Medical Dictionary Definitions A-Z List
Medical Dictionary Definitions A - Z - «M»:
Mucus: A thick slippery fluid produced by the membranes lining certain organs such as the nose, mouth, throat, and vagina.
Mucus is the Latin word for "a semifluid, slimy discharge from the nose." Note that mucus is a noun while the adjective is mucous....
Mucus colitis: A common gastrointestinal disorder involving an abnormal condition of gut contractions (motility)
characterized by abdominal pain, bloating, mucous in stools, and irregular bowel
habits with alternating
diarrhea and constipation, symptoms that tend to be chronic and to wax
Mucus plug: An accumulation of mucus and thick fluid that blocks the
opening of the cervix (the opening from the uterus to the vagina) during
pregnancy. The mucus plug serves to protect the uterus and the fetus by
preventing bacteria from entering the uterus. The mucus plus can be clear or
Mucus, nasal: See: Nasal mucus....
Mudslide injury: See: Landslide injury....
Muir-Torre syndrome: A genetic syndrome characterized by a combination of sebaceous tumors of the skin and one or more internal malignancies, most often colon cancer. The types of sebaceous skin neoplasia include sebaceous adenoma, sebaceous epithelioma, sebaceous carcinoma, and keratoacanthoma.
Mule: In the drug trade, a person who transports a drug by internally concealing it. Also called a body packer. See: Body packer....
Multi-infarct dementia: Dementia brought on by a series of
strokes. See Vascular dementia....
Multicellular: Consisting of more than one cell. Humans are multicellular and have been estimated to possess 100,000 billion cells. Multicellular is as opposed to unicellular....
Multicentric: Having more than one center. A term often applied to tumors. A minority of Wilms tumors are multicentric and appear to represent separate tumors. A multicentric breast cancer involves two or more distinct primary tumors, usually in different quadrants of the breast. Also called multifo...
Multidetector computed tomography
Multidetector computed tomography: (MDCT) A form of computed tomography (CT) technology for diagnostic imaging. In MDCT, a two-dimensional array of detector elements replaces the linear array of detector elements used in typical conventional and helical CT scanners. The two-dimensional detector arr...
Multidetector CT: See: Multidetector computed tomography....
Multidetector-row computed tomography
Multidetector-row computed tomography: See: Multidetector computed tomography....
Multidetector-row CT: See: Multidetector computed tomography....
Multifactorial: Multiple factors.
Multifactorial inheritance is the type of hereditary
pattern seen when there is more than one genetic factor involved and,
sometimes, when there are also environmental factors participating in the causation of a condition.
Many common traits are multifactorial. Sk...