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  1. Warshaw Warshaw
    Warshaw: See: Warshaw, Joseph....
  2. Warshaw, Joseph Warshaw, Joseph
    Warshaw, Joseph: (1936-2003) Eminent American pediatrician and pioneer in human developmental biology. Warshaw used biochemical, cell biological and molecular techniques to investigate the regulation of fetal growth and perinatal adaptation. Dr. Warshaw began working in the area of developmental met...
  3. Wart Wart
    Wart: A local growth of the outer layer of the skin (the epidermis) caused by a virus. The virus of warts (a papillomavirus) is transmitted by contact. The contact can be with a wart on someone else or one on oneself (autoinoculation). Warts that occur on the hands or top of the feet are called "...
  4. Wart, genital Wart, genital
    Wart, genital: A wart that is confined primarily to the moist skin of the genitals. These warts are due to viruses belonging to the family of human papilloma viruses (HPVs) which are transmitted through sexual contact. The virus can also be transmitted from mother to baby during childbirth. Most ...
  5. Wart, venereal Wart, venereal
    Wart, venereal: The same as a genital wart, a wart that is confined primarily to the moist skin of the genitals. These warts are due to viruses belonging to the family of human papilloma viruses (HPVs) which are transmitted through sexual contact. The virus can also be transmitted from mother to...
  6. Warts, plantar Warts, plantar
    Warts, plantar: Warts that grow on the soles of the feet. Plantar warts are different from most other warts. They tend to be flat and cause the buildup of callus (that has to be peeled away before the plantar wart itself can be seen. Plantar warts may attack blood vessels deep in the skin. They ca...
  7. Wasp sting Wasp sting
    Wasp sting: A sting from a wasp, like that of other large stinging insects such as bees, hornets and yellow jackets, capable of triggering allergic reactions varying greatly in severity and scope from a localized reaction limited to swelling of the hand or foot (where the bite occurred) to life-thr...
  8. Wasting Wasting
    Wasting: 1. Gradual loss (for example, of weight), deterioration, emaciation. As in a wasting disease. 2. Excessive depletion. As in salt wasting, the excessive loss of salt....
  9. Watchful waiting Watchful waiting
    Watchful waiting: Closely monitoring a patient's condition but withholding therapy until the sign and symptom appear or change. Also called observation....
  10. Water Water
    Water: 1. A tasteless odorless colorless liquid with the chemical formula H2O. 2. The liquid which forms rain, rivers, and the sea and makes up a large part of the bodies of most organisms, including humans. 3. The amniotic fluid, as in the bag of waters. 4. The cerebrospinal fluid, especially under...
  11. Water blister Water blister
    Water blister: A blister with clear watery contents that is not purulent (does not contain pus) and is not sanguineous (does not contain blood). A blister is medically termed a vesicle. One that is more than 5 mm in diameter with thin walls and is full of watery fluid is called a bulla or a bleb. Th...
  12. Water channel Water channel
    Water channel: See: Aquaporin....
  13. Water fluoridation Water fluoridation
    Water fluoridation: The addition of fluoride to water supplies that are low in fluoride in order to prevent dental caries. For years now, water fluoridation has reduced pain and suffering related to tooth decay, reduced tooth loss, reduced time lost from school and work and money spent on dental car...
  14. Water hammer pulse Water hammer pulse
    Water hammer pulse: See: Pulse, water hammer....
  15. Water intoxication Water intoxication
    Water intoxication: A lowered blood concentration of sodium (see hyponatremia). The term "water intoxication" is generally used to refer to hyponatremia that occurs due to the consumption of excess water without adequate replacement of sodium, as may happen during strenuous exercise. ...