Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In some technical uses, material; a material; a matter or substance composing or peculiar to anything, or considered as an operative or causative agency: as, materies morbi (something regarded as the immediate cause of disease).
“_materies morbi_ is sanguineous; if greenish-yellow (_citrinus_), that it is bilious; if whiter than the general color of the body, that the materies is a subtile phlegm.”
“Igitur primo pecuniae, deinde imperii cupido crevit; ea quasi materies omnium malorum fuere.”
“Alkalies neutralize the acids, act as diuretics, and eliminate the _materies morbi_.”
“When we recover from the social and political convulsion it has produced, and eliminate the _materies morbi_, -- and both these events are only matters of time, -- perhaps we shall have leisure to breed our own milliners.”
“Indeed we ought to require derivation of the materies to another part whenever the affected locality contains one of the nobler organs, towards which the material is directing, or may direct its course.”
“If the color shades away into black, it does not signify necessarily that the materies is simply black bile, for such a color occurs at the close of acute abscesses, or from strangulation of the blood.”
“But if, together with the black color, we find the tissues cold and no increase of heat in the affected part, this indicates that the _materies_ is black bile.”
“Quoting the words of Rhazes, Gilbert tells us that the _materies morbi_ of gout is, for the most part, crude and bloody phlegm.”
“The evil, or superabundant, humors were discharged and this view of a special materies morbi, to be got rid of by a natural process or a crisis, dominated pathology until quite recently.”
“Something in the very sound of the language keeps for us the freshness of the imagery -- the sweet-briar and the hawthorn, the mavis and the oriole -- which has so long become _publica materies_.”
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