One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A blood clot.
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- ‘Three days afterwards we observed at the extremity of the artery, a grume which plugged up its orifice.’
- ‘Out rushed a large quantity of grumes, mixed with fluid blood.’
- ‘When this vessel was opened longitudinally, we observed that the grume was formed into a cone whose base was at the end of the divided artery.’
- ‘The middle, or body, of the grume was somewhat redder than the extremities.’
- ‘These often burst, discharging a grume in the parent cell.’
Early 17th century: from Latin grumus ‘little heap’.
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