Fear of bearing a malformed child. A phobia is an unreasonable sort of fear that can cause avoidance and panic. Phobias are a relatively common type of anxiety disorder. Phobias can be treated with cognitive behavioral therapy using exposure and fear reduction techniques. In many cases, anti-anxiety or anti-depressant medication proves helpful, especially during the early stages of therapy.
The word “teratophobia” is made up of “terato-” and – “phobia.” “Terato-” comes from the Greek “teras” meaning monster + “- phobia” from the Greek “phobos” meaning fear = literally, fear (of) monsters. Teratology is the study of malformations and a teratogen is anything that can cause a birth defect.
The term dysmorphophobia also means fear of bearing a malformed child. Dysmorphology is another term for the study of congenital malformations (birth defects).
- Teres minor muscle
A muscle that assists the lifting of the arm during outward turning (external rotation). The tendon of the teres minor muscle is one of four tendons that stabilize the shoulder joint and constitute the rotator cuff.
- Terminal ileitis
Crohn’s disease, a chronic inflammatory disease of the intestine involving only the end of the small intestine (the terminal ileum). Crohn’s disease affects primarily the small and large intestines but which can occur anywhere in the digestive system between the mouth and the anus. Named after Burrill Crohn who described the disease in 1932. The […]
- Test, allergy scratch
Test done on the skin to identify the allergy substance (the allergen) that is the trigger for an allergic reaction. A small amount of the suspected allergy-provoking substance is placed on the skin. The skin is then gently scratched through the small drop with a special sterile needle. If the skin reddens and, more importantly, […]
- Test, allergy skin
Test done on the skin to identify the allergy substance (the allergen) that is triggering the allergic reaction. A small amount of the suspected allergy-provoking substance is placed on the skin. The skin is then gently scratched through the small drop with a special sterile needle. If the skin reddens and, more importantly, if it […]
- Test, Brazelton
The Denver Developmental Screening Test (DDST) for children 0-6 years of age; The ELM (Early Language Milestone) scale for children 0-3 years of age; The CAT (Clinical Adaptive Test) and CLAMS (Clinical Linguistic and Auditory Milestone Scale) for children 0-3 years of age; The Infant Monitoring System for children aged 4-36 months; The Early Screening […]