Dictionary of Medical Terms

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  • varicose veins

    Swollen, distended veins especially visible in the legs.

  • varicocele

    Dilated veins in the spermatic cord above or around the testis that can cause decreased sperm production on the affected…

  • vaginismus

    Painful spasm of the vagina.

  • vagina

    The muscular canal in women between the vulva and the uterus. It serves as the entry for spermatozoa and as…

  • vaccine

    A preparation of killed or weakened microorganisms, given to treat or prevent disease.

  • vaccination

    Inoculation with weakened or dead microorganisms to develop immunity and prevent disease caused by the regular strain of that…

  • uvula

    The fleshy mass hanging down from the soft palate above the back of the tongue.

  • uterus

    A hollow muscular organ in women where the ovum (egg) is deposited and the embryo and fetus are developed.

  • urology

    The branch of medicine that deals with the urinary system in women and the urogenital system in men.

  • urogenital

    Having to do with the urinary system and genitals.

  • urine

    The fluid composed of water and waste products that’s secreted by the kidneys.

  • urinary bladder

    The organ that serves as a temporary storage place for urine. Also called the bladder.

  • urethritis

    Inflammation or infection of the urethra.

  • urethral stricture

    A narrow area of the urethra that blocks the flow of urine.

  • urethra

    The tube that allows the bladder to empty outside the body.

  • ureter

    A narrow tube that transfers urine from the kidney to the bladder.

  • uremia

    The buildup in the blood of substances normally eliminated in the urine.

  • ungual

    Having to do with the nails.

  • umbilicus

    The scar at the site of attachment of the umbilical cord. The navel or belly button.

  • umbilical cord

    A tough, cord-like structure connecting the fetus to the placenta for nourishment.

  • ulna

    The larger of the two bones of the forearm.