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  1. Kinder-cam Kinder-cam
    Kinder-cam: See: Kiddie cam....
  2. Kindercam Kindercam
    Kindercam: See: Kiddie cam....
  3. Kindred Kindred
    Kindred: An extended family or clan, a group of related individuals. The term "kindred" is used in population studies of diseases or genetic traits. For example, a syndrome of progressive retinal disease, endocrine (hormonal) abnormalities and degenerative liver disease was observed in eight patien...
  4. Kinesin Kinesin
    Kinesin: A family of microtubule motor proteins active in mitosis. The kinesins use chemical energy from the hydrolysis of ATP (adenosine triphosphatase) to generate mechanical force. They bind tightly to and move along the microtubules. The kinesins are not related in sequence to the other known c...
  5. Kinetic Kinetic
    Kinetic: With movement. The opposite of kinetic is akinetic. It means without movement. In neurology, kinetic and akinetic denote the presence or absence of movement. Kinetic comes from the Greek word "kinesis" for motion. The term "akinetic" is put together from the prefix "a-" meaning "withou...
  6. Kinetics Kinetics
    Kinetics: Kinetics (with an "s" at the end) refers to the rate of change in a biochemical (or other) reaction, the study of reaction rates. Kinetics is a noun. It is distinct from "kinetic" (an adjective) meaning with movement. The opposite of kinetic is akinetic meaning without movement. In ne...
  7. King's evil King's evil
    King's evil: An old term for tuberculosis of the lymph nodes in the neck. Also known as scrofula....
  8. Kingella kingae Kingella kingae
    Kingella kingae: A type of bacteria that has emerged from obscurity to become known as an important cause of invasive infections in young children. These infections include especially septic arthritis (infection of joints), osteomyelitis (infection of bone), spondylodiscitis (infection of the spine ...
  9. Kinky hair syndrome Kinky hair syndrome
    Kinky hair syndrome: See: Menkes syndrome....
  10. Kinome Kinome
    Kinome: A subset of the genome consisting of the protein kinase genes. The complete complement of over 500 protein kinases constitutes one of the largest of all human gene families. Protein kinases act as key regulators of cell function by catalyzing (facilitating) the addition of a negatively charg...
  11. Kinsey Report Kinsey Report
    Kinsey Report: A report entitled "Sexual Behavior in the Human Male" published by Alfred Charles Kinsey's in 1948 that attracted great attention. The Kinsey Report, as it was known, was based on extensive interviews with 18,500 subjects. The Report revealed that many practices considered "sexual pe...
  12. Kinship Kinship
    Kinship: Relationship by marriage or, specifically, a blood tie. ...
  13. Kirklin Kirklin
    Kirklin: See: Kirklin, John W.....
  14. Kirklin, John W. Kirklin, John W.
    Kirklin, John W.: American cardiovascular surgeon (1920-2004) who improved and applied the heart-lung machine to open heart surgery. Dr. Kirklin refined the Gibbon heart-lung machine (an apparatus developed by John H. Gibbon) to circulate blood while the heart was stopped during surgery. In the 1950...
  15. Kiss Kiss
    Kiss: A touch or caress with the lips. "The anatomical juxtaposition of two orbicularis oris muscles in a state of contraction." -- Henry Gibbons, Sr., MD (1808-1884) (This definition does not apply universally as a kiss can also refer to the single application of one's lips against anything else...