(Ep`i*so"di*al) a. Pertaining to an episode; by way of episode; episodic.
(Ep`i*so"dic Ep`i*so"dic*al) a. [Cf. F. épisodique. See Episode.] Of or pertaining to an episode; adventitious.
Such a figure as Jacob Brattle, purely episodical though it be, is an excellent English portrait.H. James.
(||Ep`i*spa"di*as) n. [NL., fr. Gr. 'epi` upon + to draw, rend.] (Med.) A deformity in which
the urethra opens upon the top of the penis, instead of at its extremity.
(Ep"i*spas"tic) a. [Gr. fr. to draw to, attract; to + to draw: cf. F. épispastique.] (Med.) Attracting
the humors to the skin; exciting action in the skin; blistering.
(Ep"i*spas"tic), n. (Med.) An external application to the skin, which produces a puriform or
serous discharge by exciting inflammation; a vesicatory.
(Ep"i*sperm) n. [Pref. epi- + Gr. seed: cf. F. épisperme.] (Bot.) The skin or coat of a seed,
especially the outer coat. See Testa.
(Ep`i*sper"mic) a. (Bot.) Pertaining, or belonging, to the episperm, or covering of a seed.
(Ep"i*spore) n. [Pref. epi- + spore.] (Bot.) The thickish outer coat of certain spores.
(||Ep`i*stax"is) n. [NL., fr. Gr. 'epi` upon + to drop.] (Med.) Bleeding at the nose.
(E*pis`te*mol"o*gy) n. [Gr. knowledge + -logy.] The theory or science of the method or
grounds of knowledge.
(Ep`i*ster"nal) a. (Anat. & Zoöl.) Of or pertaining to the episternum.
(||Ep`i*ster"num) n.; pl. Episterna [NL. See Epi-, and Sternum.]
1. (Anat.) (a) A median bone connected with the sternum, in many vertebrates; the interclavicle. (b)
Same as Epiplastron.
2. (Zoöl.) One of the lateral pieces next to the sternum in the thorax of insects.
(Ep`i*stil"bite) n. [Pref. epi- + stilbite.] (Min.) A crystallized, transparent mineral of the
Zeolite family. It is a hydrous silicate of alumina and lime.
(E*pis"tle) n. [OE. epistle, epistel, AS. epistol, pistol, L. epistola, fr. Gr. anything sent by a
messenger, message, letter, fr. to send to, tell by letter or message; 'epi` upon, to + to dispatch, send; cf.
OF. epistle, epistre, F. épître. See Stall.]
1. A writing directed or sent to a person or persons; a written communication; a letter; applied usually
to formal, didactic, or elegant letters.
A madman's epistles are no gospels.Shak.
2. (Eccl.) One of the letters in the New Testament which were addressed to their Christian brethren by
Epistle side, the right side of an altar or church to a person looking from the nave toward the chancel.
One sees the pulpit on the epistle side.R. Browning.
(E*pis"tle), v. t. To write; to communicate in a letter or by writing. [Obs.] Milton.