Wondrous Words Wednesday!

My calendar is all off this week because of the holiday!  I completely forgot that today was Tuesday and missed the Tuesday Teasers.  At least I managed to get my words posted.

This week, I’m reading Ice Cold by Tess Gerritsen. This novel features Boston medical examiner Maura Isles and her good friend, Homicide Detective Jane Rizzoli. So far it’s very good, and I was excited to hear that there will be a new tv series featuring the pair, premiering on TNT in July. (Check back later this week for my review.) I even managed to find a couple of great words in this one. Check them out:

1. Rime – A coating of ice or frost

“Shrouded in clear plastic, a man’s face stared up at them, icy rime covering his brows and lashes.”

Yeah, that’s a little redundant – he was covered with icy ice – but it’s still a good word.

2. Ligate – To tie or bind with a ligature.

“We’ll have to ligate the artery.”

I’m very familiar with ligature, but I don’t think I’ve ever seen ligate used quite this way.

3. Perfusion – The injection of fluid into a blood vessel in order to reach an organ or tissue.

“She shook her head.  ‘I don’t see any perfusion.'”

4. Nulliparous – never having given birth

“And judging by the sacroiliac joint, she was nulliparous.”

That’s all so far.  A word for cold (not surprising, giving the title) and a bunch of medical terms (also not surprising, giving it’s about a medical examiner.

What new words did YOU learn this week?

  6 comments for “Wondrous Words Wednesday!

  1. Tea
    June 2, 2010 at 8:42 am

    Seeing the word “Rime” made me think of The Rime of The Ancient Mariner. I might have whole title wrong. Never mind. The word that I really like is nulliparous. Wow, I always think of infertile which doesn’t sound very nice. Thanks for your words. You make me want to read Gerritsen. I’ve never read any of her books. I should start with the first one, I guess.


  2. Lisa
    June 2, 2010 at 11:13 am

    Rime in that case is just an old spelling of Rhyme, I believe, because The Frosty Coating of the Ancient Mariner doesn’t make much sense. And nulliparous isn’t the same as infertile; I am not infertile, but I am nulliparous, thank heavens.

  3. June 2, 2010 at 12:07 pm

    I like this new rime. It is very descriptive. In the winter I often see my husband’s thick mustache covered in rime.

  4. June 2, 2010 at 2:52 pm

    I knew of the first 3. Great finds still!


  5. June 2, 2010 at 8:47 pm

    Very interesting words. I didn’t know any of them!

  6. June 4, 2010 at 9:58 am

    Great words! Ligate makes sense, but I don’t think I would have figured it out on my own. Thanks for playing along.

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