Definition of spleen in English:

spleen

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Pronunciation: /spliːn
 
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noun

  • 1 Anatomy An abdominal organ involved in the production and removal of blood cells in most vertebrates and forming part of the immune system.
    More example sentences
    • Glass particles were found in the pulmonary capillaries, livers, kidneys, spleens, and intestinal walls of animals studied.
    • These lesions have been reported in the brain, 3 lymph nodes, 4 spleens, 5 lungs, 6 and several other sites.
    • The lateral approach provides an excellent view of the splenic vessels, pancreas, and accessory spleens.

Derivatives

spleenful

adjective
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  • The spiteful, mean and spleenful invections of the gutter press always amuse me.
  • I didn't want to be so spleenful and bileful and moaning and groaning and complaining and whining about the misfortunes of the past.
  • Then came a spleenful Soglin, who attacked the municipal revenue-sharing policies of the stunned Governor…

Origin

Middle English: shortening of Old French esplen, via Latin from Greek splēn; sense 2 derives from the earlier belief that the spleen was the seat of bad temper.

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