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—epicondylian /ep'i kon dil"ee euhn/, epicondylic, epicondylar /ep'i kon"dl euhr/, adj. /ep'i kon"duyl, -dl/, n. Anat. a rounded protuberance at the end of a bone, serving as a ...
/ep'i kon'duy luy"tis, -dl uy"-/, n. Pathol. irritation or inflammation of the epicondyle or surrounding tissue, esp. at the elbow. Cf. tennis elbow. [EPICONDYLE + -ITIS] * * *
/ep'i kon'tn en"tl/, adj. found or located in or on a continent: epicontinental minerals; an epicontinental sea. [1900-05; EPI- + CONTINENTAL] * * *
/ep'i kot"l, ep"i kot'l/, n. Bot. (in the embryo of a plant) that part of the stem above the cotyledons. See diag. under cotyledon. [1875-80; EPI- + Gk kotýle cup] * * *
/ep'i kray"nee euhm/, n., pl. epicrania /-nee euh/. 1. Anat. the layer of scalp formed by muscle and flattened tendon. 2. Entomol. the top of the head in insects, usually ...
epicrisis1 /i pik"reuh sis/, n. a critical study or evaluation. [ < Gk epikrísis a judgment (Compare EPIKRÍNEIN to judge, equiv. to epi- EPI- + krínein to judge); see ...
/ep'i krit"ik/, adj. Physiol. noting or pertaining to a discriminating responsiveness to small variations in pain or temperature stimuli (opposed to protopathic). [1900-05; < Gk ...
epic simile n. An extended simile elaborated in great detail. Also called Homeric simile. * * *
—Epictetian /ep'ik tee"sheuhn/, adj. /ep'ik tee"teuhs/, n. A.D. c60-c120, Greek Stoic philosopher and teacher, mainly in Rome. * * * born с AD 55 died с 135 Greek ...
/ep"i kyoor'/, n. 1. a person who cultivates a refined taste, esp. in food and wine; connoisseur. 2. Archaic. a person dedicated to sensual enjoyment. [1350-1400 for earlier ...
/ep'i kyoo ree"euhn, -kyoor"ee-/, adj. 1. fond of or adapted to luxury or indulgence in sensual pleasures; having luxurious tastes or habits, esp. in eating and drinking. 2. fit ...
/ep'i kyoo ree"euh niz'euhm, -kyoor"ee-/, n. 1. the philosophical system or doctrine of Epicurus, holding that the external world is a series of fortuitous combinations of atoms ...
epicurism [ep′i kyoor iz΄əm] n. the tastes, habits, or pursuits of an epicure * * * ep·i·cur·ism (ĕpʹĭ-kyo͝o-rĭz'əm, ĕp'ĭ-kyo͝orʹĭz-əm) n. The beliefs, ...
/ep'i kyoor"euhs/, n. 342?-270 B.C., Greek philosopher. * * * born 341, Samos, Greece died 270 BC, Athens Greek philosopher. He was author of an ethical philosophy of simple ...
/ep'i kyooh"ti keuhl/, n. the thin, waxy outer layer of the insect exoskeleton. [1925-30; EPI- + CUTICLE] * * *
—epicyclic /ep'euh suy"klik, -sik"lik/, adj. /ep"euh suy'keuhl/, n. 1. Astron. a small circle the center of which moves around in the circumference of a larger circle: used in ...
See epicycle. * * *
epicyclic train
Mach. a train of gears or pulleys in which one or more of the axes revolve about a central axis. [1885-90] * * *
epicyclic train n. A system of gears in which at least one rotating gear revolves about another. * * *
—epicycloidal, adj. /ep'euh suy"kloyd/, n. Geom. a curve generated by the motion of a point on the circumference of a circle that rolls externally, without slipping, on a fixed ...
See epicycloid. * * *
epicycloidal gear
one of the gears of an epicyclic train. * * *
Epidamnus [ep΄ə dam′nəs] see DURRËS * * *
/ep'i dawr"euhs/, n. an ancient town in S Greece, in Argolis: sanctuary of Asclepius; outdoor theater still in use. * * * Town, ancient Greece. An important commercial centre ...
epideictic [ep΄ə dīk′tik] adj. 〚Gr epideiktikos, declamatory < epideikt(os), verbal adj. (< epideiknynai, to display < epi-: see EPI- + deiknynai, to show: see DICTION) + ...
epideictic oratory
▪ rhetoric also called  ceremonial oratory        according to Aristotle, a type of suasive speech designed primarily for rhetorical effect. Epideictic oratory was ...
—epidemically, adv. —epidemicity /ep'i deuh mis"i tee/, n. /ep'i dem"ik/, adj. 1. Also, epidemical. (of a disease) affecting many persons at the same time, and spreading from ...
epidemic encephalitis
Pathol. See sleeping sickness (def. 2). * * *
epidemic pleurodynia
Pathol. pleurodynia (def. 2). * * *
See epidemic. * * *
epidemichemorrhagic fever
epidemic hemorrhagic fever n. A form of hemorrhagic fever endemic to northeastern Asia that is caused by a hantavirus and characterized in its later stages by hemorrhage, shock, ...
epidemic hysteria n. See mass hysteria. * * *
See epidemiology. * * *
See epidemiologic. * * *
See epidemiologic. * * *
See epidemiologic. * * *
—epidemiological /ep'i dee'mee euh loj"i keuhl, -dem'ee-/, adj. —epidemiologically, adv. —epidemiologist, n. /ep'i dee'mee ol"euh jee, -dem'ee-/, n. the branch of medicine ...
/ep'i den"dreuhm/, n. any of numerous tropical American orchids of the genus Epidendrum, having variously colored, often showy flowers. [1785-95; < NL; see EPI-, -DENDRON] * * ...
See epidermis. * * *
epidermal tooth
▪ anatomy       any of several hard, horny projections analogous to but not homologous with true teeth (see tooth). Epidermal teeth are found in the jawless fish (e.g., ...
See epidermal. * * *
—epidermal, epidermic, adj. —epidermically, adv. /ep'i derr"mis/, n. 1. Anat. the outer, nonvascular, nonsensitive layer of the skin, covering the true skin or corium. 2. ...
epidermoid [ep΄ə dʉr′moid΄] adj. like, or having the nature of, epidermis: also epidermoidal * * * ep·i·der·moid (ĕp'ĭ-dûrʹmoid') adj. Composed of or resembling ...
/ep'i duy"euh skohp'/, n. Optics. a type of magic lantern that projects the image of an opaque object onto a screen. Also called episcope. [1900-05; EPI- + DIA- + -SCOPE] * * *
See epididymis. * * *
▪ anatomy  either of a pair of elongated crescent-shaped structures attached to each of the two male reproductive organs, the testes (see testis). sperm cells produced in ...
—epididymal, adj. /ep'i did"euh mis/, n., pl. epididymides /-di dim"i deez', -did"euh mi-/. Anat. an elongated organ on the posterior surface of a testis that constitutes the ...
▪ disease       inflammation of the epididymis (epididyme), the cordlike structure that runs along the posterior of the testis (testicle) and contains spermatozoa. In ...
/ep'i duy"euh ruyt'/, n. Petrog. a schistose metamorphic rock resulting from the alteration of augite to hornblende in a gabbro or dolerite. [1885-90; EPI- + DIORITE] * * *
—epidotic /ep'i dot"ik/, adj. /ep"i doht'/, n. a mineral, calcium aluminum iron silicate, Ca2(Al, Fe)3Si3O12(OH), occurring in green prismatic crystals. [1800-10; < F épidote ...
epidote-amphibolite facies
One of the major divisions of the mineral facies classification of metamorphic rocks, encompassing rocks that formed under moderate temperature (500–750°F, or 250–400°C) ...
See epidote. * * *
/ep'i door"euhl, -dyoor"-/, adj. 1. Anat. situated on or outside the dura mater. n. 2. Pharm. See epidural anesthesia. [1880-85; < EPI- + DUR(A MATER) + -AL1-] * * *
epidural anesthesia
anesthesia produced by the injection of an anesthetic into the lumbar area of the spine in the space between the spinal cord and the dura, which eliminates sensation from the ...
epidural anesthesia n. Anesthesia produced by the injection of a local anesthetic into the epidural space of the lumbar or sacral region of the spine, inducing regional ...
epifauna [ep΄i fô′nə] n. pl. epifaunas or epifaunae [ep΄i fô′nē] the animals living on the surface of marine or freshwater sediments: cf. INFAUNA * * *
/ep'euh foh"keuhl/, adj. Geol. epicentral. [1895-1900; EPI- + FOCAL] * * *
/ep'i gam"ik/, adj. Zool. attracting the opposite sex, as the colors of certain birds. [1885-90; < Gk epígam(os) marriageable (see EPI-, -GAMOUS) + -IC] * * *
/ep'i gas"trik/, adj. lying upon, distributed over, or pertaining to the epigastrium. [1650-60; EPIGASTR(IUM) + -IC] * * *
/ep'i gas"tree euhm/, n., pl. epigastria /-tree euh/. Anat. the upper and median part of the abdomen, lying over the stomach. [1675-85; < NL < Gk epigástrion, n. use of neut. of ...
/ep'i jee"euhl/, adj. 1. Entomol. living near the surface of the ground, as on low herbs or other surface vegetation. 2. Bot. epigeous. Also, epigean. [1860-65; EPIGE(OUS) + ...
/ep"i jeen'/, adj. Geol. formed or originating on the earth's surface (opposed to hypogene). [1815-25; < F épigène < Gk epigenés born after, growing after. See EPI-, -GEN] * * ...
—epigenesist, epigenist /i pij"euh nist/, n. —epigenetic /ep'i jeuh net"ik/, adj. —epigenetically, adv. /ep'i jen"euh sis/, n. 1. Biol. a. the theory that an embryo ...
epigenetic [ep΄əjə net′ik] adj. 1. of, or having the nature of, epigenesis 2. Geol. a) produced on or near the surface of the earth b) formed or deposited later than the ...
Introduction  the study of the chemical modification of specific genes (gene) or gene-associated proteins of an organism. Epigenetic modifications can define how the ...
/i pij"euh neuhs/, adj. Bot. growing on the surface, esp. the upper surface, as fungi on leaves. [1865-70; EPI- + -GENOUS] * * *
/ep'i jee"euhs/, adj. Bot. 1. growing on or close to the ground. 2. (of cotyledons) lifted above ground in germination. [1825-35; < Gk epígeios on, of the world, equiv. to epi- ...
See epiglottis. * * *
See epiglottal. * * *
—epiglottal, epiglottic, epiglottidean /ep'i glo tid"ee euhn/, adj. /ep'i glot"is/, n., pl. epiglottises, epiglottides /-glot"i deez'/. Anat. a thin, valvelike, cartilaginous ...
—epigonic /ep'i gon"ik/, adj. —epigonism /i pig"euh niz'euhm, e pig"-, ep"euh goh'niz im, -gon'iz-/, n. /ep"i gohn'/, n. an undistinguished imitator, follower, or successor ...
See epigone. * * *
See epigonic. * * *
/i pig"euh neuhs/, n., pl. epigoni /-nuy'/. epigone. * * *
/ep"i gram'/, n. 1. any witty, ingenious, or pointed saying tersely expressed. 2. epigrammatic expression: Oscar Wilde had a genius for epigram. 3. a short, often satirical poem ...
—epigrammatically, adv. —epigrammatism /ep'i gram"euh tiz'euhm/, n. /ep'i greuh mat"ik/, adj. 1. of or like an epigram; terse and ingenious in expression. 2. containing or ...
See epigrammatic. * * *
epigrammatism [ep΄ə gram′ə tiz΄əm] n. the use of epigrams, or a style characterized by epigram epigrammatist n. * * * ep·i·gram·ma·tism ...
See epigrammatism. * * *
—epigrammatist, n. /ep'i gram"euh tuyz'/, v., epigrammatized, epigrammatizing. v.t. 1. to express in epigrams. 2. to make epigrams about (a person or thing). v.i. 3. to make ...
/ep"i graf', -grahf'/, n. 1. an inscription, esp. on a building, statue, or the like. 2. an apposite quotation at the beginning of a book, chapter, etc. [1615-25; < Gk epigraphé ...
See epigraphy. * * *
—epigraphically, adv. /ep'i graf"ik/, adj. 1. of or pertaining to epigraphs or epigraphy. 2. of the style characteristic of epigraphs. Also, epigraphical. [1855-60; EPIGRAPH + ...
See epigraphic. * * *
See epigraphic. * * *
epigraphist [ē pig′rə fist, ipig′rə fist] n. a specialist in epigraphy: also epigrapher * * * See epigrapher. * * *
—epigraphist, epigrapher, n. /i pig"reuh fee/, n. 1. the study or science of epigraphs or inscriptions, esp. of ancient inscriptions. 2. inscriptions collectively. [1850-55; ...
/i pij"euh neuhm/, n. Zool. the chitinous plate in arachnids that covers the opening to the female genital tract. Also, epigyne /ep"i juyn'/. [1890-95; < NL, equiv. to epi- EPI- ...
See epigynous. * * *
—epilation, n. —epilator, n. /ep"euh layt'/, v.t., epilated, epilating. to remove (hair) from by means of physical, chemical, or radiological agents; depilate. [1885-90; < F ...
/ep"euh lep'see/, n. Pathol. a disorder of the nervous system, characterized either by mild, episodic loss of attention or sleepiness (petit mal) or by severe convulsions with ...
—epileptically, adv. /ep'euh lep"tik/, Pathol. adj. 1. pertaining to or symptomatic of epilepsy. n. 2. a person affected by epilepsy. [1600-10; < LL epilepticus < Gk ...
ep·i·lep·to·gen·ic (ĕp'ə-lĕp'tə-jĕnʹĭk) adj. Having the capacity to induce epilepsy. * * *
epileptoid [ep΄ə lep′tə fôrm΄ep΄ə lep′toid΄] adj. resembling epilepsy: also epileptiform [ep΄ə lep′tə fôrm΄] * * * ep·i·lep·toid ...
—epilimnetic /ep'euh lim net"ik/, epilimnial, adj. /ep'euh lim"nee on', -euhn/, n., pl. epilimnia /-nee euh/. (in certain lakes) the layer of water above the ...
/ep'euh lith"ik/, adj. (of plants) growing on stones. [EPI- + -LITHIC] * * *
▪ plant genus       genus of about 200 plants, in the evening primrose family (Onagraceae), native to most temperate regions. It includes fireweed (q.v.; species E. ...
/ep"euh lawg', -log'/, n. 1. a concluding part added to a literary work, as a novel. 2. a speech, usually in verse, delivered by one of the actors after the conclusion of a ...
/ep'euh mee"dee euhm/, n., pl. epimediums. any of various Old World plants belonging to the genus Epimedium, of the barberry family, having small, pinnate leaves and spurred ...
▪ Cretan seer flourished 6th century BC?       Cretan seer, reputed author of religious and poetical writings, including a Theogony, Cretica, and other mystical works. ...
—epimeric /ep'euh mer"ik/, adj. /ep"euh meuhr/, n. Chem. either of a pair of isomeric aldose compounds, esp. of certain sugars, that differ from each other in the positions of ...
epimere [ep′ə mir΄] n. 〚 EPI- + -MERE〛 the dorsal portion of the mesodermal mass in the early development of chordate embryos that gives rise to the skeletal muscles * * *
/ep"euh meuh ruyz'/, v.t. epimerized, epimerizing. to convert into an epimer. Also, esp. Brit., epimerise. [1925-30; EPIMER + -IZE] * * *
Ep·i·me·the·us (ĕp'ə-mēʹthē-əs, -thyo͞os) n. 1. Greek Mythology. A Titan, husband of Pandora, who together with his brother Prometheus took part in the creation of ...
/ep'euh mawr"fiz euhm/, n. Math. a homomorphism that maps from one set onto a second set. [EPI- + -MORPHISM] * * *
—epimorphic, adj. /ep'euh mawr"feuh sis, -mawr foh"-/, n. Zool. a form of development in segmented animals in which body segmentation is completed before hatching. [EPI- + ...
—epimyocardial, adj. /ep'euh muy'euh kahr"dee euhm/, n., pl. epimyocardia /-dee euh/. Embryol. the outer, mesodermal layer of the embryonic heart, which develops into the ...
/ep'euh miz"ee euhm, -mizh"-/, n., pl. epimysia /-miz"ee euh, -mizh"-/. Anat. the sheath of connective tissue around a muscle. [1895-1900; NL, irreg. from EPI- + Gk mys mouse, ...
/ay pee nannl"/, n. a city in and the capital of Vosges, in NE France. 42,810. * * * ▪ France       town, capital of the Vosges département, Lorraine région, ...
/ep'euh nay"os/, n., pl. epinaoi /-nay"oy/. a rear vestibule, as of a classical temple. Also called opisthodomos, posticum. Cf. pronaos. [EPI- + NAOS] * * *
See epinasty. * * *
—epinastic, adj. /ep"euh nas'tee/, n. Bot. (esp. of leaves) increased growth on the upper surface of an organ or part, causing it to bend downward. [1875-80; EPI- + Gk ...
Épinay, Louise-Florence-Pétronille Tardieu d'Esclavelles, dame de La Live d'
▪ French author byname  Madame D'épinay   born March 11, 1726, Valenciennes, Fr. died April 17, 1783, Paris  a distinguished figure in advanced literary circles in ...
▪ France       town, northern suburb of Paris, Seine-Saint-Denis département, Paris région, north-central France, on the Seine River. Épinay originated from a ...
/ep'euh nef"rin, -reen/, n. 1. Biochem. a hormone secreted by the adrenal medulla upon stimulation by the central nervous system in response to stress, as anger or fear, and ...
epinephrine and norepinephrine
▪ hormone also called  adrenaline  and  noradrenaline,   two separate but related hormones secreted by the medulla of the adrenal glands (adrenal gland). They are also ...
epinephrine tolerance test
▪ medicine       assessment of the metabolism of liver glycogen by measuring the blood-sugar response to a standard dose of epinephrine (adrenalin). Epinephrine normally ...
See epineurium. * * *
—epineurial, adj. /ep'euh noor"ee euhm, -nyoor"-/, n., pl. epineuria /-noor"ee euh, -nyoor"-/. Anat. the dense sheath of connective tissue that surrounds the trunk of a ...
/ay pang"glay, ay'pang glay"/, n. a ribbed fabric constructed in plain weave, used in the manufacture of women's dress goods. [ < F, special use of épingle pin] * * *
▪ ode Greek  epinikion,  also spelled  epinician,  plural  epinicia  or  epinikia        lyric ode honouring a victor in one of the great Hellenic games. The ...
/ep'ee oh nik"ee euhm/, n., pl. epionychia /-nik"ee euh/. eponychium. * * *
/ep'euh pay'lee euh lith"ik, -pal'ee-/, adj. of, pertaining to, or characteristic of the human cultures existing at the end of the Paleolithic and the beginnings of the ...
/ep'euh pas"tik/, Med. adj. 1. suitable for use as a dusting powder. n. 2. an epipastic substance or preparation. [1700-10; < Gk epípast(os) sprinkled over (verbid of ...
/ep'ee peuh laj"ik/, adj. of or pertaining to the stratum of the oceanic zone where enough light is present for photosynthesis to occur. [1935-40; EPI- + PELAGIC] * * *
/ep'euh pet"l euhs/, adj. (of a flower) having the stamens attached to the petals. [1835-45; EPI- + PETALOUS] * * *
Epiphany. * * *
/ep'euh feuh nuy"euh/, n. ancient name of the city Hama. * * *
See epiphany. * * *
Epiphanius of Constantia, Saint
▪ bishop of Salamis born c. 315, near Eleutheropolis, Palestine died May 403, at sea; feast day May 12       bishop noted in the history of the early Christian church ...
/i pif"euh nuyz'/, v.t., epiphanized, epiphanizing. Literature. to describe or represent in an epiphany. Also, esp. Brit., epiphanise. [EPIPHANY + -IZE] * * *
—epiphanic /ep'euh fan"ik/, epiphanous, adj. /i pif"euh nee/, n., pl. epiphanies. 1. (cap.) a Christian festival, observed on January 6, commemorating the manifestation of ...
See epiphenomenon. * * *
—epiphenomenalist, n. /ep'euh feuh nom"euh nl iz'euhm/, n. the doctrine that consciousness is merely an epiphenomenon of physiological processes, and that it has no power to ...
See epiphenomenal. * * *
—epiphenomenal, adj. —epiphenomenally, adv. /ep'euh feuh nom"euh non', -neuhn/, n., pl. epiphenomena /-neuh/, epiphenomenons. 1. Pathol. a secondary or additional symptom or ...
/ep'euh fleed"l/, adj. Mycol. growing on bark, as a lichen. Also, epiphloedic. [EPI- + Gk phloi(ós) bark of trees + hiatus-filling -d- + -AL1] * * *
/ep'euh foh nee"meuh/, n., pl. epiphonemas, epiphonemae /-mee/. Rhet. a sentence that is an exclamation, a general or striking comment, or a succinct summary of what has ...
/i pif"euhr euh/, n. 1. Pathol. an overflow of tears due to excessive secretion of the lacrimal glands or obstruction of the lacrimal ducts. 2. Rhet. epistrophe (def. ...
—epiphragmal /ep'euh frag"meuhl/, adj. /ep"euh fram'/, n. 1. a calcified or membranous septum produced by certain land snails during hibernation and functioning to cover the ...
/ep'euh fuy lak"sis, -fi-/, n. Med. reinforcement of the defenses of the body against disease. [ < NL < Gk epi- EPI- + phýlaxis a watching, guarding] * * *
—epiphyllous, epiphylline /ep'euh fil"een, -in/, adj. /ep"euh fil/, n. Bot. an epiphyte that grows on the surface, esp. the upper surface, of leaves, as a lichen. [EPI- + ...
/ep'euh fil"euhm/, n. any of several mostly epiphytic cacti of the genus Epiphyllum, native to tropical America, having large, fragrant white flowers. Also called orchid ...
See epiphysial. * * *
See epiphysis. * * *
—epiphyseal /ep'euh fiz"ee euhl, i pif'euh see"euhl, -zee"-/, epiphysial, adj. /i pif"euh sis/, n., pl. epiphyses /-seez'/. Anat. 1. a part or process of a bone separated from ...
—epiphytic /ep'euh fit"ik/, epiphytical, adj. —epiphytically, adv. /ep"euh fuyt'/, n. Bot. a plant that grows above the ground, supported nonparasitically by another plant or ...
See epiphyte. * * *
See epiphytic. * * *
See epiphytic. * * *
epiphytology [ep΄i fī täl′ə jē] n. 〚
/ep'euh fuy tot"ik/, adj. 1. (of a disease) destroying a large number of plants in an area at the same time. n. 2. the widespread, destructive outbreak of a plant ...
▪ plateau, Italy       ancient fortified plateau west of Syracuse, Sicily, which was enclosed with walls some 12 miles (19 km) long by the tyrant Dionysius I (c. ...
—epipubic, adj. /ep'euh pyooh"bis/, n., pl. epipubes /-beez/. Zool. either of a pair of bones in front of the pubis of marsupials. Also called marsupial bones. [1895-1900; EPI- ...
—epirogenic /i puy'reuh jen"ik/, epirogenetic /i puy'roh jeuh net"ik/, adj. /ep'uy roj"euh nee/, n. Geol. epeirogeny. * * *
▪ ancient Greek literature       in ancient Greek Old Comedy, an address usually about public affairs. It was spoken by the leader of one-half of the chorus after that ...
—Epirote /i puy"roht/, Epeirot /i puy"reuht/, n. /i puy"reuhs/, n. 1. an ancient district in NW Greece and S Albania. 2. a modern region in NW Greece. 310,344; 3573 sq. mi. ...
Epirus, despotate of
▪ Byzantine principality, Europe Epirus also spelled  Epiros        (1204–1337), Byzantine principality in the Balkans that was a centre of resistance for Byzantine ...
Epis or Episc abbrev. 1. Episcopal 2. Episcopalian * * *
1. Episcopal. 2. Episcopalian. 3. Epistle. * * *
1. Episcopal. 2. Episcopalian. * * *
/i pish"ee euh, i pish"euh/, n. any of several tropical American plants of the genus Episcia, often cultivated as houseplants for their textured, variegated foliage and showy ...
/i pis"keuh peuh see/, n., pl. episcopacies. 1. government of the church by bishops; church government in which there are three distinct orders of ministers, namely bishops, ...
—episcopally, adv. /i pis"keuh peuhl/, adj. 1. of or pertaining to a bishop: episcopal authority. 2. based on or recognizing a governing order of bishops: an episcopal ...
Episcopal Church
(also the Protestant Episcopal Church) the US Church that is part of the Anglican Communion. It separated from the Church of England during the American Revolution. It has the ...
Episcopal Church in America
the church in the U.S. that inherited the doctrine, discipline, and forms of worship of the Church of England, from which it became an independent body within the Anglican ...
Episcopal Church in Scotland
the Scottish branch of the Church of England, established in the 16th century. It is smaller than the Scottish national Church, the Church of Scotland. * * * ▪ ...
Episcopal Church in the United States of America
▪ autonomous church, United States also called  The Episcopal Church  or  Protestant Episcopal Church in the United States of America        autonomous church in ...
Episcopal Church, Protestant
Descendant of the Church of England in the U.S. With the American Revolution, the Church of England was disestablished in the U.S. (1789), and American Anglicans renamed it the ...
Episcopal vicar
vicar (def. 2). * * *
Episcopal Church n. The church in the United States that is in communion with the see of Canterbury. * * *
—Episcopalianism, n. /i pis'keuh payl"yeuhn, -pay"lee euhn/, adj. 1. pertaining or adhering to the Episcopal Church in America. 2. (l.c.) pertaining or adhering to the ...
/i pis"keuh peuh liz'euhm/, n. the theory of church polity according to which the supreme ecclesiastical authority is vested in the episcopal order as a whole, and not in any ...
See episcopal. * * *
/i pis"keuh pit, -payt'/, n. 1. the office and dignity of a bishop; bishopric. 2. the order or body of bishops. 3. the incumbency of a bishop. 4. the diocese of a ...
/ep"euh skohp'/, n. Optics. epidiascope. * * *
Episcopius, Simon
▪ Dutch theologian also called  Simon Biscop, Bischop, or Bisschop   born Jan. 8, 1583, Amsterdam, Dutch Republic [now in The Netherlands] died April 4, 1643, ...
/i pis"keuh puyz'/, v., episcopized, episcopizing. v.t. 1. to make a bishop of. 2. to convert to Episcopalianism. v.i. 3. to function as a bishop. Also, esp. Brit., ...
episcopus vagans
▪ Christianity plural  Episcopi Vagantes,         in Christianity, a bishop without authority or without recognition in any major Christian church. Such bishops may ...
/euh pis"keuh tis'teuhr, ep'i skeuh tis"teuhr/, n. a disk with a sector removed that when rotated in front of a light source allows the periodic passage of flashes of light: used ...
/ep'euh see"meem/, n. the meaning of a tagmeme. [EPI- + SEMEME] * * *
/ep'euh sep"euh leuhs/, adj. (of a flower) having the stamens attached to the sepals. [1880-85; EPI- + -SEPALOUS] * * *
/euh pee'zee ot"euh mee, ep'euh suy-/, n., pl. episiotomies. Obstet., Surg. an incision into the perineum and vagina to allow sufficient clearance for birth. [1875-80; < Gk ...
/ep"euh sohd', -zohd'/, n. 1. an incident in the course of a series of events, in a person's life or experience, etc. 2. an incident, scene, etc., within a narrative, usually ...
➡ soap operas * * *
—episodically, adv. /ep'euh sod"ik, -zod"-/, adj. 1. pertaining to or of the nature of an episode. 2. divided into separate or tenuously related parts or sections; loosely ...
See episodic. * * *
See episome. * * *
See episomal. * * *
—episomal, adj. —episomally, adv. /ep"euh sohm'/, n. Genetics. bacterial DNA that is extrachromosomal and that may replicate autonomously as a plasmid or become incorporated ...
/ep'euh spas"tik/, adj. 1. raising a blister. n. 2. a blistering agent; vesicatory. [1650-60; < Gk epispastikós adapted, drawing to one's self. See EPI-, SPASTIC] * * *
/ep"i spawr', -spohr'/, n. Bot., Mycol. the principal outer covering of a spore. [1825-35; EPI- + SPORE] * * *
Epistle. * * *
—epistatic /ep'euh stat"ik/, adj. /i pis"teuh sis/, n., pl. epistases /-seez'/. 1. Genetics. a form of interaction between nonallelic genes in which one combination of such ...
See epistasis. * * *
epistatic gene
Gene that determines whether or not a trait determined by another gene will be expressed. For example, when the gene responsible for albinism occurs, the genes that determine ...
/ep'euh stak"sis/, n. Pathol. nosebleed. [1785-95; < Gk epístaxis a dripping, equiv. to epi- EPI- + stag-, s. of stázein to drip, drop + -sis -SIS] * * *
—epistemically, adv. /ep'euh stee"mik, -stem"ik/, adj. of or pertaining to knowledge or the conditions for acquiring it. [1920-25; < Gk epistemikós, equiv. to epistém(e) ...
See epistemic. * * *
See epistemology. * * *
See epistemological. * * *
See epistemological. * * *
—epistemological /i pis'teuh meuh loj"i keuhl/, adj. —epistemologically, adv. —epistemologist, n. /i pis'teuh mol"euh jee/, n. a branch of philosophy that investigates the ...
/ep'euh sterr"neuhm/, n., pl. episterna /-neuh/. 1. Anat. manubrium. 2. Entomol. the anterior portion of a pleuron. [1850-55; EPI- + STERNUM] * * *
▪ mineral       hydrated sodium and calcium aluminosilicate mineral in the zeolite family. It forms piezoelectric crystals of monoclinic symmetry and platy habit; the ...
/i pis"euhl/, n. 1. a letter, esp. a formal or didactic one; written communication. 2. (usually cap.) one of the apostolic letters in the New Testament. 3. (often cap.) an ...
epistle side
the right side of a church, facing the altar. Cf. gospel side. [1880-85] * * *
Epistle to the Galatians
a New Testament letter written by St. Paul the Apostle to the Christian churches of Galatia. * * *
epistler [ē pis′tə lərē pis′lər, ē pis′əl ər; ēpist′lər] n. 1. a letter writer 2. [usually E-] the person who reads the Epistle during Mass, etc.: also ...
epistle side also Epistle Side n. 1. In the traditional orientation of some Christian churches, the south side of a chancel or sanctuary when the altar or Eucharistic table faces ...
/i pis"tl er'ee/, adj. 1. contained in or carried on by letters: an epistolary friendship. 2. of, pertaining to, or consisting of letters. [1650-60; < L epistolaris of, belonging ...
epistolary novel
a novel written in the form of a series of letters. * * * Novel in the form of a series of letters written by one or more characters. It allows the author to present the ...
/i pis"tl euhr/, n. 1. Also, epistolist. a writer of an epistle. 2. the person who reads or chants the epistle in the Eucharistic service. Also, epistler /i pis"leuhr, i ...
/ep'euh stol"ik/, adj. epistolary. Also, epistolical. [1735-45; < L epistolicus < Gk epistolikós suited to a letter. See EPISTLE, -IC] * * *
/i pis"tl uyz'/, v., epistolized, epistolizing. v.i. 1. to write a letter. v.t. 2. to write a letter to. Also, esp. Brit., epistolise. [1625-35; < L epistol(a) EPISTLE + -IZE] * ...
/i pis'tl og"reuh fee/, n. the practices and principles of letter writing; art of epistolary composition. [1885-90; < L epistol(a) EPISTLE + -o- + -GRAPHY] * * *
/i pis"treuh fee/, n. 1. Also called epiphora. Rhet. the repetition of a word or words at the end of two or more successive verses, clauses, or sentences, as in "I should do ...
—epistylar, adj. /ep"euh stuyl'/, n. the architrave of a classical building. [1555-65; < L epistylium the crossbeam resting on the column < Gk epistylion crossbeam of ...
/ep'euh sil"euh jiz'euhm/, n. Logic. a syllogism one of the premises of which is the conclusion of a preceding syllogism; any of the syllogisms included in a polysyllogism except ...
1. epitaph. 2. epitome. * * *
—epitaphic /ep'i taf"ik/, adj. —epitaphist, n. —epitaphless, adj. /ep"i taf', -tahf'/, n. 1. a commemorative inscription on a tomb or mortuary monument about the person ...
See epitaph. * * *
/i pit"euh sis/, n., pl. epitases /-seez'/. the part of an ancient drama, following the protasis, in which the main action is developed. Cf. catastasis, catastrophe (def. 4), ...
—epitaxial, epitaxic, adj. /ep'i tak"sis/, n., pl. epitaxes /-tak"seez/. Crystall. an oriented overgrowth of crystalline material upon the surface of another crystal of ...
/ep"i tak'see/, n., pl. epitaxies. Crystall. epitaxis. * * * ▪ crystallography       the process of growing a crystal of a particular orientation on top of another ...
/ep'euh theuh lay"mee on', -euhn/, n., pl. epithalamia /-mee euh/. a song or poem in honor of a bride and bridegroom. [1580-90; < Gk: nuptial, n. use of neut. of epithalámios ...
—epithalamic /ep'euh theuh lam"ik/, adj. /ep'euh theuh lay"mee euhm/, n., pl. epithalamiums, epithalamia /-mee euh/. epithalamion. * * * or epithalamion Nuptial song or poem ...
/ep'euh thal"euh meuhs/, n., pl. epithalami /-muy'/. Anat. the dorsal area of the diencephalon containing a habenula and the pineal gland. [1900-05; < NL; see EPI-, THALAMUS] * * ...
—epithecial /ep'euh thee"shee euhl, -sheuhl/, adj. /ep'euh thee"shee euhm, -see euhm/, n., pl. epithecia /-shee euh, -see euh/. Mycol. the surface layer of tissue of the ...
ep·i·the·li·a (ĕp'ə-thēʹlē-ə) n. A plural of epithelium. * * *
epithelial [ep΄i thē′lē əl] adj. of, or like, epithelium * * * See epithelium. * * *
epithelial pearl
Pathol. pearl1 (def. 8). * * *
See epithelialize. * * *
—epithelialization, n. /ep'euh thee"lee euh luyz'/, v.t., v.i., epithelialized, epithelializing. to form a covering of epithelial cells over, as a wound. Also, esp. Brit., ...
/ep'euh thee"lee oyd'/, adj. resembling epithelium. [1875-80; EPITHELI(UM) + -OID] * * *
—epitheliomatous /ep'euh thee'lee om"euh teuhs, -oh"meuh-/, adj. /ep'euh thee'lee oh"meuh/, n., pl. epitheliomas, epitheliomata /-meuh teuh/. Pathol. a growth or tumor ...
See epithelioma. * * *
/ep'euh thee'lee oh mus"kyeuh leuhr/, adj. Zool. of or pertaining to an epithelial cell of a coelenterate that contains contractile fibrils and acts as a muscle. [EPITHELI(UM) + ...
—epithelial, adj. /ep'euh thee"lee euhm/, n., pl. epitheliums, epithelia /-lee euh/. Biol. any animal tissue that covers a surface, or lines a cavity or the like, and that, in ...
See epithelize. * * *
epithelize vt. epithelialized, epithelializing [ep΄i thē′līz΄] vt. epithelized, epithelizing to cover with epithelium: also epithelialize vt. epithelialized, ...
—epithetic, epithetical, adj. /ep"euh thet'/, n. 1. any word or phrase applied to a person or thing to describe an actual or attributed quality: "Richard the Lion-Hearted" is ...
See epithet. * * *
See epithetic. * * *
—epitomical /ep'i tom"i keuhl/, epitomic, adj. /i pit"euh mee/, n. 1. a person or thing that is typical of or possesses to a high degree the features of a whole class: He is ...
/i pit"euh mist/, n. a person who writes an epitome. [1605-15; EPITOM(E) + -IST] * * *
—epitomization, n. —epitomizer, n. /i pit"euh muyz'/, v.t., epitomized, epitomizing. 1. to contain or represent in small compass; serve as a typical example of; typify: This ...
/ep"i tohp'/, n. Immunol. determinant (def. 3). [EPI- + -tope < Gk tópos place; cf. TOPO-] * * *
/e'pee trddah khee"lee awn/; Eng. /ep'i treuh kee"lee on', -keel"yeuhn/, n., pl. epitrachelia /-khee"lee ah/; Eng. /-kee"lee euh, -keel"yeuh/. Gk. Orth. Ch. a silk stole worn by ...
—epitrichial, adj. /ep'i trik"ee euhm/, n., pl. epitrichiums. Embryol. the outermost layer of the epidermis in most mammalian fetuses, usually disappearing before birth. Also ...
/ep'i troh"koyd/, Geom. a plane curve generated by the motion of a fixed point on the radius or extension of the radius of a circle that rolls externally, without slipping, on a ...
/ep'euh zuy"leuhs/, adj. Mycol. growing on wood, as certain fungi. [EPI- + XYL- + -OUS] * * *
—epizoism, n. /ep'euh zoh"ik/, adj. Biol. externally parasitic. [1855-60; EPIZO(ON) + -IC] * * *
See epizoic. * * *
/ep'euh zoh"on, -euhn/, n., pl. epizoa /-zoh"euh/. Biol. an external parasite or commensal on the body of an animal; ectozoon. Also, epizoite. [1830-40; < NL; see EPI-, -ZOON] * ...
—epizootically, adv. /ep'euh zoh ot"ik/, Vet. Med. adj. 1. (of diseases) spreading quickly among animals. n. 2. an epizootic disease. [1740-50; EPI- + ZO(O)- + -OTIC] * * *
epizootic lymphangitis
Vet. Pathol. a chronic, contagious fungal disease of horses and certain other ungulates, caused by Histoplasma farciminosum and characterized by inflammation and ulceration of ...
See epizootic. * * *
epizootiology [ep΄i zō ät΄ē äl′ə jē] n. 〚 EPIZOOTIC + -LOGY〛 the study of epidemic animal diseases * * *
/ep'euh zoh"euh tee/, n., pl. epizooties. epizootic. [1775-85; EPIZOOT(IC) + -Y3] * * *
EPO abbrev. erythropoietin * * *
/ep"euhk/ or, esp. Brit., /ee"pok/, n. 1. a particular period of time marked by distinctive features, events, etc.: The treaty ushered in an epoch of peace and good will. 2. the ...
/ep"euhk may'king/ or, esp. Brit., /ee"pok-/, adj. opening a new era, as in human history, thought, or knowledge; epochal: an epoch-making discovery. [1870-75] * * *
—epochally, adv. /ep"euh keuhl/ or, esp. Brit., /ee"po-/, adj. 1. of, pertaining to, or of the nature of an epoch. 2. extremely important, significant, or ...

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