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pītŭīta (sometimes in the poets scan. as a trisyl., Hor. S. 2, 2, 76; id. Ep. 1, 1, 108; Pers. 2, 57; cf. Santen on Ter. Maur. p. 430), ae, f. root pitu- for sputu-, from spu- of spuo, sputum; cf. Gr. πτύω, to spit,
I.slime, clammy moisture.
I. In the body, as diseased matter, phlegm, rheum, pituite; in fowls, the pip: “cum sanguis corruptus est aut pituita redundat,Cic. Tusc. 4, 10, 23: “capitis,Plin. 25, 11, 90, § 141: “oris,id. 23, 1, 13, § 17: “tantum bilis pituitaeque,Cato, R. R. 156, 4: “adversus acutas pituitae fluxiones, quas Graeci rheumatismos vocant,Plin. 22, 25, 68, § 138: “mala pituita nasi,Cat. 23, 17: “stomacho tumultum Lenta feret pituita,Hor. S. 2, 2, 76: “praecipue sanus, nisi cum pituita molesta est,id. Ep. 1, 1, 108; Sen. Q. N. 6, 2, 4.—Of the pip, Col. 8, 5, 22; Plin. 10, 57, 78, § 157; Pall. 1, 27.—
II. A viscous, gummy moisture that exudes from trees, Plin. 17, 27, 43, § 252: “fungorum origo non nisi ex pituitā arborum,id. 22, 23, 47, § 96.
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