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scalpel Tweet Definition of scalpel Like Definition of scalpel on Facebook
  1. A small straight knife with a very sharp blade used for surgery, dissection and craftwork.
scarification Tweet Definition of scarification Like Definition of scarification on Facebook
  1. the act of scarifying - of raking the ground harshly to remove weeds etc
  2. a medieval form of penance in which the skin was damaged with a knife or hot iron
scarify Tweet Definition of scarify Like Definition of scarify on Facebook
verb (scarifies, scarifying, scarified, scarified)
  1. To scar.
  2. denude, Denude, or lay waste to.
scoop Tweet Definition of scoop Like Definition of scoop on Facebook
  1. Any cup- or bowl-shaped tool, usually including a handle used to lift and move loose or soft solid material.
''She kept a in the dog food
  1. The amount or volume of loose or solid material held by a particular scoop.
Use one of coffee for each pot.
I'll have one of chocolate ice-cream
  1. A story or fact; especially, news learned and reported before anyone else.
He listened carefully, in hopes of getting the scoop on the debate.
  1. (automotive) An opening in a hood/bonnet or other body panel to admit air, usually for cooling the engine.
  2. The digging attachment on a front-end loader.
section Tweet Definition of section Like Definition of section on Facebook
  1. A cutting; a part cut out from the rest of something.
  2. A part, piece, division.
  3. A part of a document.
  1. To cut, divide or separate into pieces.
  2. To commit, as for mental health reasons
Set Tweet Definition of Set Like Definition of Set on Facebook
proper noun (also Seth)
  1. An ancient Egyptian god, variously described as the god of chaos, the god of thunder and storms, or the god of destruction.
sex change Tweet Definition of sex change Like Definition of sex change on Facebook
  1. (medicine) the surgical or hormonal modification of a person's biological gender
shunt Tweet Definition of shunt Like Definition of shunt on Facebook
  1. A switch on a railway
  2. A connection used as an alternative path between parts of an electric circuit
  3. A passage between body channels constructed surgically as a bypass
  1. (informal) A minor collision
  1. To turn away or aside
  2. To move a train from one track to another, or to move carriages etc from one train to another
  3. To divert electric current by providing an alternative path
  4. To divert the flow of a body fluid using surgery
  5. (informal) To have a minor collision, especially in a motor car
snare Tweet Definition of snare Like Definition of snare on Facebook
  1. A trap made from a loop of wire, string, or leather.
  2. (rare) A mental or psychological trap; usually in the phrase a snare and a delusion.
  3. (context, veterinary) A loop of cord used in obstetric cases, to hold or to pull a fetus from the mother animal.
  4. (music) A set of chains strung across the bottom of a drum to create a rattling sound.
  5. (music) A snare drum.
verb (snar, ing)
  1. to catch or hold, especially with a loop
sound Tweet Definition of sound Like Definition of sound on Facebook
  1. A sensation perceived by the ear caused by the vibration of air or some other medium. (He turned when he heard the of footsteps behind him.)
Nobody made a .
  1. A vibration capable of causing this.
  1. (intransitive) To produce a sound.
When the horn sounds, be careful.
  1. (rfex) (transitive) To state or utter, especially with deliberation; to repeat.
  2. (transitive) To cause to produce a sound.
He sounds the instrument.
  1. (intransitive) To arise or to be recognizable as arising within a particular area of law.
"There can be no doubt that claims brought pursuant to ยง 1983 in tort."
-City of Monterey v. Del Monte Dunes at Monterey, Ltd., 526 U.S. 687, 709 (1999).
adjective (sounder, soundest)
  1. healthy, Healthy.
He was safe and .
  1. complete, Complete, solid, or secure.
Fred assured me the floorboards were .
  1. (context, British, slang) Good or a good thing.
"How are you?" - "I'm ."
That's a track you're playing.
speculum Tweet Definition of speculum Like Definition of speculum on Facebook
noun (pl=speculums, pl2=specula)
  1. (medicine) A medical instrument used during an examination to dilate an orifice.
  2. A mirror.
splenectomy Tweet Definition of splenectomy Like Definition of splenectomy on Facebook
noun (splenectomies)
  1. (context, surgery) The surgical removal of the spleen.
sponge Tweet Definition of sponge Like Definition of sponge on Facebook
  1. (countable) Any of various marine invertebrates, mostly of the phylum Porifera, that have a porous skeleton often of silica
  2. (countable) A piece of porous material used for washing (originally made from the invertebrates, now often made of plastic)
  3. (uncountable) A porous material such as sponges consist of
  4. (informal) A heavy drinker
  5. (countable, uncountable) A light cake
  6. (countable, uncountable, UK) A type of steamed pudding
  7. (slang) A person who takes advantage of the generosity of others (abstractly imagined to absorb or soak up the money or efforts of others like a sponge)
verb (spong, ing)
  1. (slang) To take advantage of the kindness of others.
He has been sponging off his friends for a month now.
  1. To clean, soak up, or dab with a sponge.
spud Tweet Definition of spud Like Definition of spud on Facebook
  1. A tool, similar to a spade, used for digging out weeds etc.
  2. (italbrac, Commonwealth slang) potato
  3. A hole in a sock.
verb (spud, d, ing)
  1. To begin drilling an oil well.
stoma Tweet Definition of stoma Like Definition of stoma on Facebook
noun (stomata)
  1. (botany) One of the tiny pores in the epidermis of a leaf or stem through which gases and water vapor pass.
  2. A small opening in a membrane; a surgically constructed opening, especially one in the abdominal wall that permits the passage of waste after a colostomy or ileostomy.
  3. (zoology) A mouthlike opening, such as the oral cavity of a nematode.
  4. An artificial anus.
strip Tweet Definition of strip Like Definition of strip on Facebook
  1. a long, thin piece of a bigger item
    • You use strips of paper in papier mache.
      1. a series of drawings, a comic
      2. a landing strip
      3. a street with multiple shopping or entertainment possibilities
      4. (fencing) The fencing area, roughly 14 meters by 2 meters.
      5. (UK football) the uniform of a football team, or the same worn by supporters.
verb (strip, p, ing)
  1. (transitive) To remove or take away.
    • Norm will the old varnish before painting the chair.
      1. (transitive) To take off clothing.
      2. (intransitive) To do a striptease.
      3. (transitive) To completely take away, to plunder.
    • The robbers stripped Norm of everything he owned.
      1. (transitive) To remove the threads from a screw or the teeth from a gear.
      2. (transitive) To remove color from hair, cloth, etc. to prepare it to receive new color.
      3. (transitive) (in Bridge) To remove all cards of a particular suit from another player. (See also, strip-squeeze.)
surgeon Tweet Definition of surgeon Like Definition of surgeon on Facebook
  1. One who performs surgery; a doctor who performs operations on people or animals.
The refused to operate because the patient was her son.
surgery Tweet Definition of surgery Like Definition of surgery on Facebook
noun (surgeries)
  1. (medicine) A procedure involving major incisions to remove, repair, or replace a part of a body.
    Many times is necessary to prevent cancer from spreading.
    1. An room or department where surgery is performed.
    I would discuss hospital policy to you more, but I"m wanted in .
    1. A doctor's consulting room.
    I dropped in on the surgery as I was passing to pick up my prescription.
    1. Any arrangement where people arrive and wait for an interview with certain people, similar to a doctor's surgery.
    Our MP will be holding a surgery in the village hall on Tuesday.
surgical Tweet Definition of surgical Like Definition of surgical on Facebook
  1. of, relating to, used in, or resulting from surgery
  2. precise or very accurate
The building was destroyed with a air-strike.
surrogate mother Tweet Definition of surrogate mother Like Definition of surrogate mother on Facebook
  1. A woman who gives birth to a child not her own, with the intent to give that child up to at least one of the biological parents once it is born.

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