Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In medicine, the mixture of the constituents of a fluid, as the blood; hence, temperament; constitution.
- n. In grammar, a figure by which two different vowels are contracted into one long vowel or into a diphthong, as alēthea into alēthē, teicheos into teichous. It is otherwise called syneresis. Specifically, in Greek grammar, the blending or contraction of the final vowel-sound (vowel or diphthong) of one word with the initial vowel-sound of the next, so as to form a long vowel or diphthong. The two words are then written as one, and the sign (') called a coronis, similar in appearance to a smooth breathing, or instead of the coronis the rough breathing of the article or relative pronoun if these stand first, is written over the contracted vowel-sound, as
τἀγαθάfor τα\ ἀγαθά, κἀνfor και\ ἐν, ἁνήρfor ὁ ἀνήρ.
- n. obsolete One's constitution; the balance of humours in a person's body.
- n. A mixture or combination.
- n. linguistics The contraction of a vowel or diphthong at the end of a word with a vowel or diphthong at the start of the following word.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Med.) A mixture of constituents, as of the blood; constitution; temperament.
- n. (Gram.) A contraction of two vowels (as the final and initial vowels of united words) into one long vowel, or into a diphthong; synæresis; as,
- From Ancient Greek κρᾶσις (krāsis, "mixture"). (Wiktionary)
“The only physical cause for the practice which suggests itself to me and that must be owned to be purely conjectural, is that within the Sotadic Zone there is a blending of the masculine and feminine temperaments, a crasis which elsewhere occurs only sporadically.”
“What then shall we say of the change? that it is a combination (crasis) of these humors having different powers toward one another.”
“It leads us back to the supposedly long-abandoned crasis theory which attributed an important role in the development and overcoming of disease to the peculiarities of the mixing of the substances solved in the body fluids.”
“He was not so successful in establishing his doctrine of crasis based upon humoral pathology and just here Virchow's fruitful activity begins.”
“Ádintaú, formed by crasis from a*d*e and intau, may refer to the words of the old men who have handed down these traditions.”
“The roots of the Coptic language appear to have been generally monosyllabic, and the derivatives have been formed by a very simple system of prefixing, inserting, and affixing certain letters, which have usually undergone but little change, not having been incorporated with the root, nor melted down by crasis, nor softened by any euphonic rules.”
“That the soul in all its operations is strangely affected by and held down to the particular crasis and constitution of the corporeal part is indubitable.”
“For a man may be naturally inclined to pride, lust, anger, and strongly inclined so too, (forasmuch as these inclinations are founded in a peculiar crasis and constitution of the blood and spirits,) and yet by”
“That which promotes and adds to the impressions of pain, is the delicate and exact crasis and constitution of the part or faculty aggrieved.”
“Because of its situation and place, which is principally in the flesh; concupiscence, which is the radix of all sin, following the crasis and temperature of the body, 181. 2.”
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