davie alter

Alter

[awl-ter]
noun
David, 1807–81, U.S. physicist.
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alter (ˈɔːltə)
 
vb
1.  to make or become different in some respect; change
2.  informal chiefly (US) (tr) castrate a euphemistic word for spay
 
[C14: from Old French alterer, from Medieval Latin alterāre to change, from Latin alter other]
 
'alterable
 
adj
 
'alterably
 
adv
 
altera'bility
 
n

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alter
late 14c., "to change (something)," from O.Fr. alterer, from M.L. alterare "to change," from L. alter "the other (of the two)," from PIE *al- "beyond" + comp. suffix -ter (cf. other). Intransitive sense "to become otherwise" first recorded 1580s.
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ALT (ā'ěl-tē')
n.
Alanine aminotransferase; an enzyme in serum and body tissues that catalyzes the transfer of amino acid groups from l-alanine to 2-ketoglutarate or the reverse, thus allowing nitrogen to be excreted or incorporated into other compounds.

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