Word Of The Day
Dorland's Word of the Day is a great way to broaden your knowledge of medical terminology. With a new and interesting term brought to you from the 32nd edition of Dorland's Illustrated Medical Dictionary each day, it's an easy and fun way to increase your medical vocabulary!
You can view a new word on this website each day.
a pure culture of microorganisms, i.e., one free from contaminating microorganisms or, in the case of parasites, without the presence of the host.
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a proteoglycan of the extracellular matrix, consisting of three heparan sulfate chains bound to a 400-kD core and expressed by all cells that make basal membranes, of which it is a major component; it is also a component of cartilage and of the growth plate, where it is essential for long bone growth.
a protein closely related to erythropoietin, having similar erythropoiesis-stimulating activity; used for treatment of anemia associated with renal failure or certain types of cancer. Administered by intravenous or subcutaneous injection.
a prominent circular fold of mucous membrane in the stomach near the pyloric orifice.
a preparation of nonpathogenic microorganisms introduced into the body for their health benefits, such as Lactobacillus acidophilus ingested to modify the intestinal microflora.
a powerful wave of contractile activity that travels long distances down the small intestine; it is caused by intense irritation or unusual distention. Called also peristaltic reflex.
a plastic artificial lens inserted into the capsule of the lens after cataract removal.
any of a group of drugs that prevent neovascularization of solid tumors.