Medical Dictionary Definitions A-Z List
Medical Dictionary Definitions A - Z - «B»:
Bedsore: See: Bed sore....
Bedwetting: Involuntary urination
in bed. Bedwetting is called "enuresis," from the Greek "enourin" meaning
"to urinate in." ...
Bee genome: See: Honey bee genome....
Bee sting: Stings from bees and other large stinging
insects such as yellow jackets, hornets and wasps can trigger allergic reactions varying
greatly in severity. Avoidance and prompt treatment are essential. In selected cases,
allergy injection therapy is highly effective. (The three "A's"...
Bee sting, Africanized
Bee sting, Africanized: All stings from bees (and other large stinging insects such as yellow jackets, hornets and wasps) can trigger allergic reactions varying greatly in severity. Avoidance and prompt treatment are essential. This is surely so with Africanized honey bees, a special species of hone...
Beef tapeworm: Taenia saginata, the most common of the
big tapeworms that parasitizes people, contracted from infected raw or rare beef. Can grow
to be 12-25 feet (3.6-7.5 m) long in the human intestine. Also known as the African
Beers criteria: Criteria for safe medication use in older adults -- for people over 65 years of age. First issued in 1991, these criteria have been repeatedly revised and updated. In addition to the benzodiazepines, the Beers criteria (or list) has included amiodarone, amitriptyline, cimetidine, clo...
Beers list: See: Beers criteria....
Beetle, blister: A blister beetle is one of a number of beetles that have historically been used in dried or powdered form for medicinal purposes to raise blisters on the skin. An example of a blister beetle is the so-called Spanish fly. All blister beetles are soft-bodied beetles and belong to the...
Behavior center, moral
Behavior center, moral: An area of the brain in what is known as the prefrontal cortex. Children who suffer damage before 16 months of age to the prefrontal cortex in the front of the brain tend later to display pathological behavior problems. From such cases, it has been inferred that the area dama...
Behavior therapy: A treatment program that involves substituting desirable behavior responses for undesirable ones....
Behavior, automatic: A behavior that is performed without conscious knowledge and that does not appear to be under conscious control.
This curious type of behavior occurs in a number of neurological and psychiatric disorders. The neurologic disorders associated with automatic behavior include narcol...
Behavioral medicine: An interdisciplinary field of research and practice that focuses on how people's thoughts and behavior affect their health and disease. Behavioral medicine is concerned, for example, with undesirable behaviors such as drug abuse and utilizes behavior therapy techniques such
Behcet's disease: See: Behcet's syndrome....
Behcet's syndrome: A chronic inflammatory disorder involving the small blood vessels which is characterized by a classic triad of features: ulcers in the mouth, ulcers of the genitalia, and inflammation of the eye (uveitis). The mouth and genital ulcers recur in crops and are painful. The mouth ulc...