(From the same). A bite, or pain resembling that from a bite of an insect.
Morsus diaboli. See Tubae fallopianae, or Devil's bit, and Sucisa.
Morsus gallinae. See Alsine. Morsus ranae. See Microleuconymphaea. Mort De Chien. A spasmodic disease of peculiar violence and obstinacy, not generally understood. The name is assigned by the seamen, who probably consider this disgraceful termination of their lives as the death of a dog. The disease is mentioned by Bontius, and by Mr. Girdlestone; but considered more distinctly and accurately by Mr. Curtis in his account of the Coast Diseases of the East Indies. It is a violent spasm affecting not only the extremities, but the bowels, drawing the intestines into a hard knot, attended with great coldness and debility, and within a very short period fatal. It has been attributed to acrimonious bile; but previous evacuations do not prevent it, nor emetics, with purgatives, relieve it. External warmth, with the most active stimulants, and opium, in very large doses, appear to have been the most useful remedies. See Curtis's Account of the Coast Diseases of the East Indies. Morta. Synonymous with pemphigus. Mortariolum, (dim. of mortarium, a mortar). In chemistry, a mould on which cupels are formed; in anatomy, the sockets of the teeth. See Alveoli.