artery [drtari] n.
An artery is a tube that takes blood from the heart to the rest of the body.
-*■ Eating healthily keeps your arteries clean, so blood can flow with ease.
deterioration tditiarioreijan] n.
Deterioration is the act of becoming worse.
-* The lack of care led to the deterioration of the house.
elusive [iiuisiv] adj.
If something or someone is elusive, they are hard to find.
—►The elusive fish only came out at night.
forage [fo-.rids] v.
To forage means to look around for food.
—►Many animals hide food in the fall since little can be foraged in winter.
impede [impi.d] v.
To impede something means to keep it from moving or going forward.
—►The barrier impeded our ability to get closer to the building.
induce [jnd/u:s] v.
To induce something means to make it happen.
-* Running without good shoes may induce leg pain.
inseparable [inseparaba/] adj.
If two things are inseparable, they can’t be separated.
—►Denise and Diana have been inseparable since they first met.
invalid [invaelid] adj.
If something is invalid, it is not correct.
-* The way to winning debates is to avoid invalid arguments.
magnify [mgegnafai] v.
To magnify something means to make it look bigger than it really is.
-* Astronomers use telescopes to magnify far-away stars.
mainstream [meinstriim] n.
The mainstream is a group of ideas that are considered normal and accepted.
—»Before punk rock music became part of the mainstream, only a few people liked it
microbe [maikroub] n.
A microbe is a very small living thing that often makes people sick.
—* The first step in curing a disease is finding the microbe that causes the disease.
negligible [neglid39bal] adj.
If something is negligible, it is extremely small and not important.
—►The amount she owed was negligible. It was less than ten cents.
paralysis [psrselasis] n.
Paralysis is the loss of the ability to move all or part of your body.
-* His paralysis meant that he had to use a wheelchair to get around.
pest [pest] n.
A pest is an animal or insect that hurts plants or food.
—►Many farmers put up scarecrows to keep pests off o f their corn.
prevail [priveil] v.
To prevail means to be accepted or very common.
—►Unfortunately, injustice still prevails in the country’s court system.
respiration [respareijan] n.
Respiration is the act of breathing.
—►Artificial respiration is the best thing to do if someone stops breathing.
rupture [rAptJer] V.
To rupture means to tear or burst open.
—►Sarah put too much water into the balloon, and it ruptured.
S a v a g e [saevid3] adj.
If something or someone is savage, they are very violent or cruel.
—►Wild animals are very savage when defending their babies.
Stun [stAn] V.
To stun someone means to make them unable to speak due to surprise or shock.
—*■Tim fell off the swing and was too stunned to cry.
susceptible [saseptabal] adj.
If one is susceptible to something like disease, they are easily harmed by it.
—►Not eating enough vegetables makes you more susceptible to getting sick


Dangerous Bites
There are many animals with dangerous bites in the world, but which one is the worst?
Some would say that the elusive short-tailed mamushi has the worst bite. The snake only
goes into homes to chase pests such as mice. Otherwise, it stays in the fields, where it’s
dangerous to people who forage for food there. If someone stuns it by accidentally stepping
on it, it bites to protect itself. At first, the effects of the bite may seem negligible because
it doesn’t cause a lot of bleeding. However, after a few moments, the venom induces
paralysis in the area where the individual was bitten. Furthermore, the venom can also
impede respiration. If the person doesn’t go to the doctor, they are susceptible to kidney
deterioration.
Others would argue that tigers have the worst bite. Mother tigers are inseparable from
their babies and seem to be the gentlest creatures when they are around their young.
However, if the babies are threatened, the mother tiger’s savage nature prevails. With
strong jaws and the ability to move quickly, the tiger can kill someone with one bite. That’s
because it always tries to bite an important artery when it attacks. If the artery is ruptured,
the victim will bleed to death.
In the mainstream, animal bites are seen as the most dangerous. But some scientists
think this idea is invalid. In fact, the most dangerous bite might be the human bite. When
scientists magnified the contents in human saliva, they found about three hundred different
microbes in it. A human bite can be dangerous if the bacteria enters the body through a cut,
which can make people very sick. Furthermore, most people don’t realize how serious a human bite can be, so they don’t go to the doctor right away. This give the wound a chance to get infected and cause more problems.