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Ausculation

To listen to the sounds of the body, usually with a stethoscope.

(<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Theobald_Chartran">Wikipedia</a>)

Eyot

A small island, usually found in the River Thames.

(<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Bush_Eyot_upstream_side_%28Nancy%29.JPG">Wikipedia</a>)

Onychophagist

A person who bites his or her nails.

(<a href="http://www.wikipedia.org/Avexdevil">Wikipedia</a>)

Haruspex

A Roman religious official who interpreted omens through the inspection of the entrails of sacrificed animals. The haruspices also divined the future from observing bird flight and the sound of thunder.

(<a href="http://www.wikipedia.org/Ihcoyc">Wikipedia</a>)

Stertor

A heavy inspiratory sound occurring in deep sleep, sometimes due to obstruction of the airways. Put more simply: the sound of snoring.

(<a href="http://www.wikipedia.org/Reggaeman">Wikipedia</a>)

Mutoscope

An early motion picture device which used motion to "animate" a series of photographic prints.

(<a href="http://www.wikipedia.org">Wikipedia</a> / Mutoscope American Manufacturing Studios)

Sternutation

To expel air forcibly from the mouth and nose -- the act of sneezing.

(CDC Public Health image library)

Pandiculation

This strange word actually means yawning.

(www.wikipedia.org/Kallerna)

Borborygmi

Rumbling and gurgling noises from the intestines, a.k.a. stomach "growling."

(www.wikipedia.org/Tbom824)

Ablutophobia

The fear of washing or bathing.

(www.wikipedia.org/Kyle Flood )

Emesis__pl__emeses

The sudden expulsion of gastric contents through the esophagus into the pharynx, otherwise known as the act of vomiting.

(www.wikipedia.org/Kostisl)

Hyetal

A synonym for rain.

(www.wikipedia.org/Bidgee)

Vlei

Commonly found in South Africa, a "vlei" is a lake that appears and disappears seasonally.

(www.wikipedia.org/Optimale)

Uletic

Of or pertaining to the gums.

(CDC/ Minnesota Department of Health)

Crepuscular

Describes animals that are only active during dawn and twilight.

(www.wikipedia.com/CWitte)

Googol

The number 10 raised to the 100th power, written out as the numeral 1 followed by 100 zeros. It is not to be confused with "Google," a trademark of Google, Inc.

Wacky Science Words

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