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    Vaginal discharge made up of mucus, blood, and tissue that continues after delivery for up to six weeks. Usually bright red and as heavy or heavier than a period in the first few days after birth, then gradually tapering off.


1.The flow of fluid from part of the body, such as from the nose or vagina. 2. The passing of an action potential, such as through a nerve or muscle fiber. 3. The release of a patient from a course of care. The doctor may then dictate a discharge summary.

A substance secreted by various tissues in the body (the mucous membranes) made up of water, mucin (a glycoprotein), salts, and some cells. In the lungs, mucus serves to lubricate the insides of the airways and to trap inhaled foreign particles so that they can be coughed out. In asthma, however, an excess of mucus is produced and can actually block airways. Mucus also tends to be thicker and more viscous in asthmatics.

The life-maintaining fluid which is made up of plasma, red blood cells (erythrocytes), white blood cells (leukocytes), and platelets; blood circulates through the body's heart, arteries, veins, and capillaries; it carries away waste matter and carbon dioxide, and brings nourishment, electrolytes, hormones, vitamins, antibodies, heat, and oxygen to the tissues.

Biological tissue is a group of cells that perform a similar function.The study of tissues is known as histology, or, in connection with disease, histopathology.The classical tools for studying the tissues are the wax block, the tissue stain, and the optical microscope, though developments in electron microscopy, immunofluorescence, and frozen sections have all added to the sum of knowledge in the last couple of decades.

See drug delivery.


Locholest 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): cholestyramine.

Locholest light
Locholest light 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): cholestyramine.


Leg cramps
Common at night during the second and third trimesters of pregnancy, these painful cramps in the calves have beenlinked to a shortage of calcium and an excess of phosphorus.

Tiny wingless insects that feed on human blood, most often on the scalp. Spread by skin-to-skin contact and by sharing clothes, combs, and bedding.

When the fetus descends into the pelvic cavity. In first-time mothers, usually occurs two to four weeks before delivery; women who have already givenbirth usually don't lighten until they begin labor.

Linea nigra
The darkening of the linea alba, the hard-to-see white line that runs downthe center of the abdomen to the top of the pubic bone, during pregnancy. Pigmentation changes usually fade after delivery.

Liver problems
The organ responsible for producing key proteins and other chemicals which regulate the chemistry of the blood. Potential liver problems range from hepatitis to jaundice.


Low birth weight
When a full-term infant weighs less than 5.5 pounds at birth. Nearly seven of every 100 newborns are low birthweight babies; most of these cases are linked to cigarette, alcohol, or drug use during pregnancy and can be prevented.

Lumbar puncture
A procedure in which spinal fluid is drawn from the spinal column to check for diseases, including meningitis.

L cones
Long wavelength sensitive cones (red). Are most sensitive to a wavelength of approximately 558nm. (See also M Cones and S Cones).

Lateral geniculate nucleus
Structure located in the thalamus which is a major recipient of axons from the retina. About 10% of its input is from the retina. It is composed of 6 layers. While input to the LGN from the two eyes is segregated, significant binocular influence can be exerted on the LGN by the cortex.

Left visual hemifield
The left half of the visual field, projects on the nasal hemiretina of the left eye and on the temporal hemiretina of he right eye.

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