Anoscopy: Anoscopy is a procedure used to visualize the wall of the anus and lowest portion of the rectum. Anoscopy can be performed in the doctor’s office without any special preparation to empty the colon. The anoscope is the instrument used to allow visualization of the wall of the anus and identification of abnormalities such as inflammation, tumors, trauma, or hemorrhoids in the anal canal. In this procedure patients may feel pressure similar to the pressure of a bowel movement.
Anosmia: The failure of the development of or the loss of the sense of smell.
Anotia: The absence from birth of the external, visible part of the ear (the auricle).
Anovular: Not accompanied by ovulation, the release of an ovum (egg) from the ovary. Synonymous with anovulatory.
- Anovular menstruation
Anovular menstruation: Menstruation without ovulation. The egg stays within the ovary and usually disintegrates but sometimes it is fertilized, resulting in a life-threatening pregnancy within the ovary.
Anovulatory: Not accompanied by ovulation, the release of an ovum (egg) from the ovary. For example, anovulatory menstruation. Synonymous with anovular.