Aerosolization: The production of an aerosol — a fine mist or spray containing minute particles. See: Aerosol.
- Aerospace medicine
Aerospace medicine: The fields of medicine concerned with the maintenance of health, safety, and performance of those in aviation and space travel. Aerospace medicine is the sum of aviation medicine and space medicine — health in flight both inside and outside the Earth’s atmosphere. Aviation medicine is the study of the biological and psychological effects […]
Aerotitis: Middle ear problems due to changing atmospheric pressures, as when a plane descends to land. Symptoms include ear pain, ringing ears, diminished hearing and, sometimes, dizziness. Also known as aerotitis media, barotitis, barotitis media, and otic barotrauma.
Aesculapius: The ancient Roman god of medicine, whose staff with a snake curled around it is commonly used as a symbol of medicine. According to mythology, Aesculapius’s children included Hygeia, the goddess of health, and Panaceia, the goddess of healing.
Aetiology: The study of the causes. For example, of a disorder. The word “aetiology” is mainly used in medicine, where it is the science that deals with the causes or origin of disease, the factors which produce or predispose toward a certain disease or disorder. Today in medicine one hears (or reads) that “the aetiology […]
Affect: The emotional tone a person expresses. A person’s affect may be appropriate or inappropriate to the situation. One type of inappropriate affect is a flat affect or blunted affect, a common feature of schizophrenia.