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[dis-kuh s] /ˈdɪs kəs/
noun, plural discuses, disci
[dis-ahy] /ˈdɪs aɪ/ (Show IPA)
a circular disk more than 7 inches (18 cm) in diameter and 2.2 pounds (1 kg) in weight, usually wooden with a metal rim and thicker in the center than at the edge, for throwing for distance in athletic competition.
the sport of throwing this disk for distance.
Origin of discus
1650-60; < Latin < Greek dískos a quoit, discus, disk, derivative of diskeîn to throw
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discus, discuss. Unabridged
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noun (pl) discuses, disci (ˈdɪskaɪ)
(originally) a circular stone or plate used in throwing competitions by the ancient Greeks
  1. a similar disc-shaped object with a heavy middle thrown by athletes
  2. (as modifier): a discus thrower
the discus, the event or sport of throwing the discus
a South American cichlid fish, Symphysodon discus, that has a compressed coloured body and is a popular aquarium fish
Word Origin
C17: from Latin, from Greek diskos from dikein to throw
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Word Origin and History for discus

1650s, from Latin discus "discus, disk," from Greek diskos "disk, quoit, platter."

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discus in Medicine

discus dis·cus (dĭs'kəs)
n. pl. dis·ci (dĭs'kī', dĭs'ī')
A flat circular surface; a disk.

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