Dissection, axillary: Surgery in which the axilla (the armpit) is opened — to “dissect” means to “cut apart” — in order to identify, examine, and sometimes remove structures such as lymph nodes or other tissue for diagnosis or treatment.
- Dissection, neck
Dissection, neck: Surgery in which the neck is opened — to “dissect” means to “cut apart” — in order to identify, examine, and sometimes remove structures such as lymph nodes or other tissue for diagnosis or treatment. A radical neck dissection involves removal of a tumor from the neck with an additional margin of apparently […]
Dissociation: In psychology and psychiatry, a perceived detachment of the mind from the emotional state or even from the body. Dissociation is characterized by a sense of the world as a dreamlike or unreal place and may be accompanied by poor memory of specific events.
Distal: The more (or most) distant of two (or more) things. For example, the distal end of the femur (the thigh bone) is the end down by the knee; the end more distant from the torso. The distal bile duct is the far end of the cystic duct, the end away from the gallbladder. And […]
- Distance healing
Distance healing: Healing in which people seek to help patients simply with the power of the mind. Distance healing can include anything from therapeutic touch — in which practitioners, without touching their patients, try to alter their energy fields — to praying for people who are ill. Distance healing is part of the practice of […]
Distention: The state of being distended, enlarged, swollen from internal pressure. For example, on inhalation there is distention of the lungs due to the increased air pressure within the lungs. The word “distention” comes from a Latin root “tendere,” to extend. The word “tendon” comes from the same root.