Medical Dictionary Definitions A-Z List
Medical Dictionary Definitions A - Z - «L»:
Lobule: A little lobe. ...
Local seizure: See: Partial seizure....
Local therapy: Treatment that affects only a tumor and the area
close to it. ...
Local treatment: Treatment that affects the tumor and the area
close to it. ...
Lochia: The fluid that weeps from the vagina for a
or so after delivery of a baby. At first the lochia is primarily
blood, followed by a more mucousy fluid containing dried blood, and
finally a clear-to-yellow discharge....
Locked-in syndrome: A neurological disorder characterized by complete paralysis of voluntary muscles in all parts of the body except for those that control eye movement. The locked-in syndrome is usually a complication of a cerebrovascular accident (a stroke) in the base of the pons in the brainstem...
Lockjaw: See Tetanus....
Locomotion: Movement from one place to
another. And the ability to locomote, to get from one place to the
next. The locomotive system permits locomotion and consists of bones
that are the framework of the skeleton, joints that hold the bones
together and make movement possible, and muscles that ...
Locomotive system: The system that permits
locomotion, movement from one place to another. The key
components of this system are: the bones that are the
framework of the skeleton, the joints that hold the bones
together and make movement possible, and the muscles that
contract and relax and m...
Locoregional: Limited to a local region. See also: Locoregional anesthesia; Locoregional metastasis....
Locoregional anesthesia: Anesthesia that produces loss of pain only in the region of the surgery. This may be done by a "spinal" in which an anesthetic agent is administered by lumbar injection. Locoregional anesthesia is in contrast to general anesthesia on the one hand and local anesthesia on the ...
Locoregional metastasis: Metastasis (spread) of a cancer only within the region in which it arose. In contrast to systemic metastasis....
Locus: The place, in Latin..
In genetics, a locus is the place a
gene occupies on a chromosome. One locus, two loci....
Locus minoris resistentiae
Locus minoris resistentiae: Latin meaning a place of
less resistance. A locus minoris resistentiae offers little
resistance to microorganisms.
For example, a damaged heart valve acts as a locus minoris
resistentiae, a place where any bacteria in the bloodstream tend to
The concept of a ...
LOD score: In genetics, a statistical estimate of whether two loci (the sites of genes) are likely to lie near each other on a chromosome and are therefore likely to be inherited together as a package.
LOD stands for logarithm of the odds (to the base 10). A LOD score of three or more is generally ...