spleen

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n spleen a large dark-red oval organ on the left side of the body between the stomach and the diaphragm; produces cells involved in immune responses
    • n spleen a feeling of resentful anger
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Spleen A fit of anger; choler.
    • Spleen A fit of immoderate laughter or merriment. "Thy silly thought enforces my spleen ."
    • Spleen (Anat) A peculiar glandlike but ductless organ found near the stomach or intestine of most vertebrates and connected with the vascular system; the milt. Its exact function in not known.
    • Spleen A sudden motion or action; a fit; a freak; a whim. "A thousand spleens bear her a thousand ways."
    • Spleen Anger; latent spite; ill humor; malice; as, to vent one's spleen . "In noble minds some dregs remain,
      Not yet purged off, of spleen and sour disdain."
    • Spleen Melancholy; hypochondriacal affections. "Bodies changed to various forms by spleen .""There is a luxury in self-dispraise:
      And inward self-disparagement affords
      To meditative spleen a grateful feast."
    • v. t Spleen To dislke.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n spleen A non-glandular, highly vascular organ which is situated in the abdomen, on the left side, in connection with the digestive organs, and in which the blood undergoes certain modifications in respect of its corpuscles. This viscus has no proper secretion and no excretory duct, and in these respects agrees with the thyroid, thymus, and adrenal bodies. In man the spleen is of an oblong flattened form, dark livid-red in color, soft and friable in texture, and extremely vascular. It lies in the left hypochondriac region, capping the cardiac end of the stomach. The spleen has been supposed to be the seat of various emotions. Its enlargement or induration, under malarial poisoning, is known as ague-cake. See cut under pancreas.
    • n spleen Ill humor; melancholy; low spirits.
    • n spleen Bad temper; anger; ill-will; malice; latent spite; grudge: as, to vent one's spleen; a fit of the spleen.
    • n spleen A sudden impulse, fancy, or caprice; a whim.
    • n spleen Mood; disposition.
    • spleen To deprive of the spleen; extirpate the spleen of. Animals subjected to this operation tend to become fat, and may live for an indefinite period apparently in perfect health.
    • spleen To anger; annoy.
    • spleen To dislike; hate.
    • spleen To have a loathing; become disgusted.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Spleen splēn a soft, pulpy, blood-modifying gland near the large extremity of the stomach, supposed by the ancients to be the seat of anger and melancholy—hence spite: ill-humour: melancholy
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Idioms

Vent your spleen - If someone vents their spleen, they release all their anger about something.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. splen, Gr. the milt or spleen, affection of the spleen; cf. L. lien, plihan, plīhan,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. splen—Gr. splēn.

Usage

In literature:

Naturally the Germans were angry, and apparently they vented their spleen upon the village.
"A Journey Through France in War Time" by Joseph G. Butler, Jr.
Yet we think it oughtn't to, so we swallow our spleen.
"Fantasia of the Unconscious" by D. H. Lawrence
Dan Sullivan let no chance pass to vent his spleen on Larry.
"The Best Short Stories of 1917" by Various
I reckon 'tis but the spleen.
"The Maidens' Lodge" by Emily Sarah Holt
The adjutant is a safe target on which to expend the arrows of his spleen, and to soothe his perturbed spirit he gives vent to it.
"The Lone Ranche" by Captain Mayne Reid
He considered the spleen a useless organ.
"Outlines of Greek and Roman Medicine" by James Sands Elliott
I never observed any spleen or misanthropy about him.
"Great African Travellers" by W.H.G. Kingston
No bias or spleen seemed to sway the mind of this journal to one side or the other.
"Some Everyday Folk and Dawn" by Miles Franklin
They were too fond of the victors to show spleen.
"Marjorie Dean, College Sophomore" by Pauline Lester
She remembers on the instant all his narrow spleen toward the one now gone.
"Molly Bawn" by Margaret Wolfe Hamilton
This, with many other benevolent acts, served only to excite the spleen of his adversaries.
"Fox's Book of Martyrs" by John Foxe
I can forgive your spleen.
"Red Cap Tales" by Samuel Rutherford Crockett
When he did so, his spleen was greatly aggravated.
"The International Magazine, Volume 2, No. 2, January, 1851" by Various
It was the utterance of purest spleen.
"The War Trail" by Mayne Reid
Remember just your lad, uncouthly good, Forgetting when he failed in spleen or spite?
"Songs for a Little House" by Christopher Morley
DISEASES OF THE PANCREAS AND SPLEEN.
"Special Report on Diseases of the Horse" by United States Department of Agriculture
Treat spleen and liver in this transverse manner about five minutes.
"A Newly Discovered System of Electrical Medication" by Daniel Clark
I'll go out and vent my spleen on some Fritz who happens to get in my way.
"Air Service Boys Flying for Victory" by Charles Amory Beach
He smiled graciously, after the manner of his kind, and hid his spleen.
"Hugh, Bishop of Lincoln" by Charles L. Marson
They perhaps were not favorites of the fair, and in revenge vented all their envy and spleen against them.
"Sketches of the Fair Sex, in All Parts of the World" by Anonymous
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In poetry:

Heads forget heaviness,
Hearts forget spleen,
For by that mighty winnowing
Being is blown clean.
"The Day's March" by Robert Nichols
She spoke, and with a voice so keen,
It search'd his inmost soul,
And caus'd a storm of fearful spleen,
Thro' his dark brain to roll
"The Fatal Horse" by William Hayley
The chearful tale, I do engage,
Wards off the spleen, disease, old age;
Bids blooming health keep on its way,
And bids the doctors go to play.
"The Wager" by William Hutton
On fair Asteria's blissful plains,
Where ever-blooming fancy reigns,
How pleased we pass the winter's day,
And charm the dull-eyed Spleen away!
"Upon a Visit to a Lady of Quality" by William Shenstone
When we git 'ome that night I shows me spleen
By 'intin' Rose will be left on the shelf.
An' then I see Doreen
Smile to 'erself.
"I would n't be su'prised," she sez, "to see
Rose marrid, some fine day, to Wally Free."
"The Dance" by C J Dennis
Of all the Christian virtues chief
With modest charms, and mild relief,
Most apt to heal the wounds of pride, and spleen,
To thee, humility; I bend;
O let me feel, thou art my friend!
Rule thou my bosom, as its gentle queen!
"Hymn To Humility" by William Hayley

In news:

Alvarius B Sings Songs Of Love And Spleen At Union Pool.
A liver-spleen scan-SPECT (single pho.
Is That Nathan Lane Spewing Good Old-Fashioned Spleen.
Current NFL Safeguards Won't Help Jason Witten's Spleen .
Garrett will always remember Witten's spleen game.
No spleen surgery for Witten.
Witten's toughness won't help him overcome spleen injury.
Cowboys' Jason Witten out with injured spleen .
OXNARD, Calif (AP) — Jason Witten has a spleen injury and the Pro Bowl tight end for the Dallas Cowboys will likely miss the rest of the preseason.
Cowboys' Jason Witten to miss preseason with spleen injury (updated).
AP) Updated at 1:02 pm with report that Witten's spleen is not ruptured.
According to multiple reports, tight end Jason Witten suffered a spleen injury during the team's Monday night preseason game against the Oakland Raiders.
Cowboys' TE Witten out with spleen injury.
Pro Bowl tight end Jason Witten has a spleen injury and will likely miss the rest of the preseason.
BMX star Tory Nyhaug's Olympic dream may be derailed by ruptured spleen .
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In science:

It occurs during the chronically increased PAMP-load (in particular at ET). Traffic F+DC and F+CD16+Mo into spleen and/or into lymph nodes is thus reduced and, as consequence, the level of the humoral answer decreases.
Model of pathogenesis of psoriasis. Part 1. Systemic psoriatic process
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