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Verb: Abhor  (ub-HOR) Definition: To regard with extreme repugnance: loathe. Sample sentence: She is a strict vegetarian who has come to abhor the thought of the consumption of meat.

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Osteoporosis, which most commonly affects men and women over age 45, is characterized by a loss of bone density. According to the American Academy of Periodontology, patients with osteoporosis may experience broken teeth and gum disease. This is because teeth, like bones, begin to deteriorate, and may lose their ability to stay strong despite regular […]

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With the low temperatures, you’ll probably be turning to lip balm to protect your lips. Before you apply any of it, check the ingredient list. If your lip balm has phenols, don’t use it. These compounds will actually strip off the top layer of your lips. Instead, opt for a moisturizing lip balm instead. It […]

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Noun: Realia  (ree-AL-ee-uh) Definition: Objects or activities used to relate classroom teaching to the real life especially of people studied. Sample sentence: Among the realia used for the class’s lesson on World War II was a helmet and canteen that had belonged to one student’s great-grandfather.

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If you want to keep your wits about you as you get older, watch your carb consumption. A new study from the Mayo Clinic found that seniors age 70 and older whose diets were high in carbohydrates had nearly four times the risk of mild cognitive impairment – a decline in memory, language, thinking and […]

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Adjective: Apollonian  (ap-uh-LOH-nee-un) Definition: 1. Of, relating to, or resembling the god Apollo 2. Harmonious, measured, ordered, or balanced in character Sample sentence:  His paintings exhibit a stately and Apollonian elegance, but too often fail to engage the viewer emotionally.

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Drinking six cups of green tea daily may slow the growth of prostate cancer. A study from UCLA’s David Geffen School of Medicine, presented at the annual conference of the American Association for Cancer Research, showed that men scheduled for prostate removal who drank lots of green tea tamped down inflammation associated with the disease […]

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Verb: Ramify  (RAM-uh-fye) Definition: 1. To split up into branches or constituent parts. 2. To send forth branches or extensions. 3. To cause to branch. Sample sentence: The church council had decisions to make, ones that might soon ramify all across the country and even half a world away in the mission field.

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Contrary to what many women believe, menopause doesn’t lead to weight gain. Instead, the drop in estrogen redirects the process of fat storage in women from the hips to the abdomen, according to a review from the International Menopause Society published in the October 2012 issue of the journal Climateric. This change in the location […]

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Noun: Quintessence  (kwin-TESS-unss) Definition: 1. The essence of a thing in its purest and most concentrated form. 2. The most typical example or representative. Sample sentence: Roasting marshmallows over an open fire is the quintessence of the camping experience.

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