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Medical Dictionary Definitions A - Z - «A»:

  1. Agent, antifungal Agent, antifungal
    Agent, antifungal: A drug used to treat fungal infections. Examples of antifungal drugs include miconazole (MONISTAT) and clotrimazole (LOTRIMIN, MYCELEX)....
  2. Agent, antihypertensive Agent, antihypertensive
    Agent, antihypertensive: As the name suggests, a drug aimed at reducing high blood pressure (hypertension)....
  3. Agent, antimicrobial Agent, antimicrobial
    Agent, antimicrobial: See: Antimicrobial agent....
  4. Agent, antiprotozoal Agent, antiprotozoal
    Agent, antiprotozoal: An agent that destroys protozoa or inhibits their growth and ability to reproduce. A few of the protozoa of medical importance include Plasmodium (the cause of malaria); Entamoeba histolytica (the cause of amebiasis, amebic dysentery) and Trichomonas vaginalis (a cause of vagin...
  5. Agent, antiviral Agent, antiviral
    Agent, antiviral: An agent that kills viruses or suppresses their replication and, hence, inhibits their capability to multiply and reproduce. For example, amantadine (BRAND name: SYMMETREL) is a synthetic (man- made) drug that inhibits the multiplication of the influenza A virus and has therefo...
  6. Agent, tocolytic Agent, tocolytic
    Agent, tocolytic: A medication that can inhibit labor, slow down or halt the contractions of the uterus. Tocolytic agents are widely used today to treat premature labor and permit pregnancy to proceed and so let the fetus gain in size and maturity before being born....
  7. Ageusia Ageusia
    Ageusia: The inability to taste sweet, sour, bitter, or salty substances. Some people can taste but their ability to do so is reduced; they are said to have hypogeusia....
  8. Aggressive Aggressive
    Aggressive: In oncology, quickly growing, tending to spread rapidly. As, for example, an aggressive tumor....
  9. Aggressive angiomyxoma Aggressive angiomyxoma
    Aggressive angiomyxoma: A slow-growing tumor of stromal cells which occurs primarily in the genital and pelvic regions. This tumor is much more common in women. It can range from relatively small tumors to football-size masses in the pelvis. The histologic appearance of the tumor under the microscop...
  10. Aggressive lymphoma Aggressive lymphoma
    Aggressive lymphoma: A lymphoma that tends to grow and spread quickly and cause severe symptoms. In contrast to an indolent or low-grade lymphoma which tends to grow quite slowly and cause fewer symptoms. Aggressive lymphoma are also known as intermediate or high-grade lymphomas....
  11. Aging Aging
    Aging: The process of becoming older, a process that is genetically determined and environmentally modulated. Research into aging: To sum up the state of research into aging is well beyond the confines of this space (and this writer's talents). However, here is one type of research into the genetics...
  12. Aging, National Institute on Aging, National Institute on
    Aging, National Institute on (NIA): One of the US National Institutes of Health (NIH). The mission of the National Institute on Aging is to "lead a national program of research on the biomedical, social, and behavioral aspects of the aging process; the prevention of age-related diseases and dis...
  13. Agita Agita
    Agita: Heartburn, acid indigestion, an upset stomach or, by extension, a general feeling of upset. The word is Italian-American slang derived from the Italian "agitare" meaning "to agitate."...
  14. Agitated depression Agitated depression
    Agitated depression: A major depressive disorder with restlessness and motor excitement. Agitated depression was once called melancholia agitata. It is now also known as mixed mania....
  15. Agnate Agnate
    Agnate: 1. As a noun, a relative on the father's side. 2. As an adjective, related on the father's side. As opposed to enate (someone related on the mother's side) From the Latin agnatus, the past participle of agnasci (to issue forth), from ad+ nasci (to be born)....