Colloquial expression for sick or ill as, for example, to be under the weather with the flu. The phrase “under the weather” came from British sailing ships. When a sailor became ill he was confined below deck out of the weather, so it was said that he was under the weather.
- Underwater weighing
A method for determining the lean body mass. This method weighs a person underwater and then calculates the lean body mass (muscle) and body fat. This method is one of the more accurate ones. However, it is generally done in special research facilities, and the equipment is costly. Also called hydrostatic weighing.
- Undifferentiated cancer
A cancer in which the cells are very immature and “primitive” and do not look like cells in the tissue from it arose. As a rule, an undifferentiated cancer is more malignant than a cancer of that type which is well differentiated. Undifferentiated cells are said to be anaplastic.
- Undulant fever
An infectious disease due to the bacteria Brucella that characteristically causes rising and falling fevers, sweats, malaise, weakness, anorexia, headache, myalgia (muscle pain) and back pain. The disease is called undulant fever because the fever is typically undulant, rising and falling like a wave. It is also called brucellosis after its bacterial cause. The disease […]
Having a wavy border or form. Also, rising and falling like a wave. For example, the border of a wound may be undulant, as may the edge of a rash. And sound waves may also be undulant. The word “undulant” comes from the Latin “undula” which is the diminutive of “unda” meaning wave. So “undula” […]
To have a wavy border or form. Also, to rise and fall like a wave. For example, the border of a wound may undulate, as may the edge of a rash. And sound waves may undulate. The word “undulate” comes from the Latin “undula” which is the diminutive of “unda” meaning wave. So “undula” is […]