English dictionary of medical terms (70)
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- No:1380/1379 - potentialization, potentiation
the synergistic action of two drugs, being greater than the sum of
the effects of each used alone.
- No:1381 - precipitation
(L. praecipitatio) the act or process of precipitating.
- No:1382 - preclinical
before a disease becomes clinically recognizable.
- No:1383 - precordial
pertaining to the precordium (= region over the heart and lower
part of the thorax).
- No:1384 - precursor
- (L. praecursor a forerunner) something that precedes. In
biological processes, a substance from which another, usually more
active or mature substance is formed. In clinical medicine, a sign
or symptom that heralds another.
- No:1385 - predisposition
(pre- + L. disponere to dispose) a latent susceptibility to disease
which may be activated under certain conditions, as by stress.
- No:1386 - preeclampsia
a toxaemia of late pregnancy characterized by hypertension, edema,
and proteinuria, when convulsions and coma are associated, it is
- No:1387 - preliminary
lying before : leading to : being at the threshold of.
- No:1388 - preload
the tension in the heart muscle at the end of diastole (before the
- No:1389 - premature
(L. praematurus early ripe) 1. occurring before the proper time.
2. a premature infant.
- No:1390 - premedication
- preliminary medication, particularly internal medication to produce
narcosis prior to inhalation anaesthesia.
- No:1391 - premenstrual
occurring before menstruation.
- No:1392 - prenatal
(pre- + L. natalis natal) existing or occurring before birth, with
reference to the fetus.
- No:1393 - preoperative
preceding an operation.
- No:1394 - preparation
(L. praeparatio) 1. a medicine made ready for use. 2. an anatomic
or pathologic specimen made ready and preserved for study.
- No:1395 - prepuce
a covering fold of skin; often used alone to designate the
- No:1396 - prescription
(L. praescriptio) a written direction for the preparation and
administration of a remedy. A prescription consists of the heading
or superscription - that is, the symbol R or the word Recipe,
meaning 'take'; the inscription, which contains the names and
quantities of the ingredients; the subscription, or directions for
compounding; and the signature, usually introduced by the sign S.
for signa, 'mark', which gives the directions for the patient which
are to be marked on the receptacle.
- No:1397 - presentation
(L. praesentatio) in obstetrics; (a) the relationship of the long
axis of the fetus to that of the mother (called also lie); (b) the
presenting part, i.e., that portion of the fetus which is touched
by the examining finger through the cervix, or during labour, is
bounded by the girdle of resistance.
- No:1398 - presynaptic
situated proximal to a synapse, or occurring before the synapse is
- No:1399 - prevention
a going before : state of being before : precedence; anticipation,
forestalment, preventive, precaution.
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