occult


Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Legal, Acronyms, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.
Related to occult: Satanism, occult fracture

occult

 [ŏ-kult´]
obscure or hidden from view.
occult blood test examination by microscope or chemical test of a specimen (such as feces, urine, or gastric juice) for presence of blood that is not otherwise detectable. Feces are tested when intestinal bleeding is suspected but there is no visible evidence of blood.

oc·cult

(ŏ-kŭlt', ok'ŭlt),
1. Hidden; concealed; not manifest.
2. Denoting a concealed hemorrhage, the blood being inapparent or localized to a site where it is not visible.
3. In oncology, a clinically unidentified primary tumor with recognized metastases.
[L. oc-culo, pp. -cultus, to cover, hide]

occult

/oc·cult/ (ŏ-kult´) obscure or hidden from view.

occult

(ə-kŭlt′, ŏk′ŭlt′)
adj.
a. Medicine Detectable only by microscopic examination or chemical analysis, as a minute blood sample.
b. Not accompanied by readily detectable signs or symptoms: occult carcinoma.
v.intr.
To become concealed or extinguished at regular intervals: a lighthouse beacon that occults every 45 seconds.

oc·cult′ly adv.
oc·cult′ness n.

occult

[əkult′]
Etymology: L, occultare, to hide
hidden or difficult to observe directly, such as occult prolapse of the umbilical cord or occult blood.

occult

Medspeak
adjective Not obvious; hidden; of unknown cause.

occult

adjective Not obvious, hidden, of unknown cause noun Paranormal dee-dee-dee–dee–dee-dee-dee–dee

oc·cult

(ŏ-kŭlt')
1. Hidden; concealed; not manifest.
2. Denoting a disease or condition (bleeding, infection) that is clinically inapparent, though it may be inferred from indirect evidence or identified by special tests.
See: occult blood
3. oncology A clinically unidentified primary tumor with recognized metastases.

occult

Concealed or hidden, especially of traces of blood in the faeces or sputum which can be detected only by special tests.

Occult

Not visible or easily detected.

oc·cult

(ŏ-kŭlt')
Hidden; concealed; not manifest.

occult

obscure or hidden from view.

occult blood test
examination, microscopically or by a chemical test, of a specimen of feces, urine, gastric juice, etc., to determine the presence of blood not otherwise detectable. Feces are tested when intestinal bleeding is suspected but there is no visible evidence of blood in the stools.
occult heartworm infection
infection by Dirofilaria immitis in which circulating microfilariae cannot be detected in the peripheral blood by the usual test methods.
occult spavin
see occult spavin.
occult virus
the virus or infectious agent cannot be isolated but there is strong circumstantial evidence that it is present, e.g. scrapie prion.
References in periodicals archive ?
Central to this discussion is the prevalence of occult sarcoma in the setting of hysterectomy for benign indications, he said, noting that the prevalence of occult sarcoma in women undergoing surgery for presumed uterine fibroids has been reported to be as high as 1 in 350 by some authors.
Occult Knowledge is, as its subject matter virtually requires, a complex and multi-faceted book.
Crowley joined, and quickly came to dominate, another organization, the Ordo Templi Orientis (OTO), which he transformed into a vehicle for his own occult beliefs.
The clinical efficiency of the ELT is expressed as the number of additional, occult diseases per patient in each disease category.
It's possible that a higher rate of peer-review and preop imaging and endometrial sampling counter the risk of occult malignancy," Dr.
It brings apartment lots and the occult life state "witch" requested by players.
The findings suggest that "the lymphoid system is of vital importance in determining the presence of occult HBV infection," Dr.
Fry warns us, however, that when these alternative beliefs surface in the cinema, "The portrayal of the occult path is often inexact, usually an extrapolation of its potential to establish sensational plots rather than a totally correct representation" (18).
TURN OFF YOUR MIND; THE MYSTIC SIXTIES AND THE DARK SIDE OF THE AGE OF AQUARIUS tells of the revival of the occult during the 1960s, how it caught and changed the hippie movement, and how it injected a dark side into the era which created some of the occult influences reaching into today: horror films, dark fantasy writings, witchcraft, UFO beliefs and more.
He was a collection of contradictions: a college dropout and a Caltech professor, a founder of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory and a member of the occult underground.
With his practical, non-dogmatic, occasionally iconoclastic approach to the Black Arts, as well as being one of Europe's best known practical magicians and contemporary occult authors with more than twenty-five books to his credit, Belgium-based Frater U.
Dooley conjectures, plausibly enough, that Morandi was driven by a desire for connections, status, and power and that he found the way to achieve that status through his knowledge of the occult sciences.