Bermudaonion asks you to share new words that you have learned during your reading adventures in the last week. Feel free to join in the fun!
Here are a few words I learned while reading Cutting For Stone by Abraham Verghese on my Kindle:
Carphology: plucking at the bedclothes by a delirious patient.
Here is how carphology was used at location 448 of 10758:
And look at the way she picks at the bedclothes--that's called carphology, and those little muscle twitches are subsultus tendinum.
Ligatures: the act of binding or tying up.
Here is how ligatures was used at location 486 of 10758:
He secured the needle in place with ligatures, his hands a blur as he pushed one knot down over another.
Khat: a white-flowered evergreen shrub of Africa and Arabia, whose leaves have narcotic properties.
Here is how khat was used at location 555 of 10758:
It was a new scent for her, this scent of khat: partly cut grass, yet with something spicier behind it.
Miasma: a dangerous, foreboding, or deathlike influence or atmosphere.
Here is how miasma was used at location 761 of 10758:
He was met by a miasma at once familiar and alarming, but he couldn't place it.
Friable: easily broken up; crumbly.
Here is how friable was used at location 1907 of 10758:
Distracted now by heavy oozing from Sister May Joseph Praise's soggy, friable uterus, Hema turned back from infants to the mother.
I could go on and on with new words I have learned while reading this book, but I think I will stop with these! Did you learn any new words yourself this week?