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bead

(bēd) a small spherical structure or mass.
rachitic beads  a series of prominences at the points where the ribs join their cartilages; seen in certain cases of rickets.

bead

(bēd) [ME. bede, prayer, prayer bead (on a rosary), bead]
A small spherical object, typically made of glass, plastic, or metal. Beads have numerous uses in health care. They are employed in sterilization equipment and in some diagnostic and therapeutic injections.
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Pandora or Troll Bead charm bracelets for example, with dozens of charms and decorative beads to choose from, offer lots of different options to make up a unique, individual bracelet for a man or woman.
I was intrigued by Rowshona Begum's Silence, not so much for its heavily simplified treatment of the figure of a woman wearing a headscarf as for the decorative traetent of the background, with its delicate dabbles and squiggles of paint and its use of collaged decorative beads.
Findings by researchers working in Asia and Africa suggest that rock art, decorative beads, engraved stones, and hunting spears all originated at least several hundred thousand years before the appearance of H.