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Not sharp or acute, in any sense; qualifying a surgical instrument, the action of the mind, pain, a sound (especially the percussion note), etc.
[M.E. dul]
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adjective Referring to the appearance of a non-glistening surface on cultures of noncapsule-producing bacteria, seen in many Enterobacteriaceae. In contrast, capsule-producing bacteria are described as glistening or “mucoid”.
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Not sharp or acute, in any sense; qualifying a surgical instrument, the action of the mind, pain, a sound (especially the percussion note), or other qualities.
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Not sharp or acute, in any sense.
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Patient discussion about dull

Q. My mom`s skin looks dull after her radiation therapy.I want to know is there anything serious to consider? My mom`s skin looks dull after her radiation therapy. We thought that it was due to her stress and surgery and will vanish once the treatment is over. But it’s almost a fortnight that her therapy is over and the dryness of the skin still remains. I want to know is this normal or is there anything serious to consider?

A. It is a common sign with the patients who underwent radiation therapy. But do care if she is having any burning sensation and itching. Meet the doctor without any delay if your mom shows any of the above symptoms. If it is a visible dryness only then she must keep herself hydrated by having a lot of water. You can use skin moisturizers also. Limit the use of deodorants and use mild soaps.

Q. Uncomfortable in my left-lower abdomen. But it is not acute or dull pain at all. I'm starting to feel uncomfortable in my lower-left abdomen. I roughly guess it started summer in 2008. Certainly, it's not acute or even dull pain at all. But it makes me very uncomfortable when I sit on the chair. I can feel it by sitting on the chair. Such uncomfortableness seems to reside in somewhere between my left leg and abdomen. It is under my navel, and to the left, extending to the my left flank. Once again, I can sense it by touching something developing (With my fingers, I gently pressed that area and, I realized that there's a difference between pressing on the lower-left abdomen and the lower-right abdomen.) But it is not something swollen, and not a hard thing. I've never had the caecum removed. I'm 40 years old, East asian. I quitted smoking in early 90's. In Octocber, 2008 I found my blood pressure pretty good (I can't remember it, though). My life is quite sedentary (I'm a graduate student.) I guess I spend most of my daily time on the chair. Thanks for any opinion in advance.

A. hi '''i do have the same thing all what i do is keep it higher than my hart and after a lettel time it well come back to normal and i advice you to go see a d'r when you have the rhit time for it.......and happy holly day and happy 2009..lolo21

Q. i am dhaval .iam 22 male.my hair are rough and dry.and become dull suddenly.is 500 ml.cow milk good for it? dhjaval trivedi

A. What you describe may point to several possible conditions, including thyroid diseases, vitamin deficiencies or simply the beginning of male-pattern hair loss (androgenetic alopecia). However, it's not really possible to diagnose your condition through the net, so I would suggest seeing a doctor, since these conditions (even male-pattern hair loss) may be treated efficiently.

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(19) Leonard Welsted, 'Of Dulness and Scandal Occasioned by the Character of Lord Timon in Mr.
Pope is still on his way to the 'Cave', and to where Dulness 'shone' in 'clouded majesty' (I, 43), but this time it is to the enthronement of Theobald as hero, and Pope goes via the Tower.
As far as the Scriblerians are concerned, Mr Heaney is so intent on stressing the snobbery, hypocrisy, vindictiveness, and political prejudice which, he believes, characterize their attitude to Grub Street that, though he refers to The Dunciad as 'a masterpiece', he fails to enter into any serious engagement with those commentators for whom Pope's vision of literary Dulness has an acuteness of perception and a rich vividness of imaginative life which make it far more than a mere expression of ideological bias or personal animus.
Livy said: 'The trouble with Pollio is that when he writes history he feels obliged to suppress all his finer, more poetical feelings, and make his characters behave with conscientious dulness, and when he puts a speech into their mouth he denies them the least oratorical ability.'
Pope responded by writing the first of four books of his Dunciad, in which Theobald appears as Tibbald, favorite son of the Goddess of Dullness (Dulness), a suitable hero for what Pope considered the reign of pedantry.
The definitive characteristics of the fertile monster are easily identified.(5) Errour, Sin, Criticism and Dulness all appear as mothers with numerous progeny, which distinguishes them from characters like Grendel's mother, who is monstrous, but who does not evince unusual fertility.
We not only conceive some idea of what the other is experiencing, but in a weaker degree also feel something like it; for to conceive or imagine that we are feeling something "excites some degree of the same emotion, in proportion to the vivacity or dulness of the conception."(1) Mutual sympathy, a sense of a "correspondence of the sentiments of others with our own,, seems to provide a distinct pleasure of its own: grief can be alleviated and mirth and joy enlivened by being sympathetically shared.
In Connecticut JOHN TRUMBULL , whose wit had been directed against collegiate follies in The Progress of Dulness (1772-73), pointed it now toward Tories and mob-directed rebels in the deft octosyllables of M'FINGAL (1772-82), which became, perhaps after the ubiquitous
Trumbull's works include The Progress of Dulness (1772 - 73), a satire on contemporary methods of education; An Elegy on the Times (1774), a patriotic piece; M ' Fingal, an anti - British satire, issued in more than thirty editions in its time; essays in the style of The Spectator, several anonymous revolutionary essays; and a number of incidental poems.
(12) David Womersley, "Dulness and Pope," Proceedings of the British Academy 131 (2004): 246-47.
(26) The Shelleys had seen as clearly as Byron, but with more at stake than Byron had--with his settled Augustan preferences--how Wordsworth's long-awaited new work in The Excursion put him in league with an "ultra-legitimate dulness" (340).
Finally they sink into "downright dulness." The dullness expresses itself in unsocial silence.