Vulg. et niger, (from a star, so called from the star-like shape of its flowers). See Imperatoria.
(From 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 a star). Blasting, or Planet Striking.
Astrobles,(from 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 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.
Ataxy, (from α, priv. and 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.
(from α, neg. and an art, a want of art). See Anaphrodisia.
See Atra bilis.
(From α, priv. and 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.
See Daucus Creticus.
(From α, neg. and 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.