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  1. Depo-Provera contraceptive Depo-Provera contraceptive
    Depo-Provera contraceptive: Injectable progestin (Depo-Provera) was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for contraception in 1992. It is injected by a health professional into the woman's buttocks or arm muscle every three months. Depo-Provera prevents pregnancy in three ways: I...
  2. Depression Depression
    Depression: An illness that involves the body, mood, and thoughts, that affects the way a person eats and sleeps, the way one feels about oneself, and the way one thinks about things. A depressive disorder is not the same as a passing blue mood. It is not a sign of personal weakness or a condition t...
  3. Depression, agitated Depression, agitated
    Depression, agitated: See: Agitated depression....
  4. Depression, bipolar Depression, bipolar
    Depression, bipolar: See: Bipolar disorder....
  5. Depression, dysthymia Depression, dysthymia
    Depression, dysthymia: A type of depression involving long-term, chronic symptoms that are not disabling, but keep a person from functioning at "full steam" or from feeling good. Dysthymia is a less severe type of depression than what is accorded the diagnosis of major depression. However, people wi...
  6. Depression, major Depression, major
    Depression, major: A disease that interferes with the ability to work, sleep, eat, and enjoy once pleasurable activities. The signs and symptoms of major depression include loss of interest in activities that were once interesting or enjoyable, including sex; loss of appetite (anorexia) with weight ...
  7. Depression, winter Depression, winter
    Depression, winter: See: SAD....
  8. Dercum disease Dercum disease
    Dercum disease: A condition characterized by painful fatty tumors (lipomas) beneath the skin. The diseases tends to be associated with obesity and is about 5 times more frequent in females than in males. Onset of symptoms is generally in middle age. The fatty tumors are most often located on the t...
  9. Dermabrasion Dermabrasion
    Dermabrasion: Dermabrasion is a surgical procedure that involves the controlled abrasion (wearing away) of the upper layers of the skin with sandpaper or other mechanical means. The purpose of dermabrasion is to smoothen the skin and, in the process, remove small scars (as from acne), moles (nevi),...
  10. Dermal Dermal
    Dermal: Pertaining to the skin. From the Greek word derma for skin....
  11. Dermatan sulfate Dermatan sulfate
    Dermatan sulfate: An glycosaminoglycan (formerly called a mucopolysaccharide) found mostly in skin but also in blood vessels, the heart valves, tendons, and the lungs. Dermatan sulfate accumulates abnormally in several of the mucopolysaccharidosis disorders....
  12. Dermatitis Dermatitis
    Dermatitis: Inflammation of the skin, either due to direct contact with an irritating substance, or to an allergic reaction. Symptoms of dermatitis include redness, itching, and in some cases blistering. There are two types of dermatitis: eczematous (eczema) and noneczematous (also called occupa...
  13. Dermatitis and diarrhea, zinc deficiency Dermatitis and diarrhea, zinc deficiency
    Dermatitis and diarrhea, zinc deficiency:Among the consequences of zinc deficiency, dermatitis (skin inflammation) and diarrhea are particularly prominent features. A genetic disease called acrodermatitis enteropathica in which there is impaired zinc uptake from the intestine is, in fact, charac...
  14. Dermatitis, atopic Dermatitis, atopic
    Dermatitis, atopic: A skin disease characterized by areas of severe itching, redness, scaling, and loss of the surface of the skin (excoriation). When the eruption (rash) has been present for a prolonged time, chronic changes occur due to the constant scratching and rubbing known as lichenification...
  15. Dermatitis, stasis Dermatitis, stasis
    Dermatitis, stasis: A skin irritation on the lower legs, generally related to circulatory problems. Stasis refers to a stoppage or slowdown in the flow of blood (or other body fluid such as lymph). A stasis ulcer is an ulcer (a crater) that develops in an area in which the circulation is sluggish ...