Medical Dictionary Definitions A-Z List
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Polio: Abbreviation for poliomyelitis, an acute and
sometimes devastating disease caused by a virus. Man is the only natural host for
polio virus. The virus enters the mouth and multiplies in lymphoid
tissues in the throat and intestine. Small numbers of virus enter
the blood and go to other sit...
Polio immunization: One of the two polio vaccines that are available: oral polio vaccine (OPV) and inactivated polio vaccine (IPV). OPV was formerly recommended for children in the U.S. but was shown to actually cause polio in extremely rare cases and is no longer recommended. IPV is given as a shot...
Polio vaccine, inactivated
Polio vaccine, inactivated: A vaccine that is made from a suspension of poliovirus types that are inactivated (killed) with formalin. Abbreviated IPV. IPV is given by injection. polio vaccine, killed See polio vaccine, inactivated.
Polio vaccine, killed
Polio vaccine, killed: See: Polio vaccine, inactivated....
Polio vaccine, live
Polio vaccine, live: See: Polio vaccine, oral....
Polio vaccine, oral
Polio vaccine, oral: A vaccine that contains live attenuated (weakened) poliovirus. Abbreviated OPV. Also referred to as polio vaccine, Sabin....
Polio vaccine, Sabin
Polio vaccine, Sabin: The oral polio vaccine (OPV) developed by the Polish-born American microbiologist Albert Sabin (1906-93)....
Polio vaccine, Salk
Polio vaccine, Salk: See polio vaccine, inactivated....
Polio, abortive: A minor form of infection with the polio
virus, abortive polio accounts for 80 to 90 percent of clinically
apparent cases in the US, chiefly occurring in young children. The
usual symptoms emerge three to five days after exposure to the virus,
and include slight fever, malaise,...
Poliomyelitis: An acute and
sometimes devastating viral disease. Man is the only natural host for
poliovirus. The virus enters the mouth and multiplies in lymphoid
tissues in the pharynx and intestine. Small numbers of virus enter
the blood and go to other
sites where the virus multiplies more ...
Poliovirus: A member of the enterovirus subgroup, family Picornaviridae. Enteroviruses are transient inhabitants of the gastrointestinal tract. Picornaviruses are small viruses with an RNA genome. There are three strains of poliovirus. They are called P1 or the Brunhilde virus, P2 or the Lansing vir...
Polish disease: Syphilis. Depending upon someone's thoughts as to where the disease came from, syphilis was also known as the French, Italian, Spanish and
Polle syndrome: The Munchhausen syndrome by proxy.
Polle was the fictional Baron Munchausen's only child and died at a year of age....
Pollen: Small, light, dry protein
particles from trees, grasses, flowers, and weeds that may be spread
by the wind. Pollen particles are usually the male sex cells of the
plant, and are smaller than the tip of a pin. Pollen is a potent
stimulator of allergic responses. It lodges in the mucus mem...