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Verb: Smite  (SMYTE) Definition: 1. To strike sharply or heavily. 2. To kill or severely injure by striking. 3. To attack or afflict suddenly and injuriously. 4. To affect as if by striking. Sample sentence: Susan jokingly said that  her mother would smite her if she ever went out in the winter with wet hair.

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In the last 10 years, more and more people have developed serious infections that are resistant to antibiotic drugs. These steps may help prevent infection and keep things from getting worse. 1. Keep vaccinations up to date. It’s especially important that kids get the pneumococcal conjugate vaccine against pneumonia. When they’re protected, it’s less likely […]

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Adverb: Perforce  (per-FORSS) Definition: By force of circumstance. Sample sentence: The author of the history was a court historian and his account is perforce biased in favor of the aristocracy.

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We know that over time chronic, imperceptible, low-level inflammation can contribute to serious, age-related diseases including heart disease, cancer and neurodegenerative conditions such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases. A new study from the University of Wisconsin shows that meditation can actually affect the genes that cause inflammation. Researchers measured the effects of a day of […]

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Adjective: Rearguard  (REER-gahrd) Definition: Of or relating to resistance, especially to sweeping social forces. Sample sentence: Democracy seems no better suited than dictatorships when it comes to saving rainforests because money talks in both, and from generation to generation, rearguard battles against  the devastation have been handed off.

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Here’s another good reason to continue exercising as you get older: it helps keep muscles strong and protects against sarcopenia, an age-related disease resulting in the loss of skeletal muscle mass and muscle strength or function that can lead to disability, poor quality of life and premature death. Researchers at Tokyo University assessed the prevalence […]

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Noun: Inroad  (IN-rohd) Definition: 1. A sudden hostile incursion: raid. 2. An advance or penetration, often at the expense of something or someone – usually used in plural. Sample sentence: The small, thinly inhabited village was the target of an inroad by a neighboring tribe.      

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Bananas are usually available in the market all year round and this makes it one of the fruits that are easily available in most households. It can be eaten on its own or it can also be incorporated in other meals making it a favorite of many people especially due to its flavor. Apart from […]

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Adjective: Verboten  (ver-BOH-tun) Definition: Forbidden: especially forbidden by dictate. Sample sentence: The teacher made it clear on the first day of class that the uses of all electronic devices would be verboten.

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A new analysis from England puts the recommended sugar limit at five percent or less of your total daily intake of calories. Be aware that total includes all the “free sugar” in your diet – the sugar you put in your coffee or tea, and the amounts added to foods in cooking – in addition […]

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