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Origin: f. Facult, L. Facultas, fr. Facilis easy (cf. Facul easily), fr. Fecere to make. See Fact, and cf. Facility.

1. Ability to act or perform, whether inborn or cultivated; capacity for any natural function; especially, an original mental power or capacity for any of the well-known classes of mental activity; psychical or soul capacity; capacity for any of the leading kinds of soul activity, as knowledge, feeling, volition; intellectual endowment or gift; power; as, faculties of the mind or the soul. But know that in the soul Are many lesser faculties that serve reason as chief. (Milton) What a piece of work is a man ! how noble in reason ! how infinite in faculty ! (Shak)

2. Special mental endowment; characteristic knack. He had a ready faculty, indeed, of escaping from any topic that agitated his too sensitive and nervous temperament. (Hawthorne)

3. Power; prerogative or attribute of office. This duncan Hath borne his faculties so meek. (Shak)

4. Privilege or permission, granted by favor or indulgence, to do a particular thing; authority; license; dispensation. The pope . . . Granted him a faculty to set him free from his promise. (Fuller) It had not only faculty to inspect all bishops dioceses, but to change what laws and statutes they should think fit to alter among the colleges. (Evelyn)

5. A body of a men to whom any specific right or privilege is granted; formerly, the graduates in any of the four departments of a university or college (philosophy, law, medicine, or Theology), to whom was granted the right of teaching (profitendi or docendi) in the department in which they had studied; at present, the members of a profession itself; as, the medical faculty; the legal faculty, ect.

6. The body of person to whom are intrusted the government and instruction of a college or university, or of one of its departments; the president, professors, and tutors in a college. Dean of faculty. See dean. Faculty of advocates. See advocate.

Synonym: talent, gift, endowment, dexterity, expertness, cleverness, readiness, ability, knack.

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What is cantherophily?

a type of pollination syndrome. http://dissertations.ub.rug.nl/FILES/faculties/science/2005/f.hoffmann/c2.pdf The characteristics are listed in table 2.1

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by MrMistery
Fri Jul 18, 2008 9:30 pm
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Topic: What is cantherophily?
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Biomedical science

... researchproject and the bachelor thesis most of the courses in the 2nd and 3rd year are optional courses and many could be chosen (also from other faculties) good luck in this magnificent field of research :)

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by sdekivit
Fri Aug 17, 2007 8:23 pm
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Topic: Biomedical science
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The Fiber Disease

"What a piece of work is a man, how noble in reason, how infinite in faculties, in form and moving how express and admirable, in action how like an angel, in apprehension how like a god: the beauty of the world, the paragon of animals!--and yet, to me, what ...

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Fri Dec 22, 2006 7:40 pm
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Topic: The Fiber Disease
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... spermatogenesis and oogenesis. Here is a pretty good diagram of spermatogenesis. See if this helps. Spermatogenesis http://www.umanitoba.ca/faculties/science/biological_sciences/lab14/images/Spermatogenesis.jpg Doc44 If still not clear I will splain it.

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by Doc44
Sun May 14, 2006 3:49 pm
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Topic: gametogenesis
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The Fiber Disease

... other scientists in your faculty to analyse the constituent parts of the fibers under question. I dearly hope that many scientific university faculties undertake to do this. safely and effectively, and that curative drug treatments will arise from this. However, I do not see how you could ...

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