Medical Dictionary Definitions A-Z List
Medical Dictionary Definitions A - Z - «D»:
Drugs, anti-angiogenesis: These
drugs, which include angiostatin and Endostatin, halt the
process of developing new blood vessels (angiogenesis).
Angiostatin is a piece of a larger and very common protein,
plasminogen, that the body uses in blood clotting.
Endostatin is a piece of a different ...
Drugs, statin: A class of drugs that lower cholesterol.
There are currently at least 5 statin drugs on the market in the
Lovastatin (brand name: MEVACOR),
Simvastatin (brand name: ZOCOR),
Pravastatin (brand name: PRAVACHOL),
Fluvastatin (brand name: LESCOL),
Atorvastatin (brand ...
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Drugs, teratogenic: A teratogen is an agent that can disturb the development of the embryo or fetus. Teratogens halt the pregnancy or produ...
Drunkorexia: A term coined to refer to condition of binge drinking combined with the typical self-imposed starvation seen with anorexia nervosa. It has also been used to refer to individuals who use purging (as seen with bulimia nervosa) to try to reduce caloric intake to offset the calories consume...
Drusen: Tiny yellow or white deposits in the retina of the
eye or on the optic nerve head.
The presence of drusen is one of the most common early signs of
age-related macular degeneration (AMD. The eye care specialist can
see drusen during an eye examination. Their presence alone does not
DRVs (Daily Reference Values)
DRVs (Daily Reference Values): A set of dietary
references that applies to fat, saturated fat, cholesterol,
carbohydrate, protein, fiber, sodium, and potassium....
Dry eye: A deficiency of tears. The main symptom is usually a scratchy or sandy feeling as if something is in the eye. Other symptoms may include stinging or burning of the eye; episodes of excess tearing that follow periods of very dry sensation; a stringy discharge from the eye; and pain and redne...
Dry mouth: The condition of not having enough saliva to keep the mouth wet. This is due to inadequate function of the salivary glands. Everyone has dry mouth once in a while when they are nervous, upset or under stress. But if someone has a dry mouth most all of the time, it can be uncomfortable and...
Dry skin: Abnormally dry skin. Can be
caused by a dry climate, winter weather, deficiency of vitamin A, systemic illness, overexposure to sunlight, or medication. The skin
loses moisture. It may crack and peel. Or it may become irritated, inflamed, and itch. Bathing frequently, especially with soa...
DSCR: See: Down syndrome critical region....
DSM: Abbreviation for the "Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders," a comprehensive classification of officially recognized
psychiatric disorders, published by the American Psychiatric Association ,
for use by mental health professionals to ensure uniformity of diagnosis.
DSM-IV: The 4th edition of "Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders" (DSM) a comprehensive classification of officially recognized psychiatric disorders. DSM-IV was issued in 1993....
DSS1: Or Dss1. A small protein important to the process of error-free DNA repair by recombination....
DT: Diphtheria-Tetanus vaccine....
DT immunization: DT (diphtheria and tetanus) vaccine
does not protect from pertussis and is usually reserved for individuals who have had a
significant adverse reaction to a DPT shot or who have a personal or family history of a
seizure disorder or brain disease....