Glossary of Medical Terms

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1. One who, or that which, is born in a seat or country referred to; a denizen by birth; an animal, a fruit, or vegetable, produced in a determined region; as, a native of France. 2. Any of the live stock found in a region, as distinguished from such as belong to pure and distinct imported breeds. 1. Arising by birth; having an origin; born. "Anaximander's opinion is, that the gods are native, rising and vanishing again in long periods of times." (Cudworth) 2. Of or pertaining to one's birth; natal; belonging to the seat or the circumstances in which one is born; opposed to foreign; as, native earth, language, colour, etc. 3. Born in the region in which one lives; as, a native inhabitant, race; grown or originating in the region where used or sold; not foreign or imported; as, native oysters, or strawberries. 4. Original; constituting the original stuff of anything; as, native dust. 5. Conferred by birth; derived from origin; born with one; inherent; inborn; not acquired; as, native genius, cheerfulness, simplicity, rights, etc. "Courage is native to you." (Jowett (Thucyd)) 6. Naturally related; cognate; connected (with). "the head is not more native to the heart, . Than is the throne of Denmark to thy father." (Shak) 7. Found in character uncombined with another elements; as, native silver. Found in character; not artificial; as native sodium chloride. Native American party. See American, Native bear, the koala. Native bread, the Australian bustard (Choriotis australis); called also bebilya. Synonym: Natural, natal, original, congential. Native, Natural, Natal. Natural refers to the character of a thing, or that which springs therefrom; native, to one's birth or origin; as, a native country, language, etc.; natal, to the circumstances of one's birth; as, a natal day, or star. Native talent is that which is inborn; natural talent is that which springs from the structure of the mind. Native eloquence is the result of strong innate emotion; natural eloquence is opposed to that which is studied or artifical. Origin: F. Natif, L. Nativus, fr. Nasci, p.p. Natus. See Nation, and cf. Naive, Nelf a serf. Source: Websters Vocabulary
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