dipping


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dipping

1. Palpation of the liver by a quick depressive movement of the fingers while the hand is held flat on the abdomen.
2. Immersion of an object in a solution, esp. applied to the dipping of cattle or dogs for tick control.
3. A drop in blood pressure of 10% or more that occurs at night or during sleep. Nocturnal blood pressure dipping is a normal phenomenon. Its absence is associated with a variety of illnesses, including obstructive sleep apnea.

dipping

application of insecticide in large volume, dilute solution over the entire body for the purpose of controlling external parasites. It may be done in a plunge bath where the animal is totally immersed and must swim to the other end, or by spray dip where the animal passes through a battery of sprays that apply spray under pressure from every direction. Local application of insecticide for local effect is also carried out by jetting, and general effects are also obtained by insecticides applied as pour-ons. See also dip, teat dipping.

dipping cage
the beasts are put into the cage one at a time and lowered into a small vat of insecticide.
dipping vat
a deep, long trough which is filled with insecticide and the animals are forced to swim through it. Called also plunge dip.
References in classic literature ?
Sherlock Holmes had been silent all the morning, dipping continuously into the advertisement columns of a succession of papers until at last, having apparently given up his search, he had emerged in no very sweet temper to lecture me upon my literary shortcomings.
He was dipping this into the water at intervals, gravely regarding its harvest of weed or mud, and emptying it out again.
She would not sit down, but stood by the fire dipping her inky middle finger in the egg-cup, which contained vinegar, and smearing it over the ink stains on her face, frowning the whole time and looking very gloomy.
The black kneeled beside the body and, dipping a corner of the cloth in the thoat oil, rubbed for a moment on the dead face before him.
That's his centre-bit, and this is the bottle of rock-oil he's supposed to have kept dipping it in to prevent making a noise.
My gorge rose at the long, low billows-sleek as black satin - lifting and dipping in this ghastly glare.
Ordinarily it keeps its sail wet and in good sailing order by turning over and dipping it in the water for a moment.
Strolling over to the piano] I rather enjoy dipping into it occasionally myself: it makes me feel young again.
so skillfully got up by the General of the Jesuits, he must be a mad enthusiast, unworthy of ever dipping his hands in political grand strategy work.
Over the top of the windy hill peeped the eaves of a few houses of the village that fell back into the valley behind; there, also, showed the top of a windmill, the sails slowly rising and dipping from behind the hill against the clear blue sky, as the light wind moved them with creaking and labored swing.
Silently he drifted down the muddy waters of the Ugambi, occasionally dipping his paddle's blade gently into the current that he might guide his primitive craft to the vessel's side.
These he deposited in a heap on the big table, and dipping again, he fished out the stragglers and added them to the pile.