Nonsensical sounds that mimic the rhythms and inflections of actual speech. Glossolalia may be seen in deep sleep or in trance states. It is also the scientific term for the trance-induced religious phenomena known as “speaking in tongues.”
- Glossopharyngeal nerve
The ninth cranial nerve, which supplies the tongue, throat, and one of the salivary glands (the parotid gland). Problems with the glossopharyngeal nerve result in difficulties with tasting and ‘swallowing.
The middle part of the larynx, where the vocal cords are located.
Focused on glucose, particularly to the exclusion of other factors. As in “We have a body of evidence and the consensus of concern that we need to reduce cardiovascular disease – the No. 1 killer of diabetics and everyone. We know we can’t just push glucocentric messages….” (Dr. James R. Gavin III, chairman of the […]
- Glucocerebrosidase deficiency
Causes type 1 Gaucher disease, a progressive genetic disease due to an enzyme defect. The enzyme, glucocerebrosidase, is needed to break down the chemical glucocerebroside. The enzyme defect leads to the progressive accumulation of glucocerebroside in the spleen, liver, and lymph nodes. Gaucher disease is the most common genetic disease in Ashkenazi Jews (those of […]
A hormone that predominantly affects the metabolism of carbohydrates and, to a lesser extent, fats and proteins (and has other effects). Glucocorticoids are made in the outside portion (the cortex) of the adrenal gland and chemically classed as steroids. Cortisol is the major natural glucocorticoid. The term glucocorticoid also applies to equivalent hormones synthesized in […]