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Medical Dictionary Definitions A - Z - «F»:

  1. Fetishism Fetishism
    Fetishism: Fetishism is a problem in which a person has sexual urges associated with non-living objects. The person becomes sexually aroused by wearing or touching the object. For example, the object of a fetish could be an article of clothing, such as underwear, rubber clothing, women's shoes, o...
  2. Fetoprotein, alpha- (AFP) Fetoprotein, alpha- (AFP)
    Fetoprotein, alpha- (AFP): AFP is a plasma protein that is normally produced by the fetus. It serves as the basis for some valuable tests. AFP is manufactured principally in the fetus's liver and, also, in the fetal gastrointestinal (GI) tract and the yolk sac, a structure temporarily presen...
  3. Fetoscope Fetoscope
    Fetoscope: (1) A flexible fiberoptic device used to view or operate upon a fetus within the womb (to do fetal surgery). (2) A stethoscope designed for listening to the fetal heart beat....
  4. Fetoscopy Fetoscopy
    Fetoscopy: A technique for looking directly at the fetus within the uterus (using a fetoscope). ...
  5. Fetus Fetus
    Fetus: The unborn offspring from the end of the 8th week after conception (when the major structures have formed) until birth. Up until the eighth week, the developing offspring is called an embryo. ...
  6. FEV1 FEV1
    FEV1: Forced Expiratory Volume in the first second. The volume of air that can be forced out in one second after taking a deep breath, an important measure of pulmonary function....
  7. Fever Fever
    Fever: Although a fever technically is any body temperature above the normal of 98.6 degrees F. (37 degrees C.), in practice a person is usually not considered to have a significant fever until the temperature is above 100.4 degrees F (38 degrees C.). Fever is part of the body's own disease-fig...
  8. Fever blister Fever blister
    Fever blister: A small sore situated on the face or in the mouth that causes pain, burning, or itching before bursting and crusting over. The favorite locations are on the lips, chin or cheeks and in the nostrils. Less frequented sites are the gums or roof of the mouth (the palate). Fever blis...
  9. Fever of Unknown Origin Fever of Unknown Origin
    Fever of Unknown Origin: Fever of unknown origin (FUO) is a fever greater than 38.3°C (101 °F) that has occurred intermittently for over three weeks, for which no specific cause readily identified. In 85 to 95% of cases, the specific cause for a fever of unknown origin can eventually be ide...
  10. Fever therapy Fever therapy
    Fever therapy: Using abnormal elevations in body temperature as a tool to treat disease. This was done in the past by deliberately raising the patient's temperature to cause fever. Fever therapy was pioneered by the Austrian neuropsychiatrist Julius Wagner von Jauregg (1857-1940). He inoculated...
  11. Fever with renal syndrome, hemorrhagic Fever with renal syndrome, hemorrhagic
    Fever with renal syndrome, hemorrhagic: A set of diseases, also known as hemorrhagic fever, characterized by the abrupt onset of high fever and chills, headache, cold and cough, and pain in the muscles, joints and abdomen with nausea and vomiting followed by bleeding into the kidney and elsewh...
  12. Fever, breakbone Fever, breakbone
    Fever, breakbone: An acute mosquito-borne viral illness of sudden onset that usually follows a benign course with headache, fever, prostration, severe joint and muscle pain, swollen glands (lymphadenopathy) and rash. The presence (the "dengue triad") of fever, rash, and headache (and other pain...
  13. Fever, cat scratch Fever, cat scratch
    Fever, cat scratch: A bacterial infection due to a cat scratch seen most often today in people with HIV. The disease characteristically presents with swollen lymph nodes (lymphadenitis), sore throat, fatigue, and fever, chills, sweats, vomiting, loss of appetite, and weight loss. There is usually ...
  14. Fever, chikungunya Fever, chikungunya
    Fever, chikungunya: See: Chikungunya....
  15. Fever, dandy Fever, dandy
    Fever, dandy: An acute mosquito- borne viral illness of sudden onset that usually follows a benign course with headache, fever, prostration, severe joint and muscle pain, swollen glands (lymphadenopathy) and rash. The presence (the "dengue triad") of fever, rash, and headache (and other pains) ...