forms in which iron is stored in the body
  • ferrous - of or relating to or containing iron
  • ferrule - a metal cap or band placed on a wooden pole to prevent splitting
  • ferry - transport by boat or aircraft; a boat that transports people or vehicles across a body of water and operates on a regular schedule: travel by ferry; transport by ferry; transport from one place to another
  • fertile - capable of reproducing; marked by great fruitfulness: bearing in abundance especially offspring; intellectually productive
  • fertilisation - making fertile as by applying fertilizer or manure: creation by the physical union of male and female gametes; of sperm and ova in an animal or pollen and ovule in a plant
  • fertilise - introduce semen into (a female); provide with fertilizers or add nutrients to; make fertile or productive
  • fertiliser - any substance such as manure or a mixture of nitrates used to make soil more fertile
  • fertility - the state of being fertile; capable of producing offspring: the property of producing abundantly and sustaining vigorous and luxuriant growth; the ratio of live births in an area to the population of that area; expressed per 1000 population per year
  • fertilization - making fertile as by applying fertilizer or manure: creation by the physical union of male and female gametes; of sperm and ova in an animal or pollen and ovule in a plant
  • fertilize - provide with fertilizers or add nutrients to; make fertile or productive; introduce semen into (a female)
  • fess - (heraldry) an ordinary consisting of a broad horizontal band across a shield
  • fester - a sore that has become inflamed and formed pus; ripen and generate pus
  • festering - (medicine) the formation of morbific matter in an abscess or a vesicle and the discharge of pus; a fluid product of inflammation
  • festination - involuntary shortening of stride and quickening of gait that occurs in some diseases (e.g., Parkinson's disease)
  • fet - a transistor in which most current flows in a channel whose effective resistance can be controlled by a transverse electric field
  • fetal - of or relating to a fetus
  • fetichism - sexual arousal or gratification resulting from handling a fetish (or a specific part of the body other than the sexual organs); a belief in the magical power of fetishes (or the worship of a fetish)
  • fetishism - sexual arousal or gratification resulting from handling a fetish (or a specific part of the body other than the sexual organs); a belief in the magical power of fetishes (or the worship of a fetish)
  • fetishist - one who engages in fetishism (especially of a sexual nature)
  • fetoprotein - any of several antigens that occur naturally in the fetus and sometimes in adults with cancer
  • fetor - a distinctive odor that is offensively unpleasant
  • fetoscope - a stethoscope placed on the pregnant woman's abdomen to listen for the fetal heartbeat
  • fetoscopy - prenatal diagnosis that allows direct observation of a fetus in the uterus and the withdrawal of fetal blood
  • fetus - an unborn or unhatched vertebrate in the later stages of development showing the main recognizable features of the mature animal
  • fever - intense nervous anticipation; a rise in the temperature of the body; frequently a symptom of infection
  • feverfew - bushy aromatic European perennial herb having clusters of buttonlike white-rayed flower heads; valued traditionally for medicinal uses; sometimes placed in genus Chrysanthemum
  • feverish - marked by intense agitation or emotion; having or affected by a fever; of or relating to or characterized by fever
  • few - a quantifier that can be used with count nouns and is often preceded by `a'; a small but indefinite number; a small elite group: an indefinite but relatively small number
  • fewer - (comparative of `few' used with count nouns) quantifier meaning a smaller number of
  • fiber - a leatherlike material made by compressing layers of paper or cloth; a slender and greatly elongated solid substance; the inherent complex of attributes that determine a persons moral and ethical actions and reactions
  • fibre - a leatherlike material made by compressing layers of paper or cloth; the inherent complex of attributes that determine a persons moral and ethical actions and reactions; a slender and greatly elongated solid substance
  • fibreoptics - the transmission of light signals via glass fibers
  • fibril - a very slender natural or synthetic fiber
  • fibrillate - make fine, irregular, rapid twitching movements
  • fibrillation - act or process of forming fibrils; muscular twitching involving individual muscle fibers acting without coordination
  • fibrillation - act or process of forming fibrils; muscular twitching involving individual muscle fibers acting without coordination
  • fibrin - a white insoluble fibrous protein formed by the action of thrombin on fibrinogen when blood clots; it forms a network that traps red cells and platelets
  • fibrinogen - a protein present in blood plasma; converts to fibrin when blood clots
  • fibrinolysin - an enzyme that dissolves the fibrin of blood clots
  • fibrinolysis - a normal ongoing process that dissolves fibrin and results in the removal of small blood clots
  • fibroadenoma - benign and movable and firm and not tender tumor of the breast; common in young women and caused by high levels of estrogen
  • fibroblast - a cell from which connective tissue develops
  • fibrocartilage - cartilage that is largely composed of fibers like those in ordinary connective tissue
  • fibroid - benign tumor containing fibrous tissue (especially in the uterus)
  • fibroma - nonmalignant tumor of connective tissue
  • fibrosis - development of excess fibrous connective tissue in an organ
  • fibrositis - inflammation of white fibrous tissues (especially muscle sheaths)
  • fibrous - (of meat) full of sinews; especially impossible to chew: having or resembling fibers especially fibers used in making cordage such as those of jute
  • fibula - the outer and thinner of the two bones of the human leg between the knee and ankle
  • field - a particular kind of commercial enterprise; the area that is visible (as through an optical instrument); all the competitors in a particular contest or sporting event; all of the horses in a particular horse race; (mathematics) a set of elements such that addition and multiplication are commutative and associative and multiplication is distributive over addition and there are two elements 0 and 1: (computer science) a set of one or more adjacent characters comprising a unit of information; a region in which active military operations are in progress; somewhere (away from a studio or office or library or laboratory) where practical work is done or data is collected; a piece of land cleared of trees and usually enclosed; a geographic region (land or sea) under which something valuable is found; the space around a radiating body within which its electromagnetic oscillations can exert force on another similar body not in contact with it; a place where planes take off and land; a branch of knowledge; a region where a battle is being (or has been) fought; a piece of land prepared for playing a game; extensive tract of level open land; a particular environment or walk of life; select (a team or individual player) for a game; answer adequately or successfully; play as a fielder; catch or pick up (balls) in baseball or cricket
  • fields - United States comedian and film actor (1880-1946)
  • fifteen - being one more than fourteen; the cardinal number that is the sum of fourteen and one
  • fifth - coming next after the fourth and just before the sixth in position; the musical interval between one note and another five notes away from it; a quantity of liquor equal to one fifth of a United States gallon; position five in a countable series of things; one part in five equal parts
  • fifty - being ten more than forty; the cardinal number that is the product of ten and five; a United States bill worth 50 dollars
  • fight - a boxing or wrestling match; the act of fighting; any contest or struggle; an intense verbal dispute; a hostile meeting of opposing military forces in the course of a war; an aggressive willingness to compete; fight against or resist strongly; make a strenuous or labored effort; be engaged in a fight; carry on a fight; exert oneself continuously, vigorously, or obtrusively to gain an end or engage in a crusade for a certain cause or person; be an advocate for
  • figure - a predetermined set of movements in dancing or skating; a model of a bodily form (especially of a person); the impression produced by a person; a unitary percept having structure and coherence that is the object of attention and that stands out against a ground; a diagram or picture illustrating textual material; an amount of money expressed numerically; a combination of points and lines and planes that form a visible palpable shape; a decorative or artistic work; the property possessed by a sum or total or indefinite quantity of units or individuals; alternative names for the body of a human being; language used in a figurative or nonliteral sense; a well-known or notable person; one of the elements that collectively form a system of numeration; understand; be or play a part of or in; make a mathematical calculation or computation; judge to be probable; imagine; conceive of; see in one's mind
  • filament - a thin wire (usually tungsten) that is heated white hot by the passage of an electric current; a threadlike structure (as a chainlike series of cells); the stalk of a stamen; a very slender natural or synthetic fiber
  • filamentous - thin in diameter; resembling a thread
  • filaria - slender threadlike roundworms living in the blood and tissues of vertebrates; transmitted as larvae by biting insects: European weed naturalized in southwestern United States and Mexico having reddish decumbent stems with small fernlike leaves and small deep reddish-lavender flowers followed by slender fruits that stick straight up; often grown for forage
  • filariasis - a disease caused by nematodes in the blood or tissues of the body causing blockage of lymphatic vessels
  • file - a steel hand tool with small sharp teeth on some or all of its surfaces; used for smoothing wood or metal; office furniture consisting of a container for keeping papers in order; a set of related records (either written or electronic) kept together; a line of persons or things ranged one behind the other; place in a container for keeping records; record in a public office or in a court of law; smooth with a file; proceed in line; file a formal charge against
  • filiform - thin in diameter; resembling a thread
  • fill - a quantity sufficient to satisfy; any material that fills a space or container; plug with a substance; become full; make full, also in a metaphorical sense; appoint someone to (a position or a job): assume, as of positions or roles; fill or meet a want or need; fill to satisfaction; eat until one is sated; occupy the whole of
  • filled - (usually followed by `with' or used as a combining form) generously supplied with; (of time) taken up; of purchase orders that have been filled
  • filling - the act of filling something; (dentistry) a dental appliance consisting of any of various substances (as metal or plastic) inserted into a prepared cavity in a tooth; a food mixture used to fill pastry or sandwiches etc.; flow into something (as a container); any material that fills a space or container; the yarn woven across the warp yarn in weaving
  • film - a thin coating or layer; photographic material consisting of a base of celluloid covered with a photographic emulsion; used to make negatives or transparencies; a thin sheet of (usually plastic and usually transparent) material used to wrap or cover things; a medium that disseminates moving pictures; a form of entertainment that enacts a story by a sequence of images giving the illusion of continuous movement; make a film or photograph of something: record in film
  • filter - device that removes something from whatever passes through it; an electrical device that alters the frequency spectrum of signals passing through it; remove by passing through a filter; pass through; run or flow slowly, as in drops or in an unsteady stream
  • filtrate - the product of filtration; a gas or liquid that has been passed through a filter; remove by passing through a filter
  • filtration - the act of changing a fluid by passing it through a filter: the process whereby fluids pass through a filter or a filtering medium
  • filum - a threadlike structure (as a chainlike series of cells)
  • fimbria - thin projections forming a fringe (especially around the ovarian end of the Fallopian tube)
  • final - not to be altered or undone; conclusive in a process or progression; occurring at or forming an end or termination; the final match between the winners of all previous matches in an elimination tournament; an examination administered at the end of an academic term
  • finally - after a long period of time or an especially long delay; as the end result of a succession or process; the item at the end
  • finance - the commercial activity of providing funds and capital; the management of money and credit and banking and investments; the branch of economics that studies the management of money and other assets; obtain or provide money for; sell or provide on credit
  • financial - involving financial matters
  • find - the act of discovering something; a productive insight; come to believe on the basis of emotion, intuitions, or indefinite grounds: succeed in reaching; arrive at; perceive oneself to be in a certain condition or place; obtain through effort or management; come upon, as if by accident; meet with; come upon after searching; find the location of something that was missed or lost; accept and make use of one's personality, abilities, and situation; receive a specified treatment (abstract); make a discovery; establish after a calculation, investigation, experiment, survey, or study; decide on and make a declaration about; make a discovery, make a new finding; perceive or be contemporaneous with; discover or determine the existence, presence, or fact of; get something or somebody for a specific purpose; get or find back; recover the use of
  • finding - the decision of a court on issues of fact or law; something that is found; the act of determining the properties of something
  • findings - a collection of tools and other articles used by an artisan to make jewelry or clothing or shoes
  • fine - characterized by elegance or refinement or accomplishment: minutely precise especially in differences in meaning; free from impurities; having a high or specified degree of purity; of textures that are smooth to the touch or substances consisting of relatively small particles; thin in thickness or diameter; being satisfactory or in satisfactory condition; an expression of agreement normally occurring at the beginning of a sentence; in a delicate manner: money extracted as a penalty; issue a ticket or a fine to as a penalty
  • finger - one of the parts of a glove that provides covering for a finger or thumb; any of the terminal members of the hand (sometimes excepting the thumb); the length of breadth of a finger used as a linear measure; indicate the fingering for the playing of musical scores for keyboard instruments; feel or handle with the fingers: search for on the computer; examine by touch
  • fingernail - the nail at the end of a finger
  • fingerprint - biometric identification from a print made by an impression of the ridges in the skin of a finger; often used as evidence in criminal investigations; a generic term for any identifying characteristic; a smudge made by a (dirty) finger; take an impression of a person's fingerprints
  • fingerprinting - the procedure of taking inked impressions of a person's fingerprints for the purpose of identification
  • fingerstall - a sheath worn to protect a finger
  • finished - brought to ruin; ended or brought to an end; (of materials or goods) brought to the desired final state; having a surface coating or finish applied; (of skills or the products of skills) brought to or having the greatest excellence; perfected
  • finnish - of or relating to or characteristic of Finland or the people of Finland; the official language of Finland; belongs to the Baltic Finnic family of languages
  • fire - the act of firing weapons or artillery at an enemy; a fireplace in which a relatively small fire is burning; intense adverse criticism; the event of something burning (often destructive); a severe trial; the process of combustion of inflammable materials producing heat and light and (often) smoke; once thought to be one of four elements composing the universe (Empedocles); feelings of great warmth and intensity; bake in a kiln so as to harden; cause to go off; go off or discharge; drive out or away by or as if by fire; terminate the employment of; destroy by fire; start firing a weapon; call forth (emotions, feelings, and responses); provide with fuel
  • fireproof - impervious to damage by fire; make resistant to fire
  • firm - strong and sure; unwavering in devotion to friend or vow or cause; not soft or yielding to pressure; possessing the tone and resiliency of healthy tissue; marked by firm determination or resolution; not shakable; not subject to revision or change; not liable to fluctuate or especially to fall; (of especially a person's physical features) not shaking or trembling; securely fixed in place; pleasingly firm and fresh and making a crunching noise when chewed; securely established; with resolute determination; the members of a business organization that owns or operates one or more establishments: make taut or tauter; become taut or tauter
  • firmly - with resolute determination; with firmness; in a secure manner; in a manner free from danger
  • first - being the gear producing the lowest drive speed; ranking above all others; preceding all others in time or space or degree: highest in pitch or chief among parts or voices or instruments or orchestra sections; indicating the beginning unit in a series; serving to begin; serving to set in motion; before anything else; the initial time; before another in time, space, or importance; prominently forward; an honours degree of the highest class; the first element in a countable series; the first or highest in an ordering or series; the fielding position of the player on a baseball team who is stationed at first of the bases in the infield (counting counterclockwise from home plate); the lowest forward gear ratio in the gear box of a motor vehicle; used to start a car moving; the time at which something is supposed to begin
  • fish - any of various mostly cold-blooded aquatic vertebrates usually having scales and breathing through gills; the flesh of fish used as food; the twelfth sign of the zodiac; the sun is in this sign from about February 19 to March 20; (astrology) a person who is born while the sun is in Pisces; catch or try to catch fish or shellfish; seek indirectly
  • fissile - capable of being split or cleft or divided in the direction of the grain; capable of undergoing nuclear fission
  • fission - a nuclear reaction in which a massive nucleus splits into smaller nuclei with the simultaneous release of energy; reproduction of some unicellular organisms by division of the cell into two more or less equal parts
  • fissure - (anatomy) a long narrow slit or groove that divides an organ into lobes; a long narrow opening; a long narrow depression in a surface; break into fissures or fine cracks
  • fist - a hand with the fingers clenched in the palm (as for hitting)
  • fistula - an abnormal passage leading from a suppurating cavity to the body surface; a chronic inflammation of the withers of a horse
  • fit - physically and mentally sound or healthy; meeting adequate standards for a purpose; (usually followed by `to' or `for') on the point of or strongly disposed; the manner in which something fits; a display of bad temper; a sudden flurry of activity (often for no obvious reason); a sudden uncontrollable attack; insert or adjust several objects or people; make fit; be the right size or shape; fit correctly or as desired; conform to some shape or size; make correspond or harmonize; provide with (something) usually for a specific purpose; be compatible, similar or consistent; coincide in their characteristics; satisfy a condition or restriction; be agreeable or acceptable to
  • fitch - dark brown mustelid of woodlands of Eurasia that gives off an unpleasant odor when threatened
  • fitness - the condition of being suitable; the quality of being qualified; good physical condition; being in shape or in condition: fitness to traverse the seas
  • fitted - being the right size and shape to fit as desired
  • fitter - improved in health or physical condition; someone who fits a garment to a particular person
  • fitting - being precisely fitting and right; in harmony with the spirit of particular persons or occasion; putting clothes on to see whether they fit; a small and often standardized accessory to a larger system; (usually plural) furnishings and equipment (especially for a ship or hotel); making or becoming suitable; adjusting to circumstances
  • five - being one more than four; the cardinal number that is the sum of four and one; a team that plays basketball
  • fix - an exemption granted after influence (e.g., money) is brought to bear; something craved, especially an intravenous injection of a narcotic drug; informal terms for a difficult situation; a determination of the place where something is; the act of putting something in working order again; make ready or suitable or equip in advance for a particular purpose or for some use, event, etc; kill, preserve, and harden (tissue) in order to prepare for microscopic study; set or place definitely; make infertile; restore by replacing a part or putting together what is torn or broken; make fixed, stable or stationary: decide upon or fix definitely; take vengeance on or get even; cause to be firmly attached; put (something somewhere) firmly; prepare for eating by applying heat
  • fixation - (histology) the preservation and hardening of a tissue sample to retain as nearly as possible the same relations they had in the living body; the activity of fastening something firmly in position: an unhealthy and compulsive preoccupation with something or someone; an abnormal state in which development has stopped prematurely
  • fixative - a varnish dissolved in alcohol and sprayed over pictures to prevent smudging; a compound (such as ethanol or formaldehyde) that fixes tissues and cells for microscopic study
  • fixed - incapable of being changed or moved or undone; e.g. "frozen prices"; (of a number) having a fixed and unchanging value: securely placed or fastened or set; fixed and unmoving; (of taxes) not increasing as the amount taxed increases
  • fixing - the act of putting something in working order again: (histology) the preservation and hardening of a tissue sample to retain as nearly as possible the same relations they had in the living body; the sterilization of an animal; restraint that attaches to something or holds something in place
  • fl - a state in southeastern United States between the Atlantic and the Gulf of Mexico; one of the Confederate states during the American Civil War
  • flab - loose or flaccid body fat
  • flabby - out of condition; not strong or robust; incapable of exertion or endurance
  • flaccid - drooping without elasticity; wanting in stiffness; lacking in strength or firmness or resilience; out of condition; not strong or robust; incapable of exertion or endurance
  • flaccidity - a flabby softness
  • flagellate - having or resembling a lash or whip (as does a flagellum); a usually nonphotosynthetic free-living protozoan with whiplike appendages; some are pathogens of humans and other animals; whip
  • flagellum - a lash-like appendage used for locomotion (e.g., in sperm cells and some bacteria and protozoa); a whip used to inflict punishment (often used for pedantic humor)
  • flagyl - antiprotozoal medication (trade name Flagyl) used to treat trichomoniasis and giardiasis
  • flail - an implement consisting of handle with a free swinging stick at the end; used in manual threshing; move like a flail; thresh about: give a thrashing to; beat hard
  • flake - a small fragment of something broken off from the whole; a person with an unusual or odd personality; a crystal of snow; cover with flakes or as if with flakes; form into flakes; come off in flakes or thin small pieces
  • flammable - easily ignited
  • flap - any broad thin and limber covering attached at one edge; hangs loose or projects freely; a movable airfoil that is part of an aircraft wing; used to increase lift or drag; a movable piece of tissue partly connected to the body; the motion made by flapping up and down; an excited state of agitation; pronounce with a flap, of alveolar sounds; move noisily; make a fuss; be agitated; move in a wavy pattern or with a rising and falling motion; move with a flapping motion; move with a thrashing motion
  • flaps - a movable airfoil that is part of an aircraft wing; used to increase lift or drag
  • flare - (baseball) a fly ball hit a short distance into the outfield; a device that produces a bright light for warning or illumination or identification; a burst of light used to communicate or illuminate; a sudden outburst of emotion; am unwanted reflection in an optical system (or the fogging of an image that is caused by such a reflection); a sudden burst of flame; a shape that spreads outward; a sudden recurrence or worsening of symptoms; reddening of the skin spreading outward from a focus of infection or irritation; a short forward pass to a back who is running toward the sidelines; a sudden eruption of intense high-energy radiation from the sun's surface; associated with sunspots and radio interference; burn brightly; shine with a sudden light; become flared and widen, usually at one end; erupt or intensify suddenly
  • flash - tastelessly showy; a lamp for providing momentary light to take a photograph; a bright patch of color used for decoration or identification; a momentary brightness; a sudden brilliant understanding; a short vivid experience; a sudden intense burst of radiant energy; a short news announcement concerning some on-going news story; a burst of light used to communicate or illuminate: a gaudy outward display; a very short time (as the time it takes the eye blink or the heart to beat); appear briefly; emit a brief burst of light; make known or cause to appear with great speed; protect by covering with a thin sheet of metal; expose or show briefly; gleam or glow intermittently; run or move very quickly or hastily; display proudly; act ostentatiously or pretentiously
  • flashback - a transition (in literary or theatrical works or films) to an earlier event or scene that interrupts the normal chronological development of the story; an unexpected but vivid recurrence of a past experience (especially a recurrence of the effects of an hallucinogenic drug taken much earlier)
  • flashing - emitting light in sudden short or intermittent bursts; sheet metal shaped and attached to a roof for strength and weatherproofing; a short vivid experience
  • flat - commercially inactive; not reflecting light; not glossy; (of a tire) completely or partially deflated; having a relatively broad surface in relation to depth or thickness; having a surface without slope, tilt in which no part is higher or lower than another; lacking contrast or shading between tones; horizontally level; stretched out and lying at full length along the ground; sounded or spoken in a tone unvarying in pitch; lowered in pitch by one chromatic semitone; (of taxes) not increasing as the amount taxed increases; having lost effervescence; lacking the expected range or depth; not designed to give an illusion or depth; not modified or restricted by reservations: lacking stimulating characteristics; uninteresting; lacking taste or flavor or tang; flattened laterally along the whole length (e.g., certain leafstalks or flatfishes); with flat sails; in a forthright manner; candidly or frankly; scenery consisting of a wooden frame covered with painted canvas; part of a stage setting; a deflated pneumatic tire; a shallow box in which seedlings are started; a musical notation indicating one half step lower than the note named; a level tract of land; a suite of rooms usually on one floor of an apartment house: freight car without permanent sides or roof
  • flatness - the property of having little or no contrast; lacking highlights or gloss; a deficiency in flavor; a want of animation or brilliance; inactivity; showing an unusual lack of energy; the property of having two dimensions
  • flats - footwear (shoes or slippers) with no heel (or a very low heel)
  • flatulence - a state of excessive gas in the alimentary canal: pompously embellished language
  • flatulent - generating excessive gas in the alimentary canal: suffering from excessive gas in the alimentary canal
  • flatus - a reflex that expels intestinal gas through the anus
  • flatworm - parasitic or free-living worms having a flattened body
  • flavour - the taste experience when a savoury condiment is taken into the mouth; (physics) the six kinds of quarks; the general atmosphere of a place or situation and the effect that it has on people; lend flavor to
  • flea - any wingless bloodsucking parasitic insect noted for ability to leap
  • flecainide - oral antiarrhythmic medication (trade name Tambocor) used as a last resort in treating arrhythmias; increases the risk of sudden death in heart attack patients
  • flesh - the soft tissue of the body of a vertebrate: mainly muscle tissue and fat; alternative names for the body of a human being; a soft moist part of a fruit; remove adhering flesh from (hides) when preparing leather manufacture
  • fleshy - usually describes a large person who is fat but has a large frame to carry it; of or relating to or resembling flesh
  • flex - the act of flexing; cause (a plastic object) to assume a crooked or angular form; bend a joint; contract; exhibit the strength of; form a curve
  • flexible - bending and snapping back readily without breaking; able to flex; able to bend easily; capable of being changed; making or willing to make concessions; able to adjust readily to different conditions
  • flexion - act of bending a joint; especially a joint between the bones of a limb so that the angle between them is decreased; deviation from a straight or normal course; the state of being flexed (as of a joint)
  • flexor - a skeletal muscle whose contraction bends a joint
  • flexure - the state of being flexed (as of a joint); act of bending a joint; especially a joint between the bones of a limb so that the angle between them is decreased; an angular or rounded shape made by folding
  • flies - (theater) the space over the stage (out of view of the audience) used to store scenery (drop curtains)
  • flight - a scheduled trip by plane between designated airports; an instance of traveling by air; a stairway (set of steps) between one floor or landing and the next; passing above and beyond ordinary bounds; an air force unit smaller than a squadron; a formation of aircraft in flight; a flock of flying birds; the act of escaping physically: the path followed by an object moving through space; fly in a flock: shoot a bird in flight; decorate with feathers
  • float - something that remains on the surface of a liquid; a hand tool with a flat face used for smoothing and finishing the surface of plaster or cement or stucco; an elaborate display mounted on a platform carried by a truck (or pulled by a truck) in a procession or parade; the number of shares outstanding and available for trading by the public; the time interval between the deposit of a check in a bank and its payment; a drink with ice cream floating in it; convert from a fixed point notation to a floating point notation; allow (currencies) to fluctuate; make the surface of level or smooth; put into the water; move lightly, as if suspended; set afloat; be in motion due to some air or water current; be afloat; stay on a liquid surface; not sink; circulate or discuss tentatively; test the waters with
  • floating - borne up by or suspended in a liquid; not definitely committed to a party or policy; (of a part of the body) not firmly connected; movable or out of normal position; inclined to move or be moved about; continually changing especially as from one abode or occupation to another; the act of someone who floats on the water
  • flood - a large flow; the act of flooding; filling to overflowing; light that is a source of artificial illumination having a broad beam; used in photography; the rising of a body of water and its overflowing onto normally dry land; an overwhelming number or amount; the occurrence of incoming water (between a low tide and the following high tide); cover with liquid, usually water; become filled to overflowing; supply with an excess of; fill quickly beyond capacity; as with a liquid
  • flooding - overfull with water; a technique used in behavior therapy; client is flooded with experiences of a particular kind until becoming either averse to them or numbed to them
  • floor - the inside lower horizontal surface (as of a room or hallway): a structure consisting of a room or set of rooms at a single position along a vertical scale; a large room in a stock exchange where the trading is done; the legislative hall where members debate and vote and conduct other business; the parliamentary right to address an assembly; a lower limit; the occupants of a floor; the bottom surface of any a cave or lake etc.; the ground on which people and animals move about; knock down with force; surprise greatly; knock someone's socks off
  • floppy - hanging limply; a small plastic magnetic disk enclosed in a stiff envelope with a radial slit; used to store data or programs for a microcomputer
  • flora - a living organism lacking the power of locomotion; all the plant life in a particular region or period
  • florence - a town in northeast South Carolina; transportation center: a city in central Italy on the Arno; provincial capital of Tuscany; center of the Italian Renaissance from 14th to 16th centuries
  • florentine - of or relating to or characteristic of the city of Florence: a native or resident of Florence
  • florid - inclined to a healthy reddish color often associated with outdoor life; elaborately or excessively ornamented
  • floss - a soft loosely twisted thread used in embroidery; a soft thread for cleaning the spaces between the teeth; use dental floss to clean
  • flour - fine powdery foodstuff obtained by grinding and sifting the meal of a cereal grain; convert grain into flour; cover with flour
  • flow - the act of flowing or streaming; continuous progression; the motion characteristic of fluids (liquids or gases); any uninterrupted stream or discharge; the amount of fluid that flows in a given time: dominant course (suggestive of running water) of successive events or ideas; the monthly discharge of blood from the uterus of nonpregnant women from puberty to menopause; something that resembles a flowing stream in moving continuously; cover or swamp with water; move or progress freely as if in a stream; cause to flow: be abundantly present; undergo menstruation; fall or flow in a certain way; move along, of liquids
  • flower - reproductive organ of angiosperm plants especially one having showy or colorful parts; a plant cultivated for its blooms or blossoms; the period of greatest prosperity or productivity; produce or yield flowers
  • flowing - moving smoothly and continuously; (of water) rising to the surface under internal hydrostatic pressure; designed or arranged to offer the least resistant to fluid flow; the motion characteristic of fluids (liquids or gases)
  • flu - an acute febrile highly contagious viral disease
  • fluctuating - having unpredictable ups and downs
  • fluctuation - the quality of being unsteady and subject to changes: a wave motion; an instance of change; the rate or magnitude of change
  • fluently - in a fluent manner
  • fluid - subject to change; variable; affording change (especially in social status); in cash or easily convertible to cash; characteristic of a fluid; capable of flowing and easily changing shape; smooth and unconstrained in movement; a continuous amorphous substance that tends to flow and to conform to the outline of its container: a liquid or a gas; a substance that is fluid at room temperature and pressure
  • fluke - parasitic flatworms having external suckers for attaching to a host; either of the two lobes of the tail of a cetacean; flat bladelike projection on the arm of an anchor; a barb on a harpoon or arrow; a stroke of luck
  • fluorescence - light emitted during absorption of radiation of some other (invisible) wavelength
  • fluorescent - emitting light during exposure to radiation from an external source; brilliantly colored and apparently giving off light; a lighting fixture that uses a fluorescent lamp
  • fluoridate - subject to fluoridation; treat with fluoride
  • fluoridation - the addition of a fluoride to the water supply (to prevent dental decay)
  • fluoride - a salt of hydrofluoric acid
  • fluorine - a nonmetallic univalent element belonging to the halogens; usually a yellow irritating toxic flammable gas; a powerful oxidizing agent; recovered from fluorite or cryolite or fluorapatite
  • fluoroscope - an X-ray machine that combines an X-ray source and a fluorescent screen to enable direct observation
  • fluoroscopy - examination of body structures using a fluoroscope
  • fluorosis - a pathological condition resulting for an excessive intake of fluorine (usually from drinking water)
  • fluoxetine - a selective-serotonin reuptake inhibitor commonly prescribed as an antidepressant (trade name Prozac)
  • flush - of a surface exactly even with an adjoining one, forming the same plane; having an abundant supply of money or possessions of value; squarely or solidly; in the same plane; a sudden rapid flow (as of water); a poker hand with all 5 cards in the same suit; sudden reddening of the face (as from embarrassment or guilt or shame or modesty); the swift release of a store of affective force; a rosy color (especially in the cheeks) taken as a sign of good health; sudden brief sensation of heat (associated with menopause and some mental disorders); the period of greatest prosperity or productivity: cause to flow or flood with or as if with water; flow freely; rinse, clean, or empty with a liquid; make level or straight; turn red, as if in embarrassment or shame; irrigate with water from a sluice; polish and make shiny
  • flushed - having the pinkish flush of health; (especially of the face) reddened or suffused with or as if with blood from emotion or exertion
  • flutter - abnormally rapid beating of the auricles of the heart (especially in a regular rhythm); can result in heart block; the act of moving back and forth; the motion made by flapping up and down; a disorderly outburst or tumult; flag the wings rapidly or fly with flapping movements; wink briefly; move back and forth very rapidly: beat rapidly; move along rapidly and lightly; skim or dart
  • fluttering - the motion made by flapping up and down
  • flux - in constant change; a flow or discharge; a state of uncertainty about what should be done (usually following some important event) preceding the establishment of a new direction of action; excessive discharge of liquid from a cavity or organ (as in watery diarrhea); a substance added to molten metals to bond with impurities that can then be readily removed; the rate of flow of energy or particles across a given surface; (physics) the number of changes in energy flow across a given surface per unit area; the lines of force surrounding a permanent magnet or a moving charged particle; mix together different elements; become liquid or fluid when heated: move or progress freely as if in a stream
  • fly - (British informal) not to be deceived or hoodwinked; (baseball) a hit that flies up in the air; two-winged insects characterized by active flight; an opening in a garment that is closed by a zipper or by buttons concealed under a fold of cloth; fisherman's lure consisting of a fishhook decorated to look like an insect; flap consisting of a piece of canvas that can be drawn back to provide entrance to a tent; change quickly from one emotional state to another; hit a fly: transport by aeroplane; be dispersed or disseminated; travel in an airplane; move quickly or suddenly; travel over (an area of land or sea) in an aircraft; cause to fly or float; travel through the air; be airborne; fly a plane; pass away rapidly; display in the air or cause to float; decrease rapidly and disappear; run away quickly
  • flying - done swiftly in or as if in the air; used e.g. of a racing start in which runners are already in motion as they cross the starting line: hurried and brief; of or relating to passage through the air (especially aviation); designed for swift movement or action; capable of or engaged in flight; moving swiftly; streaming or flapping or spreading wide as if in a current of air; an instance of traveling by air
  • fm - modulation of the frequency of the (radio) carrier wave; a radioactive transuranic metallic element produced by bombarding plutonium with neutrons
  • foam - a mass of small bubbles formed in or on a liquid; a lightweight material in cellular form; made by introducing gas bubbles during manufacture; form bubbles
  • focal - having or localized centrally at a focus; of or relating to a focus
  • focus - maximum clarity or distinctness of an image rendered by an optical system; maximum clarity or distinctness of an idea; the concentration of attention or energy on something; a fixed reference point on the concave side of a conic section; a point of convergence of light (or other radiation) or a point from which it diverges; a central point or locus of an infection in an organism; special emphasis attached to something; put (an image) into focus; become focussed or come into focus; cause to converge on or toward a central point: direct one's attention on something; bring into focus or alignment; to converge or cause to converge; of ideas or emotions
  • focused - of an optical system (e.g. eye or opera glasses) adjusted to produce a clear image; (of light rays) converging on a point; being in focus or brought into focus; concentrated on or clustered around a central point or purpose
  • focusing - the act of bringing into focus; the concentration of attention or energy on something
  • foetal - of or relating to a fetus
  • foetor - a distinctive odor that is offensively unpleasant
  • foetoscope - a stethoscope placed on the pregnant woman's abdomen to listen for the fetal heartbeat
  • foetoscopy - prenatal diagnosis that allows direct observation of a fetus in the uterus and the withdrawal of fetal blood
  • foetus - an unborn or unhatched vertebrate in the later stages of development showing the main recognizable features of the mature animal
  • folacin - a B vitamin that is essential for cell growth and reproduction
  • fold - the act of folding; a pen for sheep; a folded part (as in skin or muscle); a geological process that causes a bend in a stratum of rock; an angular or rounded shape made by folding; a group of sheep or goats; a group of people who adhere to a common faith and habitually attend a given church; incorporate a food ingredient into a mixture by repeatedly turning it over without stirring or beating: become folded or folded up; bend or lay so that one part covers the other; intertwine; confine in a fold, like sheep; cease to operate or cause to cease operating
  • folding - capable of being folded up and stored; the act of folding; a geological process that causes a bend in a stratum of rock; the process whereby a protein molecule assumes its intricate three-dimensional shape
  • folie - (psychiatry) a psychological disorder of thought or emotion; a more neutral term than mental illness
  • follicle - any small spherical group of cells containing a cavity
  • follicular - of or relating to or constituting a follicle
  • folliculitis - inflammation of a hair follicle
  • follow - behave in accordance or in agreement with; grasp the meaning; travel along a certain course; to travel behind, go after, come after; adhere to or practice; accept and follow the leadership or command or guidance of; come as a logical consequence; follow logically; come after in time, as a result; be next; to bring something about at a later time than; keep informed; keep to; follow, discover, or ascertain the course of development of something; perform an accompaniment to; imitate in behavior; take as a model; follow in or as if in pursuit; keep under surveillance; choose and follow; as of theories, ideas, policies, strategies or plans; be the successor (of): work in a specific place, with a specific subject, or in a specific function; follow with the eyes or the mind; act in accordance with someone's rules, commands, or wishes; to be the product or result: be later in time
  • following - about to be mentioned or specified; immediately following in time or order; going or proceeding or coming after in the same direction; in the desired direction; a group of followers or enthusiasts; the act of pursuing in an effort to overtake or capture
  • fomentation - deliberate and intentional triggering (of trouble or discord); application of warm wet coverings to a part of the body to relieve pain and inflammation
  • fontanel - any membranous gap between the bones of the cranium in an infant or fetus
  • fontanelle - any membranous gap between the bones of the cranium in an infant or fetus
  • food - any substance that can be metabolized by an organism to give energy and build tissue; anything that provides mental stimulus for thinking; any solid substance (as opposed to liquid) that is used as a source of nourishment
  • foot - travel by walking; any of various organs of locomotion or attachment in invertebrates; a support resembling a pedal extremity: the part of the leg of a human being below the ankle joint; the lower part of anything; a member of a surveillance team who works on foot or rides as a passenger; a linear unit of length equal to 12 inches or a third of a yard; the pedal extremity of vertebrates other than human beings; lowest support of a structure; (prosody) a group of 2 or 3 syllables forming the basic unit of poetic rhythm; an army unit consisting of soldiers who fight on foot; add a column of numbers: walk; pay for something
  • football - any of various games played with a ball (round or oval) in which two teams try to kick or carry or propel the ball into each other's goal; the inflated oblong ball used in playing American football
  • foramen - a natural opening or perforation through a bone or a membranous structure
  • force - physical energy or intensity; a powerful effect or influence; a group of people having the power of effective action; group of people willing to obey orders; (physics) the influence that produces a change in a physical quantity; a putout of a base runner who is required to run; the putout is accomplished by holding the ball while touching the base to which the runner must advance before the runner reaches that base; an act of aggression (as one against a person who resists); (of a law) having legal validity; a unit that is part of some military service; one possessing or exercising power or influence or authority; impose or thrust urgently, importunately, or inexorably; do forcibly; exert force; force into or from an action or state, either physically or metaphorically; cause to move by pulling: squeeze like a wedge into a tight space; take by force; urge or force (a person) to an action; constrain or motivate; move with force, "He pushed the table into a corner"; to cause to do through pressure or necessity, by physical, moral or intellectual means :"She forced him to take a job in the city"
  • forced - made necessary by an unexpected situation or emergency: forced or compelled; produced by or subjected to forcing; lacking spontaneity; not natural
  • forceps - an extractor consisting of a pair of pincers used in medical treatment (especially for the delivery of babies)
  • forcibly - in a forcible manner
  • fore - situated at or toward the bow of a vessel; near or toward the bow of a ship or cockpit of a plane; front part of a vessel or aircraft
  • forearm - the part of the superior limb between the elbow and the wrist; arm in advance of a confrontation
  • forebrain - the anterior portion of the brain; the part of the brain that develops from the anterior part of the neural tube
  • forecast - a prediction about how something (as the weather) will develop; predict in advance; judge to be probable; indicate by signs
  • forefinger - the finger next to the thumb
  • forehead - the large cranial bone forming the front part of the cranium: includes the upper part of the orbits; the part of the face above the eyes
  • foreign - relating to or originating in or characteristic of another place or part of the world; of concern to or concerning the affairs of other nations (other than your own); not contained in or deriving from the essential nature of something; not belonging to that in which it is contained; introduced from an outside source
  • foremilk - milky fluid secreted for the first day or two after parturition
  • forensic - of, relating to, or used in courts of law or public debate or argument
  • foresee - realize beforehand; picture to oneself; imagine possible: act in advance of; deal with ahead of time
  • foreskin - a fold of skin covering the tip of the penis; a fold of skin covering the tip of the clitoris
  • forever - for a very long or seemingly endless time; seemingly without interruption; often and repeatedly; for a limitless time
  • forget - be unable to remember; dismiss from the mind; stop remembering; leave behind unintentionally; forget to do something
  • forgetful - failing to keep in mind; not mindful or attentive; (of memory) deficient in retentiveness or range
  • forgetfulness - tendency to forget; unawareness caused by neglectful or heedless failure to remember
  • forgotten - no longer known; irretrievable; not noticed inadvertently
  • fork - cutlery used for serving and eating food; an agricultural tool used for lifting or digging; has a handle and metal prongs; the region of the angle formed by the junction of two branches; the act of branching out or dividing into branches; the angle formed by the inner sides of the legs where they join the human trunk; shape like a fork; place under attack with one's own pieces, of two enemy pieces; divide into two or more branches so as to form a fork; lift with a pitchfork
  • form - a mold for setting concrete; the visual appearance of something or someone; a particular mode in which something is manifested; an ability to perform well; a perceptual structure; the phonological or orthographic sound or appearance of a word that can be used to describe or identify something; a printed document with spaces in which to write; an arrangement of the elements in a composition or discourse; (biology) a group of organisms within a species that differ in trivial ways from similar groups; the spatial arrangement of something as distinct from its substance; a life-size dummy used to display clothes; any spatial attributes (especially as defined by outline); alternative names for the body of a human being; a category of things distinguished by some common characteristic or quality; a body of students who are taught together: (physical chemistry) a distinct state of matter in a system; matter that is identical in chemical composition and physical state and separated from other material by the phase boundary; assume a form or shape; create (as an entity); to compose or represent:"This wall forms the background of the stage setting"; develop into a distinctive entity; give shape or form to; make something, usually for a specific function; establish or impress firmly in the mind
  • formal - being in accord with established forms and conventions and requirements (as e.g. of formal dress); (of spoken and written language) adhering to traditional standards of correctness and without casual, contracted, and colloquial forms; logically deductive: characteristic of or befitting a person in authority; refined or imposing in manner or appearance; befitting a royal court; represented in simplified or symbolic form; a gown for evening wear; a lavish dance requiring formal attire
  • formaldehyde - a colorless poisonous gas; made by the oxidation of methanol
  • formalin - a 10% solution of formaldehyde in water; used as a disinfectant or to preserve biological specimens
  • formation - the fabrication of something in a particular shape: creation by mental activity; a particular spatial arrangement; an arrangement of people or things acting as a unit; natural process that causes something to form; the act of forming something: (geology) the geological features of the earth
  • formation - the fabrication of something in a particular shape: creation by mental activity; a particular spatial arrangement; an arrangement of people or things acting as a unit; natural process that causes something to form; the act of forming something: (geology) the geological features of the earth
  • formed - fully developed as by discipline or training; having taken on a definite arrangement; having or given a form or shape; clearly defined; formed in the mind
  • former - referring to the first of two things or persons mentioned (or the earlier one or ones of several); (used especially of persons) of the immediate past; belonging to the distant past; belonging to some prior time; the first of two or the first mentioned of two
  • formerly - at a previous time
  • formication - hallucinated sensation that insects or snakes are crawling over the skin; a common side-effect of extensive use of cocaine or amphetamines
  • formula - a group of symbols that make a mathematical statement: a conventionalized statement expressing some fundamental principle; a representation of a substance using symbols for its constituent elements; a liquid food for infants; something regarded as a normative example; (mathematics) a standard procedure for solving a class of mathematical problems; directions for making something
  • formulary - of or relating to or of the nature of a formula: (pharmacology) a book containing a compilation of pharmaceutical products with their formulas and methods of preparation
  • fornix - an arched bundle of white fibers at the base of the brain by which the hippocampus of each hemisphere projects to the contralateral hippocampus and to the thalamus and mamillary bodies; generally any arch shaped structure (but often it refers to the arched roof of an anatomical space)
  • fortification - the addition of an ingredient for the purpose of enrichment (as the addition of alcohol to wine or the addition of vitamins to food); defensive structure consisting of walls or mounds built around a stronghold to strengthen it; the art or science of strengthening defenses
  • forty - being ten more than thirty; the cardinal number that is the product of ten and four
  • forward - moving toward a position ahead; at or near or directed toward the front; of the transmission gear causing forward movement in a motor vehicle; used of temperament or behavior; lacking restraint or modesty; moving forward; at or to or toward the front; in a forward direction; toward the future; forward in time: forward in time or order or degree; near or toward the bow of a ship or cockpit of a plane; a position on a basketball team; the person who plays the position of forward on a basketball team; send or ship onward from an intermediate post or station in transit
  • forwards - in a forward direction; at