(From Basis 1392 i am fixed). The support of any thing upon which it stands.

The broad part of the heart is called its basis, to distinguish it from the apex or point.

In pharmacy by basis is meant that ingredient on which the most stress is laid for answering the intention of any compound medicine.

Bassi Colica

The name of a medicine in Scribonius Largus, compounded of aromatics and honey.

Bateanea Aluminosa Aqua

(From the inventor Bates). See Alumen,'


(From Bathmis 1394 , fundatus sum). A seat, basis, or foundation.

Hippocrates and Galen use it to express a cavity of a bone which receives the protuberance of another at the joints, particularly those at the articulation of the humerus and ulna.


(Greek). The seat of support. It is also the scamnum Hippocratis, an instrument invented for the extension of fractured limbs. Oribasius and Scultetus both describe it.


(From Bathypicron 1395 exceedingly, and bitter). See Absinthium vulgare.


A sort of cheese formerly used in Rome.


See Cornumusa.


(A dim. of Baticula 1397 a bramble, from its likeness). See Critiimum.

Batinon Moron

(From Batinon Moron 1398 a bramble). See

Rubus Idaeus.


(From the same). See Crithmum.


The bramble. See Rubus vulgaris.


(From Batrachioides 1399 a frog, and likeness, from its resemblance to a ranunculus). See Geranium.


Sec Geranium.


(From Batrachos 1401 a frog). See



(From Battarismus 1402 , a Cyrenaean prince who stammered). See Psellismus.


(From batuo, to strike). The squamous scales of metals which fly off whilst under the hammer.


A vessel for distillation is thus named.

B. P. An abbreviation for Caspari Bauhini Pinax Theatri Botanici, sive Index in Theophrasti,dioscoridis, Plinii, et Botanicorum, qui a Seculo scripserunt Opera.

B. Theat. An abbreviation of C. Bauhini Thea-trum Botanicum.


From the Arabic term bourach. See Borax, Anatron, and Nitrum.


(Indian). A tree in an island near Or-muz, the smallest quantity of whose fruit is said to suffocate the person who tastes it, and the same effect to be the consequence of continuing under its shade; yet its root, leaves, and fruit, are antidotes to poison in other countries. It is also called rabuxit, Raii Hist, but not sufficiently described to be referred to its proper place in botanic systems.