Medical Dictionary Definitions A-Z List
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Somnambulism: Sleepwalking. Purposeful moving,
usually but not always including walking, while in a deep
stage of sleep. Sleepwalking occurs most frequently in
children, particularly boys. Sedatives tend to exacerbate
rather than cure sleepwalking. The best measures are
preventative: ensure tha...
Somnambulist: A sleepwalker....
Somniloquy: Sleep talking. Talking in one's sleep is considered a normal phenomenon that is of no medical or psychological consequence....
Somnolence: Sleepiness, the state of feeling drowsy, ready to fall asleep. A person experiencing somnolence is somnolent and is acting somnolently.
Somnolence, somnolent, and somnolently go back to the Latin "somnus" meaning (please don't yawn) "sleep."...
Somnolent: Sleepy or tending to cause sleep.
"Somnolent" came from French. It descends from the Latin "somnus" meaning "sleep." Also descended from "somnus" are "somnambulism" (sleepwalking) and "insomnia" (the inability to sleep.)...
Somnoplasty: A surgical treatment to stop snoring.
Somnoplasty uses heat energy to remove tissues of the soft palate and the uvula (the flap at the back of the palate). Somnoplasty is usually done as an office procedure with local anesthesia.
not indicated for the treatment of sleep ...
Son: 1. Principally, a male offspring.
2. Also a male adopted child.
3. A term of address for a male.
From the Old English sunu, from an Indo-European word meaning to give birth....
Sonata: Sonorous brand name for the sedative hypnotic drug generically known as zaleplon, used for sleep. For more pharmaceutical information, see: zaleplon....
Soothing: Bringing comfort, solace, reassurance, peace, composure, quietude.
To soothe is to allay, balm, becalm, calm, compose, lull, quiet, settle, still, or tranquilize.
In medicine, an agent that is soothing is called a demulcent....
Soper, Fred L.
Soper, Fred L.: (1893-1977) American physician, epidemiologist and public health administrator. Soper won a Lasker Award in 1946 for organizing successful campaigns to eradicate yellow fever and malaria between 1927 and 1945. He also made key contributions to the control of typhus fever during World...
Sopor: Abnormally deep sleep, an unusually profound sleep, a stupor from which it is difficult to rouse a person. Sopor may be due to a drug.
"Sopor" is Latin for "deep sleep." The root is "somnus," the Latin for "sleep" (and the name of the Roman god of sleep.) "Soporific" has the same derivation....
Soporific: Something such as a drug that causes or induces profound sleep. Tending to cause sleep or to dull the sense of awareness or alertness.
The word "soporific" is derived from "sopor" meaning "deep sleep." The root is "somnus," the Latin for "sleep" (and the name of the Roman god of sleep.)...
Sore: 1. (adjective) A popular term for painful. I have sore fingers from typing dictionary terms. She has a
2. (noun) A nondescript term for nearly any lesion of the skin or mucous membranes. He has a number of sores in his mouth.
The word sore traces its origin to the Anglo-Saxon ...
Sore throat: Pain in the throat. Sore throat may be caused by many different causes, including inflammation of the larynx, pharynx, or tonsils.
First and foremost in frequency are viruses. Many viruses, and even those that cause mononucleosis (mono) and influenza (the flu), cause a sore throat. Som...
Sore, canker: A small ulcer crater in the lining of the mouth that is often painful and very sensitive. Also known as an aphthous ulcer.
Canker sores are one of the most common problems that occur in the mouth. About 20% of the population (1 in 5 people) have canker sores at any given time. Canker s...