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Jan 12, 2012
This week's theme
Words coined using combining forms

This week's words
duopsony
hypochondriac
dysthymia
autologous
gerontology

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autologous

PRONUNCIATION:
(ah-TOL-uh-guhs)

MEANING:
adjective: Involving a situation in which the donor and the recipient (of blood, skin, bone, etc.) are the same person.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Greek auto- (self) + -logous (as in homologous), from logos (proportion, ratio, word). Earliest documented use: 1911.

USAGE:
"They talked about autologous fat transfer, where they extract the fat from your behind and stick it in your face -- cheek to cheek, as it were."
Isabel Wolff; A Vintage Affair; Bantam; 2010.

See more usage examples of autologous in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
Most people think that shadows follow, precede, or surround beings or objects. The truth is that they also surround words, ideas, desires, deeds, impulses and memories. -Elie Wiesel, writer, Nobel laureate (b. 1928)

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