Anatomy, microscopic: The study of normal structure of an organism under the microscope. Known among medical students simply as ‘micro.’ Also known as histology.
Anatripsis: The use of friction as a treatment modality for a medical condition. Anatripsis may or may not also involve the application of a medicament.
ANC: The absolute neutrophil count, the number of white blood cells (WBCs) that are neutrophils. The ANC is not measured directly. It is derived by multiplying the WBC count times the percent of neutrophils in the differential WBC count. The percent of neutrophils consists of the segmented (fully mature) neutrophils) + the bands (almost mature […]
- Ancylostoma infection
Ancylostoma infection: Hookworm, an intestinal parasite that usually causes diarrhea or cramps. Heavy infestation with hookworm can be serious for newborns, children, pregnant women, and persons who are malnourished. Hookworm infections occur mainly in tropical and subtropical climates and affect about 1 billion people — about one-fifth of the world’s population. One of the most […]
Androgen: A male sex hormone that promotes the development and maintenance of the male sex characteristics. The major androgen is testosterone.
- Androgen ablation
Androgen ablation: Treatment designed to suppress or block the production of male hormones. Androgen suppression can be achieved by surgical removal of the testicles, by taking female sex hormones, or by taking other drugs called antiandrogens. Also called androgen suppression.