Claustrophobia: An abnormal and persistent fear of closed spaces, of being closed in or being shut in, as in elevators, tunnels, or any other confined space. The fear is excessive (and quite common).
The word “claustrophobia” is an amalgam made from the Latin “claudere”, to shut + the Greek “phobis”, fear.
- Claudication, venous
Claudication, venous: Limping and/or pain resulting from inadequate venous drainage.
Clavus: Synonymous with corns. The word “clavus” is the Latin word for nail.
Clavicle: The bone extending from the breastbone (sternum) at the base of the front of the neck to the shoulder.
- Cleft lip
A fissure in the upper lip that is due to failure of the left and right sides of the fetal lip tissue to fuse, an event that should take place by 35 days of fetal age. Cleft lip can be on one side only or on both sides. Because failure of lip fusion can impair […]
- Clay-shoveler's fracture
Clay-shoveler’s fracture: An uncommon breakage of the spine of the vertebrae from the lower neck or upper back as a result of stress. Clay-shoveler’s fracture usually occurs in laborers who perform activities involving lifting weights rapidly with the arms extended. Examples of these activities include shoveling soil, rubble or snow up and over the head […]