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  1. White subungual onychomycosis, proximal White subungual onychomycosis, proximal
    White subungual onychomycosis, proximal: The rarest form of fungus infection of the finger or toenail. (Fungus infection of the finger or toenail is also called onychomycosis.) The infection begins in the nail fold (the portion of the nail opposite the tip of the finger). Proximal white subungual o...
  2. White-coat hypertension (White coat hypertension) White-coat hypertension (White coat hypertension)
    White coat hypertension: A transient increase in blood pressure (hypertension) triggered by the sight of medical personnel in white coats (or other attire)....
  3. White-footed mouse White-footed mouse
    White-footed mouse: A rodent capable of carrying the types of hantavirus that cause HPS (hantavirus pulmonary syndrome) in the US. The white-footed mouse is hard to distinguish from the deer mouse. The head and body together are about four inches long. Its tail is normally shorter than its body (abo...
  4. Whitehead Whitehead
    Whitehead: A familiar term for what is medically called a closed comedo. A comedo, the primary sign of acne, consists of a dilated (widened) hair follicle filled with keratin squamae (skin debris), bacteria, and sebum (oil). A whitehead is a comedo that has an obstructed opening to the skin. A close...
  5. Whitmore's disease Whitmore's disease
    Whitmore's disease: An infectious illness, also called melioidosis, that is most frequent in Southeast Asia and Northern Australia and is caused by a bacteria called "Pseudomonas pseudomallei" found in soil, rice paddies and stagnant waters. Humans catch the disease by inhalation of contaminated du...
  6. Whitmore-Jewett staging system Whitmore-Jewett staging system
    Whitmore-Jewett staging system: A staging system for prostate cancer. See Jewett staging system....
  7. WHO (World Health Organization) WHO (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...
  8. Whole-arm translocation Whole-arm translocation
    Whole-arm translocation: A type of chromosome rearrangement, also called a Robertsonian translocation, in which there is fusion of an entire long arm of one acrocentric chromosome with a similarly intact long arm of another acrocentric chromosome. The short arms of the chromosomes participating in t...
  9. Whooping cough Whooping cough
    Whooping cough: Also known as pertussis, this is a feared infectious disease that can strike the respiratory system and affect other organs of the body. It has three stages-an initial stage with watery runny nose and eyes, a progressive cough stage with characteristic (sometimes severe) coughing spe...
  10. WHS WHS
    WHS: Wolf-Hirschhorn syndrome....
  11. Wiedemann-Beckwith syndrome Wiedemann-Beckwith syndrome
    Wiedemann-Beckwith syndrome: See: Beckwith-Wiedemann syndrome....
  12. Wildervanck syndrome Wildervanck syndrome
    Wildervanck syndrome: A syndrome characterized by the combination of congenital deafness, Duane syndrome (eye retraction), and fusion of the neck vertebrae (Klippel-Feil anomaly). Wildervanck syndrome is limited, or almost completely limited, to females. The syndrome is probably due to polygenic inh...
  13. Wilkins, Lawson Wilkins, Lawson
    Wilkins, Lawson: American physician (1894-1963) who founded pediatric endocrinology. At Johns Hopkins Medical School in Baltimore, Dr Wilkins started a clinic devoted to pediatric endocrinology and focused particularly on problems of growth and genetics....
  14. Will, living Will, living
    Will, living: A living will is one form of advance medical directive. Advance medical directives pertain to treatment preferences and the designation of a surrogate decision-maker in the event that a person should become unable to make medical decisions on their own behalf. Advance directives g...
  15. Willebrand-Juergens disease Willebrand-Juergens disease
    Willebrand-Juergens disease: See: Von Willebrand disease....