American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. An abnormal bodily condition, especially of the blood.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In pathology, a generally faulty condition of the body; morbid diathesis; distemper. Also dyscrase, dyscrasy, and formerly discrase, discrasy.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Med.) An ill habit or state of the constitution; -- formerly regarded as dependent on a morbid condition of the blood and humors.
- n. an abnormal or physiologically unbalanced state of the body
- Medieval Latin, bad mixture, disease, from Greek duskrāsiā : dus-, dys- + krāsis, mixing; see kerə- in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“After inactivation of the diphtheria poison, or in other words after the detoxication of the body fluids by the addition of diphtheria antitoxin, the dyscrasia is overcome; in its place appears, so to say, a eucrasia.”
“Complete Blood Counts – to screen for anemia and other blood dyscrasia”
“As long as there is active diphtheria poison in the body fluids, then a dyscrasia exists.”
“Should it, however, be shown that in one family there were _many_ members who died of cancer, it would indicate that there is some disease or dyscrasia in that family, and the contracting of a marriage with any member of that family would be inadvisable.”
“Medicinæ Therapeutiæ pars: de dyscrasia corporis humani.”
“The signs of a hot dyscrasia are heat, burning and pain in the wound; of a cold dyscrasia, lividity of the wound; the moist dyscrasia occasions flabbiness (_mollicies_) and profuse suppuration, and the dry produces dryness and induration.”
“The signs and symptoms of fracture of the cranium are: Loss of appetite and failure of digestion, insomnia, difficulty in micturition, constipation, a febrile dyscrasia, difficulty in cracking nuts or crusts of bread with the jaws, or severe pain when a string is attached to the teeth and pulled sharply.”
“If any dyscrasia, such as excessive heat, coldness, dryness or moisture appears in the wound and delays its healing, it is to be met by its contrary.”
“Galen's views of disease in general are those of Hippocrates, but he introduces many refinements and subdivisions according to the predominance of the four humors, the harmonious combination of which means health, or eucrasia, while their perversion or improper combination leads to dyscrasia, or ill health.”
“In all these cases of the tuberculous dyscrasia, tuberculin injections as now given at the Polyclinic should be employed.”
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