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Re: hippopotamus = seahorse

Posted by Ian on September 5, 1999, at 9:17:48

In reply to Re: hippopotamus = seahorse, posted by Noa on September 5, 1999, at 8:38:28

A few more for you, though I guess we're drifting off the point a bit
Vermis-worm (ridge down the middle of the cerebellum that looks like a worm)
Sustantia nigra- black stuff (part of the brainstem)
Globus pallidus-no prizes but its again part of the basal ganglia
Cerebrum-cerebration is thinking.
Cerebellum-the diminuitive of cerebrum.
Pons-bridge- briges the midbrain
Septum pellucidum-transparent septum
Dentate nucleus-tooth shaped nucleus
limbic system-limbus+border or edge hence limbo-bordering on hell.

There probably isn't a part of the body whose specfic medical terminology is not derived from the greek or latin for simple things.
Having asthma and slight eczema I was intrested to find that panting and boiling were the respective words in Greek(boiling because of the blistering effect of the inflammatory exudates in the skin)
Tragus-greek for goat and medical name for the (sometimes) hairy bit at the front of the ear.
Fornix-part of the limbic system-means arch in latin. In ancient Rome prostitutes used to solicit under viaduct arches, hence fornication.

better stop there for now





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