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blind spot

1. An area that is not able to be seen, either due to its location outside of the field of vision, or due to some physical obstruction or a defect in one's vision. Often used to describe the areas around a car that cannot be seen with the rear-view or side mirrors. This car has a big blind spot on the right side, so remember to always turn your head to look before merging. Leslie always experiences blind spots when she starts to get a migraine. That security camera has a blind spot—and that's where we'll sneak in.
2. By extension, an aspect of one's life or a certain situation that one is ignorant of or that one does not understand fully. Jen has a real blind spot when it comes to her relationships with men trying to take advantage of her wealth.
See also: blind, spot


One who is available and ready for action. Thankfully, Pat was Johnny-on-the-spot with buckets when the roof started leaking.

spot someone

1. Sl. to give an advantage to someone. I'll spot you twenty points. No need to spot me. I'm the greatest!
2. Sl. to lend someone something. Can you spot me a few bucks? I can spot you a whole hundred!


1. n. a small drink of liquor. I’ll just have a spot, please.
2. n. a nightclub; a night spot. It was a nice little spot, with a combo and a canary.
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Quantitative immunohistochemical analysis showed that the immune response in skin biopsy specimens from patients with ATBF more predominantly involved polymorphonuclear leukocytes than did specimens from patients with Mediterranean spotted fever (p<0.
5%), previously found to be the most efficient diagnostic technique for spotted fever rickettsioses (27).
Characterization of spotted fever group rickettsiae in flea and tick specimens from northern Peru.
Rickettsia parkeri: a newly recognized cause of spotted fever rickettsiosis in the United States.
honei TT-118 in a clinical specimen from a patient suspected of having spotted fever rickettsiosis was achieved after clinical diagnosis and serologic analysis.
Tick-borne rickettsiae of the spotted fever group in West Pakistan.
Some 85 percent to 90 percent of the planted adult spotted bass were hooked, the biologist noted.
But the nail in the spotted bass' coffin likely was the introduction of the largemouth bass, Bottroff said.
We describe a fatal case of spotted fever rickettsiosis in a missionary from the United States who lived in a rural town in the central district of Kenya, approximately 70 km north of Nairobi.
Immunohistochemical examination for spotted fever rickettsiae was performed by using a monoclonal antibody against a lipopolysaccharide epitope distinctive for spotted fever group rickettsiae (10).
Distribution and prevalence of spotted fever group rickettsial infection in dog ticks (Rhipicephalus sanguineus).
Genotypic and antigenic identification of two new strains of spotted fever group rickettsiae isolated from China.
Clinical and laboratory findings of spotted fever in Israeli children.
Comparison of Western immunoblotting and microimmunofluoresence for diagnosis of Mediterranean spotted fever.