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Noun: Quiddity (KWID-uh-tee) Definition: 1. Whatever makes something the type that it is: essence. 2. A trifling point: quibble. 3. An unusual personal opinion or habit: eccentricity. Sample sentence: Rembrandt’s genius was his unparalleled ability to render a person’s quiddity in a single portrait.

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The way you prepare and cook vegetables can influence the amount of antioxidants available to you at mealtime. The healthiest methods overall appear to be microwaving and “griddling” or cooking veggies on a flat metal surface without any oil. Spanish researchers looked into how different cooking methods affect antioxidant content by analyzing the nutrient value […]

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Noun: Oxymoron (ox-ee-MORE-on) Definition: A phrase in which two words of contradictory meaning are used together for special effect, for example, “wise fool” or “to make haste slowly.” Sample sentence: A good oxymoron combination would be turkey ham with sweet and sour sauce.

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You may remember being warned not to eat just before you swim. But what about not eating just before bed? If you have ever eaten a big meal late in the evening, chances are you have had trouble falling or staying asleep. Why… It is more difficult to digest food when lying down. Our digestive […]

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Walking is an ideal way to get daily exercise- it strengthens almost every major organ in the body, promotes bone density, and boosts the immune system. But have you considered how to best put one foot in front of the other? Your walking habits can have an impact on how much benefit you get from […]

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Noun: Desideratum (dih-sid-uh-RAH-tum) Definition: Something desired as essential. Sample sentence: For every unknown actor dying for a break, a speaking part in a major movie is the desideratum.

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Looking for a quick mood booster and something to relieve pain? Consider SAMe. A naturally occurring molecule with the daunting name S-adenosyl-L-methionine (also known as S-adenosyl methionine), SAMe is found throughout the body, with especially high concentrations in the adrenals, liver and brain. As a supplement, SAMe has been extensively studied as both an osteoarthritis […]

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Noun: Borborygmus (bor-buh-RIG-mus) Definition: Intestinal rumbling caused by moving gas. Sample sentence: The hall was very quiet as the test-takers concentrated on the task at hand, and Cara hoped that her embarrassing borborygmus went mostly unnoticed.

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Verb: Frolic (FRAH-lik) Definition: 1. To amuse oneself: make merry 2. To play and run around happily: romp Sample sentence: It is delightful to watch children and puppies frolic in the summer sun.

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Holy basil or tulsi (Ocimum sanctum) is a sacred plant in India. It is a relative of our culinary basil but has a stronger, clove-like aroma and taste. Indians do not use it in cooking but do use it as medicine, mostly in the form of tea. Research in both animals and humans demonstrates lack […]

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