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Medical Dictionary Definitions A - Z - «V»:

  1. Vaccinia, fetal Vaccinia, fetal
    Vaccinia, fetal: See Congenital vaccinia....
  2. Vaccinia, progressive Vaccinia, progressive
    Vaccinia, progressive: See Progressive vaccinia....
  3. VACTERL association VACTERL association
    VACTERL association: A nonrandom association of birth defects. VACTERL is an mnemonic in which the letters V, A, C, T, E, R, and L each stand for one or more type of malformation: V = Vertebral anomalies; and A = Anal atresia (no hole at the bottom end of the intestine); C = Cardiac defect, most of...
  4. VAD VAD
    VAD: Ventricular assist device, a mechanical pump that takes over the function of the damaged ventricle of the heart and restores normal blood flow. Left ventricular assist devices were developed for patients with heart disease from which they were not expected to recover and who needed mechanical...
  5. Vagina Vagina
    Vagina: The muscular canal extending from the cervix to the outside of the body. It is usually six to seven inches in length, and its walls are lined with mucus membrane. It includes two vaultlike structures, the anterior (front) vaginal fornix and the posterior (rear) vaginal fornix. The cervix...
  6. Vagina, septate Vagina, septate
    Vagina, septate: 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 other v...
  7. Vaginal birth after Cesarian section Vaginal birth after Cesarian section
    Vaginal birth after Cesarian section: It was once the rule that, after a C-section, the next delivery also had to be by C-section. Now, vaginal delivery after Cesarian section (VBAC) is sometimes feasible. Age is one the factors that need to be considered, since women over 30 who try a vaginal de...
  8. Vaginal contraceptive sponge Vaginal contraceptive sponge
    Vaginal contraceptive sponge: A contraceptive device that is donut-shaped, made of plastic, contains a spermicide (nonoxynol-9) and is inserted into the vagina to cover the cervix. A loop is provided to ease removal. The sponge protects against contraception for up to 24 hours and for multiple ...
  9. Vaginal discharge Vaginal discharge
    Vaginal discharge: Vaginal discharge is a fluid produced by glands in the vaginal wall and cervix that drains from the opening of the vagina. The amount and appearance of normal vaginal discharge varies throughout the menstrual cycle. An increase in the amount of vaginal discharge, an abnormal odo...
  10. Vaginal fornix Vaginal fornix
    Vaginal fornix: The anterior (front) and posterior (back) recesses into which the upper vagina is divided. These vaultlike recesses are formed by protrusion of the cervix into the vagina. The fornix uteri is also known as the fornix vaginae (or the vaginal fornices) and the uterine fornices. The f...
  11. Vaginal hysterectomy Vaginal hysterectomy
    Vaginal hysterectomy: Removal of the uterus through a surgical incision made within the vagina. With a vaginal hysterectomy, the scar is not outwardly visible. A vaginal hysterectomy is as opposed to an abdominal hysterectomy in which the incision is made in the abdominal wall....
  12. Vaginal infection, bacterial Vaginal infection, bacterial
    Vaginal infection, bacterial: See: Bacterial vaginosis....
  13. Vaginal introitus Vaginal introitus
    Vaginal introitus: The vaginal opening is called the introitus of the vagina. The Latin word "introitus" comes from "intro", into, within + "ire", to go = to go into. In anatomy, an introitus is thus an entrance, one that goes into a canal or hollow organ such as the vagina. The vagina is a muscul...
  14. Vaginal membrane Vaginal membrane
    Vaginal membrane: A thin membrane which completely or partially occludes the vaginal opening. This fold of mucous membrane is usually present at birth at the orifice of the vagina. It is also called the hymen, a Greek word meaning "skin" or "membrane." The ancient Greeks applied the word "hymen" to ...
  15. Vaginal opening Vaginal opening
    Vaginal opening: The opening to the muscular canal extending from the cervix to the outside of the body. The word "vagina" is a Latin word meaning "a sheath or scabbard", a scabbard into which one might slide and sheath a sword. The "sword" in the case of the anatomic vagina was the penis. Love and ...