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  1. Febrile seizure Febrile seizure
    Febrile seizure: A convulsion that occurs in association with a rapid increase in body temperature. Febrile seizures are common in infants and young children and, fortunately, are usually of no lasting importance....
  2. Fecal Fecal
    Fecal: Relating to the feces, the stool. The excrement discharged from the intestines. From the Latin "faex" and "faecis" meaning the dregs or sediment....
  3. Fecal incontinence Fecal incontinence
    Fecal incontinence: Inability to hold feces in the rectum. This is due to failure of voluntary control over the anal sphincters permitting untimely passage of feces and gas. Also called rectal incontinence....
  4. Fecal occult blood test Fecal occult blood test
    Fecal occult blood test: A test to check for hidden blood in the feces. Fecal refers to stool. Occult means hidden. Fecal occult blood may be due to a number of causes. The source of the bleeding may be anywhere in the gastrointestinal tract. Abbreviated FOBT....
  5. Fecalith Fecalith
    Fecalith: A hard stony mass of feces. A fecalith can obstruct the appendix, leading to appendicitis. Fecaliths also can obstruct diverticuli. Called also a coprolith and stercolith. From fecal + -lith for stone....
  6. Feces Feces
    Feces: The medical and scientific term for the "excrement discharged from the intestines." The word "feces" (or its English version "faeces") in Shakespeare in this context until the 17th century "feces" merely meant the "dregs or sediment" of wine ...
  7. Fecund Fecund
    Fecund: Fruitful, abundantly fertile. Just as a writer is prolific, a woman may be fecund, able to reproduce plentifully. Etymology:"Fecund" comes (minus the final "us") from the Latin "fecundus" meaning fruitful. "Fecund" emphasizes abundance or rapidity in bearing offspring (or fruit). ...
  8. Fecundity Fecundity
    Fecundity: The ability to have children, usually lots of them with ease. Etymology:"Fecundity" comes from the Latin "fecundus" meaning fruitful. "Fecundity" emphasizes abundance or rapidity in bearing offspring (or fruit). ...
  9. Federal Emergency Management Agency Federal Emergency Management Agency
    Federal Emergency Management Agency: Better known as FEMA, an agency of the US government dedicated to rapid response to disasters, both man-made and natural ones (such as floods, hurricanes, and earthquakes). FEMA provides financial assistance to individuals and governments to rebuild homes, busine...
  10. Fee for service Fee for service
    Fee for service (FFS): In health care, a payment mechanism in which a provider is paid for each individual service rendered to a patient....
  11. Feed contaminant Feed contaminant
    Feed contaminant: A substance contaminating animal feed. Contaminants in animal feed can threaten human health. There are two classes of feed contaminants. Contaminants that are naturally occurring -- This class of feed contaminants is made up of toxic or deleterious substances that are inherent c...
  12. Feedback Feedback
    Feedback: Many biologic processes are controlled by feedback, just as the temperature in a home from a furnace is regulated by a thermostat....
  13. Feeding tube Feeding tube
    Feeding tube: See: Enteral nutrition....
  14. Feeding, breast Feeding, breast
    Feeding, breast: See: Breastfeeding....
  15. Feet Feet
    Feet: The plural of foot, both an anatomic structure and a unit of measure. As an anatomic structure, the foot is the end of the leg on which a person normally stands and walks. The foot is a particularly complex structure made up of dozens of bones that work together with muscles and tendons to e...