pandiculation


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pandiculation

(pænˌdɪkjʊˈleɪʃən)
n
1. (Physiology) the act of stretching and yawning, esp on waking
2. (Physiology) a yawn
[C17: from Latin pandiculari, from pendere to stretch]
oscitancy, pandiculation - Oscitancy is the act of yawning; pandiculation is an all-over stretching and yawning, as upon waking, from Latin pandere.
See also related terms for stretching.

pandiculation

the process of yawning and stretching.
See also: Bodily Functions
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.pandiculation - yawning and stretching (as when first waking up)
stretching, stretch - exercise designed to extend the limbs and muscles to their full extent
yawn, yawning, oscitance, oscitancy - an involuntary intake of breath through a wide open mouth; usually triggered by fatigue or boredom; "he could not suppress a yawn"; "the yawning in the audience told him it was time to stop"; "he apologized for his oscitancy"
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PANDICULATION A Stretching and yawning B Movement in belly-dancing C Conversion into bread who am I?
The contagiousness of yawns suggests there may be a deeper social context for pandiculation as well.
The following examples, drawn from the full range of Banville's fiction, and arranged alphabetically, give a representative idea of what the reader may encounter: 'adipose, blastomere, borborygmic, canthus, flocculent, integument, nates, oedemic, pachydermous, pandiculation, popliteal, strabismic, strangury, villous'.