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Wordprocessor's cramp: A form of focal dystonia caused by wordprocessing that affects the muscles of the hand and, sometimes, the forearm.
The term "dystonia" refers to a state of abnormal (too much or too little) muscle tone. There are many forms of dystonia. Dystonia disorders cause involuntary mo...
Working memory: Short-term (recent) memory.
Working memory is a system for temporarily storing and managing the information required to carry out complex cognitive tasks such as learning, reasoning, and comprehension. Working memory is involved in the selection, initiation, and termination of info...
World Health Organization
World Health Organization: An agency of the United Nations established in 1948 to further
international cooperation in improving health conditions. Although the World Health Organization
inherited specific tasks relating to epidemic control, quarantine measures, and drug standardization from the H...
Wormwood: The essence of absinthe, an emerald-green liqueur flavored with extracts of the wormwood plant, licorice and aromatic flavorings in a alcohol base. Absinthe was manufactured, commercialized and popularized in France in the late 1700s by Henri-Louis Pernod. It became an extremely popular an...
WPW syndrome: Abbreviation for the Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome, a condition caused by an abnormality in the electrical system of the heart which normally tells the heart muscle when to contract.
In the WPW syndrome, there is an extra electrical connection inside the heart that acts as a shor...
Wrinkling, retinal: See: Macular pucker....
Wrist: The proximal segment (the near part) of the hand consisting of the carpal bones and the associated soft parts.
The eight carpal bones are arranged in two rows
and articulate (come together to form a joint) proximally (on their near ends) with the long bones of the forearm -- the radius and,...
A dystonia that affects the muscles of the hand and sometimes the forearm and only occurs during handwriting. Similar focal dystonias have also been called typist's cramp, pianist's cramp, musician's cramp, and golfer's cramp....
Wry neck: Medically called spasmodic torticollis, or torticollis. The
most common of the focal dystonias. In torticollis, the muscles in the neck that
control the position of the head are affected, causing the head to twist and
turn to one side. In addition, the head may be pulled forward or backw...
Wt: Weight. Wt 80 lbs = weight 80 pounds....
Wymin: An alternate spelling of wimmin....
Wymmin: An alternate spelling of wimmin....