Sunday, 20 May 2012

Entry: eustacian (adj.)

In context: "Schacht was just looping the d in mail fraud when Jim Troeltsch's pseudo-radio program, backed by its eustacian-crumpling operatic soundtrack, came over 112 West House's E.T.A.-intercom speaker up over the classroom clock."

Definition: Neologism.  Maybe DFW means eustachian (adj.):

Used as the distinctive epithet in the names of certain anatomical structures or organs which were discovered by Eustachius. †Eustachian medulla: the medullary portion of the kidneys. Eustachian tube (occas. Eustachian canal): a canal leading from the upper part of the pharynx to the cavity of the tympanum, which it appears to supply with air; hence Eustachian catheter, an instrument for inflating the Eustachian tube with air. Eustachian valve: a membranous fold at the orifice of the vena cava inferior, which in the fÅ“tus directs the current of blood from this vessel to the foramen ovale and left auricle.


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Page:  308

Source: Oxford English Dictionary   

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