Any of a large group of structurally similar hydrated double silicate minerals, such as hornblende, containing various combinations of sodium, calcium, magnesium, iron, and aluminum.
1. Metabolic reactions in which molecules are linked together to form more complex compounds.
Starch, glycogen, fats, and proteins are all products of anabolic pathways.
2. The building up of the body's substance or the constructive phase of metabolism by which a cell takes from the blood the substance required for repair and growth, building it into a cytoplasm; thus, converting a nonliving material into the living cytoplasm of the cell.
Anabolism is the opposite of catabolism, the destructive phase of metabolism.
The result of being struck by a star.
Supposedly, the star is Sirius, the dog star; because it rises and sets with the sun during summer in the northern hemisphere, its name is associated with "dog days" usually applicable to the hottest part of the year in places north of the equator.
The dog days are those from about the middle of July to the middle of August although the exact dates vary depending on where people live.
The thought behind astrobolism was connected to an old idea that this period of summer was under a bad influence, in which dogs ran mad, the air was unwholesome, sunstroke was common, and practical work was not done because of a lack of desire by people to do anything.
asymbolia (s) (noun)
, asymbolias (pl)
The loss of the ability to comprehend the symbolic meanings of things; such as, words, figures, gestures, and signs: Harry's asymbolia made him incapable of understanding previously familiar symbols and signs; usually, because of a lesion in his brain which is a pathological or traumatic damage of brain tissue.
1. The scientific study of the movement and flight characteristics of projectiles of objects or weapons that are fired into the air.
2. The science of flight dynamics and the trajectory of an object in free flight.
A record of the body's recoil caused by cardiac contraction, the ejection of blood into the aorta, and ventricular filling forces; has been used as a basis for calculating the cardiac output in mankind, but its lack of accuracy and reproducibility has caused it to be discarded.
, more ballistocardiographic, most ballistocardiographic
1. A reference to an instrument for recording the movements of the body which are caused by rejection of blood from the ventricles at each beat of the heart.
3. A descriptive term for the study and interpretation of ballistocardiograms.
bolograph (s) (noun)
, bolographs (pl)
A record, or recordings, made by an instrument for measuring the radiant energy and the changes of resistance in electrical conductors: A bolograph is also defined as a signal that encodes something; such as, a picture or a sound which has been recorded.
An obsolete instrument used for locating metallic foreign objects in the body by utilizing two intersecting x-ray beams.