Left lower quadrant (quarter). For example, the LLQ of the abdomen contains the descending portion of the colon.
Abbreviation for “last menstrual period.” By convention, pregnancies are dated in weeks starting from the first day of a woman’s last menstrual period (LMP). If her menstrual periods are regular and ovulation occurs on day 14 of her cycle, conception takes place about 2 weeks after her LMP. A woman is therefore considered to be […]
- Loa loa
The eye worm, a parasite that lives in humans and other primates. People contract the parasite when bitten by infected deer flies. The larvae of the worm enter the bloodstream and later develop into adult worms. Symptoms may not appear for months or years after the bite of the fly. The worms migrate through the […]
Having to do with a lobe. For example, lobar pneumonia is pneumonia in a single lobe of a lung.
Part of an organ that appears to be separate in some way from the rest. A lobe may be demarcated from the rest of the organ by a fissure (crack), sulcus (groove), connective tissue or simply by its shape. For example, there are the frontal, parietal, temporal, and occipital lobes of the brain. The word […]
An operation to remove an entire lobe of the lung.