Useful Word of the Day 2022

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 Word of the Day
The first device that the researchers designed consolidates many of the existing tools that patients use now, including a lancet for drawing blood and glucose test strips. - MIT News
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consolidate   Speak
v.  make something physically stronger or more solid

lancet   Speak
n.  a small, broad two-edged surgical knife or blade with a sharp point
Added on: 2022-01-22
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30 Words list: 2022-01-20, 2021-12-04
prick   Speak
n. an act of piercing something with a fine, sharp point
syringe   Speak
n. a tube for collecting blood or other liquids or for putting liquids into the body usually through a needle
Existing technologies can help with some parts of this process; however, the devices are not widely available, so most patients must rely on finger pricks and syringes.
embodiment   Speak
n. a tangible or visible form of an idea, quality, or feeling
verbal   Speak
a. of, relating to, or consisting of words, spoken rather than written
When a device has a higher level of social embodiment, such as the ability to give verbal social cues, family members interact with one another more frequently.
competent   Speak
a. having the necessary ability, knowledge, or skill to do something successfully
cue   Speak
n. a signal to someone, like a performer, to begin a specific speech or action
People tend to think a device is more competent and emotionally engaging if it can exhibit social cues, like moving to orient its gaze at a speaking person.
perspective   Speak
n. the appearance to the eye of objects in respect to their relative distance and positions
carousel   Speak
n. a rotating machine or device, like a merry-go-round
The team imaged the cloud with a camera, capturing a perspective similar to a child’s when facing towards the center on a playground carousel.
give rise to   Speak
v. to cause something
intriguing   Speak
a. arousing one's curiosity or interest; fascinating
Even in classical physics, this gives rise to intriguing pattern formation, like clouds wrapping around the Earth in beautiful spiral motions.
enzyme   Speak
n. a substance produced by a living organism that acts as a catalyst to bring about a specific biochemical reaction
resonance   Speak
n. the condition in which an electric circuit produces the largest possible response to an applied oscillating signal
This technique has yielded new antibodies to treat cancer and other diseases, enzymes used in biofuel production, and imaging agents for magnetic resonance imaging.
tweak   Speak
v. improve a mechanism or system by making fine adjustments to it
mutation   Speak
n. the changing of the structure of a gene, resulting in a variant form that may be transmitted to subsequent generations
Because they can study so many populations in parallel, they can tweak factors such as the mutation rate, size of the original population, and environmental conditions.
pivot   Speak
v. to turn on; to adapt or improve by adjusting or modifying something
inferior   Speak
n. a person lower than another in rank, status, or ability
Even the inferior need to respond to the changing opportunities to pivot more effectively to new things when the old one starts looking shaky.
mire   Speak
v. cause to become stuck in the mud
pronounced   Speak
a. very noticeable or marked; conspicuous
These findings suggest that many people are mired in a poverty trap, unable to improve their circumstances because of their pronounced lack of resources in the first place.
reprecipitate   Speak
v. to cause to condense and fall or deposit again
dissolve   Speak
v. to cause to become incorporated into a liquid so as to form a solution
By eliminating the need for liquid separation and the extra steps and materials, it requires to dissolve and then reprecipitate individual elements.
alleviate   Speak
v. make a problem less severe
rare earth   Speak
n. any of a group of similar oxides of metals occurring together in widely distributed but relatively scarce minerals
The findings offer one way to alleviate a growing demand for minor metals like cobalt, lithium, and rare earth elements that are used in clean energy products like electric cars.
fluorescence   Speak
n. the visible or invisible radiation emitted by certain substances
droplet   Speak
n. a very small drop of a liquid
waft   Speak
v. pass or cause to pass easily or gently through or as if through the air
Fluorescence or impurities detected in the droplets could indicate something more interesting than sulfuric acid might be wafting around up there.
lay out   Speak
v. to arrange; to plan in detail
rationale   Speak
n. an underlying reason
scrappy   Speak
a. having an aggressive and determined spirit
A team led by MIT researchers lays out the scientific plan and rationale for a suite of scrappy missions set to hunt for signs of life in the atmosphere.
substantive   Speak
a. having a firm basis in reality and therefore important
thorny   Speak
a. full of difficulties or controversial points