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  1. Poisoning Poisoning
    Poisoning: Taking a substance that is injurious to health or can cause death. Poisoning is still a major hazard to children, despite child-resistant (and sometimes adult-resistant) packaging and dose-limits per container. See also poison, Poison Control Centers....
  2. Poisoning, alcohol Poisoning, alcohol
    Poisoning, alcohol: A condition in which a toxic amount of alcohol (ethanol, ethyl alcohol) has been drunk, usually in a short period of time. The toxicity is related to the blood level of the alcohol. The individual may become extremely disoriented, unresponsive or unconscious, with shallow bre...
  3. Poisoning, antifreeze Poisoning, antifreeze
    Poisoning, antifreeze: Poisoning from antifreeze which today is usually ethylene glycol -- a clear, colorless, odorless liquid with a sweet taste -- that can produce dramatic and dangerous toxicity. Ethylene glycol is found most commonly in automotive cooling systems, and hydraulic brake fluid. In ...
  4. Poisoning, carbon monoxide Poisoning, carbon monoxide
    Poisoning, carbon monoxide: See: Carbon monoxide poisoning....
  5. Poisoning, cyanide Poisoning, cyanide
    Poisoning, cyanide: See: Cyanide....
  6. Poisoning, ethylene glycol Poisoning, ethylene glycol
    Poisoning, ethylene glycol: Poisoning from ethylene glycol (a clear, colorless, odorless liquid with a sweet taste) that can produce dramatic and dangerous toxicity. Ethylene glycol is found most commonly in antifreeze, automotive cooling systems, and hydraulic brake fluid. In an industrial setting...
  7. Poisoning, lead Poisoning, lead
    Poisoning, lead: An environmental hazard capable of causing brain damage. In the US lead poisoning is formally defined as having at least 10 micrograms of lead per deciliter of blood. (The average level of lead, for people ages 1 to 70, is 2.3 micrograms.) The lead may come, for example, from lead-c...
  8. Poisoning, mercury Poisoning, mercury
    Poisoning, mercury: The metallic element mercury is poisonous to humans. Mercury poisoning can occur in both acute and chronic forms. Acute mercury poisoning (which today is less common) is associated with ulcerations of the stomach and intestine and with toxic changes in the renal (kidney) tubules....
  9. Poisoning, sea Poisoning, sea
    Poisoning, sea: An intensely itchy rash due to contact with the tiny thimble jellyfish (Linuche unguiculata). These jellyfish are common between March and August in the waters off of Florida and in the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean Sea. There may be no adult jellyfish around as a warning. The je...
  10. Poisoning, silver Poisoning, silver
    Poisoning, silver: Silver poisoning, medically termed argyria, causes ashen gray discoloration of the skin (and other tissues of the body). Due to chronic use of silver salts. For example, a medical report related the case of a woman, now in her 50s, with discolored skin. At 11 she had been given no...
  11. Poland anomaly Poland anomaly
    Poland anomaly: A unique pattern of one-sided malformations characterized by a defect of the chest (pectoralis) muscle on one side of the body and webbing of the fingers (cutaneous syndactyly) of the ipsilateral hand (the hand on the same side). Often called Poland syndrome. It is right-sided three...
  12. Poland sequence Poland sequence
    Poland sequence: A unique pattern of one-sided malformations characterized by a defect of the chest (pectoralis) muscle on one side of the body and webbing of the fingers (cutaneous syndactyly) of the ipsilateral hand (the hand on the same side). Often called Poland syndrome. It is right-sided th...
  13. Poland syndactyly Poland syndactyly
    Poland syndactyly: A unique pattern of one-sided malformations characterized by a defect of the chest (pectoralis) muscle on one side of the body and webbing of the fingers (cutaneous syndactyly) of the ipsilateral hand (the hand on the same side). Often called Poland syndrome. It is right-side...
  14. Poland syndrome Poland syndrome
    Poland syndrome: A developmental disorder of the chest wall involving a unique pattern of one-sided malformations characterized by a defect (absence or underdevelopment) of the main chest muscle (the pectoralis major) on one side of the body and webbing of the fingers (cutaneous syndactyly) of the i...
  15. Policosanol Policosanol
    Policosanol: A product derived from the waxy coating of sugar cane that lowers both the total cholesterol and the "bad" low density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol and raises the levels of the "good" high density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol. A review of placebo-controlled studies using policosanol ...