An outward curvature (kyphosis) of the cervical vertebrae (the bones of the neck), creating a hump at the back of the neck.
This condition, once thought to be a characteristic deformity of older women, was called a dowager’s hump. A dowager was a woman of high social rank whose husband was dead but who had a title (such as duchess) and property because of her marriage to him.
Postmenopausal cervical kyphosis is due to osteoporotic changes in the cervical spine. It may affect men or women. Like most osteoporotic changes, the condition is often preventable.
the British pathologist William Boog Leishman who in 1903 wrote about the protozoa that causes kala-azar and the researcher C. Donovan, who made the same discovery independently the same year.
- La Leche League
An organization that helps and supports breastfeeding mothers with advice, ideas, and both legal and medical advocacy. Abbreviated LLL.
- La Montagne, John
(1945-2004) Medical scientist and administrator who helped develop numerous vaccines and made significant contributions to the international effort against emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases. He played a central role in the organization of the Multilateral Initiative on Malaria, an international effort involving agencies in many countries. He was involved in the development of the swine […]
- Lab result
The result of a test done in a laboratory.
- Lab test
A test that is done in the laboratory where the appropriate equipment, supplies, and certified expertise are available.