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Re: [Tlhingan-hol] Klingon Word of the Day: petqaD

Steven Boozer (

> Klingon Word of the Day for Friday, December 06, 2013
> Klingon word: petqaD
> Part of speech: noun
> Definition: a medical device for mending bones
> Source: Haynes Klingon Bird of Prey manual, p. 107, November 2012

  "The surgeon typically injects a combined stimulant and pain
   killer, before using a {petqaD} to bond broken bones in place
   and a dermal regenerator to suture any wounds. Typical turn-
   around times allow an injured crewman to return to his post
   within seven minutes." (p. 107)

KGT 151:  ... doctors spend a great deal of their time tending to critically wounded patients and relatively little time performing routine examinations or practicing preventive medicine.

Despite the considerable sophistication of Klingon technology, significant gaps exist in Klingon medical science, in part due to cultural biases that seriously injured warriors should be left to die or to carry out the *Hegh'bat* rather than live in shame and humiliation. (TNG "Ethics")

Sometimes called a "bone-knitter" in the Federation;  cf. 

Some related words:

Hom 			bone (n)
melchoQ 		bone marrow (n)

'uD Haqtaj 	laser scalpel (n)
Sev 			bandage (n)

rIQ  			be injured (v)
rIQmoH  		injure (v)
QID 			wound (v)
QIH 			damage, cause damage (v)
ghor  		break (v)

vor			cure (v)
tI' 			fix, repair (v)

Ca'Non Master of the Klingons

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