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1 [C] a small organ near the stomach that controls the quality of the blood cells: a ruptured spleen
2 [U] (literary) anger: He vented his spleen (= shouted in an angry way) on the assembled crowd.—see also splenetichttp://encarta.msn.com/encnet/features/dictio...spleen
spleen (plural spleens)
1. organ in abdomen: a ductless vascular organ in the left upper abdomen of humans and other vertebrates that helps to destroy old red blood cells, form lymphocytes, and store blood
2. bad temper: anger or bad temper
[13th century. Via Latin splen < Greek splēn]http://www.askoxford.com/concise_oed/spleen?v...spleen
1 an abdominal organ involved in the production and removal of blood cells and forming part of the immune system.
2 bad temper; spite.
— ORIGIN Greek splen; sense 2 derives from the former belief that the spleen was the seat of bad temper.http://www.m-w.com/cgi-bin/dictionary?book=Di...spleen
Main Entry: spleen
Etymology: Middle English splen, from Anglo-French or Latin; Anglo-French espleen, from Latin splen, from Greek splEn; akin to Latin lien spleen, Sanskrit plIhan
1 : a highly vascular ductless organ that is located in the left abdominal region near the stomach or intestine of most vertebrates and is concerned with final destruction of red blood cells, filtration and storage of blood, and production of lymphocytes
2 obsolete : the seat of emotions or passions
3 archaic : MELANCHOLY
4 : feelings of anger or ill will often suppressed
5 obsolete : a sudden impulse or whim : CAPRICE
synonym see MALICE http://www.bartleby.com/61/31/S0653100.htmlspleen
NOUN:1a. A large, highly vascular lymphoid organ, lying in the human body to the left of the stomach below the diaphragm, serving to store blood, disintegrate old blood cells, filter foreign substances from the blood, and produce lymphocytes. b. A homologous organ or tissue in other vertebrates. 2. Obsolete This organ conceived as the seat of emotions or passions. 3. Ill temper: vent one's spleen. 4. Archaic Melancholy. 5. Obsolete A whim; a caprice.
ETYMOLOGY:Middle English splen, from Old French esplen, from Latin spln, from Greek.