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ABDOMEN
Part of the trunk between the thorax and the pelvis.
ABDOMINAL
Pertaining to the abdomen
ABDOMINOPELVIC
Pertaining to the abdomen and pelvis
ABDUCENS
Sixth cranial nerve, responsible for eye movement
ABDUCTION
Action of moving away from the midline
ABLATION
Removal of tissue to destroy its function
ABORTION
Spontaneous or induced expulsion of an embryo or fetus from the uterus
ABORTUS
Product of abortion
ABRASION
Area of skin or mucous membrane that has been scraped off
ABRUPTIO
Placena abruptio is the premature detachment of the placenta
ACCESSORY
Eleventh cranial nerve, supplying neck mucles, pharynx, and larynx
ACCOMMODATION
The act of adjusting something to make it fit the needs
ACETABULUM
The cup-shaped cavity of the hip bone that receives the head of the femur to form the hip joint
ACETAMINOPHEN
Medication that is an analgesic and an antipyretic
ACETONE
Ketone that is found in blood, urine, and breath when diabetes mellitus is out of control
ACEYLCHOLINE
Parasympathetic neurotransmitter
achilles tendon
A tendon formed from the gastrocnemius and soleus muscles and inserted into the calcaneus
achondroplasia
Condition whith abnormal conversion of cartilage into bone, leading to dwarfism
acid
Substance with a pH below 7.0
acinar cells
Enzyme-secreting cells of hte pancreas
acne
Inflammatory disease of sebaceous glands and hair follicles
acoustic
Pertaining to hearing
acquired
A condition that is not inherited
acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS)
Infection with the HIV virus
acromegaly
Enlargement of the head, face, hands, and feet due to excess growth hormone in an adult
acromioclavicular
The join between the acromion and the clavicle
acromion
Lateral end of he scapula, extending over the shoulder joint
acrophobia
Pathologic fear of heights
activities of daily living (ADL's)
Daily routines for mobility and personal care; bathing, dressing, eating, and moving
acuminata
Tapering to a point
acupoint
Point of entry in the skin to a meridian
acupressure
Application of pressure to acupoints
acupuncture
Use of sterile, hair-thin needles to stimulate the energy pathways known as meridians
acute
Describes a disease of sudden onset that is usually severe and of short duration
adapt
To adjust to different conditions
adaptation
Change in function or structure of an organ to meet new conditions
adaptive equipment
Devices and supplies that enable a disabled individual to perform specific functions
addict
Person with a psychologic or physical dependence on a substance or practice
addiction
Habitual psychological and physiologic dependence on a substance or practice
addictive
Pertaining to or causing addiction
addison disease
An autoimmune disease leading to decreased production of adrenocortical steroids
adduction
Action of moving toward the midline
adenine
One of the chemical bases found in, and comprising the sequence of, both DNA and RNA
adenocarcinoma
A cancer arising from the glandular epithelial cells
adenohypophysis
Anterior lobe of the pituitary gland
adenoid
Single mass of lymphoid tissue in the midline at the back of the throat
adenomyosis
The implantation of endometrial glandular tissue in the myometrium
adherence
The act of sticking to something
adipose
Containing fat
adiposity
Excessive accumulation of fat in a site, organ, or body
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