Medical Dictionary Definitions A-Z List
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Tornado supplies kit
Tornado supplies kit: You and your family can cope
best by preparing for disaster before it strikes. One way to prepare
is by assembling a Disaster Supplies Kit. Once disaster hits, you
won't have time to shop or search for
supplies. But if you've gathered supplies in advance, your
family can end...
Torpor: Sluggishness, dullness, languor, lassitude, stupor, torpidity. People can fall into a state of torpor, as can animals. Some mosquitoes pass the winter in a state of torpor. From the Latin torpor, from torpere, to be sluggish or numb. ...
Torre syndrome: See: Muir-Torre syndrome....
Torsion dystonia: A form of dystonia known
as early-onset torsion dystonia (also called idiopathic or generalized torsion dystonia)
that begins in childhood around the age of 12. Symptoms typically start in one part of the
body, usually in an arm or leg, and eventually spread to the rest of the body...
Torsion fracture: A fracture, also called a spiral fracture, in which a bone has been twisted apart.
Torticollis: The most common of the focal dystonias,
torticollis is a state of excessive of inadequate muscle tone in the
muscles in the neck that control the position of the head. It can
cause the head to twist and turn to one side, and the head may also
be pulled forward or backward. Torticol...
Torticollis, congenital: A deformity of the neck that is evident at birth. It is due to shortening of the neck muscles.
Congenital torticollis tilts the head to the side on which the neck muscles are shortened so that the chin points to the other side.
The neck muscles that are shortened are princ...
Torticollis, spasmodic: Spasmodic
torticollis, or torticollis, is the most common of the focal dystonias. In torticollis,
the muscles in the neck that control the position of the head are affected, causing the
head to twist and turn to one side. In addition, the head may be pulled forward or
Torture: An act by which severe pain or suffering, whether physical or mental, is intentionally inflicted on a person, for a purpose such as obtaining information or a confession, punishment, intimidation or coercion, or for any reason based on discrimination of any kind. Survivors of torture often ...
Torus fracture: A fracture in which one side of
the bone bends, but does not actually break. Torus
fractures normally heal on their own within a month with
rest, although they can cause soreness and
Total hip replacement
Total hip replacement: Surgery in which the diseased ball and socket of the hip joint are completely removed and replaced with artificial materials. A metal ball with a stem (a prosthesis) is inserted into the femur (thigh bone) and an artificial plastic cup socket is placed in the acetabulum (a "cu...
Total hysterectomy: Complete surgical removal of the uterus and
cervix. Also called a complete hysterectomy....
Total knee replacement
Total knee replacement: A surgical procedure in which damaged parts of the knee joint are replaced with artifical parts.
The surgery is done by separating the muscles and ligaments around the knee to expose the inside of the joint. The ends of the thigh bone (femur) and the shin bone (tibia) are rem...
Total laryngectomy: A surgical procedure in which the whole voice box is removed, and the stoma opening into the larynx is permanent. The patient breathes through the stoma, and must learn to talk in a new way. In contrast to a partial laryngectomy....
Total parenteral nutrition
Total parenteral nutrition: Intravenous feeding that provides a patient with all of the fluid and the essential nutrients they need when they are unable to feed themselves by mouth.
Often referred to by its acronym, TPN....