Disease, subclinical: An illness that stays “below the surface” of clinical detection. A subclinical disease has no or minimally recognizable clinical findings. It is distinct from a clinical disease, which has signs and symptoms that can be more easily recognized. Many diseases, including diabetes, hypothyroidism, rheumatoid arthritis, infections or cancers can be subclinical before surfacing as clinical diseases.
- Disease, Stein-Leventhal
Disease, Stein-Leventhal: Known descriptively as polycystic ovarian (PCO) disease, this syndrome is basically an hormonal problem that causes women to have various symptoms including: Irregular or no periods Acne Obesity, and Excess hair growth. All women with PCO have irregular or no menses. Women with PCO do not ovulate (do not release an egg every […]
- Disease, startle
Disease, startle: A genetic disorder also known as hyperekplexia in which babies have an exaggerated startle reflex (reaction). This disorder was not recognized until 1962 when it was described by Drs. Kok and Bruyn as a disease with the onset at birth of hypertonia (stiffness), exaggerated startle response, strong brain-stem reflexes (especially head-retraction reflex) and, […]
- DMD (dystonia musculorum deformans)
DMD (dystonia musculorum deformans): Also called torsion dystonia, this is a rare, generalized dystonia (a state of abnormal — either excessive of inadequate — muscle tone) that can be inherited, usually begins in childhood, and becomes progressively worse. It can leave individuals seriously disabled and confined to a wheelchair.
DNA: Deoxyribonucleic acid. One of two types of molecules that encode genetic information. (The other is RNA. In humans DNA is the genetic material; RNA is transcribed from it. In some other organisms, RNA is the genetic material and, in reverse fashion, the DNA is transcribed from it.) DNA is a double-stranded molecule held together […]
- DNA (did not attend)
DNA (did not attend): In the UK, DNA is an abbreviation for “did not attend.” (In the US, the term used for a patient who missed an appointment is “no-show.”)