Accoucheuse: French for a woman who is an obstetrician (a physician skilled in the art and science of managing pregnancy, labor and the time after delivery) or a midwife (today a non-physician trained to assist a woman during childbirth). The ending “-euse” is feminine and indicates that the accoucheuse is a woman.
Accommodation: In medicine, the ability of the eye to change its focus from distant to near objects (and vice versa). This process is achieved by the lens changing its shape. Accommodation is the adjustment of the optics of the eye to keep an object in focus on the retina as its distance from the eye […]
Acellular: Not made up of cells or divided into cells. Or lacking intact cells as, for example, an acellular vaccine which may contain cellular material but not complete cells.
- Acellular vaccine
Acellular vaccine: A vaccine that may contain cellular material but does not contain complete cells.
Aceruloplasminemia: A genetic disorder in which there is absence of the protein ceruloplasmin from blood and accumulation of iron in the pancreas, liver and brain, causing diabetes and progressive neurodegeneration with the tremors and gait abnormalities characteristic of Parkinson disease. Ceruloplasmin normally removes iron from cells. The absence of ceruloplasmin leads to the abnormal deposition […]
- Acentric chromosome
Acentric chromosome: A fragment of a chromosome (one of the microscopically visible carriers of the genetic material DNA) that is lacking a centromere (the “waist” of the chromosome essential for the division and the retention of the chromosome in the cell) and so is lost when the cell divides.