Fantod: A state of nervous anxiety or irritability. Also an irritable outburst. Pronounced fan-todd.
- FAO deficiency
FAO deficiency: Also known as the Sjogren-Larsson syndrome, this is a genetic (inherited) disease usually characterized by a triad of clinical findings consisting of ichthyosis (thickened fish-like skin), spastic paraplegia (spasticity of the legs) and mental retardation. The skin changes in the Sjogren-Larsson syndrome are similar to those in congenital ichthyosiform erythroderma, a genetic disease […]
- Fariborz Amini
Fariborz Amini: Amini, Fariborz. Dr. Amini, a professor emeritus at University of California, San Francisco, was a co-author of ”A General Theory of Love” (Random House, 2000), with two colleagues, Thomas Lewis and Richard Lannon. The book explained how lingering but forgotten impressions, like a smell or sound associated with a person or a positive […]
An error of refraction in the human eye that causes light rays to focus behind the retina instead of on it. A person who is farsighted has normal vision at a distance but has trouble focusing on nearby objects. Farsightedness can be corrected with refractive lenses’either glasses or contact lenses’and in some cases by surgery. […]
Fart: This is not an accepted medical word for passing gas. Excess gas in the intestinal is medically termed “flatulence.” (But what is excess gas is difficult to define since symptom-free individuals have recorded approximately 14 passages of gas per 24 hours!) The Oxford English Dictionary (OED), in its inimitable way, notes that the word […]
Fascia: A flat band of tissue below the skin that covers underlying tissues and separates different layers of tissue. Fascia also encloses muscles.