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An athletic contest in ancient Greece that involved boxing and wrestling.

[Latin, from Greek pankration : pan-, pan- + kratos, strength; see -cracy.]


n, pl -tia (-ʃɪə)
(Historical Terms) (in ancient Greece) a wrestling and boxing contest
[C17: via Latin from Greek pankration, from pan- + kratos strength]
pancratic, pancratian adj


(pænˈkreɪ ʃi əm)

a form of freestyle wrestling practiced in ancient Greece, allowing nearly unlimited use of the hands and feet.
[1595–1605; < Latin < Greek pankrátion=pan- pan- + krát(os) strength, mastery]
pan•crat′ic (-ˈkræt ɪk) adj.
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PANCRATIUM A Large vehicle with double articulation B Top of the skull C Combination of boxing and wrestling who am I?
This study also investigated the cytotoxic effects of Pancratium maritimum extracts on normal human lymphocytes.
II Other species: Reichardia picroides + in 3; Sonchus asper +, Parietaria judaica 1 in 4; Pancratium illyricum + in 5; Matthiola incana + in 6; Fumaria capreolata + in 7; Allium commutatum + in 8; Lobularia maritima 2 in 11; Vulpia sp.
There was a contest, called the Pancratium, with included all means of defence and offence [sic], at the option of the fighter, who was expected to do the best he could for himself, and the worst for his adversary.
The various plants used to treat tumors were Pancratium maritimum, Litsea monopetala, and Cissus quadrangularis.
Ungiminorine N-oxide (43) was isolated from Pancratium maritimum, and non-isoquinoline alkaloids homolycorine N-oxide and O-melycorenine N-oxide from Lapiedra martinezii (both belonging to Amaryllidaceae) (Suau et al.
Patterns of fruit and seed set within inflorescences of Pancratium maritimum (Amaryllidaceae): nonuniform pollination, resource limitation, or architectural effects?
australis 4 4 3 3 Eryngium maritimum * + 1 1 Malcolmia littorea * + 1 + Lotus creticus 1 3 2 1 Otanthus maritimus * * * 1 Pancratium maritimum * + * 2 Euphorbia paralias * * * + Elytrigia juncea subsp.
Even scarier, the pancratium, which was one of the most popular events, combined boxing with wrestling in a virtually no-holds- barred contest that often maimed competitors.
it contains loads of Cyclamen, Allium, Ornithogalum, Scilla, Pancratium, etc') (7), urging Fox Talbot to specialise in a particular plant family, 'such as the curious orchideaferns-aroidea-bulbs-euphorbiacea-cacti- or other succulents or any neglected family besides.
Thomas Walter of South Carolina used the Linnaean binomial, Pancratium carolinianum, in his "Flora Caroliniana" (1788) and in 1807 John Drayton cited illustrations by Catesby and Ehret.