pituita

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin pītuīta (mucus, phlegm).

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

pituita (uncountable)

  1. (medicine, now only historical) Phlegm; mucus.
    • 1621, Democritus Junior [pseudonym; Robert Burton], The Anatomy of Melancholy, Oxford: Printed by Iohn Lichfield and Iames Short, for Henry Cripps, OCLC 216894069; The Anatomy of Melancholy: [], 2nd corrected and augmented edition, Oxford: Printed by John Lichfield and James Short, for Henry Cripps, 1624, OCLC 54573970, (please specify |partition=1, 2, or 3):
      , Book I (New York 2001 edition), p.148:
      Pituita, or phlegm, is a cold and moist humour, begotten of the colder part of the chylus []

Latin[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Unknown[1]. Have been related to *peyH- (fat) but it's not convincing.

Noun[edit]

pītuīta f (genitive pītuītae); first declension

  1. mucus, phlegm
  2. rheum, head cold

Inflection[edit]

First declension.

Case Singular Plural
nominative pītuīta pītuītae
genitive pītuītae pītuītārum
dative pītuītae pītuītīs
accusative pītuītam pītuītās
ablative pītuītā pītuītīs
vocative pītuīta pītuītae

References[edit]

  1. ^ De Vaan, Michiel (2008) Etymological Dictionary of Latin and the other Italic Languages (Leiden Indo-European Etymological Dictionary Series; 7), Leiden, Boston: Brill, page 468.

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