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  1. abulic
    suffering from abulia
  2. acanthous
    shaped like a spine or thorn
  3. acetic
    relating to a clear organic acid with a pungent odor
  4. acrimonious
    marked by strong resentment or cynicism
  5. akinesia
    motionlessness attributable to a temporary paralysis
  6. allochthonous
    of rocks, deposits, etc.
  7. analeptic
    stimulating the central nervous system
  8. anastrophe
    the reversal of the normal order of words
  9. anathema
    a formal ecclesiastical curse accompanied by excommunication
  10. anathematize
    curse or declare to be evil
  11. anosmia
    absence of the sense of smell
  12. anthropomorphic
    suggesting human features for animals or inanimate things
    change into a man
  13. anthropophagous
    of or relating to eaters of human flesh
  14. anthroposophy
    a system of beliefs and practices based on the philosophy of Rudolf Steiner; it claims to integrate the practical and psychological in child-centered education
  15. apocalypse
    a cosmic cataclysm in which God destroys the powers of evil
  16. apocope
    abbreviation of a word by omitting the final sound or sounds
  17. Apocrypha
    14 books of the Old Testament included in the Vulgate (except for II Esdras) but omitted in Jewish and Protestant versions of the Bible; eastern Christian churches (except the Coptic Church) accept all these books as canonical; the Russian Orthodox Church accepts these texts as divinely inspired but does not grant them the same status
  18. apoplectic
    pertaining to a sudden loss of consciousness
  19. apoplexy
    a loss of consciousness from the lack of oxygen in the brain
  20. archidiaconal
    of or relating to an archdeacon or his office
  21. arenaceous
    resembling or containing or abounding in sand
  22. astragal
    the bone in the ankle that articulates with the leg bones to form the ankle joint
  23. autoclave
    a heating device used to sterilize tools and instruments
  24. bathyscaph
    navigable deep diving vessel for underwater exploration
  25. bathyscaphe
    navigable deep diving vessel for underwater exploration
  26. bibliothecarial
    of or relating to a library or bibliotheca or a librarian
  27. burgeon
    grow and flourish
  28. byssus
    tuft of strong filaments by which e.g. a mussel makes itself fast to a fixed surface
  29. carpophagous
    feeding on fruit
  30. catamount
    short-tailed wildcats with usually tufted ears
  31. catechesis
    oral religious instruction
  32. catechism
    an elementary book summarizing the principles of a religion
  33. catechumen
    a new convert being taught the principles of Christianity by a catechist
  34. cathartic
    emotionally purging
  35. cenotaph
    monument to honor those whose remains are interred elsewhere
  36. chela
    a grasping structure on the limb of a crustacean or other arthropods
  37. chiliast
    a person who believes in the coming of the millennium
  38. chimera
    a grotesque product of the imagination
  39. chiromancer
    fortuneteller who predicts your future by the lines on your palms
  40. choragic
    pertaining to or characteristic of a choragus
  41. chordal
    relating to or consisting of or emphasizing chords
  42. columnist
    a journalist who writes editorials
  43. cotyledon
    embryonic leaf in seed-bearing plants
  44. criterion
    the ideal in terms of which something can be judged
  45. cymose
    having a usually flat-topped flower cluster in which the main and branch stems each end in a flower that opens before those below it or to its side
  46. cynodont
    small carnivorous reptiles
  47. cynosure
    something that provides guidance
  48. diadem
    an ornamental jeweled headdress signifying sovereignty
  49. diapason
    either of the two main stops on a pipe organ
  50. diaspora
    the dispersion of something that was originally localized
  51. didactic
    instructive, especially excessively
  52. dyskinesia
    abnormality in performing voluntary muscle movements
  53. ecchymosis
    the purple or black-and-blue area resulting from a bruise
  54. ecumenical
    concerned with promoting unity among churches or religions
  55. egoism
    concern for your own interests and welfare
  56. eidetic
    of visual imagery of almost photographic accuracy
  57. empyreal
    of or relating to the sky or heavens
  58. enigma
    something that baffles understanding and cannot be explained
  59. enigmatic
    not clear to the understanding
  60. ephemeral
    anything short-lived, as an insect that lives only for a day
  61. ephemerid
    short-lived insect
  62. epicure
    a person devoted to refined sensuous enjoyment
  63. epicurean
    devoted to pleasure
  64. epigram
    a witty saying
  65. epistaxis
    bleeding from the nose
  66. epitaph
    an inscription in memory of a buried person
  67. erethism
    an abnormally high degree of irritability or sensitivity to stimulation of an organ or body part
  68. etiolate
    make weak by stunting the growth or development of
  69. eudiometer
    measuring instrument consisting of a graduated glass tube for measuring volume changes in chemical reactions between gases
  70. euphemism
    an inoffensive expression substituted for an offensive one
  71. exegesis
    an explanation or critical interpretation
  72. farinaceous
    resembling starch
  73. gnomon
    indicator provided by the stationary arm whose shadow indicates the time on the sundial
  74. halophyte
    plant growing naturally in very salty soil
  75. hebephrenia
    a form of schizophrenia characterized by severe disintegration of personality including erratic speech and childish mannerisms and bizarre behavior; usually becomes evident during puberty; the most common diagnostic category in mental institutions
  76. hegemony
    the dominance or leadership of one social group over others
  77. heliolatry
    the worship of the sun
  78. hyperbole
    extravagant exaggeration
  79. ichor
    the rarified fluid said to flow in the veins of the Gods
  80. inchoate
    only partly in existence; imperfectly formed
  81. inion
    the craniometric point that is the most prominent point at the back of the head (at the occipital protuberance)
  82. lachrymose
    showing sorrow
  83. lagomorph
    relative large gnawing animals
  84. lipaemia
    presence of excess lipids in the blood
  85. lyssa
    an acute viral disease of the nervous system of warm-blooded animals (usually transmitted by the bite of a rabid animal); rabies is fatal if the virus reaches the brain
  86. mephitic
    of noxious stench from atmospheric pollution
  87. misogamist
    a person who hates marriage
  88. monandry
    the state of having only one husband at a time
  89. monastic
    of communal life sequestered under religious vows
  90. myrmidon
    a follower who carries out orders without question
  91. nosology
    the branch of medical science dealing with the classification of disease
  92. nyctalopia
    inability to see clearly in dim light
  93. omphaloskepsis
    the contemplation of one's navel; complacent self-absorption
  94. ornithischian
    herbivorous dinosaur with a pelvis like that of a bird
  95. oximeter
    a measuring instrument that measures the oxygen in arterial blood
  96. pachydermatous
    of or relating to or characteristic of pachyderms
  97. paraph
    a flourish added after or under your signature
  98. pedagogue
    someone who educates young people
  99. pedagogy
    the profession of a teacher
  100. periphrasis
    an act of expressing things in an indirect or roundabout way
  101. petrous
    resembling stone in hardness
  102. phalanx
    any closely ranked crowd of people
  103. pharos
    a tower with a light that gives warning of shoals to passing ships
  104. phloem
    plant tissue that conducts synthesized food substances
  105. plethora
    extreme excess
  106. polyanthus
    florists' primroses
  107. polyphonic
    of or relating to or characterized by polyphony
  108. polysemous
    having many meanings
  109. porphyry
    any igneous rock with crystals embedded in a finer groundmass of minerals
  110. propaedeutic
    preceding and preparing for something
  111. purgative
    strongly laxative
  112. pyrotechnic
    of or relating to the craft of making fireworks
  113. reprobate
    a person without moral scruples
  114. rhetoric
    study of the technique for using language effectively
  115. rhetorician
    a person who delivers a speech or oration
  116. sarcophagus
    a stone coffin, usually bearing sculpture or inscriptions
  117. schism
    division of a group into opposing factions
  118. schismatic
    of or relating to or involved in or characteristic of schism
  119. scion
    a descendent or heir
  120. scourge
    something causing misery or death
  121. sophistry
    a deliberately invalid argument in the hope of deceiving
  122. sphygmomanometer
    a pressure gauge for measuring blood pressure
  123. spiral
    something wound in a continuous series of loops
  124. spire
    a tall tower that forms the superstructure of a building
  125. spirochete
    parasitic or free-living bacteria
  126. stenosis
    abnormal narrowing of a bodily canal or passageway
  127. synchroneity
    the relation that exists when things occur at the same time
  128. syncretism
    the union of different systems of thought or belief
  129. teratology
    the branch of biology concerned with the development of malformations or serious deviations from the normal type of organism
  130. terpsichore
    taking a series of rhythmical steps in time to music
  131. tumid
    abnormally distended especially by fluids or gas
  132. xanthous
    of the color intermediate between green and orange in the color spectrum; of something resembling the color of an egg yolk
  133. xenophobia
    a fear of foreigners or strangers
  134. xylem
    plant tissue that conducts water and dissolved nutrients
  135. zeugma
    rhetorical use of a word to govern two or more words
  136. psephology
    the branch of sociology that studies election trends
  137. hyperbolic
    enlarged beyond truth or reasonableness
  138. paean
    a hymn of praise
  139. ptosis
    drooping of the upper eyelid caused by muscle paralysis and weakness
  140. psoriasis
    a chronic skin disease characterized by dry red patches covered with scales; occurs especially on the scalp and ears and genitalia and the skin over bony prominences
  141. physic
    a purging medicine
  142. thoracic
    of or relating to the chest or thorax
  143. psilosis
    a chronic disorder that occurs in tropical and non-tropical forms and in both children and adults; nutrients are not absorbed; symptoms include foul-smelling diarrhea and emaciation
  144. microcosm
    a miniature model of something
  145. campion
    any plant of the genus Silene
  146. monoicous
    having male and female reproductive organs in the same plant or animal
  147. pseudo
    not genuine but having the appearance of
  148. autochthonous
    originating where it is found
  149. stanchion
    any vertical post or rod used as a support
  150. triskaidekaphobia
    a morbid fear of the number 13
  151. elegy
    a mournful poem; a lament for the dead
  152. zoanthropy
    the delusion that you have assumed the form of an animal
  153. metempsychosis
    after death the soul begins a new cycle of existence in another human body
  154. stachyose
    a tetrasaccharide found in the tubers of the Chinese artichoke
  155. ailanthus
    any of several deciduous Asian trees of the genus Ailanthus
  156. hypozeugma
    use of a series of subjects with a single predicate
  157. butyraceous
    having the qualities of butter or yielding or containing a substance like butter
  158. epanorthosis
    immediate rephrasing for intensification or justification
  159. myxomatosis
    a viral disease (usually fatal) of rabbits
  160. amygdaline
    related to or resembling an almond
  161. banausic
    (formal) ordinary and not refined
  162. semantic
    of or relating to meaning or the study of meaning
  163. sebaceous
    containing an unusual amount of grease or oil
  164. neologism
    a newly invented word or phrase
  165. laryngitis
    an inflammation characterized by hoarseness or loss of voice
  166. larynx
    the structure containing the vocal cords
  167. laryngectomy
    surgical removal of part or all of the larynx
  168. erysipelas
    an acute streptococcal infection characterized by deep-red inflammation of the skin and mucous membranes
  169. deipnosophist
    someone skilled at informal chitchat
  170. chalaza
    one of two spiral bands of tissue connecting the egg yolk to the enclosing membrane at either end of the shell
  171. naprapathy
    a drugless method of treatment based on the belief that disease symptoms arise from problems with ligaments and connective tissues
  172. atlas
    a collection of maps in book form
  173. splanchnic
    relating to or affecting the viscera
  174. telamon
    a figure of a man used as a supporting column
  175. phylactery
    (Judaism) either of two small leather cases containing texts from the Hebrew Scriptures (known collectively as tefillin); traditionally worn (on the forehead and the left arm) by Jewish men during morning prayer
  176. typhoid
    infection marked by intestinal inflammation and ulceration
  177. acanthosis
    an abnormal but benign thickening of the prickle-cell layer of the skin (as in psoriasis)
  178. myotonia
    abnormally long muscular contractions
  179. pityriasis
    any of several skin disorders characterized by shedding dry flakes of skin
  180. dermatosis
    disorder involving lesions or eruptions of the skin
  181. phytology
    the branch of biology that studies plants
  182. phylliform
    having the shape of a leaf
  183. polyp
    a small vascular growth on the surface of a mucous membrane
  184. palilalia
    a pathological condition in which a word is rapidly and involuntarily repeated
  185. echolalia
    mechanical and meaningless repetition of another's words
  186. anacoluthon
    an abrupt change within a sentence from one syntactic structure to another
  187. lyric
    of or relating to poetry that expresses emotion
  188. lyricist
    a person who writes the words for songs
  189. gamopetalous
    having a corolla composed of partially or wholly fused petals forming a corolla shaped like a tube or funnel
  190. bathetic
    effusively or insincerely emotional
  191. cataclysm
    a sudden violent change in the earth's surface
  192. diorama
    a picture representing a continuous scene
  193. numinous
    of or relating to or characteristic of a spirit
  194. ecphonesis
    an exclamatory rhetorical device
  195. metricize
    express in the metric system
  196. metric
    based on a decimal unit of measurement
  197. elegiac
    resembling or characteristic of a lament for the dead
  198. nomothetic
    relating to or involving the search for abstract universal principles
  199. metastasis
    the spreading of a disease to another part of the body
  200. metastasis
    the spreading of a disease to another part of the body
  201. metastasize
    spread throughout the body
  202. pyrethrum
    white-flowered pyrethrum of Balkan area whose pinnate leaves are white and silky-hairy below; source of an insecticide; sometimes placed in genus Chrysanthemum
  203. hallux
    the first largest innermost toe
  204. Pollux
    the brightest star in Gemini; close to Castor
  205. meiosis
    cell division in sexually reproducing organisms
  206. dialyzer
    a medical instrument for separating substances in solution by unequal diffusion through semipermeable membranes
  207. myringa
    the membrane in the ear that vibrates to sound
  208. cholangitis
    inflammation of the bile ducts
  209. thylacine
    rare doglike carnivorous marsupial of Tasmania having stripes on its back; probably extinct
  210. ichneumon
    northern African mongoose
  211. pelycosaur
    large primitive reptile having a tall spinal sail
  212. philately
    the collection and study of postage stamps
  213. emmetropia
    (ophthalmology) the normal refractive condition of the eye in which there is clear focus of light on the retina
  214. ophthalmology
    the branch of medicine concerned with the eye
  215. chalazion
    a small sebaceous cyst of the eyelid resulting when a Meibomian gland is blocked
  216. retroflex
    bent or curved backward
  217. polysemantic
    of words; having many meanings
  218. thallophyte
    any of a group of cryptogamic organisms consisting principally of a thallus and thus showing no differentiation into stem and root and leaf
  219. cryptogamic
    of or relating to a cryptogam
  220. siriasis
    sudden prostration due to exposure to the sun or excessive heat
  221. syncytium
    a mass of cytoplasm containing several nuclei and enclosed in a membrane but no internal cell boundaries (as in muscle fibers)
  222. cytol
    the protoplasm of a cell excluding the nucleus
  223. cytoplasm
    the substance inside a cell, not including the nucleus
  224. lyophilize
    to dry by freezing in a high vacuum
  225. hendiadys
    use of two conjoined nouns instead of a noun and modifier
  226. apophysis
    (anatomy) a natural outgrowth or projection on an organ or body part such as the process of a vertebra
  227. chloasma
    a tan discoloration of a woman's face that is associated with pregnancy or with the use of oral contraceptives
  228. melasma
    a tan discoloration of a woman's face that is associated with pregnancy or with the use of oral contraceptives
  229. argillaceous
    resembling or containing clay
  230. gueridon
    a small round table
  231. anchusa
    any of various Old World herbs of the genus Anchusa having one-sided clusters of trumpet-shaped flowers
  232. mydriasis
    reflex pupillary dilation as a muscle pulls the iris outward
  233. mydriatic
    a drug that causes the pupil of the eye to dilate
  234. machicolation
    a projecting parapet on a medieval castle
  235. hyson
    a Chinese green tea with twisted leaves
  236. scorpion
    arachnid of warm dry regions having a long segmented tail ending in a venomous stinger
  237. hebdomadal
    of or occurring every seven days
  238. hebdomadary
    of or occurring every seven days
  239. corymb
    flat-topped or convex inflorescence in which the individual flower stalks grow upward from various points on the main stem to approximately the same height; outer flowers open first
  240. antrorse
    bent or curved forward or upward
  241. morion
    a metal helmet worn by common soldiers in the 16th century
  242. fungicidal
    capable of destroying fungi
  243. petechia
    a minute red or purple spot on the surface of the skin as the result of tiny hemorrhages of blood vessels in the skin (as in typhoid fever)
  244. ptomaine
    any of various amines (such as putrescine or cadaverine) formed by the action of putrefactive bacteria
  245. andradite
    a garnet consisting of calcium iron silicate and having any color ranging from yellow and green to brown and black; used as gemstone
  246. therapsid
    probably warm-blooded; considered direct ancestor of mammals
  247. empirical
    derived from experiment and observation rather than theory
  248. elysian
    relating to the abode of the blessed after death
  249. Elysium
    a place or condition of ideal happiness
  250. etymology
    a history of a word
  251. analogy
    drawing a comparison in order to show a similarity
  252. analogous
    similar or equivalent in some respects
  253. analog
    something having a similarity to something else
  254. syntax
    the study of the rules for forming admissible sentences
  255. hemorrhagic
    of or relating to a hemorrhage
  256. dithyramb
    a passionate hymn
  257. dithyrambic
    of or in the manner of a dithyramb
  258. charisma
    personal attractiveness that enables you to influence others
  259. pleonasm
    using more words than necessary
  260. antipodal
    the relation of opposition along a diameter
  261. naphtha
    a volatile, flammable liquid made of hydrocarbons
  262. halcyon
    a mythical bird said to breed at the winter solstice
  263. xylose
    a sugar extracted from wood or straw
  264. tryst
    a secret rendezvous, especially a romantic one
  265. phlegmatic
    showing little emotion
  266. anemophilous
    of flowering plants that are pollinated by the wind
  267. anechoic
    not having or producing echoes; sound-absorbent
  268. klaxon
    a kind of loud horn formerly used on motor vehicles
  269. thalassic
    relating to the seas, especially smaller or inland seas
  270. lachrymal
    of or relating to tears
  271. sylph
    a slender graceful young woman
  272. yttrium
    a silvery metallic element that is common in rare-earth minerals; used in magnesium and aluminum alloys
  273. diaphanous
    so thin as to transmit light
  274. purgation
    purging the body by the use of a cathartic to stimulate evacuation of the bowels
  275. catharsis
    purging the body to stimulate evacuation of the bowels
  276. bucolic
    devoted to raising sheep or cattle
  277. pyrrhic
    relating to a victory that is offset by staggering losses
  278. monoecious
    having male and female reproductive organs in the same plant or animal
  279. astylar
    lacking columns or pillars
  280. scorpaenoid
    fishes having the head armored with bony plates
  281. nexus
    the means of connection between things linked in series
  282. homophone
    a word pronounced the same with another meaning or spelling
  283. atrabilious
    irritable as if suffering from indigestion
  284. coelostat
    optical device used to follow the path of a celestial body and reflect its light into a telescope; has a movable and a fixed mirror
  285. protomammal
    probably warm-blooded; considered direct ancestor of mammals
  286. homograph
    one of two words spelled the same way that differ in meaning
  287. axiom
    a proposition that is not susceptible of proof or disproof
  288. conchology
    the collection and study of mollusc shells
  289. chlorofluorocarbon
    a fluorocarbon with chlorine
  290. oleaginous
    containing an unusual amount of grease or oil
  291. rhabdomancer
    someone who uses a divining rod to find underground water
  292. ecdysis
    periodic shedding of the cuticle in arthropods or the outer skin in reptiles
  293. acolyte
    an assistant to a priest or minister in a liturgical service
  294. ichthyologist
    a zoologist who studies fishes
  295. haematoidin
    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
  296. choreograph
    compose a sequence of dance steps, often to music
  297. beryl
    the chief source of beryllium
  298. tympanum
    the main cavity of the ear
  299. gingiva
    the tissue of the jaws that surrounds the bases of the teeth
  300. ontogenesis
    the process of an individual organism growing organically
  301. ontogeny
    the process of an individual organism growing organically
  302. tympanitis
    inflammation of the inner ear
Created on June 8, 2009 (updated February 25, 2011)

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