Or strait-jacket or strait jacket. 1. A garment shaped like a jacket with long sleeves the ends of which can be tied behind the back to restrain a violently disturbed person, as in a psychiatric in-patient unit, so that the person does not injure themselves or anyone else. (The straitjacket has also seen use in prisons, escapology, and sexual bondage.) At the present time, straitjackets are not utilized in the inpatient settings 2. By extension, anything that is constricting, restricting, very limiting, confining. Sometimes spelled straightjacket, straight-jacket, or straight jacket. However, strait means narrow or confined so that straitjacket is preferable. Also called a camisole.
- Stratum corneum
The stratum corneum refers to the outermost layer of the epidermis, which is itself the outer layer of the skin. The full name of the stratum corneum of the skin is the stratum corneum epidermidis. The other stratum corneum, the stratum corneum unguis, is the horny compact outer layer of the nail. In Latin “stratum” […]
Very commonly used shortened form of Streptococcus, a very common and important group of bacteria. See Streptococcus.
- Strep test, rapid
A diagnostic test commonly used to demonstrate whether streptococcus bacteria (“strep”) are present in the throat. A throat infection with strep needs to be treated with an antibiotic. The traditional test for a strep throat has been a throat culture; the major drawback is that the results of the throat culture take 2 to 3 […]
- Strep throat
Strep throat is an infection caused by a type of bacteria called streptococcus, which can lead to serious complications if not adequately treated.
- Strep, group A
A well-known strain (a type) of streptococcus (strep) bacteria that can cause strep throat and rheumatic fever. Strep A can also be associated with mild skin infections such as impetigo or more serious skin and soft tissue infections known as cellulitis.