floating kidney
Wandering Wan"der*ing, a. & n. from {Wander}, v. [1913 Webster]

{Wandering albatross} (Zo["o]l.), the great white albatross. See Illust. of {Albatross}.

{Wandering cell} (Physiol.), an animal cell which possesses the power of spontaneous movement, as one of the white corpuscles of the blood.

{Wandering Jew} (Bot.), any one of several creeping species of {Tradescantia}, which have alternate, pointed leaves, and a soft, herbaceous stem which roots freely at the joints. They are commonly cultivated in hanging baskets, window boxes, etc.

{Wandering kidney} (Med.), a morbid condition in which one kidney, or, rarely, both kidneys, can be moved in certain directions; -- called also {floating kidney}, {movable kidney}.

{Wandering liver} (Med.), a morbid condition of the liver, similar to wandering kidney.

{Wandering mouse} (Zo["o]l.), the whitefooted, or deer, mouse. See Illust. of {Mouse}.

{Wandering spider} (Zo["o]l.), any one of a tribe of spiders that wander about in search of their prey. [1913 Webster]


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  • Floating kidney — Floating Float ing, a. 1. Buoyed upon or in a fluid; a, the floating timbers of a wreck; floating motes in the air. [1913 Webster] 2. Free or lose from the usual attachment; as, the floating ribs in man and some other animals. [1913 Webster] 3.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Floating kidney — Kidney Kid ney (k[i^]d n[y^]), n.; pl. {Kidneys} (k[i^]d n[i^]z). [OE. kidnei, kidnere, from Icel. koi[eth]r belly, womb (akin to Goth. gipus, AS. cwi[thorn] womb) + OE. nere kidney; akin to D. nier, G. niere, OHG. nioro, Icel. n[=y]ra, Dan. nyre …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • floating kidney — noun An abnormally mobile kidney • • • Main Entry: ↑float …   Useful english dictionary

  • floating kidney — nephroptosis …   Medical dictionary

  • Floating — Float ing, a. 1. Buoyed upon or in a fluid; a, the floating timbers of a wreck; floating motes in the air. [1913 Webster] 2. Free or lose from the usual attachment; as, the floating ribs in man and some other animals. [1913 Webster] 3. Not… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Floating anchor — Floating Float ing, a. 1. Buoyed upon or in a fluid; a, the floating timbers of a wreck; floating motes in the air. [1913 Webster] 2. Free or lose from the usual attachment; as, the floating ribs in man and some other animals. [1913 Webster] 3.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Floating battery — Floating Float ing, a. 1. Buoyed upon or in a fluid; a, the floating timbers of a wreck; floating motes in the air. [1913 Webster] 2. Free or lose from the usual attachment; as, the floating ribs in man and some other animals. [1913 Webster] 3.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Floating bridge — Floating Float ing, a. 1. Buoyed upon or in a fluid; a, the floating timbers of a wreck; floating motes in the air. [1913 Webster] 2. Free or lose from the usual attachment; as, the floating ribs in man and some other animals. [1913 Webster] 3.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Floating cartilage — Floating Float ing, a. 1. Buoyed upon or in a fluid; a, the floating timbers of a wreck; floating motes in the air. [1913 Webster] 2. Free or lose from the usual attachment; as, the floating ribs in man and some other animals. [1913 Webster] 3.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Floating dam — Floating Float ing, a. 1. Buoyed upon or in a fluid; a, the floating timbers of a wreck; floating motes in the air. [1913 Webster] 2. Free or lose from the usual attachment; as, the floating ribs in man and some other animals. [1913 Webster] 3.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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