(I*am"bize) v. t. To satirize in iambics; to lampoon. [R.]
(I*am"bus) n.; pl. L. Iambi E. Iambuses [L. iambus, Gr. prob. akin to to throw, assail (the
iambus being first used in satiric poetry), and to L. jacere to throw. Cf. Jet a shooting forth.] (Pros.)
A foot consisting of a short syllable followed by a long one, as in amans, or of an unaccented syllable
followed by an accented one, as invent; an iambic. See the Couplet under Iambic, n.
(||I*an"thi*na) n.; pl. L. Ianthinæ E. Ianthinas [NL., fr. L. ianthinus violet-blue, Gr. violet +
flower.] (Zoöl.) Any gastropod of the genus Ianthina, of which various species are found living in mid
ocean; called also purple shell, and violet snail. [Written also janthina.]
It floats at the surface by means of a raft, which it constructs by forming and uniting together air bubbles
of hardened mucus. The Tyrian purple of the ancients was obtained in part from mollusks of this genus.
(I*a`tra*lip"tic) a. [Gr. physician + belonging to the or anointer, fr. to anoint: cf. F. iatraliptique.]
Treating diseases by anointing and friction; as, the iatraliptic method. [Written also iatroleptic.]
(I*at"ric I*at"ric*al) a. [Gr. healing, fr. physician, fr. to heal.] Of or pertaining to medicine, or to
(I*a`tro*chem"ic*al) a. Of or pertaining to iatrochemistry, or to the iatrochemists.
(I*a`tro*chem"ist) n. [Gr. physician + E. chemist.] A physician who explained or treated
diseases upon chemical principles; one who practiced iatrochemistry.
(I*a`tro*chem"is*try) n. Chemistry applied to, or used in, medicine; used especially
with reference to the doctrines in the school of physicians in Flanders, in the 17th century, who held
that health depends upon the proper chemical relations of the fluids of the body, and who endeavored
to explain the conditions of health or disease by chemical principles.
(I*a`tro*math`e*mat"ic*al) a. Of or pertaining to iatromathematicians or their doctrine.
(I*a`tro*math`e*ma*ti"cian) n. [Gr. physician + E. mathematician.] (Hist. Med.)
One of a school of physicians in Italy, about the middle of the 17th century, who tried to apply the laws
of mechanics and mathematics to the human body, and hence were eager student of anatomy; opposed
to the iatrochemists.
(I*be"ri*an) a. Of or pertaining to Iberia.
(I"bex) n.; pl. E. Ibexes L. Ibices [L., a kind of goat, the chamois.] (Zoöl.) One of several species
of wild goats having very large, recurved horns, transversely ridged in front; called also steinbok.
The Alpine ibex (Capra ibex) is the best known. The Spanish, or Pyrenean, ibex (C. Hispanica) has
smoother and more spreading horns.
(||I*bi"dem) adv. [L.] In the same place; abbreviated ibid. or ib.
(I"bis) n. [L. ibis, Gr. of Egyptian origin.] (Zoöl.) Any bird of the genus Ibis and several allied genera,
of the family Ibidæ, inhabiting both the Old World and the New. Numerous species are known. They are
large, wading birds, having a long, curved beak, and feed largely on reptiles.
The sacred ibis of the ancient Egyptians (Ibis Æthiopica) has the head and neck black, without feathers.
The plumage of the body and wings is white, except the tertiaries, which are lengthened and form a
dark purple plume. In ancient times this bird was extensively domesticated in Egypt, but it is now seldom
seen so far north. The glossy ibis which is widely distributed both in the Old World and the New, has
the head and neck feathered, except between the eyes and bill; the scarlet ibis (Guara rubra) and the