June 12th, 2012


policlinic, noun.  A department of a hospital at which outpatients are treated.

Etymology:  from the early 1800s, from German poliklinik, "city clinic" or "clinic held in a private house"; originally such treatment was at the patient's home rather than in a hospital.

Although the word usually refers to a European facility, there are exceptions; the Chicago Policlinic was founded in 1889.
The term is less common today, but is still in use; for example, ProCare is advertised as a network of modern policlinics in Slovakia.

Not to be confused with polyclinic, which is a clinic or hospital treating diseases of many sorts.
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jejune, wheedle

Well, since accidentally missing last week, I bring you all two words for today!

jejune, adjective

1 - without interest ot significance; dull; insipid: a jejune novel.
2 - juvenile; immature; childish: jejune behavior.
3 - lacking knowledge or experience; uninformed: jejune attempts to design a house.
4 - deficient or lacking in nutritive value: a jejune diet.

Origin 1610 from Latin jejunus meaning "hungry, empty."

wheedle, verb

Used with object
1 - to endeavor to influence a person by smooth, flattering, or beguiling words or acts: We wheedled him incessantly, but he would not consent.
2 - to persuade a person by such words or acts: She wheedled him into going with her.
3 - to obtain something by artful persuasions: I wheedled a new car out of my father.

Used without object
4 - to use beguiling or artful persuasions: I always wheedle if I really need something.

First known use 1660, origin unknown