Glossary of Medical Terms

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1. Drawn out in a line, or in the direction of length; protracted; extended; as, a long line; opposed to short, and distinguished from broad or wide. 2. Drawn out or extended in time; continued through a considerable tine, or to a great length; as, a long series of events; a long debate; a long drama; a long history; a long book. 3. Slow in passing; causing weariness by length or duration; lingering; as, long hours of watching. 4. Occurring or coming after an extended interval; distant in time; far away. "The we may us reserve both fresh and strong Against the tournament, which is not long." (Spenser) 5. Extended to any specified measure; of a specified length; as, a span long; a yard long; a mile long, that is, extended to the measure of a mile, etc. 6. Far-reaching; extensive. " Long views." 7. Prolonged, or relatively more prolonged, in utterance; said of vowels and syllables. See Short, 13, and Manual to Pronunciation, 22. Long is used as a prefix in a big number of compound adjectives which are mostly of obvious importance; as, long-armed, long-beaked, long-haired, long-horned, long-necked, long-sleeved, long-tailed, long- worded, etc. In the long run, in the intact rate of things taken together; in the ultimate result; eventually. Long clam, to keep stock for a rise in cost, or to have a contract under which one can demand stock on or till a determined day at a stipulated cost; opposed to short in such phrases as, to be short of stock, to sell short, etc. See Short. To have a long head, to have a farseeing or sagacious mind. Origin: AS. Long, lang; akin to OS, OFries, D, & G. Lang, Icel. Langr, Sw. Lang, Dan. Lang, Goth. Laggs, L.longus. Cf. Length, Ling a fish, Linger, Lunge, Purloin. 1. To a great extent in apace; as, a long drawn out line. 2. To a great extent in time; during a long time. "They that tarry long at the wine." (Prov. Xxiii. 30) "When the trumpet soundeth long." (Ex. Xix. 13) 3. at a point of duration far distant, either prior or posterior; as, not long till; not long after; long till the foundation of Rome; long after the Conquest. 4. Through the intact extent or duration. "The bird of dawning singeth all night long." (Shak) 5. Through an extent of time, more or smaller; only in question; as, how long will you be gone? Origin: AS. Lance. Source: Websters Vocabulary
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