Adjuvant therapy: Treatment that is given in addition to the primary (initial) treatment.
Adjuvant treatment is an addition designed to help reach the ultimate goal. Adjuvant therapy for cancer usually refers to surgery followed by chemo- or radiotherapy to help decrease the risk of the cancer recurring (coming back).
In Latin “adjuvans” means to help and, particularly, to help reach a goal.
- ADLs (activities of daily living)
ADLs (activities of daily living): The things we normally do in daily living including any daily activity we perform for self-care such as feeding ourselves, bathing, dressing, grooming, work, homemaking, and leisure. The ability or inability to perform ADLs can be used as a very practical measure of ability/disability in many disorders.
Admission: Entry. As a patient admission (into a hospital). The opposite of admission in this context is discharge.
- Admitting physician
Admitting physician: The doctor responsible for admitting a patient to a hospital or other inpatient health facility.
Adnexa: In gynecology, the appendages of the uterus, namely the ovaries, the Fallopian tubes, and the ligaments that hold the uterus in place.
- Adoption medicine
Adoption medicine: Medicine for the adopted child, including pre-adoption counseling and evaluation based on a child’s medical records as well as post-adoption consultations and, often, primary care of the adopted child. The field of adoption medicine began to emerge toward the end of the 20th century as the medical problems of children born abroad and […]