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  • v. Present participle of pith.


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  • (23 October 1999, p 6) in which John Bonner describes the discovery of brain tissue in the vascular system of 1 in 16 bolt-stunned cattle that were then subjected to "pithing": having their brains scrambled by a metal pole in order to prevent the animal reflexively kicking out.

    New Scientist - Online News

  • Students operate on rats and then kill them .. and destroy frogs 'brains by sticking a pin through the animals' skulls (a process called "pithing").

  • The whole is wrapped in a close-curried, stub-nosed Alfa stile that puts a pithing cane in the notion that hatchbacks are boring.

    Alfa Romeo Readies a Stirring Stateside Return

  • I wonder how many of us were weeded out of certain branches of science because we were affected by the preliminary, I daresay ritualistic, routines: pithing frogs, slamming rats heads on counter-tops, injecting this or that to see exactly what we knew was going to happen anyway.

    "Now, I am become death...."

  • But he's certainly capable of pithing essentialist idiocies.

    A Mirror For Ms. Bachman

  • If there ever were two philosophical foes, it is Lewis and Pullman; and yet I deem that both are being served poorly by pithing their words and leaving the husks.

    God is Cut From His Dark Materials

  • It's true that generally this is an improvement, but pithing on somebody's copy is a heuristic rather than a goal in its own right. LOVE—AND THE PHILOSOPHER.

  • Mrs. Horatio slapped a pithing needle down on his desk.


  • With her other hand, she reached for the pithing needle.


  • Again she grabbed his wrist, this time forcing him to drop the pithing needle.



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