(From lingo, to lick). Lohoc eclegma, elexis, eclectos, illinctus, lambative; a composition thicker than syrup, but softer than an electuary, first made to be licked from a slick of liquorice, and then gradually swallowed. A linctus is usually formed of mucilages, or of oils mixed by means of mucilage, and often slightly acidulated. It is chiefly used in disorders of the inward parts of the mouth, the fauces and' oesophagus, as in aphthae, and tickling coughs from defections of thin serum; but it soon palls.

Linea Alba Vel Centralis

(From linum, a thread, and album, white, from its appearance and colour, or situation). It extends from the os pubis to the cartilago ensiformis, and so high as the navel it is a mere line, but above broader. It is formed by the union of all the tendons of the abdominal muscles, which, by their united action, compress the belly. In this line the trochar, in tapping, is often introduced, and it is divided in hysterotomy, as the wound is attended with but a slight haemorrhage.

Lineae Semilunares

Terminate the lower part of the external oblique muscle of the abdomen, and are lost at the upper part.

Lineae transversae pass between the linea alba and lineae semilunares, formed by the tendinous lines of the recti muscles. They are not directly transverse, as often represented, but irregularly waved.


(From linea, a line). A leaf whose surface is streaked.with lines.


(From Lingodes 4720 to sound). An appellation of fevers attended with an hiccough.


Borealis Lin. Sp. Pl . 880. Its leaves are bitterish and subastringent. They are employed in decoction as a fomentation in rheumatism, and the infusion in milk has been recommended in sciatica.


(From Linosyris 4729 flax). An herb whose leaves resemble those of flax. See Elichrysum.


See Discessus.


Lint, (from linum, flax; of which it is made). When lint is used in a flat oval form it is called a pledget; when cylindrical, a dossil. It is used as a medium for applying ointments, to stop haemorrhages, and, in the form of a dossil, to prevent wounds from closing. When merely to defend wounds is required, poultices are now preferred to lint. See Car-basus.


(From Liparis 4731 . Fat.


(From Liparocele 4732 fat,and a tumour).

Any tumour containing a fatty substance.


(From Lipodermus 4734 to leave, and the skin). See Praeputium.


(From Lipoma 4736 fat). An indolent, fatty tumour, often fluid in the centre.