Useful Word of the Day 2021

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 Word of the Day
Tiny woven lattices within OPT’s swabs allow them to absorb and release more fluid than conventional swabs. - MIT News
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lattice   Speak
n.  a structure made from strips of wood or other material that cross over each other with spaces between

swab   Speak
n.  a small piece of soft material at the end of a thin stick, used for cleaning something or for putting on medicine
Added on: 2021-04-11
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30 Words list: 2021-04-08, 2021-02-20
spin-out   Speak
n. a business company that has developed from another organization
scale up   Speak
v. increase the size, amount, or importance of something, usually an organization or process
The MIT spin-out uses a continuous manufacturing approach that allows it to scale up printer production with demand.
lesion   Speak
n. a region in an organ or tissue which has suffered damage through injury or disease
salience   Speak
n. the fact of being important to or connected with what is happening or being discussed
The paper presents a new method to extract intra-patient lesion salience on the basis of deep convolutional neural network features.
nucleate   Speak
v. begin to form
pressing   Speak
a. requiring quick or immediate action or attention
This work originated as a new project developed in the MIT Catalyst program, a program designed to nucleate projects that solve pressing clinical needs.
deplete   Speak
v. use up the supply or resources of
ozone   Speak
n. a poisonous form of oxygen, a colorless unstable toxic gas with a pungent odor
The system used a refrigerant known as R-32 with zero ozone-depleting potential (ODP) and a global warming potential about three times lower than another common one.
down the road   Speak
ad. in the future
edge   Speak
n. an advantage over other people
This knowledge we’re developing can apply to so many applications down the road, like in water harvesting, and I feel like we're getting the edge over the other competitors.
pathogen   Speak
n. a bacterium, virus, or other microorganisms that can cause disease
metastasize   Speak
v. spread to other parts of the body and cause tumors to grow there.
In addition to protecting against pathogens that infect the lungs, these types of inhaled vaccines could also be used to treat cancer metastasizing to the lungs.
mucosal   Speak
a.  related to thin skin that covers the inside surface of parts of the body such as the nose and mouth
lining   Speak
n. a layer of different material covering the inside surface of something
tract   Speak
n. a major passage in the body, a large bundle of nerve fibers
Many viruses infect their hosts through mucosal surfaces such as the lining of the respiratory tract.
hype   Speak
n. extravagant or intensive publicity or promotion
topple   Speak
v. cause to turn over
go-to   Speak
a. regularly or repeatedly chosen
Despite years of hype, virtual reality headsets have yet to topple TV or computer screens as the go-to devices for video viewing.
sidestep   Speak
v. avoid (someone or something) by stepping sideways
slog   Speak
n. hard persistent work
Computer-generated holography sidesteps these challenges by simulating the optical setup, but the process can be a computational slog.
approach   Speak
v. speak to (someone) for the first time about something, typically with a proposal or request
triage   Speak
n. (in medical use) the assignment of degrees of urgency to decide the order of treatment
Fifty-one patients were approached in the waiting room or a triage tent and asked if they would be willing to participate in the study.
nasal   Speak
a. of, for, or relating to the nose
swab   Speak
n. an absorbent pad or piece of material used in surgery and medicine for cleaning wounds
go into   Speak
v. start doing a particular type of work
People were accepting of the idea of having a robot do a nasal swab, which suggests that potential engineering efforts could go into thinking about building the systems.
extrapolate   Speak
v. extend the application to an unknown situation by assuming that existing trends will continue
algorithm   Speak
n. a process or set of rules to be followed in calculations or other problem
The team figured out a set of algorithms that allowed them to extrapolate back from images of the sample, which look somewhat like a set of stacked layers.
hexagonal   Speak
a. having a shape with six straight sides
boron   Speak
n. the chemical element of atomic number 5, a nonmetallic solid
Pairs of two-dimensional materials such as hexagonal boron nitride can exhibit amazing variations when the two sheets are just slightly twisted relative to each other.
olfactory   Speak
a. relating to the sense of smell