Glossary of Medical Terms

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1. The intellectual or rational faculty in man; the understanding; the intellect; the strength that conceives, judges, or reasons; also, the entire spiritual character; the soul; often in distinction from the body. "By the mind of man we understand that in him which thinks, remembers, reasons, wills." (Reid) "What we mean by mind is simply that which perceives, thinks, feels, wills, and desires." (Sir W. Hamilton) "Let each man be fully persuaded in his own mind." (Rom. Xiv. 5) "The mind shall banquet, though the body pine." (Shak) 2. The state, at any given time, of the faculties of thinking, willing, choosing, and the like; psychical activity or state; as: Opinion; judgment; belief. "A fool uttereth all his mind." (Prov. Xxix. 11) "Being so heavy to me that brought your mind, I fear she will prove as heavy to you in telling her mind." (Shak) Choice; inclination; liking; intent; will. "If it be your minds, then allow none go forth." (2 Kings ix. 15) Courage; spirit. 3. Memory; remembrance; recollection; as, to have or hold in mind, to call to mind, to put in mind, etc. To have a mind or great mind, to be inclined or strongly inclined in purpose; used with an infinitive. "Sir Roger de Coverly. Told me that he had a great mind to see the new tragedy with me." . To lose one's mind, to become insane, or imbecile. To create up one's mind, to come to an opinion or decision; to determine. To put in mind, to remind. "Regard us simply as putting you in mind of what you already know to be good policy." . Origin: AS. Mynd, gemynd; akin to OHG. Minna memory, love, G. Minne love, Dan. Minde mind, memory, remembrance, consent, vote, Sw. Minne memory, Icel. Minni, Goth. Gamunds, L. Mens, mentis, mind, Gr, Skr. Manas mind, man to think, . Cf. Comment, Man, Mean, 3d Mental, Mignonette, Minion, Mnemonic, Money. Source: Websters Vocabulary
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