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Medical Dictionary Definitions A - Z - «F»:
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...
Fetoprotein, alpha- (AFP)
Fetoprotein, alpha- (AFP): AFP is a plasma protein
normally produced by the fetus. It serves as the basis for some
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...
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....
Fetoscopy: A technique for looking directly at the
fetus within the uterus (using a fetoscope). ...
Fetus: The unborn offspring from the end of the
week after conception (when the major structures have formed) until
birth. Up until the eighth week, the developing offspring is called
an embryo. ...
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....
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
Fever is part of the body's own disease-fig...
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 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...
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...
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
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...
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 ...
Fever, chikungunya: See: Chikungunya....
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) ...