American Medical Association: The AMA. The AMA’s mission statement proclaims:
“We are the Voice of the American Medical Profession.
“We are the partnership of physicians and their professional associations dedicated to promoting the art and science of medicine and the betterment of public health.
“We serve the physicians and their patients by establishing and promoting ethical, educational, and clinical standards for the medical profession and by advocating for the highest principle of all–the integrity of the physician/patient relationship.”
- American Psychiatric Association
American Psychiatric Association: A medical specialty society with over 35,000 US and international member physicians who “work together to ensure humane care and effective treatment for all persons with mental disorder, including mental retardation and substance-related disorders. It is the voice and conscience of modern psychiatry. Its vision is a society that has available, accessible […]
- American Sign Language
Abbreviated ASL. A complete, complex language that employs signs made with the hands and other movements, including facial expressions and postures of the body, used primarily by people in North America who are deaf.
- American Type Culture Collection (ATCC)
American Type Culture Collection (ATCC): Although little known to the general public, the American Type Culture Collection (ATCC) is a key resource for medical research. It is the world’s premier biological culture repository. The ATCC assures medical and other biological scientists a reliable source of over 60,000 authenticated, viable cultures of: Algae & Protozoa Bacteria […]
Americium: Symbol: Am. A man-made metallic element whose isotopes Am-237 through Am-246 are all radioactive. Americium must be handled with great care to avoid personal contamination. Trace quantities of americium are widely used in smoke detectors. It is also used in bone mineral analysis and as a radiation source for radiotherapy. Americium was discovered in […]
- Ames test
Ames test: A test developed in 1974 by Bruce N. Ames for identifying possible carcinogens by studying their mutagenic effect on bacteria. The Ames test is widely used test to detect possible chemical carcinogens. It is based on mutagenicity in Salmonella bacteria.