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  1. Saddle sore Saddle sore
    Saddle sore: 1. Sore from riding on a saddle such as on a horse or bike. 2. A sore on a horse caused by an ill-fitting saddle. Also called saddle gall....
  2. Safe sex Safe sex
    Safe sex: 1. A sexual practice designed to reduce the risk of catching sexually transmitted infections (STIs). 2. A sexual practice that does not involve the exchange of bodily fluids, including blood, sperm, vaginal secretions, and saliva, to avoid AIDS and other sexually transmitted infections...
  3. Safer sex Safer sex
    Safer sex: See: Safe sex....
  4. Saffir-Simpson hurricane scale Saffir-Simpson hurricane scale
    Saffir-Simpson hurricane scale: A 1-5 rating based on the hurricane's present intensity. This scale is used to give an estimate of the potential property damage and flooding expected along the coast from a hurricane landfall. Wind speed is the determining factor in the scale, as storm surge values a...
  5. Saffron Saffron
    Saffron: An extremely costly yellow spice derived from the dried stigmas of the saffron crocus (Crocus sativus). Saffron has long been used in cooking and was once a treatment for a long list of diseases. It was used in medicine at least 3,500 years ago, as evidenced by frescoes found on the Aegean ...
  6. Sagittal Sagittal
    Sagittal: A vertical plane passing through the standing body from front to back. The mid-sagital, or median, plane splits the body into left and right halves. For a more complete listing of terms used in medicine for spatial orientation, please see the entry to "Anatomic Orientation Terms"....
  7. Sagittal sinus Sagittal sinus
    Sagittal sinus: A crucial large vein that goes over the top of the skull from front to back and then splits to take blood from the brain back toward the heart....
  8. Salaam Salaam
    Salaam: In a medical context, a seizure that looks like a sudden deep bow from the waist. Salaam seizures are characteristic of infantile spasms....
  9. Salaam seizure Salaam seizure
    Salaam seizure: See: Infantile spasms....
  10. Salabrasion Salabrasion
    Salabrasion: A technique in which salt or a salt solution is used to abrade the skin, for example to remove the pigment from a tattoo or permanent makeup....
  11. Salicylic acid Salicylic acid
    Salicylic acid: A substance obtained from plants (white willow back and wintergreen leaves) and also synthesized which is versatile and possesses bacteriostatic, fungicidal, and keratolytic actions. Salicylic acid is used as a food preservative and as an antiseptic in toothpaste. It is a peeling ag...
  12. Salient Salient
    Salient: Standing out. Projecting. When the true nature of a disease is poorly understood, it is often classified by its salient external features....
  13. Saline Saline
    Saline: Relating to salt. As an adjective, "saline" means "salty, containing salt." As a noun "saline" is a salt solution, often adjusted to the normal salinity of the human body. Salt, in medicine, is referring to sodium chloride. Sodium chloride is common table salt and the salt concentrated in...
  14. Saliva Saliva
    Saliva: a watery secretion in the mouth produced by the salivary glands that aids in the digestion of food. Saliva also serves to moisten and cleanse the mouth, including the tongue and teeth, and contains substances that can play a role in the prevention of infection. Saliva aids digestion by m...
  15. Salivary gland Salivary gland
    Salivary gland: One of the glands in the mouth that produce saliva. There are 3 major salivary glands. They are the parotid, submandibular, and sublingual glands. Each of these glands is paired; there is one parotid gland on each side of the head, etc. The parotid glands are located in front of the...