Treatment designed to help the original primary treatment to succeed. Maintenance therapy may be given to patients who have cancer that is in remission to prevent a relapse.
In general, something that is more than something else. For example, the teres major muscle is larger than the teres minor muscle.
- Major anomaly
An unusual anatomic feature that is of serious medical or cosmetic consequence to the patient. For example, a major anomaly might be a cleft lip and palate. By contrast, a minor anomaly is an unusual anatomic feature not of serious medical or cosmetic consequence to the patient. For example, a minor anomaly might be curvature […]
- Major anxiety disorder
panic disorder; obsessive-compulsive disorder; PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder); social phobia; specific phobias such as claustrophobia; and generalized anxiety disorder.
- Major depression
A disease with certain characteristic signs and symptoms that interferes with the ability to work, sleep, eat, and enjoy once pleasurable activities. The characteristic signs and symptoms of major depression include loss of interest in activities that were once interesting or enjoyable, including sex; loss of appetite (anorexia) with weight loss or overeating with weight […]
- Major gene
A gene that is necessary and sufficient by itself to cause a condition. For example, the APC gene is a major gene for colorectal cancer.