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Medical Dictionary Definitions A - Z - «P»:

  1. Physical map Physical map
    Physical map: A map of the locations of identifiable landmarks on chromosomes. Physical distance is measured in base pairs. The physical map differs from the genetic map which is based purely on genetic linkage data. In the human genome, the lowest-resolution physical map is the banding patterns of ...
  2. Physical therapist Physical therapist
    Physical therapist: A person trained and certified by a state or accrediting body to design and implement physical therapy programs. Physical therapists may work within a hospital or clinic, in a school providing assistance to special education students, or as an independent practitioner....
  3. Physical therapy Physical therapy
    Physical therapy: A branch of rehabilitative health that uses specially designed exercises and equipment to help patients regain or improve their physical abilities. Physical therapists work with many types of patients, from infants born with musculoskeletal birth defects, to adults suffering f...
  4. Physician Physician
    Physician: A physician is a person trained in the art of healing. In reality, contemporary physicians express their skills by combining art with science. A physician is also referred to as a doctor of medicine. The term "physician" is used somewhat differently in different English-speaking co...
  5. Physician assistant (PA) Physician assistant (PA)
    Physician assistant (PA): A physician assistant (PA) is a mid-level medical practitioner who works under the supervision of a licensed doctor (an MD) or osteopathic physician (a DO). The physician assistant came about in the 1960s as a response to the need for more clinicians (there was a shortage...
  6. Physician assisted suicide Physician assisted suicide
    Physician assisted suicide: See: Physician-assisted suicide....
  7. Physician discontent Physician discontent
    Physician discontent: Dissatisfaction with medical practice. Physician discontent increased substantially in the last quarter of the 20th century. The sources of dissatisfaction included pressures from managed-care systems, the malpractice crisis, aggravation with bureaucratic red tape, and constant...
  8. Physician, emergency Physician, emergency
    Physician, emergency: See: Emergency physician....
  9. Physician, family Physician, family
    Physician, family: A physician who is educated and trained in family practice. "Family physicians possess unique attitudes, skills, and knowledge which qualify them to provide continuing and comprehensive medical care, health maintenance and preventive services to each member of the family regardl...
  10. Physicians Health Study Physicians Health Study
    Physicians Health Study: A very large, long-term, randomized study initiated in 1982 to look at the effects of aspirin and beta-carotene on cancer and cardiovascular disease. Its finding that daily low-dose aspirin decreased the risk of a first myocardial infarction by 44% helped focus attention on...
  11. Physicians' Desk Reference Physicians' Desk Reference
    Physicians' Desk Reference: A thick volume that provides a guide to all prescription drugs available in the United States. Although not exactly recommended fare for bedtime reading, the PDR is a key reference to the American pharmacopeia. Abbreviated PDR....
  12. Physics, health Physics, health
    Physics, health: The science of human health and radiation exposure. Health physics, also called medical physics, is devoted to radiation safety. The international professional body for health physics, the Health Physics Society, notes that: "For decades, ionizing radiation has been beneficial to h...
  13. Physics, medical Physics, medical
    Physics, medical: See: Medical physics....
  14. Physiologic Physiologic
    Physiologic: Something that is normal, neither due to anything pathologic nor significant in terms of causing illness....
  15. Physiologic amenorrhea Physiologic amenorrhea
    Physiologic amenorrhea: The cessation of menstruation that it is completely normal and is not caused by anything pathologic. The lack of menstruation during pregnancy is a form of physiologic amenorrhea. Amenorrhea during lactation is another. Amenorrhea is conventionally divided into primary an...