Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- In botany, resembling a nut; nut-shaped.
- adj. botany Shaped like a nut.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. (Bot.) Shaped like a nut; nut-shaped.
- Latin nux, nucis, nut + -form. (Wiktionary)
“Cutler himself worked hard at anatomy to find something fresh to operate on; and at last he got hold of something he calls the nuciform sac, which he's made quite the fashion.”
“Far earlier than that, George Bernard Shaw in The Doctors 'Dilemma (1906) had entertained knowledgeable audiences by ridiculing the appendectomists who were removing untold numbers of the so-called "nuciform sac" with the justification that the surgery cured or prevented chronic diseases of various sorts, including psychiatric ones, all in accordance with the theory of focal sepsis.”
“The nuciform sac is utter nonsense: theres no such organ.”
“I tell you this: in an intelligently governed country people wouldnt be allowed to go about with nuciform sacs, making themselves centres of infection.”
“It's as simple as A.B.C. Your nuciform sac is full of decaying matter -- undigested food and waste products -- rank ptomaines.”
“Well, you can keep your nuciform sac, and your tubercular lung, and your diseased brain: Ive done with you.”
“But I cant sell my nuciform sac when youve cut it out.”
“In short, it's clear to me that he's suffering from an obscure form of blood-poisoning, which is almost certainly due to an accumulation of ptomaines in the nuciform sac.”
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