Saturday, 23 June 2012

Entry: cirrhotic neuralgia (n.)

In context: "-then vocational ultimatums, unemployability, financial ruin, pancreatitis, overwhelming guilt, bloody vomiting, cirrhotic neuralgia, incontinence, neuropathy, nephritis, black depressions, searing pain..."

Definition: Shockingly, I can't find an entry for this specific "disease", but here's a few hints:

cirrhotic (adj.) comes from cirrhosis (n.): 
A name given by Laennec to a disease of the liver, occurring most frequently in spirit-drinkers, and consisting in chronic interstitial hepatitis, with atrophy of the cells and increase of connective tissue. Called also hob-nailed or gin-drinker's liver. Subsequently extended to interstitial inflammation of the kidneys, lungs, and other organs.

while neuralgia (n.) is: 

Pain, typically stabbing or burning, in the area served by a nerve; (also) an instance, type, or case of this.

Other: The part of the sentence from Infinite Jest reminds me of a joke that ends with something like, "but you know me doc, can't complain."

SNOOT score: 1
Page: 346

Source: Oxford English Dictionary   

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