- An example of the spleen is an organ that is the largest lymph organ in the body.
- An example of spleen is to have a lot of anger; to vent your spleen.
- a large, vascular, lymphatic organ in the upper left part of the abdominal cavity of vertebrates, near the stomach: it has various functions in modifying the structure of the blood, and was formerly regarded as the seat of certain emotions
- malice; spite; bad temper
- Archaic melancholy; low spirits
- Obs. a whim or caprice
Origin of spleenMiddle English splen ; from Old French esplen ; from Classical Latin splen ; from Classical Greek spl?n, spleen ; from Indo-European an unverified form sp(h)el?h- from source Sanskrit pl?han, Old Church Slavonic sl?zena, spleen
- a. 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.c. Obsolete This organ conceived as the seat of emotions or passions.
- Ill temper: vent one's spleen.
- Archaic Melancholy.
- Obsolete A whim; a caprice.
Origin of spleenMiddle English splen, from Old French esplen, from Latin spl&emacron;n, from Greek.
- (anatomy, immunology) In vertebrates, including humans, a ductless vascular gland, located in the left upper abdomen near the stomach, which destroys old red blood cells, removes debris from the bloodstream, acts as a reservoir of blood, and produces lymphocytes.
- (archaic, except in the set phrase "to vent one's spleen") A bad mood; spitefulness.
- There is a luxury in self-dispraise: / And inward self-disparagement affords / To meditative spleen a grateful feast.
- A fit of immoderate laughter or merriment.
(third-person singular simple present spleens, present participle spleening, simple past and past participle spleened)
- (obsolete) To dislike.
From Old French esplen, from Latin splÄ“n, from Ancient Greek ÏƒÏ€Î»Î®Î½ (splÄ“n, “the spleen").