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(məˈdu sən, -zən, -ˈdyu-)

1. pertaining to a medusa or jellyfish.
2. a medusa or jellyfish.
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Noun1.medusan - one of two forms that coelenterates take: it is the free-swimming sexual phase in the life cycle of a coelenteratemedusan - one of two forms that coelenterates take: it is the free-swimming sexual phase in the life cycle of a coelenterate; in this phase it has a gelatinous umbrella-shaped body and tentacles
Cnidaria, Coelenterata, phylum Cnidaria, phylum Coelenterata - hydras; polyps; jellyfishes; sea anemones; corals
cnidarian, coelenterate - radially symmetrical animals having saclike bodies with only one opening and tentacles with stinging structures; they occur in polyp and medusa forms
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While it is impossible for an individual to stop pain or suffering entirely, she can redeem herself from its Medusan face by a leap of empathy, and by keeping the memory of the oppressed alive.
And again: "la fissai; e, come ella rimaneva muta, a poco a poco non vidi se non gli occhi suoi larghi, straordinariamente larghi, e cupi ed immobili" (468), thus evoking not only the mystique surrounding the feminine, but also her medusan paralyzing nature as well.
The stricken, Medusan images have a peculiar power of desolation and of reaching into the desperate historical predicament of the post-bellum South.
Its glistening, dull-purple flesh looks like wet clay or Medusan genitalia; its arms snake through a scatter of gold dragees.
The writer rarely deviates from first stating her theme (the voice, for example), then presenting an extended excursus or development (the siren song, Circe, Medusa, Gorgon, the flute), and finally returning to the tonic chord (the castrato figure, representative of the Medusan voice/cry).
Lene Ostermark-Johansen's "Between the Medusan and the Pygmalian: Swinburne and Sculpture" (Victorian Literature and Culture 38, no.
A Medusan glare that reduces the opposition to a mere pillar of stone?
as the nurse strips away the Medusan tubes of my oncology,