acapnotic (s) (noun)
, acapnotics (pl)
1. A person who is liberated from the habit of smoking: "As a condition of marriage, the woman's husband-to-be stipulated that the bride would have to become an acapnotic."
2. Those who are nonsmokers: "Whenever these acapnotics came together in a restaurant, they openly expressed their dislike of anyone who was smoking near them."
, more acarotoxic, most acarotoxic
A reference to a poison that kills mites: Because of an infestation of mites in her home, Jane got an acarotoxic solution to exterminate the invasion of those very tiny creatures.
, more acataleptic, most acataleptic
1. Conveying a condition of being deficient in understanding: Tracy's acataleptic mind simply could not understand the new concepts introduced in the advanced physics class.
2. Characterized by being unknowable or necessarily uncertain: As for the ancient explorers, when sailing across the ocean, they were experiencing acataleptic adventures.
, more acatastatic, most acatastatic
Irregular and incapable of being fully determined: The doctor made a guess that Joe's chest pains were the result of an acatastatic heartbeat.
A seldom used term for an abnormal release of secretions which is a reference to a failure of or to the inability to retain bodily secretions and excretions: Acathectic substances include saliva, mucus, tears, bile, or a hormone; sometimes, they cannot be secreted or discharged.
Pertaining to something that is not in the middle of a space or area; not located in a middle position; without a center: Verna's drawing appeared to have an acentric quality about it because there was nothing specifically in the center of her artistic composition.
Not near the center, not central: The sculptor used an acentric wheel to grind off the rough places on the edges of his metal sculpture.
(ik SEN trik, ek SEN trik) (adjective
1. Departing from a recognized, conventional, or established norm or pattern: The bookstore owner was a kind but eccentric woman.
2. Strange or unusual: Jared, the scientist, had eccentric behaviors and ideas that were weird as indicated by his eccentric clothes.
3. Not following a perfectly circular path: The asteroid was moving in an eccentric orbit around the star.
The pictures which the eccentric artist painted appeared to have an acentric balance that puzzled the patrons of the gallery.
1. Having the nature of vinegar.
2. Pertaining to, derived from, or producing vinegar or acetic acid.
acetic (uh SEE tik)
1. Sour, tart, tangy, acerbic: "These pickles are too ascetic; that is, too sour!"
2. A reference to vinegar or other acid characteristics: "The acetic flavor of vinegar is used in salad dressings to give them a little punch."
acetic; ascetic; aesthetic, esthetic
1. Sour, acerbic: These pickles are too acetic; that is, too sour!
2. A reference to vinegar or other acid characteristics: The acetic flavor of vinegar is used in salad dressings to give them a little punch.
A life of rigorous self-discipline and self-denial; an abstainer: Some people believe that most of the early saints chose to live an ascetic lifestyle.
Characterized by a heightened sensitivity to beauty: There are practical as well as aesthetic reasons for planting trees.
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Sometimes a very ascetic person can develop an acetic personality which spoils the natural aesthetic potential of the individual.
A reference to, or characteristic of the acetyl group.
1. Sour or bitter in taste.
2. Of, pertaining to, or of the nature of, an acid.
Producing acid or acidity, especially of the urine.
, more acidophilic, most acidophilic
1. A reference to organisms that thrive in a bitter or pungent environment.
2. A designation of a microorganism that grows well in a highly acrid medium.
3. A description of any microorganism that can or must live in a caustic situation (pH below 6).
4. Referring to anything that is easily stained with acid dye.
, more acidophobic, most acidophobic
A reference to plants which cannot grow in acidic situations: Examples of acidophobic vegetation include alfalfa and clover, which are grown for fodder.