Cotton rat: A rodent capable of carrying the types of hantavirus that cause HPS (hantavirus pulmonary syndrome) in the US. The cotton rate is found in the southeastern US and Central and South America. Its head and body measure about 5 to 7 inches with another 3 to 4 inches for the tail. The hair is longer and coarser, of a grayish brown color, even grayish black. The cotton rat prefers overgrown areas with shrubs and tall grasses. Scientific name: Sigmodon hispidus.
Cough: A rapid expulsion of air from the lungs, typically in order to clear the lung airways of fluids, mucus, or other material. Also known as tussis.
- Coughing syncope
Coughing syncope: The temporary loss of consciousness upon coughing. Syncope is the temporary loss of consciousness or, in plain English, fainting. The situations that trigger this reaction are diverse and include having blood drawn, straining while urinating (micturition syncope) or defecating, coughing or swallowing. The reaction also can be due to the emotional stress of […]
- Cough suppressant
Cough suppressant: A drug used to control coughing, particularly with a dry, nagging, unproductive cough.
- Coumadin, teratogenicity of
Coumadin, teratogenicity of: The anticoagulant (“blood- thinner”) Coumadin is a known teratogen, an agent that can disturb the development of the embryo and fetus and lead to birth defects.. Coumadin taken by a woman during pregnancy can cause bleeding into the baby’s brain (cerebral hemorrhage), underdevelopment (hypoplasia) of the baby’s nose and stippling of the […]
- Counseling, genetic
Counseling, genetic: An educational counseling process for individuals and families who have a genetic disease or may be at risk for a disease to facilitate informed decision-making.