Friday, June 15, 2018

More on the amazing word "physaliferous"

Since my post this past Wednesday about the etymology of the word "physaliferous" which designates the characteristic cells comprising chordomas, the illustrious Dr. Maria Martinez-Lage (neuropathologist at Massachusetts General Hospital), tweeted about another word which derives from the same Greek root. Here is Dr. Martinez-Lage's tweet:

Physaliferous cells resemble the fruit of the physalis plant, an edible berry that is round and surrounded by a delicate lacy husk. It goes by many names: Golden berry, cape gooseberry, edible Chinese lantern. Delicious!


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