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  1. Mead, Margaret Mead, Margaret
    Mead, Margaret: (1901-1978) American anthropologist, author, and social critic. From the publication of her first book, "Coming of Age in Samoa," in 1928, in which she described the values of adolescent lovemaking in Samoan society, her name became associated with sexual theory. The scientific q...
  2. Meadow syndrome Meadow syndrome
    Meadow syndrome: After Dr. Roy Meadow, the pediatrician who coined the term Munchhausen syndrome by proxy....
  3. Meal moth Meal moth
    Meal moth: A moth that infests both stored grain and cereal products. The moth larvae cause damage in corn meal, packaged foods, bagged grain and grain in storage. Attack is confined to surface layers of stored shelled corn and small grains. In the case of stored ear corn, however, feeding occur...
  4. Mean cell hemoglobin Mean cell hemoglobin
    Mean cell hemoglobin: The average amount of hemoglobin in the average red cell. The mean cell hemoglobin (MCH) is a calculated value derived from the measurement of hemoglobin and the red cell count. (The hemoglobin value is the amount of hemoglobin in a volume of blood while the red cell count is ...
  5. Mean cell hemoglobin concentration Mean cell hemoglobin concentration
    Mean cell hemoglobin concentration: The average concentration of hemoglobin in a given volume of blood. The MCHC is a calculated value derived from the measurement of hemoglobin and the hematocrit. (The hemoglobin value is the amount of hemoglobin in a volume of blood while the hematocrit is the ra...
  6. Mean cell volume Mean cell volume
    Mean cell volume: A standard part of the complete blood count, the mean cell volume (MCV) is the average volume of a red blood cell. This is a calculated value derived from the hematocrit and the red cell count (The hematocrit is the ratio of the volume of red cells to the volume of whole blood whil...
  7. Measles Measles
    Measles: An acute and highly contagious viral disease characterized by fever, runny nose, cough, red eyes, and a spreading skin rash. Measles, also known as rubeola, is a potentially disastrous disease. It can be complicated by ear infections, pneumonia, encephalitis (which can cause convulsion...
  8. Measles encephalitis Measles encephalitis
    Measles encephalitis: Inflammation of the brain (encephalitis) occurs in perhaps 1 in 1,000 cases of measles, starting (up to 3 weeks) after onset of the rash and presenting with high fever, convulsions, and coma. It usually runs a blessedly short course with full recovery within a week. Or ...
  9. Measles immunization Measles immunization
    Measles immunization: The standard MMR vaccine is given to prevent measles, mumps and rubella (German measles). The MMR vaccine is now given in two dosages. The first should be given at 12-15 months of age. The second vaccination should be given at 4-6 years. Most children should receive MMR vac...
  10. Measles syndrome, atypical (AMS) Measles syndrome, atypical (AMS)
    Measles syndrome, atypical (AMS): An altered expression of measles, AMS begins suddenly with high fever, headache, cough, and abdominal pain. The rash may appear 1 to 2 days later, often beginning on the limbs. Swelling (edema) of the hands and feet may occur. Pneumonia is common and may persi...
  11. Measly Measly
    Measly: The word measly can refer to measles, and, thence, to spotty and, thence, to something that is of little value. In medicine, the measly tapeworm is the pork tapeworm (T. solium) which can be contracted through eating measly pork (pork infected with the larval form of T. solium)....
  12. Measly tapeworm Measly tapeworm
    Measly tapeworm: Taenia solium....
  13. Meatus Meatus
    Meatus: An opening or passageway. For example, the female urethral meatus. The urethra is the transport tube from the bladder to the outside of the body. In females the urethra is shorter than in the male. The meatus of the female urethra is just above the vaginal opening, as shown here:...
  14. Meatus, female urethral Meatus, female urethral
    Meatus, female urethral: The urethra is the transport tube leading from the bladder to discharge urine outside the body. In females the urethra is shorter than in the male. The meatus (opening) of the female urethra is above the vaginal opening, as indicated here:...
  15. Mechanical ventilation Mechanical ventilation
    Mechanical ventilation: Use of a machine called a ventilator or respirator to improve the exchange of air between the lungs and the atmosphere....