Absorb: Take up fluids, take in.
Of sudden onset or short duration.
Adenopathy: Swollen lymph nodes.
Adjuvant: Helpful, assisting,
aiding. A substance that, when added to a medicine, speeds or improves
its action -or- A substance added to a vaccine to improve the immune
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AIDS: An infectious disease
caused by human immunodeficiency virus (HIV-1, HIV-2), a retrovirus
that causes immune system failure and debilitation. HIV is spread through
direct contact with the bodily fluids of an infected person.
Ambulatory: Able to walk
Lateral Sclerosis (ALS, Lou Gerhig's Disease): A
serious, progressive, neurologic disease in which loss of nerve cells
produces muscle paralysis.
A bacterial disease transmitted to humans usually by contact
with infected animals or their discharges (agricultural anthrax) or
with contaminated animal products (industrial anthrax).
Anthrax vaccine: A series of six
shots given over 18 months and followed by annual booster shots to protect
against the disease anthrax.
Anxiety disorders: Disorders in
which anxiety (persistent feelings of apprehension, tension, or uneasiness)
is the predominant disturbance.
Antibiotic: Drug that kills bacteria
and other germs.
Antibody: A type of protein made
by the immune system, usually in response to a foreign substance. Antibodies
are an important natural defense against infection.
Anticonvulsant: Drug used to prevent
A lung disease in which tightening of the air passages can
provoke wheezing and difficulty breathing.
Asymptomatic: Without symptoms.
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