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Medical Dictionary Definitions A - Z - «V»:

  1. Vaginal spermicide Vaginal spermicide
    Vaginal spermicide: A vaginal spermicide is a substance that will kill sperm in the vagina. Vaginal spermicides are available in foam, cream, jelly, film, suppository, or tablet forms. All types contain a sperm-killing chemical. Studies have not produced definitive data on the efficacy of spermici...
  2. Vaginal vestibule Vaginal vestibule
    Vaginal vestibule: The vaginal opening is called the vestibule of the vagina. In medicine, a vestibule is a space or cavity at the entrance to a canal, channel, tube, vessel. In ancient Rome, the "vestibulum" was an entrance or enclosed porch leading into the house. The vagina is a muscular cana...
  3. Vaginal yeast infection Vaginal yeast infection
    Vaginal yeast infection: Infection of the vagina caused by a fungus known as Candida. A yeast vaginal infection is characterized by itching, burning, soreness, pain during intercourse and/or urination, and vaginal discharge that is typically cheesy white in color. The diagnosis is confirmed through ...
  4. Vaginismus Vaginismus
    Vaginismus: A painful spasm and contraction of the muscles of the vagina that prevents sexual intercourse. The condition results in pain when vaginal sexual intercourse is attempted or, in some cases, during a pelvic examination by a health-care provider. Vaginismus is not common, and its cause is p...
  5. Vaginitis Vaginitis
    Vaginitis: Inflammation of the vagina. The vagina is the muscular canal extending from the cervix to the outside of the body. Vaginitis is often caused by a fungus. A woman with this condition may have itching or burning and may notice a discharge. Vaginitis is a common condition. There are facto...
  6. Vaginitis, atrophic Vaginitis, atrophic
    Vaginitis, atrophic: Thinning of the lining (the endothelium) of the vagina due to decreased production of estrogen. This may occur with menopause. Vaginitis means inflammation of the vagina, the muscular canal extending from the cervix to the outside of the body. Aside from atrophic vaginitis,...
  7. Vaginitis, yeast Vaginitis, yeast
    Vaginitis, yeast: Infection of the vagina by a fungus known as Candida, characteristically causing itching, burning, soreness, pain during intercourse and urination, and vaginal discharge. Yeast vaginitis occurs when new yeast are introduced into the vagina or there is an increase in the quantity of...
  8. Vaginoscopy Vaginoscopy
    Vaginoscopy: The use of a viewing instrument to visualize the vaginal canal. Most commonly, a form of endoscope is used in vaginoscopy. Vaginoscopy is performed to diagnose anatomical abnormalities or lesions affecting the vaginal wall. The procedure is most commonly performed in children....
  9. Vaginosis, bacterial Vaginosis, bacterial
    Vaginosis, bacterial: See: Bacterial vaginosis....
  10. Vagus nerve Vagus nerve
    Vagus nerve: A remarkable nerve that supplies nerve fibers to the pharynx (throat), larynx (voice box), trachea (windpipe), lungs, heart, esophagus, and the intestinal tract as far as the transverse portion of the colon. The vagus nerve also brings sensory information back to the brain from the ...
  11. Val Val
    Val:. Valine. See also: Amino acid symbols....
  12. Valdecoxib Valdecoxib
    NOTE: April 7, 2005, Pfizer agreed to suspend sales and marketing of Bextra in the U.S., pending further discussions with the with the FDA. For more information, please read the FDA press release. Valdecoxib: Generic name of a cox-2 inhibitor. See: Bextra....
  13. Valetudinarian Valetudinarian
    Valetudinarian: Someone with a weak or sickly constitution, especially someone whose chief concern is being or becoming a chronic invalid. The word "valetudinarian" comes from the Latin "valere", which means to be strong or to be well, via "valetudo" which could refer to good or bad health....
  14. Valga Valga
    Valga: See: Valgus....
  15. Valgum Valgum
    Valgum: See: Valgus....