Medical Dictionary Definitions A-Z List
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Septate: Divided: A septate uterus is a one that is divided....
Septate vagina: A vagina that is divided,
usually longitudinally, to create a double vagina. This situation can be easily
missed by the patient and even by the doctor on exam. If the patient becomes
sexually active prior to diagnosis, one of the vaginas stretches and becomes
"dominant". The othe...
Septic: Infected, or denoting infection.
For example, septic shock is shock caused by infection.
Septic arthritis: Joint inflammation that is caused by bacteria infecting the joint. Diagnosis is made by analysis of fluid that has been removed from the joint, including microscopic examination and culture. Treatment is by antibiotic medication and drainage of infected joint fluid from the joint. ...
Septic bursitis: A bursa is a closed fluid-filled sac
that functions as a gliding surface to reduce friction between tissues of the body. When
the bursa becomes inflamed, the condition is known as "bursitis." When the bursa
is infected with bacteria, the condition is called septic bursitis...
Septicemia: Systemic (bodywide) illness with toxicity due to invasion of the bloodstream by virulent bacteria coming from a local seat of infection.
The symptoms of chills, fever and exhaustion are caused by the bacteria and substances they produce. The disorder is treated with massive doses of ant...
Septorhinoplasty: A surgical procedure done on the nose and the nasal septum, the wall within the nose separating the left and right sides.
A procedure on the nose called a rhinoplasty is usually done to enhance the appearance of the nose. During rhinoplasty, the nasal cartilages and bones are modif...
Septuagenarian: Someone in his or her seventies. See also: Age by decade....
Septum: A word borrowed from the Latin "saeptum" meaning a
"dividing wall or enclosure."...
Septum, atrial: The wall between the two upper chambers (the right and
left atrium) of the heart....
Septum, cardiac: The cardiac septum is the dividing wall between the right and left sides of the heart.
That portion of the septum that separates the two upper chambers (the right and left atria) of the heart is termed the atrial (or interatrial) septum while the portion of the septum that lies betw...
Septum, heart: The septum of the heart is the dividing wall between the right and left sides of the heart.
That portion of the septum that separates the two upper chambers (the right and left atria) of the heart is termed the atrial (or interatrial) septum while the portion of the septum that lies b...
Septum, interatrial: The wall separating the upper chambers (the
atria) of the heart. A hole in the interatrial septum is termed an atrial septal defect
Septum, interventricular: The wall separating the lower chambers (the
ventricles) of the heart. A hole in the interventricular septum is termed a ventricular
septal defect (VSD)....
Septum, nasal: The dividing wall within the nose. The nasal septum runs down the middle of the nose creating two sides to the nose, each containing a passageway that ends in a nare (nostril).
The nasal septum is not as simple a structure as it may seem. It consists of (in technical terms) the septal...