Word Of The Day
Dorland's Word of the Day is a great way to broaden your knowledge of medical terminology. With a new and interesting term brought to you from the 32nd edition of Dorland's Illustrated Medical Dictionary each day, it's an easy and fun way to increase your medical vocabulary!
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detachment of retina
separation of the inner layers of the retina (neural retina) from the pigment epithelial layer; called also ablatio retinae and amotio retinae.
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high-frequency hearing loss
sensorineural hearing loss of tones at high frequencies, most commonly seen with noise-induced hearing loss.
self-limited diarrhea of acute onset and a duration of more than four weeks (and sometimes a year or more), characterized by explosive, watery diarrhea, typically 10–20 episodes a day, often accompanied by gas, mild abdominal cramping, and fatigue; systemic symptoms are rare. The causative agent is unknown, but outbreaks have been associated with the consumption of unpasteurized milk and inadequately treated water.
any of a family of cadherins (a group of related calcium-dependent cell adhesion molecules) found in desmosomes; they are the target of autoantibodies in pemphigus foliaceus and pemphigus vulgaris.
selection of study objects conducted when an ordered list of all members of the population is available; subjects are chosen from the list at a given uniform interval from each other, using a starting point that is selected randomly.
a genus of scorpions of the family Hemiscorpiidae, found in southwestern Asia from the Arabian Peninsula to Pakistan. H. lepturus has a venomous bite that causes serious skin wounds.
cortical ring sign
ring-shaped appearance of the cortex of the scaphoid bone on radiography of the wrist, caused by abnormal orientation of the scaphoid following disruption of the scaphoid ligament; a sign of scapholunate dislocation. Called also signet ring sign.
traction retinal detachment
retinal detachment caused by traction exerted by a pathologic condition that alters the vitreous body or some other nearby structure, such as hemorrhage, inflammation, or trauma.