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  • v. Present participle of perforate.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In anatomy, specifically, perforant; passing through a perforation: applied to the deep flexor muscles of the fingers or toes. See perforans.
  • Of the hand, branches of communication between the deep palmar artery and the dorsal interosseous arteries, through the interosseous spaces.
  • Of the thigh, usually four branches of the profunda artery which piercie the adductor muscles to supply the parts at the back of the thigh.
  • Of the thorax, branches of the internal mammary which pierce the intercostal muscles to supply the pectoral muscle, skin, and mammary gbnnd.


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  • The railway works were extraordinary in perforating and climbing the Alleghanies.

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  • If it extends completely through an organ, it is referred to as a perforating, or transfixing, wound.


  • The clinical importance of spina bifida occulta lies in the fact that it is sometimes associated with congenital club-foot, and with nerve symptoms, in the form of sensory, motor, and trophic disturbances referable to the lower limbs, such as perforating ulcer, and to the sphincters.

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  • The alternative is to kill the fetus in the uterus and then dismember it, removing it piece by piece, with each intrusion into the uterus running the risk of perforating the uterus and increasing the danger of infection.

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  • Friday the 13th was strictly B-movie in its technique, but it succeeded in perforating an American idyll: summer camp was never the same after those nice guitar-strumming sing-along kids got slashed in their lakeside cabins.

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  • It is useful for teaching grandkids about very basic shotgunning, things like perforating pop cans and deflating balloons.

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  • U.S. District Court John M. Roll was shot in the lower back, with a bullet perforating his aorta, according to the autopsy report.

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  • But blurring, perforating, crossing and erasing the line of demarcation between church and state won't win the archbishop any points with most American Catholics.

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  • In another generation you will be perforating your noses and ears and wearing ornaments of bone and shell.

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  • That man there, that big chap, who looks the pink of condition, with nothing the matter with him, I happen to know has a perforating ulcer in his foot and another in his shoulder-blade.

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