Fear of work: An abnormal and persistent fear of work. Sufferers of this fear experience undue anxiety about the workplace environment even though they realize their fear is irrational. Their fear may actually be a combination of fears, such fear of failing at assigned tasks, fear of speaking before groups at work, or fear of socializing with co-workers.
Fear of work is termed “ergophobia,” a word derived from the Greek “ergon” (work) and “phobos” (fear). “Ergo” is also used to form other English words, including “ergometer” (a device that measures the amount of work done by muscles) and “ergonomics” (an applied science that designs office equipment and furniture with the aim of maximizing functionality and improving worker comfort).
- Febrile herpes
Febrile herpes: A small sore situated on the face or in the mouth that causes pain, burning, or itching before bursting and crusting over. The favorite locations are on the lips (the labia), chin or cheeks and in the nostrils. Less frequented sites are the gums or roof of the mouth (the palate). Febrile herpes […]
Fecal: Relating to the feces, the stool. The excrement discharged from the intestines. From the Latin “faex” and “faecis” meaning the dregs or sediment.
- Febrile seizure
A convulsion that occurs in association with a fever. Febrile seizures are common in infants and young children and are usually of no lasting importance.
- Fecal occult blood test
Fecal occult blood test: A test to check for hidden blood in the stool.
- Fecal incontinence
Inability to hold feces in the rectum. This is due to failure of voluntary control over the anal sphincters permitting untimely passage of feces and gas. Also called rectal incontinence.