gooseflesh


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cu·tis an·se·ri·'na

contraction of the arrectores pilorum produced by cold, fear, or other stimulus, causing the follicular orifices to become prominent.
Synonym(s): goose flesh, gooseflesh

gooseflesh

Diffuse 1-3 mm bosselations or papules, fancifully likened to a goose’s skin after the feathers have been plucked
Forensics An early postmortem finding caused by rigor mortis of erector pili, commonly seen in drowning victims
Infectious disease Diffuse, finely papular rash of scarlet fever overlying an erythematous base
Substance abuse Horripilation, an early symptom of heroin withdrawal or ‘cold turkey’, which reflects marked sympathetic discharge, seen ± 8 hours after the last dose, and accompanied by yawning, lacrimation, mydriasis, insomnia, hyperactivity of the GI tract, diarrhoea, tachycardia, and hypertension
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Chapter Two, "Glands, Gooseflesh, and Hormones," reviews the hormones and brain systems involved in the stress-response: which ones are activated during stress and which ones are inhibited.
And that feeling I had, that gooseflesh sense of identity that I felt at seeing Nelson Mandela, listening to Mahalia Jackson sing, watching Muhammad Ali fight, or hearing Martin Luther King speak, is part of what I mean by being colored.
A reader knew a line was true poetry if it caused them to catch their breath, raised gooseflesh, or caused hair to stiffen.
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Still, White, a longtime special-effects maven, demonstrates a reasonable grasp of how to use silence and stillness to build tension and atmosphere, and every so often he strikes an effective note of dread--sometimes even in broad daylight, where a simple bike ride through an empty tunnel can raise a surprising amount of gooseflesh.
Roger," she said, looking at him, aware that her arms, her legs, and her stomach were stippled with gooseflesh.
Feeling the breeze on his skin, he paused to take off his trousers and then ran naked, the wind raising gooseflesh as he ran.
Our skin chilled a little, turning to gooseflesh a little, swept By an
Apart from the relaxing treatment, the ambience of a good spa gives me gooseflesh.
Anyone who can create music that puts that amount of chills on a human being"--the fingers of her right hand vividly conjure gooseflesh on her opposite arm--"well, that's genius, pure genius.
He ground the cigarette under the sole of his shoe; suddenly he was cold, gooseflesh rising on his tattooed arms.