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EtymologyEdit

From Latin pītuīta (mucus, phlegm).

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

pituita (uncountable)

  1. (medicine, now only historical) Phlegm; mucus.
    • 1621, Democritus Junior [pseudonym; Robert Burton], The Anatomy of Melancholy, Oxford: Printed by Iohn Lichfield and Iames Short, for Henry Cripps, OCLC 216894069; The Anatomy of Melancholy, 2nd corrected and augmented edition, Oxford: Printed by John Lichfield and James Short, for Henry Cripps, 1624, OCLC 54573970, (please specify |partition=1, 2, or 3):
      , Book I (New York 2001 edition), p.148:
      Pituita, or phlegm, is a cold and moist humour, begotten of the colder part of the chylus []

LatinEdit

EtymologyEdit

Unknown[1]. Have been related to *peyH- (fat) but it's not convincing.

NounEdit

pītuīta f (genitive pītuītae); first declension

  1. mucus, phlegm
  2. rheum, head cold

InflectionEdit

First declension.

Case Singular Plural
nominative pītuīta pītuītae
genitive pītuītae pītuītārum
dative pītuītae pītuītīs
accusative pītuītam pītuītās
ablative pītuītā pītuītīs
vocative pītuīta pītuītae

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ De Vaan, Michiel (2008) Etymological Dictionary of Latin and the other Italic Languages (Leiden Indo-European Etymological Dictionary Series; 7), Leiden, Boston: Brill, page 468.

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