Medical Dictionary Definitions A-Z List
Medical Dictionary Definitions A - Z - «E»:
Edema, hereditary angioneurotic
Edema, hereditary angioneurotic: A genetic
form of angioedema. (Angioedema is also referred to as Quinke's disease.) Persons
with it are born lacking an inhibitor protein (called C1 esterase inhibitor) that normally
prevents activation of a cascade of proteins leading to the swelling of angioedema.
Edema, lymphatic: See: Lymphedema>....
Edentulism: Without teeth. Complete loss of all natural teeth can substantially reduce quality of life, self-image, and daily functioning....
Edentulous: Being without teeth. Complete loss of all natural teeth can substantially reduce quality of life, self-image, and daily functioning....
EDMD: Muscular dystrophy, Emery-Dreifuss....
EDS (excessive daytime sleepiness)
EDS (excessive daytime sleepiness): A neurological disorder marked by a sudden recurrent
uncontrollable compulsion to sleep. Also known as narcolepsy. It is often associated with cataplexy (a sudden loss of muscle tone and paralysis of voluntary muscles associated with a strong emotion), sleep para...
Edward B. Lewis
Edward B. Lewis: See: Lewis, Edward B....
Edwards syndrome: Trisomy 18 syndrome. Children with the syndrome have an extra chromosome 18 with a characteristic pattern of multiple malformations and mental retardation. Features include low birth weight, small head (microcephaly), small jaw (micrognathia), malformations of the heart and kidneys...
EECP: See: Enhanced external counterpulsation....
EEE: Eastern equine encephalitis....
EEG: Electroencephalogram, e technique for studying the electrical
current within the brain. Electrodes are attached to the
scalp. Wires attach these electrodes to a machine which
records the electrical impulses. The results are either
printed out or displayed on a computer screen. Electroenceph...
EFEMP1: A gene that encodes a protein with the long, complex name of EGF-containing fibulin-like extracellular matrix protein 1. EFEMP1 is now also known as FBLN3. See: FBLN3....
Effacement: The thinning of the cervix which occurs before and while
Effect, founder: A population group with an unusual frequency of a
gene due to there having been only a small number of original members
("founders") one or more of whom had that gene. For example, the gene for
Huntington disease was introduced into the Lake Maracaibo region of Venezuela ...
Effective dose: The dose of a drug that will achieve the desired effect....