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Ham Tweet Definition of Ham Like Definition of Ham on Facebook
proper noun
  1. (biblical) A son of Noah and the brother of Japheth and Shem.
hamate Tweet Definition of hamate Like Definition of hamate on Facebook
noun (pluralhamates)
  1. The hamate bone.
adjective
  1. (anatomy) Hooked at the tip.
hammer Tweet Definition of hammer Like Definition of hammer on Facebook
noun
  1. A tool with a heavy head and a handle used for pounding.
  2. A moving part of a firearm that strikes the firing pin to discharge a gun.
  3. (anatomy) The malleus.
  4. (music) In a piano or dulcimer, a piece of wood covered in felt that strikes the string.
  5. (sports) A device made of a heavy steel ball attached to a length of wire, and used for throwing.
  6. (curling) The last rock in an end.
  7. (context, Ultimate Frisbee) A frisbee throwing style in which the disc is held upside-down with a forehand grip and thrown above the head.
verb
  1. To strike repeatedly with a hammer, some other implement, the fist, etc.
  2. (figuratively) To emphasize a point repeatedly.
  3. (sports) To hit particularly hard.
  4. To strike internally, as if hit by a hammer.
I could hear the engine"s valves hammering once the timing rod was thrown.
hamulus Tweet Definition of hamulus Like Definition of hamulus on Facebook
noun Plural: Hamuli
  1. (Anatomy): A hook, or hooklike process
  2. (Zology): A hooked barbicel of a feather
hard palate Tweet Definition of hard palate Like Definition of hard palate on Facebook
noun
  1. A thin horizontal bony plate of the skull, located in the roof of the mouth.
haunch Tweet Definition of haunch Like Definition of haunch on Facebook
noun
  1. (anatomy) The area encompassing the upper thigh, hip and buttocks on one side of a human, primate, or quadruped animal, especially one that is able to sit on its hindquarters.
  2. The loin and leg of a quadruped, especially when used as food.
  3. (architecture) A squat vertical support structure.
Head Tweet Definition of Head Like Definition of Head on Facebook
proper noun
  1. An English surname.
heart Tweet Definition of heart Like Definition of heart on Facebook
noun
  1. (anatomy) A muscular organ that pumps blood through the body.
  2. emotions, Emotions, kindness, or spirit in general (but like above, people only have one heart).
  3. A shape or symbol approximately in the shape of a heart (♥).
  4. A playing card of the suit hearts featuring one or more heart-shaped symbols.
  5. The centre, essence, or core.
verb
  1. (context, internet slang, text messaging, emoticon) To be fond of, frequently abbreviated as <3.
heel Tweet Definition of heel Like Definition of heel on Facebook
noun (wikipedia, Heel, Heel (part of the foot))
  1. (anatomy) Part of the foot on the backside where it becomes the leg.
  2. The part of a shoe's sole which supports the foot's heel.
  3. On a long firearm, the back upper part of the stock.
  4. The last or lowest part of anything; as, the heel of a mast or the heel of a vessel.
  5. A crust end-piece of a loaf of bread.
  6. A contemptible, inconsiderate or thoughtless person.
  7. (nautical) The tilt of a ship to one side; also, the degree of such a tilt.
verb
  1. To follow at somebody's heels; to chase closely.
heel bone Tweet Definition of heel bone Like Definition of heel bone on Facebook
noun
  1. The calcaneus.
helix Tweet Definition of helix Like Definition of helix on Facebook
noun (helixes, pl2=helices)
  1. (mathematics) A curve on the surface of a cylinder or cone such that its angle to a plane perpendicular to the axis is constant; the three-dimensional curve seen in a screw or a spiral staircase.
  2. (architecture) A small volute under the abacus of a Corinthian capital.
  3. (anatomy) The incurved rim of the external ear.
proper nounHelix
  1. (zoology) A genus of land snail containing many species.
hemisphere Tweet Definition of hemisphere Like Definition of hemisphere on Facebook
noun
  1. (geometry) A half-sphere, formed by a plane intersecting the center of a sphere.
  2. (geography) Half of the Earth, the Northern Hemisphere, Southern Hemisphere, Western Hemisphere or Eastern Hemisphere.
  3. (anatomy) Either of the two halves of the cerebrum.
hemocyte Tweet Definition of hemocyte Like Definition of hemocyte on Facebook
noun
  1. a component of a blood cell, especially of an invertebrate
hepatic Tweet Definition of hepatic Like Definition of hepatic on Facebook
noun (plural: hepatics)
  1. Any compound that acts on the liver.
compound
  • Japanese: 臓 (んž, kanz ni kiku)
adjective (no (compar) or (superl))
  1. Of or relating to the liver.
  2. Acting on or occurring in the liver.
  3. (colour) of a deep brownish-red color like that of liver.
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hepatopancreas Tweet Definition of hepatopancreas Like Definition of hepatopancreas on Facebook
noun
  1. An organ of the digestive tract of arthropods and fish, which provides the functions which in mammals are provided separately by the liver and pancreas.
hiatus Tweet Definition of hiatus Like Definition of hiatus on Facebook
noun (hiatus, pl2=hiatuses)
  1. A break or pause.
  2. A gap in a series, making it incomplete.
  3. (linguistics)
  1. A syllable break between two vowels, without an intervening consonant. (Compare diphthong.)
  2. The condition of having such a break.
  3. Words like reality and nave contain vowels in hiatus.
    1. A gap in geological strata.
    2. A fissure in a bone.
    3. A small difference in pitch between two musical tones.
    4. A vacation.
hilum Tweet Definition of hilum Like Definition of hilum on Facebook
noun (pluralhila)
  1. The eye of a bean or other seed; the mark or scar at the point of attachment of an ovule or seed to its base or support.
  2. The nucleus of a starch grain.
  3. (anatomy) A depression or fissure through which ducts, nerves, or blood vessels enter and leave a gland or organ. Also called porta.
hinge Tweet Definition of hinge Like Definition of hinge on Facebook
noun
  1. A jointed or flexible device that allows the pivoting of a door etc.
  2. A folded and gummed paper rectangle for affixing postage stamps in an album.
  3. A point in time, on which subsequent events depend.
verb (hing, es)
  1. (transitive) To attach by, or equip with a hinge.
  2. (intransitive) To depend on something.
hip Tweet Definition of hip Like Definition of hip on Facebook
noun
  1. (anatomy) The outward-projecting parts of the pelvis and top of the femur and the overlying tissue.
  2. The fruit of a rose.
adjective (hipper, hippest)
  1. (slang) aware
  2. (slang) trendy.
hipbone Tweet Definition of hipbone Like Definition of hipbone on Facebook
noun
  1. (anatomy) Same as hip bone.
hippocampal Tweet Definition of hippocampal Like Definition of hippocampal on Facebook
adjective
  1. Pertaining to the hippocampus.
hippocampus Tweet Definition of hippocampus Like Definition of hippocampus on Facebook
noun (hippocampi)
  1. (anatomy) A part of the brain located inside the temporal lobe which consists mainly of grey matter. It is a component of the limbic system and plays a role in memory and emotion. So named because of its resemblance to the seahorse.
humerus Tweet Definition of humerus Like Definition of humerus on Facebook
noun (humeri)
  1. (anatomy) The bone of the upper arm.
Hymen Tweet Definition of Hymen Like Definition of Hymen on Facebook
proper noun
  1. (Greek mythology) The god of marriage.
hypochondrium Tweet Definition of hypochondrium Like Definition of hypochondrium on Facebook
noun (plural hypochondria)
  1. (anatomy) the upper region of the abdomen, below the lower ribs, each side of the epigastrium
hypodermic Tweet Definition of hypodermic Like Definition of hypodermic on Facebook
noun
  1. A hypodermic syringe, needle or injection
adjective
  1. Of, or relating to the hypodermis, the layer beneath the dermis
hypoglossal Tweet Definition of hypoglossal Like Definition of hypoglossal on Facebook
adjective
  1. of or pertaining to the area under the tongue
hypophysis Tweet Definition of hypophysis Like Definition of hypophysis on Facebook
noun (plural hypophyses)
  1. (anatomy) The pituitary gland.
hypothalamus Tweet Definition of hypothalamus Like Definition of hypothalamus on Facebook
noun (pluralhypothalami)
  1. (anatomy) A region of the brain located below the thalamus, forming the basal portion of the diencephalon, and functioning to regulate body temperature, some metabolic processes and governing the autonomic nervous system.

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