Medical Dictionary Definitions A-Z List
Medical Dictionary Definitions A - Z - «F»:
Foramen, interventricular: An opening between the lateral and third ventricles in a system of four communicating cavities within the brain that are continuous with the central canal of the spinal cord.
The four ventricles consist of the two lateral ventricles, the third ventricle and the fourth vent...
Foramen, intervertebral: See: Intervertebral foramen....
Foramen, neural: See: Intervertebral foramen....
Foramina: The plural of foramen, a natural opening. As in the foramina of Luschka....
Foramina of Luschka
Foramina of Luschka: Opening from the fourth ventricle, one in a system of four communicating cavities called ventricles within the brain that are continuous with the central canal of the spinal cord.
The four ventricles consist of the two lateral ventricles, the third ventricle and the fourth ventr...
Forced expiratory volume
Forced expiratory volume: The volume of air that can be forced out taking a deep breath, an important measure of pulmonary function. The forced expiratory volume in the first second is the FEV1....
Forceps: An instrument with two blades and a handle used for handling, grasping, or compressing. Many types of forceps are employed in medicine, including the alligator forceps (an angled instrument with jaws at the end), tissue forceps (a form of tweezer), hemostatic forceps (also simply called a h...
Forceps, obstetrical: An instrument designed as an aid in the vaginal delivery of a baby. Forceps may be used to ease delivery or to cope with problems of fetal distress or fetal position. The decision to use forceps or do a C-section must be made by an obstetrician....
Forearm: The portion of the upper limb from the elbow to the wrist.
In popular usage, the arm extends from the shoulder to the hand. However, in medical terminology, the arm refers to the upper extremity extending from the shoulder only to the elbow. The arm is thus distinguished in medical usage fr...
Foreign body airway obstruction
Foreign body airway obstruction: Partial or complete blockage of the breathing tubes to the lungs due to a foreign body (e.g., food, a bead, toy, etc.)
The onset of respiratory distress may be sudden with cough. There is often agitation in the early stage of airway obstruction. The signs of respira...
Forensic: Dealing with the application of scientific knowledge to legal problems and legal proceedings as, for example, in forensic anthropology, forensic dentistry, forensic experts, forensic medicine (legal medicine), forensic pathology, forensic science, etc.
The word "forensic" has an unusual hi...
Forensic anthropology: The application of the science of physical anthropology to the legal process. Forensic anthropology includes the identification of skeletal, decomposed, or unidentified human remains. Forensic anthropologists may team up with forensic pathologists, forensic dentists, and homic...
Forensic genetics: The branch of genetics that deals with the application of genetic knowledge to legal problems and legal proceedings. Forensic genetics is also a branch of forensic medicine which deals more broadly with the application of medical knowledge to legal matters.
Forensic genetics toda...
Forensic medicine: The branch of medicine that deals with the application of medical knowledge to legal problems and legal proceedings. Also called legal medicine. A physician may be engaged in forensic (or legal) medicine; a lawyer with comparable interests is said to be engaged in medical jurispr...
Forensics, DNA: See: DNA forensics....