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International News Archive - December 21, 2011

French Women May Be Ordered To Have Faulty Breast Implants Removed

French government officials are expected to order tens of thousands of women to have defective breast implants made from industrial silicone removed because of health concerns.

Word of the Day
siliqua
  • A Roman unit of weight, 1⁄1728 of a pound.
  • A weight of four grains used in weighing gold and precious stones; a carat.
  • In anatomy, a formation suggesting a husk or pod.
  • The lowest unit in the Roman coinage, the twenty-fourth part of a solidus.
  • A coin of base silver of the Gothic and Lombard kings of Italy.
'Siliqua' comes from a Latin word meaning 'a pod.'
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