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Medical Dictionary Definitions A - Z - «D»:

  1. D & C D & C
    D & C: Dilatation and curettage, a minor operation in which the cervix is expanded enough (dilatation) to permit the cervical canal and uterine lining to be scraped with a spoon-shaped instrument called a curette (curettage)....
  2. D (domain) D (domain)
    D (domain): Abbreviation for domain, a discrete portion of a protein with its own function. The combination of domains in a single protein determines its overall function....
  3. D (drug caution code) D (drug caution code)
    D (drug caution code): Abbreviation on a medication that indicates caution because the medication may cause drowsiness. While not a part of the historical heritage of ancient prescription abbreviations, drug caution codes provide very valuable warnings. If you see a caution code on a prescription, ...
  4. D and C D and C
    D and C: Stands for dilatation and curettage. This is a very common gynecologic procedure in which the cervix of the uterus is expanded (dilated) so the cervical canal and endometrium (the uterine lining) can be scraped off with a spoon-shaped instrument called a curet or curette. This is a relat...
  5. d- d-
    d-: Abbreviation for dextrorotatory, applied to a chemical compound. Dextrorotary is opposed to levorotary which is abbreviated as l-. From the Latin dexter, on the right-hand side....
  6. D-dimer D-dimer
    D-dimer: A fragment produced during the degradation of a clot. The D here stands for domain. Dimer indicates two identical units, in this case two identical domains. D-dimer result from complete breakdown of the clot. Monoclonal antibody to the D-dimer fragment provide the basis for the main methods...
  7. D-IBS D-IBS
    D-IBS: Diarrhea-predominant IBS (irritable bowel syndrome)....
  8. D.O. D.O.
    D.O.: Abbreviation for Doctor of Osteopathy, an osteopathic physician. Osteopathy is a system of therapy founded in the 19th century based on the concept that the body can formulate its own remedies against diseases when the body is in a normal structural relationship, has a normal environment and ...
  9. Da Vinci, Leonardo Da Vinci, Leonardo
    Da Vinci, Leonardo: The father of anatomic art. The architect, scientist, engineer, inventor, poet, sculptor and painter, Leonardo da Vinci first became interested in anatomic art when he was asked by a Veronese anatomist named Marc Antonia Della Torre to do the illustrations for a text of anat...
  10. Dacry- Dacry-
    Dacry-: Combining form used before a vowel to denote a relationship to tears. See: Dacryo-....
  11. Dacryo- Dacryo-
    Dacryo-: A combining form denoting tears, as in dacryocyst (tear sac) and dacryocystorhinostomy (surgery to open up a tear duct). From the Greek dakry meaning "a tear."...
  12. Dacryoadenitis Dacryoadenitis
    Dacryoadenitis: Inflammation of a lacrimal gland (a gland that produces tears)....
  13. Dacryocyst Dacryocyst
    Dacryocyst: The lacrimal sac; tear sac. The dilated (widened) upper end of the nasolacrimal duct, the passageway that permits tears to drain into the nasal cavity....
  14. Dacryocystorhinostomy Dacryocystorhinostomy
    Dacryocystorhinostomy: The surgical creation of a passage between the lacrimal sac (tear sac) and the nasal cavity to permit the drainage of tears. Dacryocystorhinostomy may be done to remedy an obstructed nasolacrimal duct....
  15. Dactyl-, -dactyl Dactyl-, -dactyl
    Dactyl-, -dactyl: Prefix or suffix denoting involvement of the digits (fingers or toes)....