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    Spontaneous termination of a pregnancy before the fetus has developed enough to survive outside the uterus.


The act of ending or concluding. In psychotherapy, termination refers to the mutual agreement between patient and therapist to bring therapy to an end. The idea of termination often occurs to both, but usually it is the therapist who introduces the subject into the session as a possibility to be considered. In psychoanalytic treatment, the patient's reactions are worked through to completion before the treatment ends. The early termination that is characteristic of focal psychotherapy and other forms of brief psychotherapy often requires more extensive work with the feelings of loss and separation.

The stage of human development from 10 weeks' gestation until birth.

The uterus is a hollow, pear-shaped organ located in a woman's lower abdomen, between the bladder and the rectum, that sheds its lining each month during menstruation and in which a fertilized egg (ovum) becomes implanted and the fetus develops.


Interbreeding of races; in U.S. usage, interbreeding of, in particular, white and black. Up until the late 1960s mixed race marriages were not permitted in some of the United States due to the miscegenation laws.


Meckel's diverticulum
A birth defect in which a small sac forms in the ileum.

Federally and state-funded health care program for low-income individuals.

Federally funded health care program for individuals over age 65.

A huge, swollen colon. Results from severe constipation. In children, megacolon is more common in boys than girls. See also Hirschsprung's Disease.

Blood in the stool.


Electrodes with an extremely small tip, used in a voltage clamp or other apparatus to stimulate or record bioelectric potentials of single cells intracellularly or extracellularly.

Mitral valve
The valve that controls blood flow between the left atrium and left ventricle in the heart.

Mitral valve prolapse
A bulge in the valve between the left atrium and left ventricle of the heart that causes backward flow of blood into the atrium.

Monounsaturated fats
Dietary fats, such as olive oil or canola oil, that don't seem to have any affect on blood cholesterol.

Morning-after pills
Hormonal medications to prevent pregnancy, taken within 72 hours of having unprotected intercourse.

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