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Verb: Discriminate (diss-KRIM-uh-nayt) Definition: 1 a. To see the special features of. b. To perceive a difference in: differentiate. 2. To distinguish by discerning or exposing differences; especially to distinguish from another like object. 3. To make a difference in treatment or favor on a basis other than individual merit. Sample sentence: One of the […]

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Using canola oil for cooking might help protect against colon cancer, according to a new study. Researchers from South Dakota State University have reported that canola oil apparently reduced the incidence of cancer in lab rats to by almost two thirds. The study showed that a diet containing canola oil inhibited both the size and […]

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If you have itchy, red eyes that seem worse than is typically experienced with seasonal allergies, you may have pink eye. Also known as infectious conjunctivitis, pink eye is an inflammation of the membrane (called the conjunctiva) that lines the eyelid and eyeball. Pink eye can be due to an allergic reaction to pollen, dust […]

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Noun: Patina (puh-TEE-nuh) Definition: 1 a. A usually green film formed on copper and bronze by exposure to moist air and often valued aesthetically for its color. b. A surface appearance of something grown beautiful especially with age or use. 2. An appearance or aura that is derived from association, habit, or established character. 3. […]

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Noun: Onomatopoeia (ah-nuh-mah-tuh-PEE-uh) 1. The naming of a thing or action by a vocal imitation of the sound associated with it (buzz, hiss) 2. The use of words whose sound suggests the same. Sample sentence: Bam, pow, crash and other words created by onomatopoeia flashed on the screen throughout the show’s fight scenes.

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Iodine, a non-metallic mineral, is required by humans in trace amounts for proper development and growth. An iodine deficiency leads to an enlarged thyroid gland (goiter), slowed metabolism and weight gain, as well as other symptoms of hypothyroidism such as fatigue and intolerance of cold. It can also cause neurological, gastrointestinal and skin abnormalities. Humans […]

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Adjective: Cerulean (suh-ROO-lee-un) Definition: Resembling the blue of the sky Sample sentence: The painting depicted a series of tall, verdant trees surrounding a cerulean lake.

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Consuming too much black licorice may cause abnormal heartbeats, or arrhythmias, particularly in older adults, according to the Food and Drug Administration. Black licorice contains the compound glycyrrhizin, which can cause the body’s potassium levels to fall. In some people, this can lead to, besides arrhythmias, edema (swelling), lethargy or congestive heart failure, the FDA […]

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Noun: Virga (VER-guh) Definition: Wisps of precipitation evaporating before reaching the ground. Sample sentence: The virga trailing the evening clouds created an eerie backdrop for our Halloween expedition.

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Calls to poison control centers reporting glow stick “poisoning” appear to increase during Halloween. Glow sticks are minimally toxic, but do pose a slight health risk. Contact with the liquid, such as through digestion, can cause irritation or vomiting. Kids who ingest glow stick liquid shouldn’t need to visit the hospital, but their parents should […]

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