Medical Dictionary Definitions A-Z List
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Tamponade, pericardial: A life-threatening
situation in which there is such
large amount of fluid (usually blood) inside the
pericardial sac around the
heart that it interferes with the performance of the heart.
The end result,
untreated, is low blood pressure, shock and death. The
Tanapox: A poxvirus infection common in equatorial Africa. The disease starts with mild fever for 2 to 4 days accompanied by headache and myalgia (muscle ache), followed by the eruption of one or more large red nodules on the skin, typically on the extremities. Within several weeks there is usually...
Tandem mass spectrometry
Tandem mass spectrometry: An instrument used in medical laboratories consisting of two mass spectrometers in series connected by a chamber known as a collision cell. The sample to be examined is essentially sorted and weighed in the first mass spectrometer, then broken into pieces in the collision ...
Tandem MS: Abbreviation for tandem mass spectrometry. See: Tandem mass spectrometry....
Tandem repeat sequences
Tandem repeat sequences: Multiple copies of the same
DNA base sequence on a chromosome; used as a marker in physical mapping of the chromosome....
Tap, joint (aspiration)
Tap, joint (aspiration): A procedure whereby a sterile needle and syringe are used to drain joint fluid from the joint. This is usually done as an office procedure or at the bedside in the hospital. The skin over the joint is sterilized with a liquid. Local anesthetic is applied to the area of the j...
Tap, spinal: Also known as a lumbar puncture or "LP", a spinal tap
procedure whereby spinal fluid is removed from the spinal canal for
the purpose of
diagnostic testing. It is particularly helpful in the diagnosis of
of the central nervous system, especially infections,...
Tapazole: Trade name for methimazole, an antithyroid
Tapeworm:A worm that is flattened like a tape measure and functions as an
intestinal parasite, unable to live freely on its own but able to do
so within an animal's gut. The eggs usually enter the body via
raw or uncooked beef. Symptoms of their presence are usually absent.
However, some patient...
Tapeworm infection, pork
Tapeworm infection, pork: Known medically as cysticercosis, an infection caused by Taenia solium (the pork tapeworm). Infection occurs when the tapeworm larvae enter the body and form cysticerci (SIS-tuh-sir-KEY) (cysts). When cysticerci are found in the brain, the condition is called neurocysticerc...
Tapeworm, African: See
Taenia saginata. ...
Tapeworm, armed: Taenia solium....
Tapeworm, beef: See
Taenia saginata. ...
Tapeworm, measly: Taenia solium....
Tapeworm, pork: Taenia solium....