24 May 2014

Vocab 5/24/14

consanguineous (adj.) -- of the same lineage or origin; having a common ancestor

consanguinity (n) -- 1. relationship by blood or by a common ancestor 2. a close affinity or connection

pirouette (n) -- a full turn of the body on the point of the toe or the ball of the foot in ballet

defecate (v) -- to void feces from the bowels

aleatory (adj.) -- dependent on chance, luck, or an uncertain outcome

plumb (n) -- a weight on the end of a line, used to determine water depth
           (adj.) -- 1. exactly vertical 2. also plum informal utter; absolute; sheer

wen (n) -- a harmless cyst, especially on the scalp or face, containing the fatty secretion of a sebaceous gland

cyst (n) -- pathology an abnormal membranous sac containing a gaseous, liquid, or semisolid substance

 sebaceous gland (n) -- any of various glands in the dermis of the skin that open into a hair follicle and produce and secrete sebum

follicle (n) -- anatomy a small bodily cavity or sac

sac (n) -- a pouch or pouchlike structure in a plant or an animal, sometimes filled with fluid

dermis (n) -- the sensitive connective tissue layer of the skin located below the epidermis, containing nerve endings, sweat and sebaceous glands, and blood and lymph vessels

sebaceous (adj.) -- of, relating to, or resembling fat or sebum; fatty

sebum (n) --the semifluid secretion of the sebaceous glands, consisting chiefly of fat, keratin, and cellular material

ester (n) -- any of a class of organic compounds corresponding to the inorganic salts and formed from an organic acid and an alcohol

keratin (n) -- a tough, insoluble protein substance that is the chief structural constituent of hair, nails, horns, and hooves

insoluble (adj.) -- that cannot be dissolved

soluble (adj.) -- that can be dissolved, especially easily dissolved

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