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OBITUARY: A final summation of our lives that, for most of us, occupies about three inches of space in what will shortly become cage liner for your neighbor's parakeet.

OBSTETRICIAN: Labor supervisor.

OBTUNDATION is the act of dulling sensitivity or soothing pain.

OLD: Gerentologically advanced.

OLEANOLIC ACID is a triterpene acid found in centaury, cloves, and other plants.

OLEIC ACID is a fatty acid found in almonds, angelica, and other foods and herbs. It is virtually nontoxic.

OMEGA-3 FATTY ACIDS include a-linolenic acid (18:3), eicosapentaenoic acid, (20:5) docosapentaenoic acid (22:5), and docosahexaenoic acid (22:6).

OMEGA-6 FATTY ACIDS include linoleic acid (18:2), linolenic acid (18:3), dihomolinolenic acid (20:3), arachidonic acid (20:4), adrenic acid (22:4) and docosapentaenoic acid (22:5).

ORIENTIN is a flavone found in many plants, including buckwheat, arrowroot and passion flower.

ORTHOPEDIC SPECIALIST: Marrow-minded physician.

OSMOSIS is the passage of a pure solvent through a semipermeable membrane, such that fluid flows from the side of lower solute concentration to the side of higher solute concentration.

OXALIC ACID is a plant acid found in alfalfa, angelica, black haw bark, and rhubarb. Oxalic acid is extremely toxic.

OXYACANTHINE is an alkaloid found in barberry and other sources. Oxyacanthine has shown antibacterial properties: a 1% solution of oxyacanthine is enough to kill strains of bacillus subtilis and colpodium colpods.

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