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  • Thrombosis, deep vein (DVT)

    Blood clotting in the veins of the inner thigh or leg. In air travel, deep vein thrombosis is the “economy-class syndrome.” deep vein thrombosis can be associated with any state of relative immobility, including prolonged sitting, following surgery, or with illness. Some deep vein thrombosis are associated with familial syndromes. Blood clots can break off […]

  • Dysmorphic feature

    Dysmorphic feature: A body characteristic that is abnormally formed. A malformed ear, for example, is a dysmorphic feature.

  • Pseudo-Hurler polydystrophy

    A rare genetic disease that is passed on via an autosomal recessive gene. It is characterized by abnormal lysosomal enzyme transport in cells of mesenchymal origin, causing elevated lysosomal enzymes in body fluids and tissues. Diagnosis is by blood test. There is currently no treatment for this disorder. Also known as mucolipidosis III.

  • Palmar surface

    The palm or grasping side of the hand.

  • Syncope, vasodepressor

    The temporary loss of consciousness in a particular kind of situation. (Syncope is temporary loss of consciousness or, in plain English, fainting). The situations that trigger this reaction are diverse and include having blood drawn, straining while urinating or defecating or coughing. The reaction also can be due to the emotional stress of fear or […]

  • Vaginitis

    Inflammation of the vagina. The vagina is the muscular canal extending from the cervix to the outside of the body. Vaginitis is often caused by a fungus. A woman with this condition may have itching or burning and may notice a discharge. Vaginitis is a common condition. There are factors that predispose a woman to […]

  • Liquid diet

    The Liquid diet is the restriction of solid food intake, and replacement of solid food with liquids. In hospitals, liquid diets are prescribed by doctors for a number of reasons for patients who are unable to consume solid foods. Liquid diets may be prescribed following surgery or as a preparation for certain medical procedures. Additionally, […]

  • Hyperopia

    Farsightedness; the eye is focused more clearly at far rather than at near. Hyperopia may be corrected with glasses or contact lenses.

  • Fear of horses

    Fear of horses: An abnormal and persistent fear of horses. Sufferers of this fear experience undue anxiety even when a horse is known to be gentle and well trained. They usually avoid horses entirely rather than risk being kicked, bitten or thrown. They may also fear other hoofed animals such as ponies, donkeys and mules. […]

  • Induced abortion

    An abortion that is brought about intentionally. Also called an artificial or therapeutic abortion. As opposed to a spontaneous abortion (a miscarriage).