Small wingless bloodsucking insects that, along with the mite, belongs to the order Acarina. Ticks may be found in tall grass, where they may attach to a passing animal or person. Pulling a tick forcefully out from under the skin may leave the head behind. Ticks can transmit diseases such as Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, tularemia, equine encephalitis, ehrlichiosis, babesiosis, and (in animals only) anaplasmosis.
Picture of a tick
- tid (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.”
- Tilt-table test
Tilt-table testing involves placing the patient on a table with a foot-support. The table is tilted upward and the blood pressure and pulse are measured and symptoms are recorded with the patient in diverse positions. The tilt-table test is designed to detect postural hypotension (orthostatic hypotension), a condition that results from changing body position from […]
- Time, prothrombin
Coumadin, Panwarfin, Sofarin). It measures the time needed for clot formation after thromboplastin and calcium are added to plasma. Familiarly known as pro time.
- Timothy syndrome
A childhood disorder characterized by severe cardiac arrhythmia, syndactyly (webbing) of the fingers and toes, congenital heart disease, intermittent hypoglycemia (low blood sugar), cognitive abnormalities and autism. The syndrome is due to spontaneous mutation in the gene for the CaV1.2 calcium channel, a pore-like protein that nestles in the cell membrane and controls the flow […]
- Tinea barbae
A fungal infection (known as ringworm) of the bearded area of the face and neck, with swelling and marked crusting, often with itching. In the days when men went to the barber daily for a shave, tinea barbae was called barber’s itch. Treatment involves antifungal medications.