Oxford Dictionary of Nursing by Rosalind Fergusson, Elizabeth Martin, Anne Stibb, editors

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The cells in the islets of Langerhans that produce glucagon. Compare BETA CELLS. Back - New Search alpha-fetoprotein (afp) (al-f-fee-toh-proh-teen) n. a protein that is formed in the liver and yolk sac of the fetus and is present in the amniotic fluid and secondarily in maternal blood. The level of afp is elevated in spina bifida, twin and triplet pregnancies, and certain other conditions and decreased in Down's syndrome. This can be detected by a maternal blood test performed between the 16th and 18th weeks of pregnancy to aid prenatal diagnosis of these conditions.

Back - New Search allylestrenol (allyloestrenol) (al-il-eess-tr-nol) n. a synthetic female sex hormone (see PROGESTOGEN) administered by mouth in the treatment of abnormal bleeding from the uterus. Trade name: Gestanin . Back - New Search alopecia (baldness) (al--pee-shi) n. absence of hair from areas where it normally grows. a. areata a condition characterized by bald patches that may regrow; it is an example of an organ-specific autoimmune disease. a. totalis total hair loss, due to an autoimmune condition.

Albee (1876–1945), US surgeon]Top Back - New Search albendazole (al-ben-d-zohl) n. an an-thelmintic drug used to eliminate roundworms, hookworms, and other worm parasites. It is administered by mouth. Trade name: Eskazole . Back - New Search Albers-Schönberg disease (al-bers shern-berg) n. see OSTEOPETROSIS. [H. E. Albers-Schönberg disease (1865–1921), German radiologist] Back - New Search albinism (al-bin-izm) n. the inherited absence of pigmentation in the skin, hair, and eyes (see ALBINO). Back - New Search albino (al-bee-noh) n.

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