A.that which is torn off, a piece, rag, shred, Pl.Phd. 113b; branch, division of a tribe, Str.9.5.12, cf. Agatharch.57: generally, a detached portion or particle, “ψυχῆς καὶ σώματος ἀ. τὸ σπέρμα” Epicur.Fr.329, Zeno Stoic.1.36, Chrysipp.ib.2.191, Ph.1.119; “μύθου” Corn.ND17.
2. avulsion, tearing apart of bones, Hp.Off.23, cf. Gal.18(2).887.