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Engraved before 1811 from an original in the then Museum Pio Clemens in Rome (Click for details)
Esculapius (Medicine) between Mercury (Merchants) and the Graces (Medicine, Hygiene and Panacea)
Esculapius dealt with Patients - Merchants make deals with Clients

~ CATA~  id+ | FALL DROP |
^u       note STROKE STRIKE | from
     gr  KATA  = DOWN
     ukr KAT     EXECUTIONER
         KATAI   TRAVEL implicitly SEPARATION
         ply> | CATASTROPHE is when an
                EXECUTIONERS CUTS or STRIKES or when
                see> CATABOLISM exceeds see> ANABOLISM |
~ CATABASIS    gr CATA and BAINEIN imply
                  DOWN     TO GO   = DECLINE
               med> DECLINING STAGE OF A DISEASE
                    as in HEALING  RECOVERY
~ CATABIOSIS   SENESCENCE             sug> EMERITUS EMETIC
               med> AGING in a normal average sense
~ CATABOLIC    or
~ CATABOLISM   med> BREAKDOWN from             sug> CUT
                    root CAT plus
               gr BALEEIN = TO THROW as in
               DESTRUCTIVE DEGRADING or
               ENERGY RELEASING METABOLISM
               id+ | SEPARATION OF COMPONENTS | as in
                   "TO FALL APART"
                   "TO CUT DOWN"
               note CATALYSIS
               see> words starting with prefix CATA
~ CATACHRESIS  gr KATHACRESIS = MISUSE OF WORDS from
               gr KATA          AGAINST
~ CATACLYSM    gr KATA          DOWN and
                  KYZEIN        TO WASH
               id+ A DELUGE  as in WASHING DOWN
               sug> CATALYSIS
               med> note ukr KLYSMA = ENEMA
~ CATACOMB     gr KATA KYMBE = DOWN and HOLLOW or
                               A CAVITY
               BURIAL CAVE
               id+ | HOLLOW PLACE |
~ CATAGENESIS  INVOLUTION  RETROGRESS  opp of PROGRESS
               med> MANY EMBRYONIC TISSUES INVOLUTE BY
                    APOPTOSIS
               note APOPLEXY APOCALYPSE APOLOGY
               implies NATURAL CELL DEATH or
                       NORMAL or EXPECTED
~ CATAGLOTTISM  id+ | THRUSTING OUT OF THE TONGUE IN KISSING |
                vern> "FRENCH" KISSING
~ CATALASE  sc> ENZYME THAT LIBERATES OXYGEN FROM
                HYDROGEN PEROXIDE
     from gr KATA and
             LEGEIN = TO LEAVE OFF or TO CEASE
     med> ACATALASIA IS INHERITED AS AN AUTOSOMAL
          RECESSIVE DISORDER MOSTLY IN JAPAN AND
          INBRED GROUPS AND CAUSES PROPENSITY TOWARD
             GINGIVAL AND OTHER ORAL INFECTIONS
~ CATALEPSY  ABSENCE SEIZURES or EPILEPSY
             gr KATA and LAMBANEIN = TO TAKE
~ CATALOG    or CATALOGUE <see next
~ CATALOGUE  gr KATA = DOWN and LEGEIN = TO SAY
                ENUMERATION IN SOME ORDER
             MOSTLY A LISTING IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER
             id+ COUNTING AND CLASSIFYING
~ CATALYSIS  gr KATA and LYEIN = LOOSE or DISSOLVE
             sug> LIQUIDATE
             med> also TO ARREST or COUNTERACT
                       A PATHOGENIC PROCESS
~ CATALYST   INCREASES RATE OF REACTIONS
             biol> ENZYMES ARE CATALYSTS
             id+ CATALYZE IS TO EXPEDITE WITH
                 MINIMAL SELF CONSUMPTION
~ CATAMENIA  med> MENSES or MENSTRUAL FLOW
~ CATAMITE   id+ BREAKDOWN OF THE NATURAL ORDER
                 from lat CATAMITUS or gr GANYMEDES
     or  GANYMEDE
     id+ A BOY AS AN OBJECT FOR
         A MALE HOMOSEXUAL or PEDERAST
     myth> A YOUNG TROJAN PRINCE SAID
           TO HAVE BEEN THE MOST BEAUTIFUL BOY
     ZEUS FELL IN LOVE WITH HIM AND
     KIDNAPPED HIM TO OLYMPUS
     PERHAPS AS A LOVER BUT CERTAINLY TO SERVE
     AS A CUP BEARER FOR THE GODS
     hx> IN ROME BOY LOVERS OF ADULT MALES
         WERE KNOWN AS GANYMEDES or CATAMITE
     id+ PEDERAST PEDERASTY or
         MALE HOMOSEXUAL RELATION
     sug> PERHAPS "CATA" in CATAMITE DENOTES THE
          KIDNAPPING or SEPARATION OF GANYMEDES FROM A
          NATURAL ENVIRONMENT
               see> CATA  CATAPLEXY  CATAPULT  etc
~ CATAPLEXY    gr KATA and PLESSEIN = TO STRIKE
               A SUDDEN SHOCK PRODUCING MUSCULAR RIGIDITY
~ CATAPULT     gr KATA and PALLEIN = TO TOSS or WHIRL
~ CATARACT     id+ | WATERFALL and OCULAR LENS OPACITY |
               gr  KATARRAKTES = WATERFALL
               gr  KATA          FALL and
               lat CATARATA      WATERFALL
               med> CATARACT     OBSTRUCTED VISION
     THE RESULT OF OPACITY OF THE CRYSTALLINE LENS
     ply> | BLURRED VISION as if impeded by
            a sheet of WATER |
     med> CATARACTS ARE CLASSFIED IN A VARIETY OF WAYS
          ONE WAY IS TO GROUP CATARACTS AS
     CONGENITAL  SENILE  or due to
     PRENATAL RUBELLA or RATIATION EFFECTS
     METABOLIC ERRORS incl DIABETES  AMINOACIDURIA
     hx> CATARACT IS AMONG THE MAJOR CAUSES OF
           BLINDNESS    see> BLIND
~ CATARRH  gr from KATA and RHEIN = TO FLOW
           as in CATARRHAL SECRETION   see> CATARRHAL
           med> CORYZA from
             gr KORYZA = CATARRH
~ CATARRHAL  from CATARRH    in ukr KATAR
               med> INFLAMMATION OF A MUCOUS MEMBRANE
     vern> "RUNNY"    NOSE
     sp MOCO        = MUCUS
        MOCOSO        CHILD
     ukr  SMARKATCH   CHILD
          SMARK       MUCUS  SNOT
               see> KID
~ CATARRHIN    gr KATARRHIS
               from KATA and RHIS RHINOS =
                    DOWN     NOSE        = CATARRH  <see above
~ CATASTROPHE  gr KATASTROPHE = TO OVERTURN
               from KATA = DOWN and STREPHEIN or
     TO TURN OVER TO THROW  TO RUIN  A CALAMITY
     A DISASTER  A CATACLYSM  A TRAGEDY
     note main etymology under see> TREMOR
     hx> OLD DRAMAS WERE DIVIDED
         INTO SEVERAL PARTS
     PROSTASIS   = PRO or BEFORE or PROPOSITION
     EPISTASIS     EPI or ABOVE     SCENARIO
     CATASTASIS    CATA or DOWN     EVENTS
     CATASTROPHE   CULMINATION
     CATHARSIS     RESOLUTION
               ply> | FROM GOOD DRAMAS WE LEARN CATHARSIS |
~ CATATONIA    gr KATA and TONOS = DOWN and TENSION
               med> in EPILEPTIC CONVULSIONS leading to
               FALL RIGIDITY STUPOR  <sug> STUPID
~ CATAVASIA    in ukr CONFUSION as TO FALL INTO A DISORDER


~ CATCH  lat CAPTARE = CAPTURE
         lat CAPERE    TO TAKE   sug> CAPABLE
            for more etymology   see> CHASE
~ CATCH 22  the title of a NOVEL  sug> NOVELTY
            by Joseph HELLER [#] that appeared in
  1956 during the COMMUNIST "SCARE" when government
  forces were prosecuting "SUSPECTS"
  THE TERM IS NOW PART OF THE DAILY JARGON AND
  CAN BE USED TO DESCRIBE GOVERNMENT STUPIDITY
  as reflected in circumstances
  IMPOSSIBLE TO RESOLVE as in
  DAMNED IF YOU DO  and DAMNED IF YOU DO NOT
  sug> DAMNONNI or primitive people in Britain
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