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   Deviation from normal.


Anomalad, Klippel-Feil
See: Klippel-Feil sequence.

Birth defects; abnormalities.

Anomalous Coronary Artery
The normal anatomy for the coronary arteries involves their origin from the aorta at each of two separate sites. Sometimes people can be born with the origin of a coronary artery that comes from an abnormal site and this can lead to problems of coronary ischemia which can subsequently lead to heart attack. Not all coronary anomalies need surgery, but some do and the specific operation depends on which of the many varieties of coronary anomalies is present.

Anomaly, congenital
A birth defect. A malformation that occurs before birth and is present at birth.

Anomaly, Klippel-Feil
See: Klippel-Feil sequence.

A problem with word finding. Impaired recall of words with no impairment of comprehension or the capacity to repeat the words.

Anomic aphasia
Loss of the ability to name objects.

Apathy, alienation, and personal distress resulting from the loss of goals previously valued. Emile Durkheim popularized this term when he listed it as a principal reason for suicide.


Altitude sickness
A potentially fatal illness caused by being at altitudes high enough to reduce the amount of oxygen available to the body.

The sacs in the lungs at the ends of the smallest airways where oxygen is exchanged for carbon dioxide in the blood.

Able to walk. Not confined to bed.

Any substance that produces male characteristics. Testosterone and androsterone are natural androgens.

A noncancerous tumor made up of many blood vessels.


Congenital absence of both testes.

Loss of the sense of smell.

Occurring before delivery of a baby.

An agent used to counteract a poison.

A serum that contains antibodies. Serum from a person or animal with immunity to a certain disease can, in some cases, be used to prevent illness in other people.

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