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SPLEEN (Gr. o-1rXilv)

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Originally appearing in Volume V25, Page 711 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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SPLEEN (Gr. o-1rXilv), a vascular organ situated on the left side of the abdomen (see DUCTLESS GLANDS). It was supposed in olden times to be the seat of ill-humour and melancholy, whence such phrases as " to have the spleen," to be out of temper, sulky, morose, " splenetic."
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