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Adjective: Commensal  (kuh-MEN-sul) Definition: 1. Of or relating to those who habitually eat together. 2. Of, relating to, or living in a relationship in which one organism obtains food or other benefits from another without damaging or benefiting it. Sample sentence: Many people still valued their families and insisted on eating together every day, even […]

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Verb: Schmooze  (SHMOOZ) Definition: To converse informally:  chat. Also,  to chat in a friendly and persuasive manner especially so as to gain favor, business, or connections. Sample sentence: Conference attendees will have plenty of chances to schmooze with the industry’s power players.

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Take 100 deep breaths each day. Incorporate deep breathing into your life while driving, working, eating, reading, watching TV, brushing your teeth, listening to people, and before going to bed. Place one hand on your upper chest and one hand on your abdomen. Inhale deeply through the nose while pushing outward with the stomach so […]

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Adjective: Parietal  (puh-RYE-uh-tul) Definition: 1.  Of or relating to the walls of a part or cavity. Also, of, relating to, or forming the upper posterior wall of the head 2. Attached to the main wall rather than the axis or a cross wall of a plant ovary — used of an ovule or a placenta. […]

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Bromated flour contains potassium bromate, an oxidizing agent widely used in commercial baking to strengthen dough and promote rising. Some brands of flour sold in supermarkets for home use contain potassium bromate. Studies dating back to 1982 found that the chemical causes several types of cancer in lab rats. For that reason, potassium bromate is […]

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Adjective: Tutelary  (TOO-tuh-lair-ee) Definition: 1. Having the guardianship of a person or a thing. 2. Of or relating to a guardian. Sample sentence: The ancient Romans revered certain gods and goddesses as tutelary deities.

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Every year, some 600,000 women in the United States have hysterectomies (removal of the uterus), usually for benign conditions such as uterine fibroids. Often, the ovaries as well as the uterus are removed during the surgery as a means of preventing ovarian cancer. A study of post-operative patients has found that women who have their […]

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New research suggests that we have an increased need for zinc to help protect against DNA damage and inflammation as we get older. The animal studies performed at the Linus Pauling Institute at Oregon State University and the OSU College of Public Health and Human Sciences showed that age-related zinc deficiencies can lead to immune […]

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Verb: Disport  (dih-SPORT) Definition: 1. Divert,  amuse 2. Frolic 3. Display Sample sentence: Dracula builds a five-stake resort for his monster friends to disport themselves unbothered on vacation, but his daughter falls in love with a somewhat dopey human.

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Noun: Pomander  (POH-man-der) Definition: 1. A mixture of aromatic substances enclosed in a perforated bag or box and used to scent clothes and linens or formerly carried as a guard against infection;  also a clove-studded orange or apple used for the same purposes. 2. A box or hollow fruit-shaped ball for holding pomander. Sample sentence: […]

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