One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A condition in which the kidneys are abnormally movable.
- ‘The 11th and 12th ribs were subluxated, giving the appearance of tumor, diagnosed as floating kidney.’
- ‘Although most of these new techniques and concepts were soundly based, others, such as floating kidney, were later ridiculed and discredited.’
- ‘This in turn leads to gastric atony, floating kidney, hernia, rectal prolapse, uterine prolapse and other forms of prolapse.’
- 1.1 A kidney which is abnormally movable.
- ‘He said to her, "Ms Mattie, We cannot pray for you having a floating kidney." She smiled and said, "I really don't see why not."’
- ‘A friend of mine has been told that one of her cats has a floating kidney.’
- ‘It may not matter much that his early critics included Leon Trotsky (who called him the floating kidney of the working class a conduit for all sorts of revolutionary excreta) or Ezra Pound (who called him an ignorant ape).’
- ‘Well, there's no way that you sit down as a writer and have a character pass out with bleeding urine and just magically end up 47 minutes later with a floating kidney.’
floating kidney/ˈflōdiNG ˈkidnē/
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