A treatment for the symptoms of joint and muscle conditions, such as arthritis, that consists of melted mineral wax derived from petroleum applied to a body area. Wax dips can be especially helpful in relieving the pain and stiffness of arthritis involving the small joints of the hands when used as a small bath. The hands are repeatedly dipped into the melted, warm wax and the wax allowed to cool and harden around the sore joints. The wax is then removed by peeling off and can be remelted in the bath for repeated use.
Also called paraffin dip.
- Wax, ear
wet and dry. Most whites and blacks have the wet type, and most Asians and Native Americans have the dry type.
Abbreviation for ‘well-developed, well-nourished,’ shorthand used by physicians when jotting down the results of a physical examination. For example, a WDWNWF would be a well-developed, well-nourished white female.
1. The windpipe (trachea). 2. More loosely, the throat. “Cut his weasand with thy knife.” The Tempest, Shakespeare. Weasand is from the Middle English wesand and the Old High German weisunt meaning windpipe. Sometimes written wesand or wezand.
- Weaver syndrome
An overgrowth syndrome characterized by accelerated growth and advanced bone age (evident at birth), unusual craniofacial appearance, hoarse low-pitched cry, and hypertonia (increased muscle tone) with camptodactyly (inability to fully extend the fingers). Caused by mutations in a gene called NSD1. The same gene is mutated in more than three-fourths of patients with another overgrowth […]