Medical Dictionary Definitions A-Z List
Medical Dictionary Definitions A - Z - «E»:
Epicondylitis, lateral: See: Tennis elbow....
Epidemic: The occurrence of more cases of a disease than would be expected in a community or region during a
given time period. A sudden severe outbreak of a disease such as SARS. From the Greek "epi-", "upon" + "demos",
"people or population" = "epidemos" = "upon the population." See also: Ende...
Epidemic hemorrhagic fever
Epidemic hemorrhagic fever: A
number of diseases characterized by an abrupt onset of high
fever and chills, headache, cold and cough, and pain in the
muscles, joints and abdomen with nausea and vomiting
followed by bleeding into the kidney and elsewhere. Known
also as hemorrhagic fever with r...
Epidemic myalgia: Also known as Bornholm disease, this is a
temporary illness that is a result of virus infection. The disease
features fever and intense abdominal and chest pains with headache.
The chest pain is typically worsened by breathing or coughing. The
illness usually lasts from 3 to ...
Epidemic scorecard: A tally of epidemics.
The scorecard, based on estimates from the World Health Organization in 2003, reads as follows:
Tuberculosis: 8 million new cases and 2 million deaths a year. A third of the world population has TB. Drug-resistant incurable strains on the rise.
Epidemic typhus: See: Typhus, epidemic....
Epidemiologist: A person engaged in
epidemiology (not confined to epidemics). Epidemiologists include people with an M.D.,
Ph.D., D.P.H. (Doctor of Public Health), M.P.H. (Master of Public Health), R.N., and a
number of other degrees....
Epidemiology, classical: The study of populations in
order to determine the frequency and distribution of disease and measure risks. ...
Epidemiology, clinical: Epidemiology focused
specifically upon patients. Epidemiology is the study of populations
in order to determine the frequency and distribution of disease and
measure risks. ...
Epidermal: Pertaining to the epidermis, the outermost layer of the skin....
Epidermal growth factor
Epidermal growth factor: EGF....
Epidermal growth factor receptor
Epidermal growth factor receptor: EGFR....
Epidermis: The upper or outer layer of the two main
layers of cells that make up the skin. The epidermis is mostly made
up of flat, scale-like cells called squamous cells. Under the
squamous cells are round cells called basal cells. The deepest part
of the epidermis also contains melanocytes. The...
Epidermoid carcinoma: A type of lung cancer in which the cells are flat and look like fish scales. Also called squamous cell carcinoma. ...
Epidermolysis bullosa: One in a group of blistering skin conditions. The skin is so fragile in people with epidermolysis bullosa that even minor rubbing may cause blistering. At times, the person may not be aware of rubbing or injuring the skin even though blisters develop. In severe epidermolysis b...