One of two hormones (designated inhibin-A and inhibin-B) secreted by the gonads (by Sertoli cells in the male and the granulosa cells in the female) and that inhibit the production of follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) by the pituitary gland. The inhibins are also involved in the control of the production of gametes and embryonic and fetal development. Because inhibin-A is elevated in the blood serum of women carrying a fetus with Down syndrome, inhibin-A is included in the maternal serum screening tests for Down syndrome in the second trimester of pregnancy.
- Inhibitor, protease
Norvir), and they are used primarily in HIV/AIDS treatment. They are taken as part of a multi-drug cocktail and have been shown to be capable of significantly reducing the level of HIV virus in the blood. Side effects associated with protease inhibitors include lipodystrophy syndrome, in which the face, arms, and legs become thin due […]
- Inhibitory RNA
RNA inactivation; and RNA interference.
A rare neural tube defect that combines extreme retroflexion (backward bending) of the head with severe defects of the spine. The affected infant tends to be short, with a disproportionately large head. The diagnosis can be made immediately after birth because the head is so severely retroflexed (bent back) that the face looks upward. The […]
- Injection snoreplasty
An injection of a chemical called sodium tetradecyl sulfate that promotes stiffening of the soft palate by creating scar tissue in order to relieve snoring. The soft palate is the area above your throat in the back of your mouth. Snoring is typically caused by the fluttering of tissues of the back of the throat. […]
To harm, hurt, or wound. The word injure may be in physical or emotional sense. From the Latin injuria meaning injury.