William T., Canadian thoracic surgeon, 1914–1987. See M. operation, M. procedure.

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mus·tard 'məs-tərd n
1) a pungent yellow condiment consisting of the pulverized seeds of the black mustard or sometimes the white mustard either dry or made into a paste and serving as a stimulant and diuretic or in large doses as an emetic and as a counterirritant when applied to the skin as a poultice
2) any of several herbs (genus Brassica of the family Cruciferae, the mustard family) with lobed leaves, yellow flowers, and linear beaked pods see BLACK MUSTARD (1), WHITE MUSTARD

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mus·tard (musґtərd) [L. sinapis] 1. any of several plants of the genus Brassica. 2. the ripe seeds of black mustard or white mustard; when they are crushed and moistened, volatile oils are liberated that are responsible for the counterirritant, stimulant, and emetic properties of mustard. 3. resembling, or something resembling, mustard in one or more of its properties; e.g., mustard gas, named for its odor.

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