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- adj. Vortical.
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- adj. vortical
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- adj. Vortical; whirling.
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- Whirling; vortical.
- In anatomy, specifying the veins of the external layer of the choroid coat of the eyeball, the venæ vorticosæ, which are regularly arranged in drooping branches converging to a few equidistant trunks which perforate the sclerotic coat and empty into the ophthalmic vein.
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He records the occurrence of the so-called vorticose shocks at several places, though he attributes them to another cause.
A similar circumstance was observed after an earthquake at Valparaiso, Calabria, and other places, including some of the ancient Greek temples. 137 This twisting displacement at first appears to indicate a vorticose movement beneath each point thus affected; but this is highly improbable.
Obstruction to outflow of blood through the vorticose veins, by the increased intra-ocular pressure, has long been a recognized explanation of the malignant tendency of glaucoma -- a part of the vicious circle established in this disease.
On this account, whatever might have been the cause of the earthquake, whether volcanic or electrical, the movement assumed every possible direction -- vertical, horizontal, oscillatory, vorticose, and pulsatory; producing every variety of destruction.
It would appear at first sight, as if the discovery of these vortices would at once remedy the great defect in the theory of Redfield, viz.: that no adequate cause is assigned for the commencement and continuation of the vorticose motion, in the great circular whirlwinds which compose a storm.
But will not the admission of a vorticose motion of the ethereal medium, affect the aberration of light?
And if we ascend into the history of the past, we shall find ample testimony that the planetary matter now composing the members of the solar system, was once one vast nebulous cloud of atoms, partaking of the vorticose motion of the fluid involving them.
We may thus conclude, with Professor Mercalli, that the earthquake resulted from the almost immediate succession of two distinct shocks, in each of which the nearly vertical vibrations were more marked at the beginning, while the slower undulations predominated towards the close, those of the second phase generally becoming vorticose through the superposition of movements coming from different directions.
In the first phase, the undulations were marked by a dominant direction, but, towards the close of the second phase, there was no determinate direction, and the impression was again that of a vorticose shock.
Thus, in the province of P. Maurizio alone, the shock was described as subsultory first and then undulatory or vorticose at 25 places, undulatory and then subsultory at 22, undulatory and then subsultory and again undulatory or vorticose at 13, and subsultory first, then undulatory, and finally subsultory and vorticose at two places.