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cuirass

noun cui·rass \kwi-ˈras, ky-\

Definition of CUIRASS

1
:  a piece of armor covering the body from neck to waist; also :  the breastplate of such a piece
2
:  something (as bony plates covering an animal) resembling a cuirass
cui·rassed adjective
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Origin of CUIRASS

Middle English curas, from Middle French cuirasse, probably from Old Occitan coirassa, from Late Latin coreacea, feminine of coreaceus leathern, from Latin corium skin, leather; akin to Old English heortha deerskin, Latin cortex bark, Greek keirein to cut — more at shear
First Known Use: 15th century
Medical Dictionary

cuirass

noun cui·rass \kwi-ˈras, ky-\

Medical Definition of CUIRASS

1
:  a plaster cast for the trunk and neck
2
:  a respirator that covers the chest or the chest and abdomen and provides artificial respiration by means of an electric pump

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