21 May 2014

Vocab 5/20/14 (PPFTF)

vocative (adj.) -- 1. relating to, characteristic of, or used in calling 2. of, relating to, or being a grammatical case in certain inflected languages to indicate the person or thing being addressed
                  (n) -- the vocative case

scathe (v) -- to harm or injure, especially by fire

curare (n) -- a toxic alkaloid found in certain tropical South American trees that is a powerful relaxant for striated muscles; "curare acts by blocking cholinergic transmission at the myoneural junction"

striate (v) -- to mark with striations

striation (n) -- the state of being striated or having striae

stria (n) -- a thin, narrow groove or channel
Usage Note: The plural (pl.) form is striae.

alkaloid (n) -- any of various organic compounds normally with basic chemical properties and usually containing at least one nitrogen atom in a heterocyclic ring, occurring chiefly in many vascular plants and some fungi. Many alkaloids, such as nicotine, quinine, cocaine, and morphine, are known for their poisonous or medicinal attributes

heterocyclic (n) -- containing more than one kind of atom joined in a ring

paraplegia (n) -- complete paralysis of the lower half of the body including both legs, usually caused by damage to the spinal cord

eidetic (adj.) -- of, relating to, or marked by extraordinarily detailed and vivid recall of visual images

bradykinetic (adj.) -- characterized by or pertaining to slow movement

homodont (n) -- having teeth all alike in form, as those of the lower vertebrates, in contrast to heterodont

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