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Term: spleen
References: The Surgeon's Mate, page 219
The Thirteen-Gun Salute, pages 106, 110, 189, 252, 254, 255
The Nutmeg of Consolation, page 190
The Yellow Admiral, page 30
Meaning: An abdominal organ which forms lymphocytes, produces antibodies, helps to destroy worn-out blood cells and filters bacteria and foreign particles from the blood. It was formerly regarded as the seat of certain emotions, including malice, spite, bad temper, melancholy, low spirits, whim or caprice.

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Maturin's Medicine — This article is based on information from Maturin's Medicine, compiled and edited by Kerry Webb, with the help of a number of contributors.

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