Dissection: The process of cutting apart or separating tissue as, for example, in the study of anatomy or in the course of a surgical procedure.
- Dissection, axillary
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 […]