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A basic calcium, magnesium, iron silicate, one of six naturally occurring fibrous minerals forming the group called asbestos. Occurs as straight, brittle fibers, light gray to pale brown in color. Commonly used in commercial asbestos products.

One of the two subgroups of minerals forming the asbestos group, distinguished by their chain-like crystal structure and chemical composition. Asbestos amphiboles include actinolite, amosite, anthophyllite, crocidolite, and tremolite.

Asbestos bodies (aka ferruginous bodies)
Asbestos bodies are a subset of ferruginous bodies, the structures formed when iron-protein deposition occurs on fibers in the body. Because asbestos is by far the most commonly occurring core material, the presence of ferruginous bodies in sputum indicates a significant past exposure to asbestos.

Acupoint (acupuncture point, she xue)
Generally, any of an indefinite number of points on or near the surface of a human or other mammal that, allegedly, are susceptible to healthful activation and communicate with internal organs.


A drug used as a treatment for Type 2 (noninsulin-dependent) diabetes; belongs to a class of drugs called alpha-glucosidase inhibitors.

A "first-generation" sulfonylurea pill taken to lower the level of glucose (sugar) in the blood. Only some people with Type 2 diabetes take these pills.

Adult-Onset Diabetes
Former term for Type 2 diabetes.

Advanced Glycation End Products (AGEs)
A group of compounds that may have a role in diabetes complications such as retinopathy, neuropathy, nephropathy, and vascular disease. At present it is not known if they are the cause or the consequence of the complications observed.

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