Cephalotribe Ceph"a·lo·tribe noun [ Cephalo- + Greek to rub, grind.] An obstetrical instrument for performing cephalotripsy.
Cephalotripsy Ceph"a·lo·trip`sy noun [ See Cephalotribe .] (Medicine) The act or operation of crushing the head of a fetus in the womb in order to effect delivery.
Cephalotrocha Ceph`a·lot"ro·cha noun [ New Latin , from Greek kefalh` head + ... wheel.] (Zoology) A kind of annelid larva with a circle of cilia around the head.
Cephalous Ceph"a·lous adjective [ Greek kefalh` head.] (Zoology) Having a head; -- applied chiefly to the Cephalata, a division of mollusks.
Cepheus Ce"pheus noun (Astron.) A northern constellation near the pole. Its head, which is in the Milky Way, is marked by a triangle formed by three stars of the fourth magnitude. See Cassiopeia .
Ceraceous Ce·ra"ceous adjective [ Latin cera wax.] Having the texture and color of new wax; like wax; waxy.
Cerago Ce·ra"go noun [ Latin cera wax.] Beebread.
Ceramic Ce·ram"ic adjective [ Greek ..., from ... earthenware. Confer Keramic .] Of or pertaining to pottery; relating to the art of making earthenware; as, ceramic products; ceramic ornaments for ceilings.
Ceramics Ce·ram"ics noun [ See Ceramic .] 1. The art of making things of baked clay; as pottery, tiles, etc. 2. plural Work formed of clay in whole or in part, and baked; as, vases, urns, etc. Knight.
Cerargyrite Ce·rar"gy·rite (se*rär"jȳ*rīt) noun [ Greek ke`ras horn + 'a`rgyros silver.] (Min.) Native silver chloride, a mineral of a white to pale yellow or gray color, darkening on exposure to the light. It may be cut by a knife, like lead or horn (hence called horn silver ).
Cerasin Cer"a·sin noun (Chemistry) A white amorphous substance, the insoluble part of cherry gum; -- called also meta-arabinic acid . 2. (Chemistry) A gummy mucilaginous substance; -- called also bassorin , tragacanthin , etc.
Cerasinous Ce·ras"i·nous adjective 1. Pertaining to, or containing, cerasin. 2. Of a cherry color.
Cerastes Ce·ras"tes noun [ Latin , a horned serpent, from Greek kera`sths horned, from ke`ras horn.] (Zoology) A genus of poisonous African serpents, with a horny scale over each eye; the horned viper.
Cerate Ce"rate noun [ Latin ceratum , ceratm, from cera wax.] (Medicine) An unctuous preparation for external application, of a consistence intermediate between that of an ointment and a plaster, so that it can be spread upon cloth without the use of heat, but does not melt when applied to the skin. » Cerate consists essentially of wax (for which resin or spermaceti is sometimes substituted) mixed with oil, lard, and various medicinal ingredients. The cerate (formerly called simple cerate ) of the United States Pharmacopoeia is a mixture of three parts of white wax and seven parts of lard.
Cerated Ce"ra·ted p. adjective [ Latin ceratus , past participle of cerare to wax, from cera wax.] Covered with wax.
Ceratine Cer"a·tine adjective [ Greek ... the fallacy called "the horns." from ke`ras a horn.] (Logic.) Sophistical.
Ceratobranchia Cer`a·to·bran"chi·a noun plural [ New Latin , from Greek ke`ras , ke`ratos , horn + bra`gchia , noun plural , gills.] (Zoology) A group of nudibranchiate Mollusca having on the back papilliform or branched organs serving as gills.
Ceratobranchial Cer`a·to·bran"chi·al adjective (Anat.) Pertaining to the bone, or cartilage, below the epibranchial in a branchial arch. -- noun A ceratobranchial bone, or cartilage.
Ceratodus Ce·rat"o·dus noun [ New Latin , from Greek ke`ras , ke`ratos horn + ... tooth.] (Zoology) A genus of ganoid fishes, of the order Dipnoi, first known as Mesozoic fossil fishes; but recently two living species have been discovered in Australian rivers. They have lungs so well developed that they can leave the water and breathe in air. In Australia they are called salmon and baramunda . See Dipnoi , and Archipterygium .
Ceratohyal Cer`a·to·hy"al adjective [ Greek ke`ras horn + the letter Υ.] (Anat.) Pertaining to the bone, or cartilage, below the epihyal in the hyoid arch. -- noun A ceratohyal bone, or cartilage, which, in man, forms one of the small horns of the hyoid.
Ceratosaurus Cer`a·to·sau"rus noun [ New Latin , from Greek ke`ras a horn + ... lizard.] (Paleon.) A carnivorous American Jurassic dinosaur allied to the European Megalosaurus. The animal was nearly twenty feet in length, and the skull bears a bony horn core on the united nasal bones. See Illustration in Appendix.
Ceratospongiæ Cer`a·to·spon"gi·æ noun plural [ New Latin , from Greek ke`ras , ke`ratos horn + ... sponge.] (Zoology) An order of sponges in which the skeleton consists of horny fibers. It includes all the commercial sponges.
Ceraunics Ce·rau"nics noun [ Greek ... thunder and lightning.] That branch of physics which treats of heat and electricity. R. Park.
Ceraunoscope Ce·rau"no·scope noun [ Greek ... thunder and lightning + -scope .] An instrument or apparatus employed in the ancient mysteries to imitate thunder and lightning. T. Moore.
Cerberean Cer·be"re·an adjective Of or pertaining to, or resembling, Cerberus.
[ Written also Cerberian
With wide Cerberean mouth.
Cerberus Cer"be·rus noun [ Latin Cerberus (in sense 1), gr. ....] 1. (Class. Myth.) A monster, in the shape of a three-headed dog, guarding the entrance into the infernal regions, Hence: Any vigilant custodian or guardian, esp. if surly. 2. (Zoology) A genus of East Indian serpents, allied to the pythons; the bokadam.
Cercal Cer"cal adjective [ Greek ... tail.] (Zoology) Of or pertaining to the tail.
Cercaria Cer·ca"ri·a noun
; plural Cercarle
[ New Latin , from Greek ... tail.] (Zoology) The larval form of a trematode worm having the shape of a tadpole, with its body terminated by a tail-like appendage.
Cercarian Cer·ca"ri·an adjective (Zoology) Of, like, or pertaining to, the Cercariæ. -- noun One of the Cercariæ.
Cercopod Cer"co·pod noun [ Greek ... tail + -pod .] (Zoology) One of the jointed antenniform appendages of the posterior somites of certain insects. Packard.
Cercus Cer"cus noun
; plural Cerci
[ New Latin , from Greek ... tail.] (Zoology) See Cercopod .
Cere Cere noun [ Latin cera wax: confer French cire .] (Zoology) The soft naked sheath at the base of the beak of birds of prey, parrots, and some other birds. See Beak .
Cere Cere transitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Cered ; present participle & verbal noun Cering .] [ Latin cerare , from cera wax: confer French cirer .] To wax; to cover or close with wax. Wiseman.
Cereal Ce"re·al adjective [ Latin Cerealis pert. to Ceres, and hence, to agriculture. See Ceres .] Of or pertaining to the grasses which are cultivated for their edible seeds (as wheat, maize, rice, etc.), or to their seeds or grain.
Cereal Ce"re·al noun Any grass cultivated for its edible grain, or the grain itself; -- usually in the plural.
Cerealia Ce`re·a"li·a noun plural [ Latin See Cereal .] 1. (Antiq.) Public festivals in honor of Ceres. 2. The cereals. Crabb.
Cerealin Ce"re·a·lin noun (Chemistry) A nitrogenous substance closely resembling diastase, obtained from bran, and possessing the power of converting starch into dextrin, sugar, and lactic acid. Watts.
Cerebel Cer"e·bel noun The cerebellum. Derham.
Cerebellar, Cerebellous Cer`e·bel"lar, Cer`e·bel"lous adjective (Anat.) Pertaining to the cerebellum.
Cerebellum Cer`e·bel"lum noun
[ Latin , dim. of cerebrum
brain.] (Anat.) The large lobe of the hind brain in front of and above the medulla; the little brain. It controls combined muscular action. See Brain .
Cerebral Cer"e·bral adjective [ Latin cerebrum brain; akin to Greek ka`ra head: confer French cérébral . See Cheer .] (Anat.) Of or pertaining to the cerebrum. Cerebral apoplexy . See under Apoplexy .
Cerebral Cer"e·bral noun [ A false translation of the Sanskrit mūrdhanya , lit., head-sounds.] One of a class of lingual consonants in the East Indian languages. See Lingual , noun » Prof. W. D. Whitney calls these letters linguals , and this is their usual designation in the United States.
Cerebralism Cer"e·bral·ism noun (Philos.) The doctrine or theory that psychical phenomena are functions or products of the brain only.
Cerebralist Cer"e·bral·ist noun One who accepts cerebralism.
Cerebrate Cer"e·brate intransitive verb (Physiol.) To exhibit mental activity; to have the brain in action.
Cerebration Cer`e·bra"tion noun Action of the brain, whether conscious or unconscious.
Cerebric Cer"e·bric adjective Of, pertaining to, or derived from, the brain. Cerebric acid (Physiol. Chem.) , a name formerly sometimes given to cerebrin.
Cerebricity Cer`e·bric"i·ty noun Brain power. [ R.]
Cerebriform Ce·reb"ri·form adjective [ Cerebrum + -form .] Like the brain in form or substance.
Cerebrifugal Cer`e·brif"u·gal adjective [ Cerebrum + Latin fugere to flee.] (Physiol.) Applied to those nerve fibers which go from the brain to the spinal cord, and so transfer cerebral impulses (centrifugal impressions) outwards.