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    The mental process of knowing, including aspects such as awareness, perception, reasoning, and judgment.


Cognex is a prescription or over-the-counter drug which is (or once was) approved in the United States and possibly in other countries. Active ingredient(s): tacrine hydrochloride.

The process of knowing and, more precisely, the process of being aware, knowing, thinking, learning and judging. The study of cognition touches on the fields of psychology, linguistics, computer science, neuroscience, mathematics, ethology and philosophy.

Cognition (or cognitive function)
Higher intellectual functioning including awareness, perception, reasoning, memory, and problem solving.

Cognitive development
The development of the brain and its functions -- including perception, memory, and knowledge.

Cognitive science
Cognitive science is the study of the mind. It is an interdisciplinary science that draws upon many fields including neuroscience, psychology, philosophy, computer science, artificial intelligence, and linguistics.

Cognitive therapy
A relatively short-term form of psychotherapy based on the concept that the way we think about things affects how we feel emotionally. Cognitive therapy focuses on present thinking, behavior, and communication rather than on past experiences and is oriented toward problem solving. Cognitive therapy has been applied to a broad range of problems including depression, anxiety, panic, fears, eating disorders, substance abuse, and personality problems.


Circulatory system
Pertaining to the heart and blood vessels, and the circulation of blood.

A chronic liver condition caused by scar tissue and cell damage. Cirrhosis makes it hard for the liver to remove poisons (toxins) like alcohol and drugs from the blood. These toxins build up in the blood and may affect brain function.

Pain or fatigue in arms and legs due to poor supply of oxygen to the muscles.

Clostridium difficile (C. difficile)
Bacteria naturally present in the large intestine that make a substance that can cause a serious infection called pseudomembranous colitis in people taking antibiotics.

Cochlear implant
An electronic apparatus that allows people with severe hearing loss to recognize some sounds, especially speech sounds, and that consists chiefly of a microphone and receiver, a processor that converts speech into electronic signals, and an array of electrodes that transmit the signals to the auditory nerve in the inner ear.


An operation to remove all or part of the colon.

Attacks of abdominal pain, caused by muscle spasms in the intestines.

Collagenous colitis
A type of colitis. Caused by an abnormal band of collagen, a thread-like protein.

Colon polyps
Small, fleshy, mushroom-shaped growths in the colon.

Colonic inertia
A condition of the colon in which colon muscles do not work properly, causing constipation.

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