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  1. Somnambulism Somnambulism
    Somnambulism: Sleepwalking. Purposeful moving, usually but not always including walking, while in a deep stage of sleep. Sleepwalking occurs most frequently in children, particularly boys. Sedatives tend to exacerbate rather than cure sleepwalking. The best measures are preventative: ensure tha...
  2. Somnambulist Somnambulist
    Somnambulist: A sleepwalker....
  3. Somniloquy Somniloquy
    Somniloquy: Sleep talking. Talking in one's sleep is considered a normal phenomenon that is of no medical or psychological consequence....
  4. Somnolence Somnolence
    Somnolence: Sleepiness, the state of feeling drowsy, ready to fall asleep. A person experiencing somnolence is somnolent and is acting somnolently. Somnolence, somnolent, and somnolently go back to the Latin "somnus" meaning (please don't yawn) "sleep."...
  5. Somnolent Somnolent
    Somnolent: Sleepy or tending to cause sleep. "Somnolent" came from French. It descends from the Latin "somnus" meaning "sleep." Also descended from "somnus" are "somnambulism" (sleepwalking) and "insomnia" (the inability to sleep.)...
  6. Somnoplasty Somnoplasty
    Somnoplasty: A surgical treatment to stop snoring. Somnoplasty uses heat energy to remove tissues of the soft palate and the uvula (the flap at the back of the palate). Somnoplasty is usually done as an office procedure with local anesthesia. Somnoplasty is not indicated for the treatment of sleep ...
  7. Son Son
    Son: 1. Principally, a male offspring. 2. Also a male adopted child. 3. A term of address for a male. From the Old English sunu, from an Indo-European word meaning to give birth....
  8. Sonata Sonata
    Sonata: Sonorous brand name for the sedative hypnotic drug generically known as zaleplon, used for sleep. For more pharmaceutical information, see: zaleplon....
  9. Soothing Soothing
    Soothing: Bringing comfort, solace, reassurance, peace, composure, quietude. To soothe is to allay, balm, becalm, calm, compose, lull, quiet, settle, still, or tranquilize. In medicine, an agent that is soothing is called a demulcent....
  10. Soper, Fred L. Soper, Fred L.
    Soper, Fred L.: (1893-1977) American physician, epidemiologist and public health administrator. Soper won a Lasker Award in 1946 for organizing successful campaigns to eradicate yellow fever and malaria between 1927 and 1945. He also made key contributions to the control of typhus fever during World...
  11. Sopor Sopor
    Sopor: Abnormally deep sleep, an unusually profound sleep, a stupor from which it is difficult to rouse a person. Sopor may be due to a drug. "Sopor" is Latin for "deep sleep." The root is "somnus," the Latin for "sleep" (and the name of the Roman god of sleep.) "Soporific" has the same derivation....
  12. Soporific Soporific
    Soporific: Something such as a drug that causes or induces profound sleep. Tending to cause sleep or to dull the sense of awareness or alertness. The word "soporific" is derived from "sopor" meaning "deep sleep." The root is "somnus," the Latin for "sleep" (and the name of the Roman god of sleep.)...
  13. Sore Sore
    Sore: 1. (adjective) A popular term for painful. I have sore fingers from typing dictionary terms. She has a sore throat. 2. (noun) A nondescript term for nearly any lesion of the skin or mucous membranes. He has a number of sores in his mouth. The word sore traces its origin to the Anglo-Saxon ...
  14. Sore throat Sore throat
    Sore throat: Pain in the throat. Sore throat may be caused by many different causes, including inflammation of the larynx, pharynx, or tonsils. First and foremost in frequency are viruses. Many viruses, and even those that cause mononucleosis (mono) and influenza (the flu), cause a sore throat. Som...
  15. Sore, canker Sore, canker
    Sore, canker: A small ulcer crater in the lining of the mouth that is often painful and very sensitive. Also known as an aphthous ulcer. Canker sores are one of the most common problems that occur in the mouth. About 20% of the population (1 in 5 people) have canker sores at any given time. Canker s...