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1. The act of affecting or acting upon; the state of being affected.

2. An attribute; a quality or property; a condition; a bodily state; as, figure, weight, etc, are affections of bodies. The affections of quantity. And, truly, waking dreams were, more or less, An old and strange affection of the house. (Tennyson)

3. Bent of mind; a feeling or natural impulse or natural impulse acting upon and swaying the mind; any emotion; as, the benevolent affections, esteem, gratitude, etc.; the malevolent affections, hatred, envy, etc.; inclination; disposition; propensity; tendency. Affection is applicable to an unpleasant as well as a pleasant state of the mind, when impressed by any object or quality. (Cogan)

4. A settled good will; kind feeling; love; zealous or tender attachment; often in the pl. Formerly followed by to, but now more generally by for or towards; as, filial, social, or conjugal affections; to have an affection for or towards children. All his affections are set on his own country. (Macaulay)

5. Prejudice; bias.

6. (Science: medicine) Disease; morbid symptom; malady; as, a pulmonary affection.

7. The lively representation of any emotion.

8. Affectation. Spruce affection.

9. Passion; violent emotion. Most wretched man, That to affections does the bridle lend. (Spenser)

Synonym: attachment, passion, tenderness, fondness, kindness, love, good will. See attachment, disease.

Origin: f. Affection, L. Affectio, fr. Afficere. See affect.

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any lively cells?

... could be. Maybe spitting some cellular fluid on other cells for no defined purpose but simply to irritate and have fun with them. Or a marked affection towards a particular cell which no biological process mandates.

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by parth88
Tue Mar 22, 2011 5:32 am
Forum: Cell Biology
Topic: any lively cells?
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Sense effect of RNAi

I would guess affection of transcription

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by JackBean
Thu Feb 03, 2011 5:21 pm
Forum: Molecular Biology
Topic: Sense effect of RNAi
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Environment; Nature Do Revenge too...

... things and start to love and care nature. Let’s apply the give and take relationship. If you give, you will take. If everybody gives love and affection to the environment, the environment will continue to support our living and it will be very possible for the next generation to experience ...

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by prettychrissie
Tue Oct 20, 2009 5:40 am
Forum: Ecology
Topic: Global Environmental Change
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Re: Do the staminate flowers of Quercus sp. ever form petals?

That is really beautiful. yes the staminate flowers of Quercus alba (white oak) affection 5 or six sepals but allegedly no petals. _________________

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by roseseeds
Fri Aug 07, 2009 3:36 pm
Forum: Botany Discussion
Topic: Do the staminate flowers of Quercus sp. ever form petals?
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Re: XX and XY Chromosones-A Lost Girl seeks Answers

I think this is more psychology than biology. Feeling feminine can often be a need for affection, beauty, acceptance or friendship which males usually portray as "silly mushy crap" and it can get people down a lot. Recapping what was said before, if you have ...

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by Jesse2504
Fri Jun 26, 2009 9:59 am
Forum: Genetics
Topic: XX and XY Chromosones-A Lost Girl seeks Answers
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