Aspartic acid: An amino acid, one of the 20 building blocks of protein. A amino acid that is not essential to the human diet, aspartic acid was discovered in protein in 1868. It has a role as a neurotransmitter. Symbol: Asp.
- Asperger syndrome
Developmental disorder: One of several disorders that interrupt normal development in childhood. They may affect a single area of development (specific developmental disorders) or several (pervasive developmental disorders). With early intervention, most specific developmental disorders can be accommodated and overcome. Early intervention is absolutely essential for pervasive developmental disorders, many of which will respond to […]
- Asperger's syndrome
Asperger’s syndrome: See Asperger syndrome. Common misspellings include Aspergers, Aspberger, Aspberger’s, Aspbergers, Asberger, Asbergers, or Asberger’s.
Aspergillosis: Infection with the fungus Aspergillus, seen especially in people with compromised immune systems in whom there may be invasive lung infection and sometimes spread to other tissues, including the brain, the skin, and bones. Aspergillosis also causes allergic sinusitis and allergic bronchopulmonary disease.
Aspergillus: A family of fungal organisms and molds, some of which can cause disease.
Aspirate: To draw in by suction. A patient may aspirate for example by accidentally drawing material from the stomach into the lungs. A doctor can aspirate a joint.