2016年1月31日 星期日

pathetic, apathetic, torpor,coma, comatose, hypothyroidism,veer, lethargy; torpid, Glasgow Coma Scale

What do you think of when you hear the word "pathetic?"
During Thomas Eakins's lifetime, "pathetic" was synonymous with moving, poignant, or touching—lacking today's negative connotation. The pathetic song, a popular type of melody in 1860s and 1870s America, told tales of woe, such as death or tragic circumstances befalling innocent women or children. Recited by the singer as autobiographical, such ballads often moved audiences to tears.
In this picture, an earnest young singer is accompanied by a pianist and cellist. She concentrates on holding a note of her tune. How has Eakins chosen to convey the mournful tone of the woman’s song?
"Singing a Pathetic Song" is on view in the West Building, Gallery 69:http://1.usa.gov/1N70BYF
Thomas Eakins, "Singing a Pathetic Song," 1881, oil on canvas, National Gallery of Art, Washington, Corcoran Collection (Museum Purchase, Gallery Fund), 2014.79.19

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Alex Shakar's protagonist broods over his comatose brother and joins a neurological experiment that promises "spiritual awakening."

Last year, an 88-year-old woman was admitted to NYU Langone Medical Center in a nearly comatose state, unable to walk or swallow and barely able to breathe. Though she had no history of thyroid disease, she was given a diagnosis of myxedema coma, a life-threatening condition caused by extreme hypothyroidism, or low thyroid function.

去年,88歲的女 子被送往紐約大學朗格尼醫學中心的近昏迷狀態,無法行走或幾乎無法吞嚥和呼吸。雖然她沒 有甲狀腺疾病史,她進行了診斷黏液水腫昏迷,威脅生命的情況所造成的極端低下,或低甲狀腺功能。

or hyp-
  1. Below; beneath; under: hypodermic.
  2. Less than normal; deficient: hypoesthesia.
  3. In the lowest state of oxidation: hypoxanthine.
[Greek hupo-, from hupo, under, beneath.]

co·ma·tose ('mə-tōs', kŏm'ə-) pronunciation

  1. Of, relating to, or affected with coma; unconscious.
  2. Marked by lethargy; torpid.
[Greek kōma, kōmat-, deep sleep + -OSE1.]
  • [kɑ'mətòus | kóum-]
comatosely co'ma·tose'ly adv.

Possessing; having the characteristics of; full of: cymose.

[Middle English, variant of -ous, from Latin -ōsus.]

  1. Carbohydrate: fructose.
  2. Product of protein hydrolysis: proteose.
[French, from glucose, glucose. See glucose.]

有意識被誤診 當23年植物人
車禍誤診 卻有口難言
英國媒體23日報導說,胡班當年還只是工程科系學生,一度熱中於武術。比利時佐德市的醫師,定期用通行全球的「格拉斯哥昏迷量表」(Glasgow Coma Scale)對他進行檢查。
格拉斯哥量表 待檢討
平反那一天 宛如重生
勞 萊指出,光是德國每年約有10萬人遭到嚴重腦部創傷,約2萬人出現3週以上的昏迷,其中有人不治,有人恢復健康。但估計每年有3千至5千人受困在這兩者的 過渡階段,亦即在無法甦醒的情況下活著。雖然安樂死支持者主張基於生命尊嚴,應給植物人一個停用維持生命系統的機會。但另一方面,也確實有植物人康復的若 干病例。

Glasgow Coma Scale
Glasgow Coma Scale or GCS, is a neurological scale which aims to give a reliable, objective way of recording the conscious state of a person, for initial as well as subsequent assessment. A patient is assessed against the criteria of the scale, and the resulting points give a patient score between 3 (indicating deep unconsciousness) and either 14 (original scale) or 15 (the more widely used modified or revised scale).
GCS was initially used to assess level of consciousness after head injury, and the scale is now used by first aid, EMS and doctors as being applicable to all acute medical and trauma patients. In hospitals it is also used in monitoring chronic patients in intensive care.
The scale was published in 1974 by Graham Teasdale and Bryan J. Jennett, professors of neurosurgery at the University of Glasgow. The pair went on to author the textbook Management of Head Injuries (FA Davis 1981, ISBN 0-8036-5019-1), a celebrated work in the field.
GCS is used as part of several ICU scoring systems, including APACHE II, SAPS II, and SOFA, to assess the status of the central nervous system. A similar scale, the Rancho Los Amigos Scale is used to assess the recovery of traumatic brain injury patients.


pathetic Line breaks: path|et¦ic
Pronunciation: /pəˈθɛtɪk/ 

Definition of pathetic in English:


1Arousing pity, especially through vulnerability or sadness:she looked so pathetic that I bent down to comfort her
2informal Miserably inadequate:he’s a pathetic excuse for a man
3archaic Relating to the emotions.


Late 16th century (in the sense 'affecting the emotions'): via late Latin from Greek pathētikos'sensitive', based on pathos 'suffering'.


Line breaks: apath¦et¦ic
Pronunciation: /apəˈθɛtɪk /

Definition of apathetic in English:



mid 18th century: from apathy, on the pattern ofpathetic.





Pronunciation: /ˈtɔːpə/
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Definition of torpor

[mass noun]
  • a state of physical or mental inactivity; lethargy:they veered between apathetic torpor and hysterical fanaticism


late Middle English: from Latin, from torpere 'be numb or sluggish'

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Pronunciation: /ˈlɛθədʒi/

Definition of lethargy


[mass noun]
  • a lack of energy and enthusiasm:there was an air of lethargy about him
  • Medicine a pathological state of sleepiness or deep unresponsiveness and inactivity: a history of weight loss, lethargy, and fluid retention


late Middle English: via Old French from late Latin lethargia, from Greek lēthargia, from lēthargos 'forgetful', from the base of lanthanesthai 'forget'


Pronunciation: /vɪə/

Definition of veer


[no object, with adverbial of direction]
  • change direction suddenly:an oil tanker that had veered off course
  • suddenly change an opinion, subject, type of behaviour, etc.:the conversation eventually veered away from theatrical things
  • (of the wind) change direction clockwise around the points of the compass:the wind veered a pointThe opposite of back.


  • 1a sudden change of direction.
  • 2 American Football an offensive play using a modified T-formation with a split backfield, which allows the quarterback the option of passing to the fullback, pitching to a running back, or running with the ball.


late 16th century: from French virer, perhaps from an alteration of Latin gyrare (see gyrate)