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Foreskin: The fold of skin which covers the head
(the glans) of the
penis. Also called the prepuce.
Only about 1 in every 20 boys is born with a retractable foreskin.
This reflects the fact that the histologic (tissue) development of
the foreskin is usually not complete at birth.
The foreskin i...
Foreskin and glans, inflammation of the
Foreskin and glans, inflammation of the: In the uncircumcised male, balanitis (inflammation of the glans, the rounded head of the penis) and posthitis (inflammation of the foreskin) usually occur together as balanoposthitis: inflammation of both the glans and foreskin. Circumcision prevents balanopo...
Foreskin, inflammation of the
Foreskin, inflammation of the: Inflammation of the foreskin of the penis (the prepuce) is called posthitis.
In the uncircumcised male, posthitis and balanitis (inflammation of the glans, the rounded head of the penis) usually occur together as balanoposthitis: inflammation of both the glans and fo...
Foreskin, tight: See Phimosis....
A form of degenerative arthritis characteristically associated with flowing calcification along the sides of the vertebrae of the spine and commonly with inflammation (tendinitis) and calcification of the tendons at their attachments points to bone.
Because areas of the spine and...
Forget me: Street term for Rohypnol....
Forgotten disease: Name sometimes given to Lemierre syndrome....
Formaldehyde: A pungent gas, with the chemical formula HCHO, used as an antiseptic, disinfectant, and especially today as a fixative for histology (the study of tissues under the microscope).
Formalin is a 37% aqueous (water) solution of formaldehyde....
Formalin: A 37% aqueous (water) solution of formaldehyde, a pungent gas, with the chemical formula HCHO, used as an antiseptic, disinfectant, and especially today as a fixative for histology (the study of tissues under the microscope)....
Formication: The illusion or hallucination that ants or other insects are creeping on or under the skin. Formication is a feature of some psychotic states as well as drug and alcohol abuse. From the Latin formicatio, from formicare meaning to creep like an ant. Not to be confused with fornication....
Formula feeding: Feeding an infant or toddler prepared formula rather than breast-feeding, or in addition to breast-feeding. Formula feeding is indicated when the mother has an illness that could be passed on to the baby through breast milk or through the close physical proximity required for breast...
Formula, infant: A substitute for breast milk for feeding infants.
Pediatricians generally advise exclusively breastfeeding (that is, breastfeeding with no formula) for all full term, healthy infants for the first 6 months of life. However, many infants are formula-fed today, at least in part. For i...
Formulary: 1. A collection of formulas, recipes, or prescriptions.
2. In medicine, a listing of prescription drugs approved for use....
Fornication: Sexual intercourse that is "illicit", outside of marriage.
The term "fornication" has a close medical relative by the name of "fornix", the word for "arch" in Latin. It seems that the Roman prostitutes used to hang out under the arches of certain public buildings. The act of carrying o...
Fornices: Plural form of fornix....