Hyperkalemia and Potassium balance.
An intense and persistent desire to drink alcohol to excess. Synonymous with dipsomania.
- Pott's disease
An old term for tuberculosis of the spine that caused softening and collapse of the vertebrae, often resulting in kyphosis, a “hunchback” deformity, which was called “Pott’s curvature.” Named for the English surgeon Sir John Percivall Pott (1714-1788) who described it.
- Pouch of Douglas
An extension of the peritoneal cavity between the rectum and the back wall of the uterus. Also known as the rectouterine pouch.
- Pouch, Pavlov
At different points along the dogs’ digestive tracts, the Russian physiologist Ivan Petrovich Pavlov (1848-1936) surgically created pockets (“Pavlov pouches”) from which he could obtain secretions, the aim being to study the physiology of the digestive tract. He did so from the salivary glands down to the stomach, liver and pancreas with considerable success and […]
- Pouch, rectovaginal
Culdoscopy, the introduction of an endoscope through the vagina into the cul-de-sac; Culdoscope, the viewing tube (endoscope) that is used to look into the cul-de-sac; and Culdocentesis, the aspiration (withdrawal) of fluid from the cul-de-sac. In French, “cul-de-sac” literally is “bottom of (a) sack.” As early as the 13th century, a cul-de-sac was a dead-end […]