Origin of spleen
Examples from the Web for spleen
Internal organs like the spleen swell up and become as hard as sausages.Already Deadly in Africa, Could Ebola Hit America Next?|Scott Bixby|April 5, 2014|DAILY BEAST
As with pretty much everything the former governor does, this is all about Venting the Spleen of Sarah.Sarah Palin Serves Up a Healthy Serving of Venom in Her Christmas Book|Michelle Cottle|November 16, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Not that Cheney, even at his frailest, ever failed to vent his spleen with impressive vigor.Dick Cheney Is Back and Rejuvenated, and That’s Bad News for the GOP|Michelle Cottle|October 22, 2013|DAILY BEAST
The shot damaged his liver, lungs, pancreas and spleen and has left him paralyzed from the waist down.
The internal injuries cost him his spleen and part of his pancreas, but he could skate without those.
But she did not choose to dignify his spleen by replying to it.Mavericks|William MacLeod Raine
The liver and the spleen were large; the former peculiarly yellow and oily.An Investigation into the Nature of Black Phthisis|Archibald Makellar
Cases of splenectomy of this kind are transitional to the chronic diseases of the spleen.Histology of the Blood|Paul Ehrlich
But I forbear to vent my spleen on objects so much beneath my indignation.The Tatler, Volume 1, 1899|George A. Aitken
An obstruction in the spleen, the liver, or the vena portae.The Approach to Philosophy|Ralph Barton Perry
British Dictionary definitions for spleen
Word Origin for spleen
Word Origin and History for spleen
c.1300, from Old French esplen, from Latin splen, from Greek splen, from PIE *splegh- (cf. Sanskrit plihan-, Avestan sperezan, Armenian p'aicaln, Latin lien, Old Church Slavonic slezena, Lithuanian bluznis, Old Prussian blusne, Old Irish selg "spleen"). Regarded in medieval physiology as the seat of morose feelings and bad temper. Hence figurative sense of "violent ill-temper" (1590s).
Medicine definitions for spleen
Science definitions for spleen
Culture definitions for spleen
An organ in the lymphatic system, in the upper left part of the abdomen, that filters out harmful substances from the blood. The spleen also produces white blood cells, removes worn-out red blood cells from circulation, and maintains a reserve blood supply for the body.
Idioms and Phrases with spleen
see vent one's spleen.