from The Century Dictionary.

  • Having the color or consistence of ashes; ash-gray: specifically applied, in anatomy, to the cinerea or gray nerve-tissue as distinguished from white: as, the cineritious or cortical substance of the brain; a cineritious ganglion.
  • The tuberculum cinereum of Rolando. See tuberculum.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Like ashes; having the color of ashes, -- as the cortical substance of the brain.

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  • adjective See cinereous.


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  • In his brains there are those star-like forms called the cineritious substances; out of these go forth fibers through the medullary substance by the neck into the body; passing through to the outmosts of the body, and from outmosts returning to their firsts.

    Angelic Wisdom Concerning the Divine Love and the Divine Wisdom Emanuel Swedenborg 1730

  • When insufficiently burnt, however, it is brown, and dries badly; or if too much burnt, it becomes cineritious, opaque, and faint in hue.

    Field's Chromatography or Treatise on Colours and Pigments as Used by Artists George Field

  • "About these places rises Vesuvius, well cultivated and inhabited all round, except at its top, which is for the most part level, and entirely barren, ashy to the view, displaying cavernous hollows in cineritious rocks, which look as if they had been eaten by fire; so that we may suppose this spot to have been a volcano formerly, with burning craters, now extinguished for want of fuel."

    Complete Story of the San Francisco Horror Trumbull White 1904

  • For example, when a cylindrical and fibrous porter deposits his sensitive burden in the vesicular and cineritious substance, something examines it, tests its import, reflects on what shall be done, forms an intelligent resolution, and commands another porter to bear the dynamic load forth.

    The Destiny of the Soul A Critical History of the Doctrine of a Future Life William Rounseville Alger 1863

  • Still, in whatever aspect we regard it, one cannot but shudder before that terrible cineritious substance whose dynamic inhabitants are generated in the meeting of matter's messages with mind's forces, and sent forth in emblems to shake the souls of millions, revolutionize empires, and refashion the world.

    The Destiny of the Soul A Critical History of the Doctrine of a Future Life William Rounseville Alger 1863

  • Are you prepared to stand forward and declare that the convolutions of your brain are of the regulation standard -- that the medullary part is not disproportioned to the cineritious -- that your falx is not thicker or thinner than it ought -- and that your optic thalami are not too prominent?

    Cornelius O'Dowd Upon Men And Women And Other Things In General Charles James Lever 1839

  • The first is small in quantity, and principally concerned in the food and reproduction of the animal, and the cineritious in a great measure the register of the mind.

    The Dog William Youatt 1811

  • All the foil of the plain is cineritious, and its rocks a ftrong blue lava, except near the eaft end, where they are of a fofter piperino kind.

    Travels in the two Sicilies 1783

  • It is this point, where the artery enters the eye through the cineritious part of the optic nerve, (which is in part near the middle of the nerve,) which is without sensibility to light; as is shewn by fixing three papers, each of them about half an inch in diameter, against a wall about a foot distant from each other, about the height of the eye; and then looking at the middle one, with one eye, and retreating till you lose sight of one of the external papers.

    Zoonomia, Vol. II Or, the Laws of Organic Life Erasmus Darwin 1766


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