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medusa head

medusa head in Medicine

Medusa head Me·du·sa head (mĭ-dōō'sə, -zə, -dyōō'-)
n.
Dilated cutaneous veins radiating from the umbilicus. Also called caput medusae, Cruveilhier's sign.

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  • It is a sort of medusa head, which turns—no, not to stone, but to sloppy treacle.

    Touch and Go D. H. Lawrence
  • The medusa head of Slavery had turned their hearts to stone.

    The Secret Service. Albert D. Richardson
  • Then the ideal face had turned to a medusa head, and the curls to snakes.

  • Dolly was turning it round thoughtfully and looking at the medusa head carved and set in gold.

    Old Kensington Miss Thackeray

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