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 […]
- Weaver's bottom
Inflammation of the bursa that separates the gluteus maximus muscle of the buttocks from the underlying bony prominence of the bone that a person sits on (ischial tuberosity). Weaver’s bottom is a form of bursitis that is usually caused by prolonged sitting on hard surfaces that press against the bones of the bottom or midbuttocks. […]
- Wegener's granulomatosis
An uncommon type of inflammation of small arteries and veins (vasculitis) that classically involves the vessels supplying the tissues of the lungs, nasal passages (sinuses), and kidneys. Wegener’s granulomatosis usually affects young or middle-aged adults. Symptoms include fatigue, weight loss, fever, shortness of breath, bloody sputum, joint pains, and sinus inflammation, sometimes with nasal ulcerations […]
- Weight loss
Weight loss is a decrease in body weight resulting from either voluntary (diet, exercise) or involuntary (illness) circumstances. Most instances of weight loss arise due to the loss of body fat, but in cases of extreme or severe weight loss, protein and other substances in the body can also be depleted. Examples of involuntary weight […]