Medical Dictionary Definitions A-Z List
Medical Dictionary Definitions A - Z - «P»:
-pathy: A suffix derived
from the Greek "pathos" meaning "suffering or disease" that serves as a suffix in many terms including myopathy (muscle
disease), neuropathy (nerve disease), retinopathopathy
(disease of the retina), sympathy (literally, suffering
together), etc. The corresponding prefi...
Patient: A person under health care. The person may be waiting for this care or may be receiving it or may have already received it. There is considerable lack of agreement about the precise meaning of the term "patient."
It is diversely defined as, for examples:
A person who requires medical care....
Patient autonomy: The right of patients to make decisions about their medical care without their health care provider trying to influence the decision. Patient autonomy does allow for health care providers to educate the patient but does not allow the health care provider to make the decision for th...
Patient controlled analgesia
Patient controlled analgesia: See: PCA....
Patient-activated cardiac event recorder
Patient-activated cardiac event recorder: A device that is implanted directly under the skin and is programmable with looping memory that records electrocardiogram (ECG) tracings. The recorder is programmed by a physician to retrieve data, and display and print stored data. The device is usually ins...
Patient-activated event recorder
Patient-activated event recorder: See: Patient-activated cardiac event recorder....
Paul C. Lauterbur
Paul C. Lauterbur: See: Lauterbur, Paul C....
Paul Ehrlich: 1. Paul Ehrlich (1854-1915), renowned German scientist and physician. See: Ehlich, Paul.
2. Paul R. Ehrlich (1932-), American evolutionary and population biologist....
Paul M. Zoll
Paul M. Zoll: See: Zoll, Paul M.....
Pauling: See: Pauling, Linus...
Pauling, Linus: (1901-1994) American chemist who won the 1954 Nobel Prize in Chemistry "for his research into the nature of the chemical bond and its application to the elucidation of the structure of complex substances." He also won the 1962 Nobel Peace Prize, making him the only person to win two ...
Pauling-Corey helix: The alpha helix, the structure of most proteins, discovered by Linus Pauling and Robert Corey. See: Alpha helix....
Pavlov conditioning:The Russian physiologist
Petrovich Pavlov (1848-1936) conditioned dogs to respond in what
proved to be a
predictable manner, for example, by first ringing a bell before
feeding them and then
simply ringing the bell upon which stimulus they would begin to
salivate as if t...
Pavlov pouch: At different points along the dogs'
digestive tracts, the Russian physiologist Ivan Petrovich Pavlov (1848-1936) surgically
created pockets ("Pavlov pouches") from which he could obtain secretions, the
aim being to study the physiology of the digestive tract. He did so from ...
Pavlov stomach: A Pavlov pouch fashioned surgically
from part of the stomach (which is isolated from the rest of the stomach). The pouch opens
through a fistula (canal) on to the abdominal wall and permits sampling of the gastric
contents. See Pavlov pouch. ...