Medical Dictionary Definitions A-Z List
Medical Dictionary Definitions A - Z - «G»:
Growing pains:Mysterious pains in growing children,
usually in the legs. These pains are similar to what the weekend gardener suffers from on Monday-an overuse type of problem. If in playing, children exceed their regular threshold, they will be sore, just like an adult. Growing pains are typically ...
Growth and differentiation factor 8
Growth and differentiation factor 8: Also called myostatin. See: Myostatin....
Growth differentiation factor 8
Growth differentiation factor 8: Also called myostatin. See: Myostatin....
Growth hormone: A hormone made in the pituitary gland that stimulates the release of another hormone called somatomedin by the liver, thereby causing growth. Also known as somatotropin. Growth hormone is produced by the anterior pituitary gland, the front section of the gland, and is a polypeptide t...
Growth in height
Growth in height: See: Normal growth....
Growth, normal: See: Normal growth....
GSS: Gerstmann-Straussler-Scheinker. See: Gerstmann-Straussler-Scheinker syndrome....
GSTO1: Glutathione S-transferase omega-1....
gtt.: Abbreviation meaning drops (from the Latin "guttae", drops). One of a number of hallowed abbreviations of Latin terms that have traditionally been used in prescriptions....
Gua sha: See: Gua-sha....
Guanine: One of the four bases in DNA that make up the letters ATGC. Guanine is the "G". The others are adenine, cytosine, and thymine. Guanine always pairs with cytosine to form the base pair G-C (guanine-cytosine) in the DNA. The other base pair in the DNA is A-T (adenine-thymine). Each base pair ...
Guarding, abdominal: Involuntary tensing of the abdominal wall muscles to guard inflamed organs within the abdomen from the pain of pressure. This is detected when the abdomen wall is pressed.
Guarding is a characteristic finding in the physical examination for a painful abdomen if there is inflamma...
Guasha: See: Gua-sha....
Guided imagery: An alternative medicine technique
in which patients use their imagination to visualize
improved health, or to "attack" a disease, such as a tumor.
Some studies indicate that the positive thinking can have
an effect on disease outcome, so this technique is now
utilized as "compli...
Guillain-Barre syndrome: A disorder characterized by progressive symmetrical paralysis and loss of reflexes, usually beginning in the legs. The paralysis characteristically involves more than one limb (most commonly the legs), is progressive, and is usually proceeds from the end of an extremity towa...