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  1. Activated leukocyte cell adhesion molecule Activated leukocyte cell adhesion molecule
    Activated leukocyte cell adhesion molecule: See: ALCAM....
  2. Active euthanasia Active euthanasia
    Active euthanasia: The active acceleration of a "good" death by use of drugs etc, whether by oneself or with the aid of a doctor. The word "euthanasia" comes from the Greek -- "eu" meaning "goodly or well" + "thanatos" meaning "death." So, euthanasia is literally the "good death." In 18th-century...
  3. Active immunity Active immunity
    Active immunity: The production of antibodies against a specific agent by the immune system. Active immunity can be acquired in two ways: by contracting an infectious disease -- such as, for example, chickenpox; or by receiving a vaccination usually pe-- such as, for example, against polio. Ac...
  4. Active tuberculosis Active tuberculosis
    Active tuberculosis: See: Tuberculosis, active....
  5. Activities of daily living (ADLs) Activities of daily living (ADLs)
    Activities of daily living (ADLs): The things we normally do in daily living including any daily activity we perform for self-care (such as feeding ourselves, bathing, dressing, grooming), work, homemaking, and leisure. The ability or inability to perform ADLs can be used as a very practical measure...
  6. Activity, drug Activity, drug
    Activity, drug: A measure of the physiological response a drug produces in the body. A less active drug produces less response (and visa versa)....
  7. Acu- Acu-
    Acu-: A combining form indicating a relationship to a needle. As in acupuncture. From the Latin acus meaning needle....
  8. Acuity test, visual Acuity test, visual
    Acuity test, visual: This test measures how well you see at various distances. It is the familiar eye chart test. The eye chart itself -- the usual one is called Snellen's chart -- is imprinted with block letters that line-by-line decrease in size, corresponding to the distance at which that li...
  9. Acuity, auditory Acuity, auditory
    Acuity, auditory: The clarity or clearness of hearing, a measure of how well a person hears and monitoring the ability to hear. The word "acuity" comes from the Latin "acuitas" = sharpness....
  10. Acuity, visual Acuity, visual
    Acuity, visual: The clarity or clearness of the vision, a measure of how well a person sees. The ability to distinguish details and shapes of objects; also called central vision. The word "acuity" comes from the Latin "acuitas" = sharpness....
  11. Acupressure Acupressure
    Acupressure: The application of pressure on specific points on the body to control symptoms such as pain or nausea. Similar in concept to acupuncture but without needles....
  12. Acupuncture Acupuncture
    Acupuncture: The practice of inserting needles into the body to reduce pain or induce anesthesia. More broadly, acupuncture is a family of procedures involving the stimulation of anatomical locations on or in the skin by a variety of techniques. There are a number of different approaches to diagno...
  13. Acupuncturist Acupuncturist
    Acupuncturist: A person skilled in the practice of acupuncture, who may or may not be credentialed by a national accrediting body....
  14. Acustimulation Acustimulation
    Acustimulation: Mild electrical stimulation of acupuncture points done to control symptoms such as nausea and vomiting....
  15. Acute Acute
    Acute: Of abrupt onset, in reference to a disease. Acute often also connotes an illness that is of short duration, rapidly progressive, and in need of urgent care. "Acute" is a measure of the time scale of a disease and is in contrast to "subacute" and "chronic." "Subacute" indicates longer duratio...