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Medical Dictionary: f

-facientto causegeneral
factitious disorderConditions in which a person deliberately and consciously acts as if he or she has a physical or mental illness when he or she is not really sick. Known as Munchausen Syndrome.nervous
fallopian tubesA pair of highly specialized muscular canals that conduct the ovum from the ovary to the uterus.Reproductive
fasci/ofascia (layer of fibrous tissue)muscular
fasciaLayers of connective tissue enveloping, separating, or binding together muscles, organs, and other soft structures of the body. General
fasciitisInflammation of the fascia, which is the connective tissue surrounding muscles, blood vessels and nerves.muscular
fastigium The period of greatest intensityGeneral
fatA substance that stores energy in the body and serves as an insulating material. One of the three primary constituents of food.General
fatigueTiredness following mental or physical exertion.General
FBSfasting blood sugar endocrine
FDA(U.S.) Food and Drug Administration
Feiron general
febriculaMild or short-lived.General
fecesExcrement from the intestines, containing unabsorbed solids, waste products, secretions, and bacteria. Digestive
FEFforced expiratory flow respiratory
felineBelonging or pertaining to the cat familyGeneral
femininityFemale-associated sex-specific social roles and behaviors unrelated to biologic function. General
femor/ofemoral (thigh bone)skeletal
femoralPertaining to the thigh or femur.Skeletal
femurThe longest and largest bone of the skeleton, it is situated between the hip and the knee. Skeletal
fenestraA small opening or transparent spot.General
fertilizationThe fusion of a spermatozoon with an ovum thus resulting in the formation of a zygote. General
fetalOf, pertaining to, or having the character of a fetus.Reproductive
fetusThe embryo of a mammal in the later stages of developmentReproductive
FEVforced expiratory volume respiratory
feverAn abnormal elevation of body temperature, usually as a result of a pathologic process. General
FFPfresh frozen plasma cardiovascular
FHRfetal heart ratereproductive
FHTfamily history
fibrillationA rapid twitching of muscle fibers, particularly of the heart, caused by the abnormal electrical impulses.Cardiovascular
fibrinAn insoluble protein end product of blood coagulation, formed from fibrinogen by the action of thrombin.Cardiovascular
fibrinogenA blood plasma protein produced by the liver. It is one of many coagulation factors responsible for normal blood clotting.Cardiovascular
fibroadenomaBenign tumors composed of stromal and epithelial tissue.reproductive
fibrocystic breast diseaseA painful, lumpy breast disease.reproductive
fibroidA benign tumor containing fibrous tissue, particularly in the uterus.General
fibromaA benign tumor consisting of fibrous tissue. General
fibromyalgiaA common, chronic disorder characterized by widespread pain, diffuse tenderness, chronic fatigue, and other symptoms. muscular
fibrosarcomaA form of malignant tumor derived from fibrous connective tissueGeneral
fibrosisAny pathological condition where fibrous connective tissue invades any organ, usually as a consequence of inflammation or other injury. General
FISHfluorescence in situ hybridization
fissureA slit, cleft or deep furrow; a small tear.general
fistulaAn abnormal connection between two body parts.general
fl ozfluid ounce
flatulenceProduction of gas in the gastrointestinal tract which may be expelled through the anus. Digestive
flexionThe act of bending a limb or the position that a limb assumes after it is bent.Skeletal
flexorAny muscle that causes a limb to bend.Muscular
floaterA speck or string that appears to be drifting across the eye just outside the line of vision.Eyes And Ears
fluctuation A wavelike motion. A variation.General
fluor/ofluorine, fluoridegeneral
fluorescein angiographyAn eye test that uses a special dye and camera to look at blood flow in the retina and choroid. eyes and ears
fluorescenceThe property of emitting radiation while being irradiated.General
fluoridationPractice of adding fluoride to water for the purpose of preventing tooth decay and cavities. General
flushA transient reddening of the face. A blush.Integumentary
focusThe point at which rays of line converge after passing through a lens.Eyes And Ears
follicleA small secreting gland, sac or cavity.General
follicle-stimulating hormoneA hormone released by the pituitary gland. It regulates the development, maturation and reproductive processes of the body.endocrine
follicul/ofollicle (small cavity)integumentary
folliculitisAn infection in the hair follicles.integumentary
footThe distal extremity of the leg, consisting of the tarsus, metatarsus, phalanges and the soft tissues surrounding the bones. Skeletal
forcepsAn instrument for compressing or grasping tissues.General
fore-before, in frontdirectional
forearmPart of the arm in humans extending from the elbow to the wrist. Skeletal
foreheadThe part of the face above the eyes. Skeletal
-formform, shape ofgeneral
formicationA strange sensation of ants crawling on the skin.General
formularyA list of pharmaceutical substances along with their formulas, uses, and methods of preparation. Also, an official list of drugs approved for prescription or administration to patients of a hospital or health maintenance organizationGeneral
fourier analysisUse of the Fourier transform, a mathematical technique for describing fluctuating patterns in the physical world in terms of frequencies. General
FPfamily practice
fractalsPatterns (real or mathematical) which look similar at different scales.General
freeze dryingMethod of preparing a tissue specimen by freezing and then dehydrating in a high vacuum. General
FROMfull range of motionskeletal
frontal boneThe bone that forms the frontal aspect of the skull. Skeletal
frontal coronal planeSeparates the body's anterior and posteriordirectional
frontal lobeThe part of the cerebral hemisphere anterior to the central sulcus, and anterior and superior to the lateral sulcus. Nervous
FSHfollicle-stimulating hormone endocrine
FTNDfull term normal deliveryreproductive
FTTfailure to thrive reproductive
fundusThe base of an organ. General
fungicideAn agent that kills or inhibits the growth of fungi.General
FUOfever of unknown origin general
furunclesA boil, which are bacterial or fungal infections of hair follicles. integumentary
fusionThe merging of adjacent parts.General
FVCforced vital capacityrespiratory

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