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Medical Dictionary - Letter: k



TermDefinitionPronunciation
Kpotassium
kal/ipotassium
kary/onucleus
kel/otumor, fibrous growth
keloidAn overgrowth of scar tissue that develops around a woundke´loid
kelpA type of seaweed.
ken/oempty
kerat/ocornea, horny, hard
keratinA family of fibrous proteins that are principle constituents of epidermis; hair; nails; horny tissues, and tooth enamel.
keratitisInflammation of the corneaker″ah-ti´tis
keratoconjunctivitisInflammation of the cornea and conjunctiva.
keratoconusA conical protrusion of the central part of the cornea.
keratosisAny horny growth of the skin such as a wart or callus.
ketonuriaPresence of ketone bodies in urine.
ketosisAbnormally high concentration of ketone bodies, as in diabetes mellitus.
kgkilogram
kidneyOne of a pair of organs that filter blood for the secretion of urine and that regulates ion concentrations.
kilo-one thousand
kilogramUnit of mass equal to one thousand grams.
kinesi/omovement
kinesicsThe study of body position motion in communication.
kinesisMovement of an organism in response to a stimulus
kineticsThe study of the interrelationships that exist between body parts and how those connections influence movement.
klept/oto steal
kleptomaniaAn abnormal, strong impulse to steal.
kmkilometer
kneeThe joint between inferior femur and superior
koil/ohollow, concave
koilonychiaA disease of the fingernails, where they become thin and concave.koi″lo-nik´e-ah
kraur/odry
KSKaposi sarcoma
KUBkidney, ureter, and bladder
kvkilovolt
KVOkeep vein open
kym/owaves
kyph/obent, hump
kyphosisDeformities of the spine characterized by an exaggerated convexity of the vertebral column. Sometimes called round back or hunchback. ki-fo´sis