So, resigned to the facts of my miserable reality, I consulted with a true expert hand surgeon, Neil Jones, MD, professor of orthopedic surgery and director of the UC Irvine Hand Center at the University of California, Irvine Medical Center. We arranged a surgery date a week later and, after regional anesthesia "deadened" my right arm and with light general anesthesia, he opened my knuckle and removed the angry, inflamed tissue as well as a 1 millimeter thorn fragment! That tiny little beast was inflaming my joint and causing my misery.
Old English plante "young tree or shrub, herb newly planted," from Latin planta "sprout, shoot, cutting" (source of Spanish planta , French plante ), perhaps from *plantare "to drive in with the feet, push into the ground with the feet," from planta "sole of the foot," from nasalized form of PIE *plat- "to spread, flat" (see place (n.)).
Broader sense of "any vegetable life, vegetation generally" is first recorded 1550s. Most extended usages are from the verb, on the notion of "something planted;" . "construction for an industrial process," 1789, at first with reference to the set-up of machinery, later also the building; also slang meaning "a spy" (1812). Many of these follow similar developments in the French form of the word. German Pflanz , Irish cland , Welsh plant are from Latin.
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