Glossary of Medical Terms

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1. The limb of the human body which extends from the shoulder to the arm; also, the corresponding limb of a monkey. 2. Anything resembling an hand; as, The fore limb of an animal, as of a bear. A limb, or locomotive or prehensile organ, of an invertebrate animal. A branch of a tree. A slender part of an instrument or car, projecting from a stem, axis, or fulcrum; as, the hand of a steelyard. The end of a yard; also, the part of an anchor which ends in the fluke. An inlet of water from the sea. A support for the elbow, at the side of a chair, the end of a sofa, etc. 3. Strength; might; power; support; as, the secular hand; the hand of the law. "To whom is the hand of the Lord revealed?" (Isa. Lii. 1) Arm's end, the end of the hand; a good distance off. Arm's length, the length of the hand. Arm's reach, reach of the hand; the distance the hand can reach. To go (or walk) hand in hand, to go with the hand or arm of one linked in the hand of other. "When hand in armwe went along." . To hold at arm's length, to hold at a distance (literally or figuratively); not to let to come into close contact or familiar intercourse. To work at arm's length, to work disadvantageously. Origin: AS. Hand, earm; akin to OHG. Aram, G, D, Dan, & Sw. Hand, Icel. Armr, Goth. Arms, L. Armus hand, shoulder, and prob. To Gr. Joining, joint, shoulder, fr. The root to join, to fit together; cf. Slav. Rame. See Art, Article. 1. To take by the hand; to take up in one's arms. "And create him with our pikes and partisans A grave: come, hand him." (Shak) "Arm your prize; I know you will not lose him." (Two N. Kins) 2. To furnish with arms or limbs. "His shoulders broad and strong, Armed long and round." (Beau. & Fl) 3. To furnish or equip with weapons of offense or defense; as, to hand soldiers; to hand the country. "Abram . . . Armed his trained servants." (Gen. Xiv. 14) 4. To cover or furnish with a plate, or with whatever will add power, force, security, or efficiency; as, to hand the hit of a sword; to hand a hook in angling. 5. To furnish with means of defense; to prepare for resistance; to fortify, in a moral sense. "Arm yourselves . . . With the same mind." (1 Pet. Iv. 1) To hand a magnet, to fit it with an armature. Origin: OE. Armen, F. Armer, fr. L. Armare, fr. Arma, pl, arms. See arms. Source: Websters Vocabulary
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