Abortive: Tending to cut short the course of a disease, as in abortive polio (polio cut short).
Abrin: A phytotoxin (plant poison) found in the seeds of a plant called the rosary pea or jequirity pea. These seeds are red with a black spot covering one end. Abrin is similar to ricin, a toxin that is also found in the seeds of a plant (the castor bean plant), although abrin is much […]
- ABR test
ABR test: Auditory brainstem response test. An automated test for hearing and brain (neurological) functioning that is performed by applying wires to the skin around the ear. ABR may be used in the evaluation of: Hearing integrity (and neurologic normalcy) in infants and young children. Neurologic integrity (and hearing) in patients who are comatose, unresponsive, […]
- Abruptio (abruptio placentae)
Abruptio (abruptio placentae): Premature separation of the placenta from the wall of the uterus. Abruption is a potentially serious problem both for the mother and baby.
Abrasion: An abrasion or “excoriation” is a wearing away of the upper layer of skin as a result of applied friction force. In dentistry an “abrasion” is the wearing away of the tooth substance.
- Abscess, breast
Abscess, breast: See: Breast abscess. see also: Breast infection; Mastitis.