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   A muscle having two heads. The most familiar is the large muscle in the front of the upper arm responsible for flexing the forearm.


Tissue made up of bundles of long, slender cells that contract when stimulated.

The portion of the upper limb from the elbow to the wrist. In popular usage, the arm extends from the shoulder to the hand. However, in medical terminology, the arm refers to the upper extremity extending from the shoulder only to the elbow. The arm is thus distinguished in medical usage from the forearm, which extends from the elbow to the wrist.The forearm has 2 bones: the radius and ulna.



Bartholin cyst
A cyst caused by an infection of the glands on the vaginal wall.

An ulcer caused by chafing or by the pressure of the body against the bed.

A condition that results from rapidly decreasing atmospheric pressure on the body. Symptoms include joint pain, chest pain, shortness of breath and coma. The condition may be fatal.

Benign familial tremor
An inherited disorder that causes a slow tremor in the hands, head and voice. It may affect only one side of the body, be worse when moving than when resting and worsen with age.

A deficiency disease caused by dietary insufficiency of vitamin B1 (thiamine). Symptoms include general weakness and painful rigidity.


A tooth named for the two-pointed projections on the crown.

Eyeglasses with divided lenses. The two parts of each lens have different strengths, allowing the wearer to focus the eye for either near or distant vision.

Using both eyes at the same time. Binocular vision is the most important element of depth perception.

Bipolar affective disorder
A psychiatric disorder in which the affected person has both depressed and happy, energetic (manic) episodes. This is a newer term for manic-depressive disorder.

1. Short-term loss of vision and consciousness. 2. In an alcoholic person, loss of memory for a period of time.

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