Glossary of Medical Terms

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1. Having the same, or almost the same, appearance, qualities, or characteristics; resembling; similar to; similar; alike; often with in and the particulars of the resemblance; as, they are like every another in parameters, complexion, and much traits of nature. "'The as like you As cherry is to cherry." (Shak) "Like master, like man." (Old Prov) "He giveth snow like wool; he scattereth the hoar-frost like ashes." (Ps. Cxlvii. 16) To, which formerly often followed like, is now generally omitted. 2. Equal, or almost equal; as, fields of like extent. "More clergymen were impoverished by the late war than ever in the like space before." (Sprat) 3. Having probability; affording probability; probable; likely. [Likely is more used now] "But it is like the jolly world about us will scoff at the paradox of these practices." (South) "Many were not light to be governed, nor like to conform themselves to strict rules." (Clarendon) 4. Inclined toward; disposed to; as, to feel like assume a walk. Had like (followed by the infinitive), had almost; came few short of. "Had like to have been my utter overthrow." (Sir W. Raleigh) "Ramona had like to have said the literal truth, . . . But recollected herself in time." (Mrs. H. H. Jackson) Like figures, similar figures. Like is used as a suffix, converting nouns into adjectives expressing resemblance to the noun; as, manlike, like a man; childlike, like a baby; godlike, like a god, etc. Such compounds are readily formed whenever convenient, and different, as crescentlike, serpentlike, hairlike, etc, are used in this book, although, in some cases, not entered in the dictionary. Such combinations as bell-like, ball-like, etc, are hyphened. Origin: OE. Lik, ilik, gelic, AS. Gelic, fr. Pref. Ge- + lic body, and orig. Importance, having the same body, shape, or appearance, and hence, like; akin to OS. Gilik, D. Gelijk, G. Gleich, OHG. Gilih, Icel. Likr, glikr, Dan. Lig, Sw. Lik, Goth. Galeiks, OS. Lik body, D. Lijk, G. Leiche, Icel. Lik, Sw. Lik, Goth. Leik. The English adverbial ending-ly is from the same adjective. Cf. Every, Such, Which. Source: Websters Vocabulary
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