A severe lung condition caused by hantavirus infection. Abbreviated HPS. In 1993, HPS struck the Four Corners area (where the states of Arizona, New Mexico, Nevada, and Utah meet) with devastating, frequently fatal consequences. As the name indicates, HPS is due to a hantavirus. The HPS outbreak in Four Corners followed 2 years of more rain, more foliage, and more deer mice than usual.
- Q fever vaccine
A vaccine against Q fever, an illness first recognized in Australia in the 1930’s that affects people dealing with infected sheep and cattle and their hides and carcasses. The microscopic bacterial agent of Q fever, Coxiella burnetii, is spread with airborne dust and contaminated milk. It was named Q, for query, because little was clear […]
- q in population genetics
The frequency of the less common of two different alternative (allelic) versions of a gene. (The frequency of the more common allele is p).
On a prescription, every two hours.
On a prescription, every three hours.
- q.d. (on prescription)
If a medicine is to be taken every so-many hours, it is written “q_h”; the “q” standing for “quaque” and the “h” indicating the number of hours. So, for example, “2 caps q4h” means “Take 2 capsules every 4 hours.”