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Regional drug slang for an inhalant.


(pl. medusas, medusae) the jellyfish (medusoid) stage of the COELENTERATE life cycle, usually free-swimming and propelled by pulsations of the bell. Medusae usually reproduce sexually, giving rise to a POLYP stage from which the medusae are produced asexually Medusae form the dominant phase of the life history of members of the class Scyphozoa, but are often absent or of lesser importance in other classes of the phylum.


in Greek mythology, a Gorgon who turned men to stone.
caput Medusae - (1) varicose veins radiating from the umbilicus; - (2) dilated ciliary arteries girdling the corneoscleral limbus in rubeosis iridis. Synonym(s): head of Medusa
head of Medusa - Synonym(s): caput Medusae


jellyfish; a colony of animals comprising a bell from which hang a number of filaments and tentacles. Called also hydromedusa. Inflict painful stings and can cause death, even of humans. See also hydrozoa.

medusa head colonies
colonies of Bacillus anthracis on agar have this appearance of being domes with a fringe of filaments.
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Meanwhile, she holds the tribe under the aura of her evil eye, from which dubious magic they attempt to protect themselves with what turns out to be the gesture of the old Christian cross, always occurring in response to her petrifying Medusan gaze.
This passage, like the lines that describe the narrator's initial encounter with the Medusan "flower," evokes the woman's unknowability.
19) But what are we to make of Westervelt's equally Medusan manhood?
With its rictus, evocative stone 'chevelure', griffin-topped helmet and Sphinx-like attributes, Rude's 'la Marseillaise' on the facade of the Arc de Triomphe (1833-6) materialized the ambiguities of the Medusan 'reve de pierre' which Baudelaire would subsequently enshrine in a verbal image in 'La Beaute' (1961: 20).
The woman's Medusan hair that is the centerpiece of this description functions as what the earlier passage calls a "serpentine or otherwise bestial emblem" of her fatal nature.
Modleski has demonstrated how such appropriation not only allows for but encourages the shield/mirror method to counter the Medusan threat of feminists.
Alderac Entertainment Group's renowned L5R World Championships are being held at Gen Con and the Warlord Medusan Lord Tournament Challenges return for their second triumphant year.
The extensive embroidery on the breast is the text's Medusan laughter, chiefly evoked by Pearl as she represents the "rich, voluptuous, Oriental characteristic" of Hester's nature (59) while mocking the law of the fathers and the pusillanimity of her father.
Rates of these biological interactions could provide information to modify physically based estimates such as EVR to create a more realistic model of the physical-biological interactions that ultimately determine medusan foraging rates.
In the section "The Problem of Zenobia," Dill addresses Zenobia's most salient characterizations--as a Medusan or Ophelian figure, as a masochist, as a betrayer of feminist ideals.
Indeed, in the next couplet, the "Doctor she" becomes a witch whose "sole delight" is "[t]o order draughts as black as night"--an unnatural act, as the clangorous iteration of the dental /d/ sounds hints, through which the Medusan physician's "very glance might cast a spell" as she produces her "chill and acrid potions.
The narrator's desire for "wisdom" about the wallpaper is what seems to draw her toward it--toward its phallic "broken neck" and "bulbous eyes"; its Medusan "seaweeds" and its "budding and sprouting" yellow toadstools; its derisive "strangled heads" that have both "bulbous eyes" and "waddling fungus growths" (YW, 47, 51, 57)--and away from the real, the green garden, the healthy non-human realm just outside her window.