Dyspraxia of speech: A developmental disability characterized by difficulty in muscle control, specifically of the muscles involved in producing speech. It is caused by a neurological difference that has not yet been pinpointed. Treatment is via intensive speech therapy concentrating on oral-motor skills.
A type of depression involving long-term, chronic symptoms that are not disabling, but keep a person from functioning at “full steam” or from feeling good. Dysthymia is a less severe type of depression than what is accorded the diagnosis of major depression. However, people with dysthymia may also sometimes experience major depressive episodes, suggesting that […]
- Dyspraxia, developmental
Dyspraxia, developmental: A pattern of delayed, uneven, or aberrant development of physical abilities during childhood development. The physical abilities affected may be gross or fine motor skills. Developmental dyspraxia may be seen alone or in combination with other developmental problems, particularly apraxia or dyspraxia of speech. Treatment is via early intervention, using physical therapy to […]
- Dystocia, cervical
Dystocia, cervical: Dystocia caused by mechanical obstruction at the cervix.
- Dystocia, fetal
Dystocia, fetal: Dystocia caused by the fetus, due to its size (too big), shape, or position in the uterus.
- Dystocia, placental
Dystocia, placental: Dystocia characterized by trouble delivering the placenta (afterbirth).