English dictionary of medical terms (49)
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- No:960 - keloid
(Gr. kl tumour + eidos form) a sharply elevated, irregularly-
shaped, progressively enlarging scar due to the formation of
excessive amounts of collagen in the corium during connective
- No:961 - keratitis
(kerat- + -itis) inflammation of the cornea. Cf.
- No:962 - keratoconjunctivitis
(kerato- + conjunctivitis) inflammation of the cornea and
- No:963 - keratolytic
an agent that promotes keratolysis.
- No:964 - ketoacidosis
acidosis accompanied by the accumulation of ketone bodies (ketosis)
in the body tissues and fluids, as in diabetic acidosis.
- No:965 - kinetic
(Gr. kintikos) pertaining to or producing motion.
- No:966 - koilonychia
(koilo- + onyx nail + -ia) dystrophy of the fingernails, sometimes
associated with iron deficiency anaemia, in which they are thin and
concave, with the edges raises; called also spoon nail.
- No:967 - labile
(L. labilis unstable, from labi to glide) 1. gliding; moving from
point to point over the surface; unstable; fluctuating. 2.
- No:968 - laceration
(L. laceratio) 1. the act of tearing. 2. a torn, ragged, mangled
- No:969 - lacrimal
pertaining to the tears.
- No:970 - lactation
(L. lactatio, from lactare to suckle) the period of the secretion
- No:971 - laryngitis
inflammation of the larynx, a condition attended with dryness and
soreness of the throat, hoarseness, cough and dysphagia.
- No:972 - lassitude
(L. lassitudo weariness) weakness; exhaustion.
- No:973 - latent period
a seemingly inactive period, as that between exposure of tissue to
an injurious agent and the manifestation of response, or that
between the instant of stimulation and the beginning of response.
- No:974 - lateral
(L. lateralis) 1. denoting a position farther from the median plane
or midline of the body or of a structure. 2. pertaining to a side.
- No:975 - laxative
(L. laxativus) an agent that acts to promote evacuation of the
bowel; a cathartic or purgative.
- No:976 - lenticular
- (L. lenticularis) 1. pertaining to or shaped like a lens. 2.
pertaining to the crystalline lens. 3. pertaining to the
- No:977 - lesion
(L. laesio; laedere to hurt) any pathological or traumatic
discontinuity of tissue or loss of function of a part.
- No:978 - lethal
(L. lethalis, from lethum death) deadly, fatal.
- No:979 - lethargy
(Gr. lthargia drowsiness) abnormal drowsiness or stupor; a
condition of indifference.
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