Medical Dictionary Definitions A-Z List
Medical Dictionary Definitions A - Z - «W»:
Weaver syndrome: An overgrowth syndrome characterized by accelerated growth and advanced bone age (evident at birth), unusual craniofacial appearance, hoarse low-pitched cry, and hypertonia (increased muscle tone) with camptodactyly (inability to fully extend the fingers). Caused by mutations in a g...
Weaver's bottom: Inflammation of the bursa that separates the gluteus maximus muscle of the buttocks from the underlying bony prominence of the bone that we sit on, the ischial tuberosity. Weaver's bottom is a form of bursitis that is usually caused by prolonged sitting on hard surfaces that press a...
Weaver-Smith syndrome: See: Weaver syndrome....
Wegener's granulomatosis: An uncommon type of inflammation
of small arteries and veins (vasculitis) that classically involves
the vessels supplying the tissues of the lungs, nasal passages
(sinuses), and kidneys.
Wegener's granulomatosis usually affects young or middle-aged
Weighing, hydrostatic: See: Underwater weighing....
Weighing, underwater: See: Underwater weighing....
Weight loss: Weight loss is a decrease in body weight resulting from either voluntary (diet, exercise) or involuntary (illness) circumstances. Most instances of weight loss arise due to the loss of body fat, but in cases of extreme or severe weight loss, protein and other substances in the body can ...
Weight Watchers is a diet plan first developed in the 1960s that encourages weight loss by making
healthy food and lifestyle choices. The Weight Watchers plan is based
upon the idea that dieting is only one part of a healthy lifestyle. The program
stresses the importance of over...
Weil syndrome: A severe form of leptospirosis with
liver disease. See: Leptospirosis....
See: Stickler syndrome....
Wellcovorin: See: Leucovorin....
Welt: A red bump, ridge or swelling of unbroken skin raised by a stinging blow or by an allergic reaction to foods, drugs or insect bites, as in hives (urticaria).
The word "welt" has a number of nonmedical but related meanings including: in sewing, an edge of cloth folded on itself, often over a ...
Werner syndrome: A premature aging disease that begins in adolescence or early in adulthood and results in apparent old age by 30-40 years of age.
The characteristic features of Werner syndrome include short stature, premature graying and balding, wizened face, beaked nose, cataracts, scleroderma-l...
Werner-His disease: Named for the German physician
Heinrich Werner (who did not describe Werner's premature aging
syndrome) and the Swiss physician Wilhelm His, Jr. (who did describe
the bundle of His in the heart), this is a louse-borne disease that
was first recognized in the trenches of Worl...
Wesand: See: Weasand....