Medical Dictionary Definitions A-Z List
Medical Dictionary Definitions A - Z - «F»:
Family therapy: A type of psychotherapy designed to identify family patterns that contribute to a behavior disorder or mental illness and help family members break those habits.
Family therapy involves discussion and problem-solving sessions with the family. Some of these sessions may be as a group,...
Family, extended: See: Extended family....
Family, gene: A group of genes related in structure and often in function. The genes belonging to a gene family are descended from an ancestral gene.
For example, the hemoglobin genes of critical importance to red blood cells belong to one gene family created by gene duplication (making extra copi...
Family, nuclear: See: Nuclear family....
Fanconi anemia: A genetic disease that affects all of the bone marrow elements, is associated with a great diversity of malformations as well as pigmentary changes of the skin, and predisposes to malignancy.
Malignancy: Fanconi anemia predisposes particularly to a disturbance of bone marrow growth...
Fanconi pancytopenia: See Fanconi anemia....
Fantod: A state of nervous anxiety or irritability. Also an irritable outburst. Pronounced fan-todd....
FAO deficiency: Also known as
the Sjogren-Larsson syndrome, this is a genetic (inherited) disease usually
characterized by a triad of clinical findings consisting of ichthyosis (thickened fish-like
skin), spastic paraplegia (spasticity of the legs) and mental retardation.
The skin changes in the...
FAP: Familial adenomatous polyposis, a prominent hereditary colon cancer syndrome....
Fari Amini: Amini, Fariborz....
Fariborz Amini: Amini, Fariborz....
Farsightedness: Medically termed hyperopia; the ability to see distant objects more clearly than close objects.
Farsightedness (hyperopia) may be corrected with glasses or contact lenses....
Fart: This is not an accepted
medical word for passing gas. Excess gas in the
intestinal is medically termed "flatulence." (But what is
excess gas is difficult to define since symptom-free
individuals have recorded approximately 14 passages of gas
per 24 hours!)
The Oxford English Dictionary...
FAS: 1. Fetal alcohol syndrome.
2. The FAS gene....
FAS diagnosis: See: Fetal alcohol syndrome diagnosis....