Astra Ntia

Vulg. et niger, (from Astra Ntia 1284 a star, so called from the star-like shape of its flowers). See Imperatoria.


(From Astrape 1285 corusco). Lightning.

Galen reckons it among the remote causes of an epilepsy; and it is doubtless a cause of disease in lesser degrees of its influence, as well as of death in greater. In the Phil. Trans, art. xlii. ann. 1766, Dr. Laurence gives an instance of a singular effect of lightning.


(From astringo, to bind). When applied to the belly it signifies costiveness.


(From Astriolism 1286 a star). Blasting, or Planet Striking.


See Astragalus.


Astrobles,(from Astrobolismos 1287 a star, and to strike upon; i. e. planet struck).

The blasting of trees, or mortification by a blast; but when applied to the human body, it signifies an apoplexy or a sphacelus. The first term is brought into our lexicons, but is- used only by Theophrastus in his work on plants.


(From Astrocynologia 1289 a star, a dog, and a dissertation). The name of a treatise on the dog days


(From the Hebrew term, aes,fire). A star. With the chemists this word signifies that virtue and power which result from the preparation: thus the astrum of salt is its resolution into a fluid state, by which it can exert itself more powerfully. Astrum is a name given to many medicines.


See Myrobalani India.


See AErugo .AEris.


See Fuligo.


See Nitrlm.


Ataxy, (from α, priv. and Ataxia 1294 to order ). Some particular irregularity or disorder.


An Arabic word expressing the method of treating an eye, when preternatural hairs grow under the natural ones.


Atechnia 1295 (from α, neg. and an art, a want of art). See Anaphrodisia.

Ater Succus

See Atra bilis.


(From α, priv. and Ateramnia 1297 to break in pieces). This word occurs in Hippocrates de Aere, Locis, et Aquis, and is expounded by Galen as signifying difficulty of concoction, and hard. He observes, that the ancients gave this appellation to bad waters, and that, when joined with other words, it hath other significations.

Athamantia Cretensis

See Daucus Creticus.


(From α, neg. and Athanasia 1298 death).

So called because its flowers do not wither easily. The immortal plant. A name given to tansey, because, when stuffed up the nose of a dead corpse, it is said to prevent putrefaction: see Tanacetum. It means also immortality. The name of an antidote of Galen, and another of Oribasius: it is the name also of a collyrium described by AEtius, and of many other compositions.