Spleen

Description

spleen

An elongated sponge like tissue organ.

Function

Its function is blood formation.  In the embryo, the spleen forms both red and white blood cells; after birth, only lymphocytes are created except in severe anemia, when production of red blood cells may be reactivated.  Seems to have some immune function as well.  Acts as a reserve for red blood cells.

There are old English usages suck as being good-spleened means to be good-hearted or compassionate. In modern English, "to vent one's spleen" means to vent one's anger. Similarly, the English term  “splenetic” is used to describe a person in a foul mood.

Color

Dark red.

Shape

Like a medium water balloon.

Direction

Above the waist.

Location

In the abdominal area lying in the upper left quadrant of the abdomen.

Delimitation

Bordered near the intestines, chest, and back

Meditation on Spleen