(From excedo, to surpass). In botany it means exceeding in length, comparatively long.


And Excitement. The former of these is the capacity of the body to admit of increased action; and the latter the stale of increased action. In Brown's system, excitability is the distinction of life, and the excitement of heat and other stimuli alone necessary (if we understand him) to produce life. "When these are present, the body lives; when absent, it dies; and life is thus a flame kept up by constantly blowing.

Exciting Causes

Those causes which excite the action of the predisponent ones. In the language of some pathologists they arc external causes. See Causa.


(From excipio, to receive). In prescriptions, that is called the excipient which receives the other ingredients, and gives them a proper form; as officinal electuaries, conserves, robs, etc.


(From the same). In chemistry it is a receiver. See Ampulla.


(From excindo, to cut off). See Amputatio.


(From excludo, to eject). A medicine supposed to cause abortion. Fortunately, there are few such; and those little known.

Excoriatis Excoriatio

(From excorio, to take off the skin). Excoriation, or abrasion of the skin; ecdora.


(From excerno, to separate). Excrement; or whatever requires to be discharged out of the body.


(From ex, and cresco). An Excrescence; ecphyas, ecpysis. A preternatural protuberance on any part of the body.


Et Retenta, (from excerno, to separate, and retineo, to retain). Fluids thrown out of the body, and those that are retained. These formed considerable objects of attention in the hygieine, during the reign of the humoral pathology; and while the importance of duly attending to the excretions, and their proportion to the ingesta and retenta, is still felt, and their regulation considered as equally necessary, the absolute quantity is less regarded. It is now admitted. that the system forms its own fluids, and regulates the quantities retained in general, as well as those thrown out. In diseases only it is necessary for art to interfere, and then to remove local accumulations rather than to lessen the absolute quantities.

Excutia Ventriculi

(From excutio, to rub off, and ventriculus, the stomach). A brush made of soft bristles, fixed in a flexible brass wire, with silk or flaxen thread wrapped round it. When used, the patient drinks a quantity of warm water; and the excutia. being dipped in some proper liquor, is passed down into the stomach, where it is moved around. The absurdity of this plan cannot be better exposed than by explaining it.


(From Exechebronchos 3769 to abound, and a throat). A prominent throat. See Bron chocele.


(From Execheglutos 3771 and the buttocks). Prominent buttocks.