Medical Dictionary Definitions A-Z List
Medical Dictionary Definitions A - Z - «T»:
Toco-: Prefix meaning childbirth. For example,
tocolysis is the slowing or halting of labor. Sometimes spelled tok-,
Tocolysis: The delaying or inhibition of labor
during the birth process....
Tocolytic: Relating to the inhibition of labor, delaying or halting
Tocolytic agent: A medication that can inhibit labor, slow down or
halt the contractions of the uterus. Tocolytic agents are widely used today to treat
premature labor and permit pregnancy to proceed and so permit
the fetus to gain in size and maturity before being born....
Tocophobia: An abnormal and persistent fear of
A phobia is an unreasonable fear that can cause avoidance and
panic. Phobias are a
relatively common type of anxiety disorder.
Phobias can be treated with cognitive behavioral
therapy using exposure and fear reduction techniques. In ma...
Tocus: Labor, childbirth. Directly from the Greek "tokos"
Toddler: A young child who is learning to walk with short unsteady steps. The word toddle is of unknown origin....
Toddler elbow: See: Nursemaid's elbow....
Toddler's fracture: A torsion fracture of the
tibia, without bone displacement....
Toe sign: An important neurologic examination based upon
what the toes do when the sole of the foot is stimulated. If the big
toe goes up, that may mean trouble.
The toe sign, also called the Babinski reflex, is obtained by
stimulating the external portion (the outside) of the sole. The
Toe, turf: See: Turf toe....
Toenail: A toenail is produced by living skin cells in the toe. A toenail consists of several parts including the nail plate (the visible part of the nail), the nail bed (the skin beneath the nail plate), the cuticle (the tissue that overlaps the plate and rims the base of the nail), the nail folds ...
Toenail, ingrown: A common disorder,
particularly on the big (great) toe. The corner of the nail
curves down into the skin, often due to mis-trimming of the
nail, or due to shoes that are too tight. An ingrown
toenail can be painful and lead to infection. Sometimes
simply removing the corner o...
Toes, six: The presence of an extra sixth toe, a very common congenital malformation (birth defect
This is called hexadactyly. The word hexadactyly literally means six digits. In medical usage, hexadactyly does not specify whether the six digits are fingers or toes (although in Greek "dactylos" is...
Toilet: 1. In medicine, cleansing of a wound and the skin around it.
2. In obstetrics, cleansing of a woman just after childbirth.
3. In dentistry, the cleaning out of a cavity before a restoration.
4. A device for the disposal of urine and feces. Or the room containing such a device.
The word to...