Chaperone: 1. Any protein that is required for the proper folding or assembly of another protein or protein complex without being a component of the final structure. 2. A woman who is present when a male physician examines a female patient. 3. Anyone present when a physician examines a patient of the opposite sex from the physician.
From the original meaning of chaperone as a person (usually a matron) who accompanied an unmarried woman in public or mixed company for the sake of propriety.
- Chapped lips
Chapped lips: Dry, cracked or sore lips, usually in cold, windy, dry weather and less often in warm weather. Sun exposure can contribute to chapping of the lips. Licking or biting the lips is often a contributing factor. The lips are more sensitive to chapping than the skin. Unlike the skin, the lips do not […]
- Char syndrome
Char syndrome: A genetic disorder characterized by patent ductus arteriosis and unusual facial features including a long philtrum (increase in the distance between the nose and upper lip), down-slanting palpebral fissures (eye slits), and thick lips as well as incurving fifth fingers. The syndrome is inherited as an autosomal dominant trait. The gene responsible for […]
Charbon: Known also as anthrax, charbon is a serious bacterial infection. It is not primarily a human disease but rather an infection of animals. Cattle, sheep, horses, mules, and some wild animals are highly susceptible. Humans (and swine) are generally resistant to anthrax. Anthrax can take different forms. With the lung form of the disease. […]
- Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease
A genetic disease of nerves that is characterized by progressively debilitating weakness, particularly of the limbs. The foremost feature is marked wasting of the extremities, particularly in the calves, resulting in ‘stork legs.’ The disease usually weakens the legs before it weakens the arms. Pes cavus (deformity of the foot) is often the first sign […]
- Charcot-Wilbrand syndrome
Charcot-Wilbrand syndrome: Loss of dreaming after a stroke. In more technical terms the syndrome is characterized by visual agnosia and the inability to revisualise images. Named for the French founder of modern neurology Jean-Martin Charcot (1825-1893) and the German neuro-ophthalmologist Hermann Wilbrand.