Internal organs like the spleen swell up and become as hard as sausages.
Not that Cheney, even at his frailest, ever failed to vent his spleen with impressive vigor.
Within several days, they could die from liver, spleen or kidney failure.
In 1988 during a sanctioned peaceful protest, she was so severely beaten by San Francisco police that her spleen ruptured.
The closed-door powwow promises to be an electrifying exercise in spleen venting, thrust upon them by their Senate brethren.
Clare, you must know this is all a fit of spleen; your duty and your interest—marriage is sacred, Clare.
Which speaks of an intemperance in the splenetic parenchyma; that is to say, the spleen.
An atrabilious monk in his garret vented his spleen with more than usual acrimony, and the world applauded.
And there's Saunders, who talks about nothing but his spleen.
Nor is it only on living authors and living persons (as some of his unfavourable critics have said) that he exercises his spleen.
c.1300, from Old French esplen, from Latin splen, from Greek splen, from PIE *splegh- (cf. Sanskrit plihan-, Avestan sperezan, Armenian p'aicaln, Latin lien, Old Church Slavonic slezena, Lithuanian bluznis, Old Prussian blusne, Old Irish selg "spleen"). Regarded in medieval physiology as the seat of morose feelings and bad temper. Hence figurative sense of "violent ill-temper" (1590s).
A large, highly vascular lymphoid organ, lying to the left of the stomach below the diaphragm and serving to store blood, disintegrate old blood cells, filter foreign substances from the blood, and to produce lymphocytes.
An organ in vertebrate animals that in humans is located on the left side of the abdomen near the stomach. The spleen is mainly composed of lymph nodes and blood vessels. It filters the blood, stores red blood cells (erythrocytes) and destroys old ones, and produces white blood cells (lymphocytes).