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Ten Steps to Building College Reading Skills Chapter 4

A Door Swings Open
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foreboding
a feeling that something bad is going to happen
chronic
lasting for a long time; continuing to occur
terse
brief and to the point
biopsy
the removal of sample tissue for laboratory examination
intoned
said in a slow and serious way
muster
gather or bring together
typical
exhibiting the qualities or characteristics that identify a group or kind or category
wincing
drawing back suddenly; flinching slightly
antidote
cure; remedy
ailment
disorder; illness; disease
subsided
became less; decreased
acute
extremely sharp or intense
intensified
grew stronger
elusive
difficult to describe or detect
sober
serious
ominous
threatening or foreshadowing evil or tragic developments
baffling
confusing or puzzling
remission
a period in which symptoms and signs stop or abate
oblivious
totally unaware
vital
full of spirit
adolescent
being of the age 13 through 19
alternate
other possible situations, worlds, choices, etc.
solemnly
seriously; earnestly; with dignity
distract
to draw attention away from
babble
words that cannot be understood
intention
a determination to act in a certain way
autoimmune
reaction directed against a person's own tissue
potentially
with a possibility of becoming real