goose flesh

the reaction of the skin to cold or fear. The blood vessels contract and the small muscle attached to the base of each hair follicle also contracts, causing the hairs to stand up: this gives the skin an appearance of plucked goose skin.

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cutis anserina.

Medical dictionary. 2011.

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  • Goose flesh — Goose Goose (g[=oo]s), n.; pl. {Geese} (g[=e]s). [OE. gos, AS. g[=o]s, pl. g[=e]s; akin to D. & G. gans, Icel. g[=a]s, Dan. gaas, Sw. g[*a]s, Russ. guse. OIr. geiss, L. anser, for hanser, Gr. chh n, Skr. ha[.m]sa. [root]233. Cf. {Gander},… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • goose|flesh — goose flesh, or goose|flesh «GOOS FLEHSH», noun. a rough condition of the skin, like that of a plucked goose, caused by cold or fear; goose pimples …   Useful english dictionary

  • goose flesh — goose′ flesh or goose′flesh n. phl goose bumps • Etymology: 1375–1425 …   From formal English to slang

  • goose flesh — goose flesh, goose pimples, bumpy condition of the skin caused by a physical or emotional sensation (i.e. cold, fear, surprise) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • goose flesh — n. var. of GOOSE BUMPS …   English World dictionary

  • goose flesh — a rough condition of the skin, resembling that of a plucked goose, induced by cold or fear; horripilation. Also, gooseflesh. Also called goose pimples, goose bumps, goose skin. [1375 1425; late ME] * * * goose flesh, or goose|flesh «GOOS FLEHSH» …   Useful english dictionary

  • goose flesh — a rough condition of the skin, resembling that of a plucked goose, induced by cold or fear; horripilation. Also, gooseflesh. Also called goose pimples, goose bumps, goose skin. [1375 1425; late ME] * * * …   Universalium

  • goose flesh — noun /ˈɡusˌflɛʃ,ˈɡuːsˌflɛʃ/ Raised skin, usually caused by the involuntary erection of hairs on the neck or arms caused by cold, excitement, or fear. Syn: goose bumps, goose pimples …   Wiktionary

  • goose flesh — (Roget s IV) n. Syn. goose pimples, goose bumps, goose skin, the creeps, the shivers, horripilation …   English dictionary for students

  • goose flesh — n goose skin, goose pimples, Inf. goose or duck bumps, horripilation, Pathol. formication; (all sensations of fear or cold) chills, Inf. shivers, Inf. cold shivers, Inf. dithers, Sl. creeps, Sl. cold creeps …   A Note on the Style of the synonym finder

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