1. The crescent-shaped area at the base of a fingernail or toenail. 2. Any small crescent- or moon-shaped area or structure.
Borrowed from the French lunule, from the Latin lunula, the diminuitive of luna, the moon. Also called the lunula.
treating the difficult symptoms of the disease and treating the underlying autoimmune activity. It may include use of steroids and other anti-inflammatory agents, antidepressants and/or mood stabilizers, intravenous immunoglobulin, and, in cases in which lupus involves the internal organs, chemotherapy. See also lupus, discoid; lupus erythematosis, systemic.
- Lupus in pregnancy
Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) during pregnancy, a high-risk situation. The high risks are to both the mother and child. Women with SLE can have flares of SLE during pregnancy.
Left upper quadrant (quarter). For example, the LUQ of the abdomen contains the spleen.
- Luschka, foramina of
A pair of openings from the fourth ventricle of the brain to the central canal of the upper end of the spinal cord.
- Luteinizing hormone
A gonadotropin (a hormone that affects the function of the sex organs) that is released by the pituitary gland in response to luteinizing hormone-releasing hormone. Abbrevi’ated LH. In females, LH controls the length and sequence of the female menstrual cycle, including ovulation, preparation of the uterus for implantation of a fertilized egg, and ovarian production […]