- 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, located in the human body to the left of the stomach below the diaphragm, that serves as a reservoir for blood, destroys old red blood cells, and contains lymphocytes that combat blood-borne antigens.b. A homologous organ or tissue in other vertebrates.
- 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 splēn 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").