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  • dysmenorrhea

    Painful menstruation.

  • dyspepsia


  • dysphagia

    Difficulty swallowing.

  • dyspnea

    Labored breathing.

  • eardrum

    The tympanic membrane that’s visible in the ear. It vibrates in response to sound waves.

  • ecchymosis

    A collection of blood in the tissues causing a black and blue, or yellow, area.

  • ECG


  • eclampsia

    An attack of convulsions. Particularly used to describe toxemia (toxins in the blood) of pregnancy.

  • ectopic pregnancy

    When the fertilized egg is implanted and develops outside of the uterus.

  • ectropion

    An outward turning of the eyelid.

  • eczema

    A rash characterized by itching, scaling, swelling and oozing. A common allergic reaction.

  • edema

    Buildup of excessive fluid around the cells in the body.

  • EEG


  • effacement

    Thinning of the cervix during labor.

  • effusion

    Buildup of fluid in a part of the body, particularly a joint.

  • ejaculation

    The sudden ejection of semen from the male body. Climax.

  • EKG


  • electroconvulsive

    A type of therapy used to treat severe, unresponsive depression by passing electrical current through the brain.

  • electrolysis

    Destruction of tissue through the use of electricity; often used to permanently remove unwanted hair from the body.

  • electrolytes

    Compounds that separate into charged particles in water. The main electrolytes in the human body are sodium, potassium, bicarbonate, chloride,…

  • elephantiasis

    A chronic disease characterized by the enlargement of certain parts of the body and by the hardening and ulceration of…