Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Phlegm or mucus; especially, the mucous secretion of the pituitary or Schneiderian membrane. Also, rarely, pituite.

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  • noun medicine, obsolete except historical Phlegm; mucus.

Etymologies

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From Latin pītuīta ("mucus, phlegm").

Examples

  • Note 189: This body by which we are all sustained and live is composed ... of four humors, for it has in it blood, red bile, which we call choler, black bile, which we call melancholy, and phlegm, which is called pituita in Latin ....

    Architecture and Memory: The Renaissance Studioli of Federico da Montefeltro

  • The middle ventricle is a common concourse and cavity of them both, and hath two passages — the one to receive pituita, and the other extends itself to the fourth creek; in this they place imagination and cogitation, and so the three ventricles of the fore part of the brain are used.

    Anatomy of Melancholy

  • Chrysippus himself liberally grants them to be fools as well as others, at certain times, upon some occasions, amitti virtutem ait per ebrietatem, aut atribilarium morbum, it may be lost by drunkenness or melancholy, he may be sometimes crazed as well as the rest: [778] ad summum sapiens nisi quum pituita molesta.

    Anatomy of Melancholy

  • Galen holds it may be engendered of three alone, excluding phlegm, or pituita, whose true assertion [1064] Valesius and Menardus stiffly maintain, and so doth [1065] Fuschius, Montaltus, [1066] Montanus.

    Anatomy of Melancholy

  • The ancients thought it discharged the pituita, or mucus, into the nose.

    The Treasure-Train

  • Horace says, in a poem in which he jeers the Stoics, that even a wise man is out of sort when 'pituita molesta est;' which is, being interpreted, 'when, his phlegm is troublesome.'

    Life and Letters of Lord Macaulay Volume 1

  • Revenge is so unbecoming the rex regum, the man who is precipue sanus -- nisi cum pituita molesta est.

    The Letters of Horace Walpole, Earl of Orford — Volume 3

  • Si arthritis efta materia frigida, vt pituita, purga faepe, miftis etiam cholagagis (quod bilem miftam habe - teconfueuit fluxionis au&orem) & ftypticis, vt zias fluxionis aftringant.

    Morborum internorum prope omnium curatio, certa methodo comprehensa, ex ...

  • Ad summam sapiens uno minor est Jove: dives, Liber, honoratus, pulcher, rex denique regum; Præcipue sanus, nisi quum pituita molesta est. "

    Plutarch's Morals

  • Praecipue sanus -- nisi cum pituita molesta est. "

    Library of the World's Best Literature, Ancient and Modern — Volume 3

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