osceum (c.1240)

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osceum (c.1240)

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[ FEW: ; Gdf: 5,648b oschee; GdfC: ; TL: ; DEAF: ; DMF:  osée; TLF: ; OED: ; MED:  osse n.; DMLBS: 2061c oscheum ]

The word is a Latinism, derived from the Greek word for ‘scrotum’, ὄσχεον .

The attestation in A-N Med i 79.xxxi, ‘qui reteint les entrailes en un liu que est apelé osceum’ (literally, the abdominal wall ‘which keeps the intestines in a place called the scrotum’), mistranslates the Latin source ‘retinet intestina, ne cadant in osceum’ (i.e. ‘[it] keeps the intestines in place, so that they do not drop into the scrotum’).


1anat.scrotum, pouch of skin containing the testicles
( c.1240; MS: s.xiii3/4 )  A la dulur des coilz metez seon desuz les coilz en osceo  i 83
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