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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a disorder of gait and equilibrium caused by a lesion in the frontal lobe, commonly seen in elderly persons and those with Alzheimer disease; the person walks with a broad-based gait, taking short steps and placing the feet flat on the ground. Called also Bruns apraxia and frontal ataxia.
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a dipeptidyl-peptidase-4 inhibitor that acts in response to elevated blood sugar to slow the inactivation of incretins, thereby increasing insulin release and decreasing circulating glucagon levels, used in the treatment of type 2 diabetes mellitus; administered orally.
a device worn on the wrist for measuring body movements over time and studying circadian rhythms; it can be used when the patient is asleep to estimate sleep quantity and quality.
a dermographic response in which wheals appear soon after stroking, mild scratching, or other friction.
a derivative of y-aminobutyric acid (GABA) having anticonvulsant and antinociceptive effects, used in the treatment of neuropathic pain in diabetic neuropathy and postherpetic neuralgia; administered orally.
a deepening constriction of the plasma membrane at the equator of a dividing cell, formed by the pinching in of the membrane as the diameter of the contractile ring decreases.
median canaliform dystrophy
a deep longitudinal split or canal in the nail plate, sometimes showing lateral branches. Called also dystrophia mediana canaliformis, dystrophia unguis mediana canaliformis, and solenonychia.
persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn
a condition in newborns in which blood continues to flow through the foramen ovale and a patent ductus arteriosus, bypassing the lungs and resulting in hypoxemia. Called also persistent fetal circulation.