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  1. Superfluous Superfluous
    Superfluous: Beyond what is sufficient. A sixth finger is superfluous....
  2. Superfoods Superfoods
    Superfoods: A non-medical term popularized in the media to refer to foods that can have health-promoting properties such as reducing one's risk of disease or improving any aspect of physical or emotional health. So-called superfoods may have an unusually high content of antioxidants, vitamins, or ...
  3. Superior Superior
    Superior: In antomy, above or over top of. As opposed to inferior. The heart is superior to the stomach. The superior surface of the tongue rests against the palate. For a more complete listing of terms used in medicine for spatial orientation, please see the entry to "Anatomic Orientation Terms"....
  4. Superior vena cava Superior vena cava
    Superior vena cava: A large vein that receives blood from the head, neck, upper extremities, and thorax and delivers it to the right atrium of the heart. ...
  5. Superior vena cava syndrome Superior vena cava syndrome
    Superior vena cava syndrome: The symptoms that result from compression of the large vein that carries blood down to the heart. The superior vena cava is a large vein that transmits blood from the upper body back to the heart. The superior vena cava is located in the middle of the chest and is sur...
  6. Superjacent Superjacent
    Superjacent: Lying just above or upon. Overlying. The opposite of superjacent is subjacent. Other related terms include adjacent and circumjacent. From super-, above, over + the Latin jacere, to lie = to lie above....
  7. Supernumerary Supernumerary
    Supernumerary: Beyond the normal number. Anything supernumerary is extra. A supernumerary chromosome is an extra one beyond the usual number of 46. A supernumerary digit is an extra finger or toe. A supernumerary nipple is an extra nipple beyond the usual one on either side. A supernumerary pla...
  8. Supernumerary digit Supernumerary digit
    Supernumerary digit: An extra finger or toe....
  9. Supernumerary nipple Supernumerary nipple
    Supernumerary nipple: An extra nipple. Supernumerary nipples are usually smaller than normal and vestigial (nonfunctional, without accompanying mammary glands). They tend to occur on along a roughly curved line extending from near the armpit, through the center of the normal breast, and down to ...
  10. Supernumerary placenta Supernumerary placenta
    Supernumerary placenta: A succenturiate or accessory placenta....
  11. Supertaster Supertaster
    Supertaster: A supertaster has an unusually large density of taste buds, each surrounded by pain fibers....
  12. Supination Supination
    Supination: Rotation of the forearm and hand so that the palm is up (and the corresponding movement of the foot and leg with the sole up), as opposed to pronation. For a more complete listing of terms used in medicine for spatial orientation, please see the entry to "Anatomic Orientation Terms"....
  13. Supinator foot type Supinator foot type
    Supinator foot type: A type of foot that restricts the impact of the stride largely to the outer edges of the foot. This type of foot often has a very high, rigid arch....
  14. Supine Supine
    Supine: With the back or dorsal surface downward. A person who is supine is lying face up. As opposed to prone. For a more complete listing of terms used in medicine for spatial orientation, please see the entry to "Anatomic Orientation Terms"....
  15. Supplies kit, disaster Supplies kit, disaster
    Supplies kit, disaster: You and your family can cope best by preparing for disaster before it strikes. One way to prepare is by assembling a Disaster Supplies Kit. Once disaster hits, you won't have time to shop or search for supplies. But if you've gathered supplies in advance, your family can e...