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dactyl Tweet Definition of dactyl Like Definition of dactyl on Facebook
noun
  1. A poetical foot of three sylables (-- ~ ~), one long followed by two short, or one accented followed by two unaccented.
deferent Tweet Definition of deferent Like Definition of deferent on Facebook
adjective
  1. showing deference
deltoid Tweet Definition of deltoid Like Definition of deltoid on Facebook
noun
  1. The w:deltoid muscle, deltoid muscle, a triangular muscle on the human shoulder.
adjective
  1. In the shape of the upper case Greek letter delta "; triangular.
  2. Of, or connected with the w:deltoid muscle, deltoid muscle
  3. (botany, of leaves) Of a triangular or roughly triangular shape and attached to the stem via the side.
dendrite Tweet Definition of dendrite Like Definition of dendrite on Facebook
noun (pluraldendrites)
  1. (cytology) A slender projection of a nerve cell which conducts nerve impulses from a synapse to the body of the cell; a dendron.
dermal Tweet Definition of dermal Like Definition of dermal on Facebook
adjective
  1. Of or pertaining to skin or integument.
({2, The muscles in the face are used to form expressions)}
dermatome Tweet Definition of dermatome Like Definition of dermatome on Facebook
noun
  1. an instrument used surgically to remove a thin slice of skin for grafting
  2. an area of skin which is innervated by afferent nerve fibers coming to a single posterior spinal root
  3. the cutis plate
dermic Tweet Definition of dermic Like Definition of dermic on Facebook
adjective
  1. Of or relating to the dermis or skin.
dimple Tweet Definition of dimple Like Definition of dimple on Facebook
noun
  1. A small depression in a surface.
The accident created a in the hood of the car.
  1. Specifically, a small depression on the skin, especially on the face near the corners of the mouth.
You have very cute dimples.
verb (dimpl, ing)
  1. (transitive) To create a dimple in.
The hailstorm dimpled the roof of our car.
  1. (intransitive) To create a dimple in one's face by smiling.
The young girl dimpled in glee as she was handed a cupcake.
dissect Tweet Definition of dissect Like Definition of dissect on Facebook
verb
  1. (transitive) To study a dead animal's anatomy by cutting it apart; to perform a necropsy or an autopsy.
  2. (transitive) To study a plant or other organism's anatomy similarly.
  3. (transitive) To analyze an idea in detail by separating it into its parts.
  4. (context, transitive, anatomy, surgery) To separate muscles, organs, and so on without cutting into them or disrupting their architecture.
Now the triceps away from its attachment on the humerus.
  1. (context, transitive, pathology) Of an infection or foreign material, following the fascia separating muscles or other organs.
dorsal Tweet Definition of dorsal Like Definition of dorsal on Facebook
adjective
  1. (anatomy) With respect to, or concerning the side in which the backbone is located.
  2. (context, of a knife) Having only one sharp side.
  3. An anatomical term referring to the top surface of either foot and/or hand.
ductless gland Tweet Definition of ductless gland Like Definition of ductless gland on Facebook
noun
  1. (anatomy) Any gland that secretes hormones directly into the bloodstream; especially the endocrine gland
dug Tweet Definition of dug Like Definition of dug on Facebook
noun
  1. mammary gland on domestic mammal containing more than two breasts. Usually used in the plural form.
verb
  1. (past of, dig)
dura mater Tweet Definition of dura mater Like Definition of dura mater on Facebook
noun
  1. The tough and inflexible outermost of the three layers of the meninges

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