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  • seborrheic keratoses

    Skin growths that may be smooth or warty-looking, of varying size, and flesh-colored, brown or black. Often appear on the…

  • seborrhea

    Greasy scales or cheesy plugs resulting from overproduction of the sebaceous glands.

  • sebaceous glands

    Small glands in the skin that release an oily substance through the hair follicles.

  • sebaceous cyst

    A benign cyst containing oil and cells from a sebaceous gland.

  • scurvy

    A condition caused by vitamin C deficiency. Symptoms include loss of appetite, bleeding gums, bruising, inability to gain weight and…

  • scrotum

    The skin-covered sac that contains the testes.

  • scratch test

    A test for allergies in which small amounts of potential allergens are inserted in small scratches made in the…

  • scotoma

    A blind spot in an area of otherwise normal vision.

  • sclerosis

    Hardening.

  • scleroderma

    A chronic disease characterized by hardening or thickening of the skin due to abnormal tissue growth.

  • scleritis

    Inflammation of the sclera, causing pain, redness and possible loss of vision. Can be a complication of rheumatoid arthritis.

  • sclera

    The tough white covering of the eyeball.

  • sciatica

    Pain or inflammation going from the back to the buttock along the sciatic nerve.

  • schizophrenia

    A chronic mental disorder characterized by an inability to differentiate reality from fantasy. Often associated with hallucinations or delusions.

  • scapula

    The shoulder blade.

  • scabies

    An itchy, contagious skin condition caused by mites.

  • sanguineous

    Bloody.

  • salve

    Ointment.

  • salmonella

    A form of food poisoning characterized by fever and intestinal disorder due to Salmonella bacteria.

  • salivary gland

    Any one of the three pairs of glands of the mouth (parotid, submaxillary and sublingual) that release saliva.

  • saliva

    An enzyme-containing thin, watery secretion of the salivary glands.

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