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  1. pathy pathy
    -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...
  2. Patient Patient
    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....
  3. Patient autonomy Patient autonomy
    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...
  4. Patient controlled analgesia Patient controlled analgesia
    Patient controlled analgesia: See: PCA....
  5. Patient-activated cardiac event recorder 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...
  6. Patient-activated event recorder Patient-activated event recorder
    Patient-activated event recorder: See: Patient-activated cardiac event recorder....
  7. Paul C. Lauterbur Paul C. Lauterbur
    Paul C. Lauterbur: See: Lauterbur, Paul C....
  8. Paul Ehrlich Paul Ehrlich
    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....
  9. Paul M. Zoll Paul M. Zoll
    Paul M. Zoll: See: Zoll, Paul M.....
  10. Pauling Pauling
    Pauling: See: Pauling, Linus...
  11. Pauling, Linus 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 ...
  12. Pauling-Corey helix Pauling-Corey helix
    Pauling-Corey helix: The alpha helix, the structure of most proteins, discovered by Linus Pauling and Robert Corey. See: Alpha helix....
  13. Pavlov conditioning Pavlov conditioning
    Pavlov conditioning:The Russian physiologist Ivan 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...
  14. Pavlov pouch Pavlov pouch
    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 ...
  15. Pavlov stomach Pavlov stomach
    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. ...