Amylic to Analemma
Amylic alcohol (Chem.), one of the series of alcohols, a transparent, colorless liquid, having a peculiar
odor. It is the hydroxide of amyl. Amylic fermentation (Chem.), a process of fermentation in starch
or sugar in which amylic alcohol is produced. Gregory.
(A*myl"ic) a. (Chem.) Pertaining to, or derived from, amyl; as, amylic ether.
(Am`y*lo*bac"ter), n. [L. amylum starch + NL. bacterium. See Bacterium.] (Biol.) A
microörganism (Bacillus amylobacter) which develops in vegetable tissue during putrefaction. Sternberg.
Amyloid degeneration (Med.), a diseased condition of various organs of the body, produced by the
deposit of an albuminous substance, giving a blue color with iodine and sulphuric acid; - - called also
waxy or lardaceous degeneration.
(Am"y*loid Am`y*loid"al) a. [L. amylum starch + -oid.] Resembling or containing amyl; starchlike.
1. A non-nitrogenous starchy food; a starchlike substance.
2. (Med.) The substance deposited in the organs in amyloid degeneration.
(Am`y*lo*ly"tic) a. [Gr. starch + solvent; to dissolve.] (Physiol.) Effecting the conversion of
starch into soluble dextrin and sugar; as, an amylolytic ferment. Foster.
(Am`y*lose") n. (Chem.) One of the starch group (C6H10O5)n of the carbohydrates; as, starch,
arabin, dextrin, cellulose, etc.
(Am"y*ous) a. 'a`myos.]> (Med.) Wanting in muscle; without flesh.
(Am"yss) n. Same as Amice, a hood or cape.
(An) [AS. an one, the same word as the numeral. See One, and cf. A.] This word is properly an
adjective, but is commonly called the indefinite article. It is used before nouns of the singular number
only, and signifies one, or any, but somewhat less emphatically. In such expressions as "twice an
hour," "once an age," a shilling an ounce it has a distributive force, and is equivalent to each, every.
An is used before a word beginning with a vowel sound; as, an enemy, an hour. It in also often used
before h sounded, when the accent of the word falls on the second syllable; as, an historian, an hyena,
an heroic deed. Many writers use a before h in such positions. Anciently an was used before consonants
as well as vowels.
(An), conj. [Shortened fr. and, OE. an., and, sometimes and if, in introducing conditional clauses,
like Icel. enda if, the same word as and. Prob. and was originally pleonastic before the conditional
clause.] If; a word used by old English authors. Shak.
Nay, an thou dalliest, then I am thy foe. An if, and if; if.
(An"a-). [Gr. 'ana` on; in comp., on, up, upwards.] A prefix in words from the Greek, denoting
up, upward, throughout, backward, back, again, anew.
(A"na) adv. [Gr. 'ana` ] (Med.) Of each; an equal quantity; as, wine and honey, ana ij., that is, of
wine and honey, each, two ounces.
An apothecary with a . . . long bill of anas.