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Medical Dictionary Definitions A - Z - «D»:
D & C
D & C: Dilatation and curettage, a minor operation
in which the cervix is expanded enough (dilatation) to permit the cervical canal and
uterine lining to be scraped with a spoon-shaped instrument called a curette (curettage)....
D (domain): Abbreviation for domain, a discrete portion of a protein with its own function. The combination of domains in a single protein determines its overall function....
D (drug caution code)
D (drug caution code): Abbreviation on a medication that indicates caution because the medication may cause drowsiness.
While not a part of the historical heritage of ancient prescription abbreviations, drug caution codes provide very valuable warnings.
If you see a caution code on a prescription, ...
D and C
D and C: Stands for dilatation and curettage. This is a
very common gynecologic procedure in which the cervix of the uterus is
expanded (dilated) so the cervical canal and endometrium (the uterine
lining) can be scraped off with a spoon-shaped instrument called a
curet or curette. This is a relat...
d-: Abbreviation for dextrorotatory, applied to a chemical compound. Dextrorotary is opposed to levorotary which is abbreviated as l-. From the Latin dexter, on the right-hand side....
D-dimer: A fragment produced during the degradation of a clot. The D here stands for domain. Dimer indicates two identical units, in this case two identical domains. D-dimer result from complete breakdown of the clot. Monoclonal antibody to the D-dimer fragment provide the basis for the main methods...
D-IBS: Diarrhea-predominant IBS (irritable bowel syndrome)....
D.O.: Abbreviation for Doctor of Osteopathy, an osteopathic physician.
Osteopathy is a system of therapy founded in the 19th century based on the concept that the body can formulate its own remedies against diseases when the body is in a normal structural relationship, has a normal environment and ...
Da Vinci, Leonardo
Da Vinci, Leonardo: The
father of anatomic art. The architect, scientist, engineer, inventor, poet,
sculptor and painter, Leonardo da Vinci first became
interested in anatomic art when he was asked by a Veronese
anatomist named Marc Antonia Della Torre to do the
illustrations for a text of anat...
Dacry-: Combining form used before a vowel to denote a relationship to tears. See: Dacryo-....
Dacryo-: A combining form denoting tears, as in dacryocyst (tear sac) and dacryocystorhinostomy (surgery to open up a tear duct). From the Greek dakry meaning "a tear."...
Dacryoadenitis: Inflammation of a lacrimal gland (a gland that produces tears)....
Dacryocyst: The lacrimal sac; tear sac. The dilated (widened) upper end of the nasolacrimal duct, the passageway that permits tears to drain into the nasal cavity....
Dacryocystorhinostomy: The surgical creation of a passage between the lacrimal sac (tear sac) and the nasal cavity to permit the drainage of tears. Dacryocystorhinostomy may be done to remedy an obstructed nasolacrimal duct....
Dactyl-, -dactyl: Prefix or suffix denoting
involvement of the digits (fingers or toes)....