Thursday, August 30, 2012

word of the day: stenosis

The word of the day is stenosis:

< Greek στένωσις narrowing, < στενοῦν to narrow, < στενός narrow.(Show Less)
The contraction or stricture of a passage, duct or canal.  (OED)

"The numbness in your arms and legs increases.  You return to your doctors and they send you over to a neurologist, who sends you out for an MRI.  Looks like you have stenosis all down your spine, the doctor reports, impressed."

 - Junot Díaz, "The Cheater's Guide to Love", New Yorker 23 July 2012

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