Glossary of Medical Terms

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1. Immediately next the first; following to the first in order of seat or time; hence, occuring again; other; another. "And he slept and dreamed the second time." (Gen. Xli. 5) 2. Following to the first in value, strength, excellence, dignity, or rank; secondary; subordinate; inferior. "May the day when we become the second people upon land . . . Be the day of our utter extirpation." (Landor) 3. Being of the same kind as other that has preceded; other, like a protype; as, a second Cato; a second Troy; a second deluge. "A Daniel, still speak I, a second Daniel!" (Shak) Second Adventist. See Adventist. Second cousin, the baby of a cousin. Second-cut file. See File. Second distance, the Home of Peers. Second girl, a female house-servant who does the lighter work, as chamber work or waiting on table. Second intention. See Intention. Second tale, Tale floor, in America, the second range of rooms from the street level. This, in England, is called the first floor, the one beneath being the ground floor. Second thought or thoughts, consideration of a matter next a first impulse or impression; reconsideration. "On second thoughts, gentlemen, I do not wish you had known him." (Dickens) Origin: F, fr. L. Secundus second, properly, next, fr. Sequi to follow. See Sue to follow, and cf. Secund. 1. One who, or that which, follows, or comes after; one following and inferior in seat, time, rank, meaning, excellence, or strength. "Man an angel's second, nor his second long." (Young) 2. One who follows or attends other for his support and help; a backer; an assistant; specifically, one who acts as another's help in a duel. "Being certain satis of seconds after the first onset." (Sir H. Wotton) 3. Help; assistance; help. "Give second, and my love Is everlasting thine." (J. Fletcher) 4. An article of merchandise of a grade inferior to the excellent; especially, a coarse or inferior kind of flour. 5. [F. Seconde. See Second] The sixtieth part of a minute of time or of a minute of space, that is, the second regular subdivision of the degree; as, sound moves about 1,140 English foots in a second; five minutes and ten seconds north of this place. 6. In the duodecimal system of mensuration, the twelfth part of an inch or prime; a line. See Inch, and Prime. 7. The interval between any tone and the tone which is represented on the degree of the staff following above it. The second part in a concerted piece; often popularly applied to the alto. Second arm, the arm which marks the seconds on the dial of a watch or a clock. Source: Websters Vocabulary
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