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  1. Psychosomatic Psychosomatic
    Psychosomatic: Relating to both the mind and the body or to the mind-body interrelationships. From the Greek words psych(emacr) meaning the organ of thought and judgment + somatikos meaning the body....
  2. Psychosomatic illness Psychosomatic illness
    Psychosomatic illness: The mind influences the body to create or exacerbate illness. ...
  3. Psychotherapy Psychotherapy
    Psychotherapy: The treatment of a behavior disorder, mental illness, or any other condition by psychological means. Psychotherapy may utilize insight, persuasion, suggestion, reassurance, and instruction so that patients may see themselves and their problems more realistically and have the desire to...
  4. Psychotropic drug Psychotropic drug
    Psychotropic drug: Any drug capable of affecting the mind, emotions, and behavior. Some legal drugs such as lithium for depression are psychotropic. Many illicit drugs such as cocaine are also psychotropic. Also called a psychodynamic drug. From the Greek psycho-, the mind + trop, a turning = (ca...
  5. Psychotropic medication Psychotropic medication
    Psychotropic medication: Any medication capable of affecting the mind, emotions, and behavior. Some medications such as lithium, which may be used to treat depression, are psychotropic. Also called a psychodynamic medication. From the Greek psycho-, the mind + trop, a turning = (capable of) turni...
  6. PTC (percutaneous transhepatic cholangiography) PTC (percutaneous transhepatic cholangiography)
    PTC (percutaneous transhepatic cholangiography): See: Cholangiography, percutaneous transhepatic....
  7. PTCA PTCA
    PTCA: Percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty. A procedure with a balloon-tipped catheter to enlarge a narrowing in a coronary artery. Often just called angioplasty....
  8. Pterygium Pterygium
    Pterygium: A winglike triangular membrane. Although a pterygium can be anywhere, including behind the knee, it commonly refers to a winglet of the conjunctiva. This pterygium may extend across the white of the eye toward the inner corner of the eye. It is caused by prolonged exposure of the eyes...
  9. PTHC (percutaneous transhepatic cholangiography) PTHC (percutaneous transhepatic cholangiography)
    PTHC (percutaneous transhepatic cholangiography): See: Cholangiography, percutaneous transhepatic....
  10. Ptosis Ptosis
    Ptosis: Downward displacement. Ptosis of the eyelids is drooping of the eyelids. ...
  11. Ptosis of the eyelids, adult Ptosis of the eyelids, adult
    Ptosis of the eyelids, adult: Drooping of the upper eyelids in adults, most commonly due to separation of the tendon of the lid-lifting (levator) muscle from the eyelid. This may occur with age, after cataract or other eye surgery, an injury, eye tumor or a complication of other diseases involv...
  12. Ptosis of the eyelids, congenital Ptosis of the eyelids, congenital
    Ptosis of the eyelids, congenital: Drooping of the upper eyelids at birth. The lids may droop only slightly or they may cover the pupils and restrict or even block vision. Moderate or severe ptosis calls for treatment to permit normal vision development. If not corrected, amblyopia ("lazy eye...
  13. PTSD PTSD
    PTSD: Post-traumatic stress disorder. (The abbreviation PTSD has rapidly gained in popularity because saying "post-traumatic stress disorder" can be enough of a mouthful as to be stressful in itself.)...
  14. PTU PTU
    PTU: Propylthiouracil, an antithyroid medication, a drug that blocks the production of thyroid hormone by the thyroid gland. PTU is used to treat hyperthyroidism in order to reduce the excessive thyroid activity before surgery and to treat and maintain patients not having surgery....
  15. Pubarche Pubarche
    Pubarche: Just as menarche means the time when menstruation begins, pubarche indicates when pubic hair begins. ...