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  • n. Plural form of punctum.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Plural of punctum.


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  • —The lacrimal ducts, one in each eyelid, commence at minute orifices, termed puncta lacrimalia, on the summits of the papillæ lacrimales, seen on the margins of the lids at the lateral extremity of the lacus lacrimalis.

    X. The Organs of the Senses and the Common Integument. 1c. 3. The Accessory Organs of the Eye

  • Circa illos stant histriones cum suis instrumentis: In vno autem angulo cuiusdam magni palatij resident Philosophi omnes ad certas horas, et puncta attendentes: et cum deuenitur ad punctumn et horam petitam à philosopho, vnus praeco clamat valentèr.

    The Journal of Friar Odoric

  • _Quod si placuerit, extrahe canellum: factis punctis in sutura ubi debent fieri antequan stringantur, inter duo puncta canellus extrahatur, et post puncta stringantur.

    Gilbertus Anglicus Medicine of the Thirteenth Century

  • A, lacrymal canals, with the minute orifices represented as two black dots (puncta lacrymalia) to the right;

    A Practical Physiology

  • The wooden _tabellae_, placed in the _cista_ or wicker box, were marked U.R. (_uti rogas_) and A. (_antiquo_) in the case of a proposed law; L. (_libero_) and D. (_damno_) in the case of a public trial; in the case of an election, _puncta_ were made opposite the names or initials of the candidates.

    Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Part 1, Slice 2 "Baconthorpe" to "Bankruptcy"

  • Early on the morning of the Examination, after attending a Mass of the Holy Ghost, the candidate appeared before the assembled College and was assigned by one of the Doctors present two passages (puncta) in the Civil or Canon Law as the case might be.

    V. On Reading for Examinations

  • It arises from the posterior crest and adjacent part of the orbital surface of the lacrimal bone, and passing behind the lacrimal sac, divides into two slips, upper and lower, which are inserted into the superior and inferior tarsi medial to the puncta lacrimalia; occasionally it is very indistinct.

    IV. Myology. 4b. The Muscles of the Eyelid

  • On the margins of the lids about 5 mm. from the medial commissure are two small openings—the lacrimal puncta; in the natural condition they are in contact with the conjunctiva of the bulb of the eye, so that it is necessary to evert the eyelids to expose them.

    XII. Surface Anatomy and Surface Markings. 2. Surface Markings of Special Regions of the Head and Neck

  • —If the upper part of either hemisphere be removed, at a level about 1.25 cm. above the corpus callosum, the central white substance will be exposed as an oval-shaped area, the centrum ovale minus, surrounded by a narrow convoluted margin of gray substance, and studded with numerous minute red dots (puncta vasculosa), produced by the escape of blood from divided bloodvessels.

    IX. Neurology. 4c. The Fore-brain or Prosencephalon

  • The lacrimal ducts arise as buds from the upper part of the cord of cells and secondarily establish openings (puncta lacrimalia) on the margins of the lids.

    X. The Organs of the Senses and the Common Integument. 1c. The Organ of Sight


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