Medical Dictionary Definitions A-Z List
Medical Dictionary Definitions A - Z - «F»:
Femicide: The killing of women. For example, AIDS in Africa has been termed "mass femicide." Femicide is in contrast to the literal meaning of homicide as the killing of men....
Femoral: Having to do with the femur or, less often, the thigh. As in the femoral head (the head of the femur), the femoral artery, and femoral vein....
Femoral artery: A large artery that starts in the lower abdomen and goes down into the thigh The femoral artery starts as a continuation of the external iliac artery which comes from the abdominal aorta.
The femoral artery is first known as the common femoral artery, because it has not yet given of...
Femoral head, avascular necrosis of the
Femoral head, avascular necrosis of the: See Legg-Calve-Perthes disease....
Femoral vein: The largest vein in the groin. The femoral vein is a continuation of the popliteal vein. It passes, together with the femoral artery, beneath the inguinal ligament to enter the abdomen and form the external iliac vein. The femoral vein is one portion of the venous system that carries...
Femur: The femur is the bone in the leg that extends
from the hip to the knee.
The femur constitutes the upper leg, that part of the leg
above the knee. As compared to the lower leg which boasts two
bones (the tibia and the fibula), the upper leg has only one bone,
the femur, but a very large bo...
Fenestration: Literally, the making of a window --
fenestra in Latin (and fenetre in French) is a window -- fenestration refers to the
creation of a new opening....
Fenfluramine: A weight loss drug, in a class of
drugs called anorectics which decrease appetite. This drug, sold in the US under the brand name Pondimin, was withdrawn from the US
market in 1997, and has since been withdrawn worldwide and is no longer available because of its association with abno...
Ferritin: The major iron storage protein in the body. The blood level of ferritin serves as an indicator of the amount of iron stored in the body. Ferritin has the shape of a hollow sphere that permits the entry of a variable amount of iron for storage (as ferric hydroxide phosphate complexes). When...
Ferrocalcinosis, cerebrovascular: A condition that was first described in 1930 by T. Fahr and is therefore sometimes called Fahr syndrome, this is a genetic (inherited) neurological disorder characterized by abnormal deposits of calcium in certain of areas of the brain (including the basal ganglia a...
Ferronière: A jewel held to the forehead by a chain worn by women in France and Italy in the 16th century to hide the marks of syphilis. The ferronière returned in the 19th century when syphilis was epidemic in Europe. Named for Madame Ferron, mistress of the French king Françoi...
Fertile: Able to conceive and bear offspring. ...
Fertility: The ability to conceive and have children, the ability to become pregnant through normal sexual activity. Infertility is defined as the failure to conceive after a year of regular intercourse without contraception.
Infertility is on the rise in many countries. The proportion of women in...
Fertility awareness: Also known as natural family planning, periodic abstinence and the rhythm method, this approach entails not having sexual intercourse on the days of a woman's menstrual cycle when she could become pregnant or using a barrier method (such as a condom, the diaphragm or a cervical ...
Fertilization: Fertilization is the process of combining the male
gamete, or "sperm," with the female gamete, or "ovum." The product of
this combination is a cell called a zygote. ...