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  1. Folliculitis Folliculitis
    Folliculitis: An infection of the hair follicles of the skin. Infection of the hair follicles can occur when the skin is disrupted or inflamed due to a number of conditions, including acne, skin wounds or injuries, friction from clothing, excessive sweating, or exposure to toxins. The symptoms v...
  2. Fomentation Fomentation
    Fomentation: A quaint old term for the application of hot packs or the substance so applied. From the Latin "fovimentum" which meant, no surprise, to "a warm application." To "foment" means, literally, to warm or heat up. It is, figuratively, to incite. For example, to forment fear....
  3. Fondation Jean Dausset-CEPH Fondation Jean Dausset-CEPH
    Fondation Jean Dausset-CEPH: The Centre d'Etudes du Polymorphisme Humain (CEPH), an internationally renowned research laboratory created in Paris in 1984 by Professor Jean Dausset (Nobel Prize, Medicine and Physiology, 1980) to provide the scientific community with resources for human genome mapping...
  4. Fong disease Fong disease
    Fong disease: See Nail-patella syndrome....
  5. Fontanel (fontanelle) Fontanel (fontanelle)
    Fontanel (fontanelle): The word fontanel comes from the French fontaine for fountain. The medical term fontanel is a "soft spot" of the skull. The "soft spot" is soft precisely because the cartilage there has not yet hardened into bone between the skull bones. There are normally...
  6. Food Food
    Food: Any substance eaten to provide nutritional support for the body....
  7. Food and Drug Administration Food and Drug Administration
    Food and Drug Administration: The FDA, an agency within the U.S. Public Health Service, which is a part of the Department of Health and Human Services. Background: The FDA regulates over $1 trillion worth of products, which account for 25 cents of every dollar spent annually by American consumers ...
  8. Food insecure Food insecure
    Food insecurity: When people must live with hunger and fear starvation....
  9. Food irradiation Food irradiation
    Food irradiation: A food safety technology designed to eliminate disease-causing germs from foods. Treating food with ionizing radiation can kill bacteria and parasites that would otherwise cause foodborne disease. Similar technology is used to sterilize medical devices so they can be used in surger...
  10. Food poisoning Food poisoning
    Food poisoning: A common flu-like illness typically characterized by nausea, vomiting and diarrhea, due to something the victim ate or drank that contained noxious bacteria, viruses, parasites, metals or toxins. The most prominent causes of food poisoning are Norwalk virus and Norwalk-like viru...
  11. Food poisoning, Campylobacter Food poisoning, Campylobacter
    Food poisoning, Campylobacter: Now the leading cause of bacterial food poisoning, caused by an Campylobacter jejuni, most often spread by contact with raw or undercooked poultry. A single drop of juice from a contaminated chicken is enough to make someone sick with Campylobacteriosis (disease due to...
  12. Food security Food security
    Food security: When people do not need to live with hunger or fear starvation....
  13. Food, functional Food, functional
    Food, functional: Functional foods are "those foods that encompass potentially healthful products including any modified food or ingredient that may provide a health benefit beyond the traditional nutrients it contains," as defined by the Institute of Medicine. Functional foods can include food...
  14. Food, super Food, super
    Food, "super": Foods with alleged healing or health-promoting capabilities. The healing power of foods is a popular concept. Medicinal or nutritionally high- powered foods have been part and parcel of the natural products industry for a long time and, through emerging scientific research and par...
  15. Food-secure Food-secure
    Food-secure: Referring to the situation when people do not need to live with hunger or fear starvation....