Cerebrin Cer"e·brin noun [ From Cerebrum .] (Physiol. Chem.) A nonphosphorized, nitrogenous substance, obtained from brain and nerve tissue by extraction with boiling alcohol. It is uncertain whether it exists as such in nerve tissue, or is a product of the decomposition of some more complex substance.
Cerebripetal Cer`e·brip"e·tal adjective [ Cerebrum + Latin petere to seek.] (Physiol.) Applied to those nerve fibers which go from the spinal cord to the brain and so transfer sensations (centripetal impressions) from the exterior inwards.
Cerebritis Cer`e·bri"tis noun [ New Latin , from English cerebrum + -itis .] (Medicine) Inflammation of the cerebrum.
Cerebro-spinal Cer`e·bro-spi"nal adjective [ Cerebrum + spinal .] (Anat.) Of or pertaining to the central nervous system consisting of the brain and spinal cord. Cerebro-spinal fluid (Physiol.) , a serous fluid secreted by the membranes covering the brain and spinal cord. -- Cerebro-spinal meningitis , Cerebro-spinal fever (Medicine) , a dangerous epidemic, and endemic, febrile disease, characterized by inflammation of the membranes of the brain and spinal cord, giving rise to severe headaches, tenderness of the back of the neck, paralysis of the ocular muscles, etc. It is sometimes marked by a cutaneous eruption, when it is often called spotted fever . It is not contagious.
Cerebroid Cer"e·broid adjective [ Cerebrum + -oid .] Resembling, or analogous to, the cerebrum or brain.
Cerebrology Cer`e·brol"o·gy noun [ Cerebrum + -logy .] The science which treats of the cerebrum or brain.
Cerebropathy Cer`e·brop"a·thy noun [ Cerebrum + Greek ... suffering.] (Medicine) A hypochondriacal condition verging upon insanity, occurring in those whose brains have been unduly taxed; -- called also brain fag .
Cerebroscopy Cer`e·bros"co·py noun [ Cerebrum + -scopy .] (Medicine) Examination of the brain for the diagnosis of disease; esp., the act or process of diagnosticating the condition of the brain by examination of the interior of the eye (as with an ophthalmoscope). Buck.
Cerebrose Cer`e·brose" noun [ From Cerebrum .] (Physiol. Chem.) A sugarlike body obtained by the decomposition of the nitrogenous non-phosphorized principles of the brain.
Cerebrum Cer"e·brum noun
, Latin Cerebra
. [ Latin , the brain.] (Anat.) The anterior, and in man the larger, division of the brain; the seat of the reasoning faculties and the will. See Brain .
Cerecloth Cere"cloth` noun
[ Latin cera
wax + English cloth
.] A cloth smeared with melted wax, or with some gummy or glutinous matter.
Linen, besmeared with gums, in manner of cerecloth .
Cerement Cere"ment noun [ Latin cera wax: confer French cirement .] (a) A cerecloth used for the special purpose of enveloping a dead body when embalmed. (b) Any shroud or wrapping for the dead.
Ceremonial Cer`e·mo"ni·al adjective
[ Latin caerimonialis
: confer French cérimonial
. See Ceremony
.] 1. Relating to ceremony, or external rite; ritual; according to the forms of established rites.
Ceremonial observances and outward show. 2. Observant of forms; ceremonious. [ In this sense ceremonious is now preferred.] Donne.
He moves in the dull ceremonial track.
Ceremonial Cer`e·mo"ni·al noun 1. A system of rules and ceremonies, enjoined by law, or established by custom, in religious worship, social intercourse, or the courts of princes; outward form.
The gorgeous ceremonial of the Burgundian court. 2. The order for rites and forms in the Roman Catholic church, or the book containing the rules prescribed to be observed on solemn occasions.
Ceremonialism Cer`e·mo"ni·al·ism noun Adherence to external rites; fondness for ceremony.
Ceremonially Cer`e·mo"ni·al·ly adverb According to rites and ceremonies; as, a person ceremonially unclean.
Ceremonialness Cer`e·mo"ni·al·ness noun Quality of being ceremonial.
Ceremonious Cer`e·mo"ni·ous adjective
[ Confer French cérémonieux
, Latin Caerimoniosus
.] 1. Consisting of outward forms and rites; ceremonial. [ In this sense ceremonial is now preferred.]
The ceremonious part of His worship. 2. According to prescribed or customary rules and forms; devoted to forms and ceremonies; formally respectful; punctilious.
Too ceremonious and traditional. Syn.
-- Formal; precise; exact. See Formal
Ceremoniously Cer`e·mo"ni·ous·ly adverb In a ceremonious way.
Ceremoniousness Cer`e·mo"ni·ous·ness noun The quality, or practice, of being ceremonious.
Ceremony Cer"e·mo·ny noun
; plural Ceremonies
. [ French cérémonie
, Latin caerimonia
; perhaps akin to English create
and from a root signifying to do or make
.] 1. Ar act or series of acts, often of a symbolical character, prescribed by law, custom, or authority, in the conduct of important matters, as in the performance of religious duties, the transaction of affairs of state, and the celebration of notable events; as, the ceremony of crowning a sovereign; the ceremonies observed in consecrating a church; marriage and baptismal ceremonies .
According to all the rites of it, and according to all the ceremonies thereof shall ye keep it [ the Passover].
Numb. ix. 3
Bring her up the high altar, that she may
The sacred ceremonies there partake.
[ The heralds] with awful ceremony 2. Behavior regulated by strict etiquette; a formal method of performing acts of civility; forms of civility prescribed by custom or authority.
And trumpet's sound, throughout the host proclaim
A solemn council.
Ceremony was but devised at first
To set a gloss on . . . hollow welcomes . . .
But where there is true friendship there needs none.
Al ceremonies are in themselves very silly things; but yet a man of the world should know them. 3. A ceremonial symbols; an emblem, as a crown, scepter, garland, etc.
Disrobe the images, 4. A sign or prodigy; a portent.
If you find them decked with ceremonies .
. . . Let no images
Be hung with Cæsar's trophies.
Cæsar, I never stood on ceremonies , Master of ceremonies
Yet, now they fright me.
, an officer who determines the forms to be observed, or superintends their observance, on a public occasion.
-- Not to stand on ceremony
, not to be ceremonious; to be familiar, outspoken, or bold.
Cereous Ce"re·ous adjective [ Latin cereus , from cera was.] Waxen; like wax. [ Obsolete] Gayton.
Ceres Ce"res noun [ Latin , Ceres, also corn, grain, akin to English create .] 1. (Class. Myth.) The daughter of Saturn and Ops or Rhea, the goddess of corn and tillage. 2. (Actron.) The first discovered asteroid.
Ceresin Cer"e·sin noun [ Latin cera wax.] (Chemistry) A white wax, made by bleaching and purifying ozocerite, and used as a substitute for beeswax.
Cereus Ce"re·us noun [ Latin , a wax candle, from cera wax. So named from the resemblance of one species to the columnar shape of a wax candle.] (Botany) A genus of plants of the Cactus family. They are natives of America, from California to Chili. » Although several species flower in the night, the name Night-blooming cereus is specially applied to the Cereus grandiflorus , which is cultivated for its beautiful, shortlived flowers. The Cereus giganteus , whose columnar trunk is sometimes sixty feet in height, is a striking feature of the scenery of New Mexico, Texas, etc.
Cerevis Cer"e·vis (sĕr"e*vĭs; G. tsĕr`ẽ*vēs") noun [ G., from Latin cerevisia , cervisia , beer.] A small visorless cap, worn by members of German student corps. It is made in the corps colors, and usually bears the insignia of the corps.
Ceria Ce"ri·a (sē"rĭ*ȧ) noun (Chemistry) Cerium oxide, CeO 2 , a white infusible substance constituting about one per cent of the material of the common incandescent mantle.
Cerial Cer"i·al adjective Same as Cerrial . [ Obsolete] Chaucer.
Ceriferous Ce·rif"er·ous adjective [ Latin ra wax + -ferous .] Producing wax.
Cerin Ce"rin noun [ Latin cera wax + -in : confer Latin cerinus wax-colored.] 1. (Chemistry) A waxy substance extracted by alcohol or ether from cork; sometimes applied also to the portion of beeswax which is soluble in alcohol. Watts. 2. (Min.) A variety of the mineral allanite .
Cerinthian Ce·rin"thi·an noun (Eccl. Hist.) One of an ancient religious sect, so called from Cerinthus , a Jew, who attempted to unite the doctrines of Christ with the opinions of the Jews and Gnostics. Hook.
Ceriph Cer"iph noun (Type Founding) One of the fine lines of a letter, esp. one of the fine cross strokes at the top and bottom of letters. [ Spelt also seriph .] Savage.
Cerise Ce·rise" adjective [ French, a cherry. See Cherry .] Cherry-colored; a light bright red; -- applied to textile fabrics, especially silk.
Cerite Ce"rite noun [ Greek ke`ras horn.] (Zoology) A gastropod shell belonging to the family Cerithiïdæ ; -- so called from its hornlike form.
Cerite Ce"rite noun [ From Cherium .] (Min.) A mineral of a brownish of cherry-red color, commonly massive. It is a hydrous silicate of cerium and allied metals.
Cerium Ce"ri·um noun [ Named by Berzelius in 1803 from the asteroid Ceres , then just discovered (1801).] (Chemistry) A rare metallic element, occurring in the minerals cerite, allanite, monazite, etc. Symbol Ce. Atomic weight 141.5. It resembles iron in color and luster, but is soft, and both malleable and ductile. It tarnishes readily in the air.
Cernuous Cer"nu·ous adjective [ Latin cernuus with the face turned toward the earth.] (Botany) Inclining or nodding downward; pendulous; drooping; -- said of a bud, flower, fruit, or the capsule of a moss.
Cero Ce"ro noun [ Corrupt. from Spanish sierra saw, sawfish, cero.] (Zoology) A large and valuable fish of the Mackerel family, of the genus Scomberomorus . Two species are found in the West Indies and less commonly on the Atlantic coast of the United States, -- the common cero ( Scomberomorus caballa ), called also kingfish , and spotted, or king, cero ( S. regalis ).
Cerograph Ce"ro·graph noun [ Greek khro`s wax + -graph .] A writing on wax. Knight.
Cerographic, Cerographical Ce`ro·graph"ic, Ce`ro·graph"ic·al adjective Of or pertaining to cerography.
Cerographist Ce·rog"ra·phist noun One who practices cerography.
Cerography Ce·rog"ra·phy noun [ Greek khro`s wax + -graphy .] 1. The art of making characters or designs in, or with, wax. 2. A method of making stereotype plates from inscribed sheets of wax.
Cerolite Cer"o·lite noun [ Greek khro`s wax + -lite .] (Min.) A hydrous silicate of magnesium, allied to serpentine, occurring in waxlike masses of a yellow or greenish color.
Ceroma Ce·ro"ma noun [ Latin , from Greek ... ointment for wrestlers, the place for wrestling, from khroy^n to wax over, from khro`s wax.] 1. The unguent (a composition of oil and wax) with which wrestlers were anointed among the ancient Romans. 2. (Anc. Arch.) That part of the baths and gymnasia in which bathers and wrestlers anointed themselves. 3. (Zoology) The cere of birds.
Ceromancy Cer"o·man`cy noun [ Greek khro`s wax + -mancy .] Divination by dropping melted wax in water.
Ceroon Ce·roon" noun [ See Seroon .] A bale or package. covered with hide, or with wood bound with hide; as, a ceroon of indigo, cochineal, etc.
Ceroplastic Ce`ro·plas"tic adjective [ Greek ... for modeling in wax; khro`s wax + ... to form, mold.] (Fine arts) (a) Relating to the art of modeling in wax. (b) Modeled in wax; as, a ceroplastic figure.
Ceroplastics, Ceroplasty Ce`ro·plas"tics, Ce`ro·plas"ty noun [ Greek ... (sc. ... art): confer French céroplastique .] The art of modeling in wax.
Cerosin Cer"o·sin noun [ Latin cera wax.] (Chemistry) A waxy substance obtained from the bark of the sugar cane, and crystallizing in delicate white laminæ.
Cerote Ce"rote noun [ Obs .] See Cerate .
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