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    A physician specializing in women's reproductive health, an OB-GYNtypically has three years of post-medical school training.


A doctor. An authorized practitioner of medicine.

The state of the organism when it functions optimally without evidence of disease.


The branch of medicine that deals with the care of women during pregnancy, childbirth, and the recuperative period following delivery.

A blockage in the GI tract that prevents the flow of liquids or solids.


Release of a mature egg from an ovary.

The developing female reproductive cells (the developing eggs) produced in the ovaries.

Oocyte nuclear transfer
Or germinal vesicle transfer. An assisted reproductive technique involving transfer of an egg nucleus (usually from a woman with age-related infertility or mitochondrial disease) into a healthy donor egg whose nucleus has been removed. This reconstituted egg can then be fertilized by a sperm in vitro. This technique may restore fertility to older women or to prevent the passing of mitochondrial disease to offspring.

Ooplasmic transfer
An assisted reproduction technique that essentially enhances the defective (egg cytoplasm) from the patient's egg with healthy cytoplasm from a donor egg. This "enhanced" egg can then be fertilized by a sperm in vitro. This procedure may restore fertility to older women.

Object permanence
A cognitive milestone, usually reached in the second or third year, when achild is able to understand that an object exists even when it's out ofview.


Surgical procedure where a boy's testes are removed due to failure to descend.

A procedure in which a boy's undescended testicles are surgically pulled from the abdomen down into the scrotum.

Inflammation of the testes in association with an infection, such as mumps.

Orthopedic disabilities
A physical condition which affects mobility and development of motor skills.

Otitis media
The most common reason sick infants visit the doctor, otitis media (earinfection) is caused by bacteria breeding in excess fluid in the middle ear. Most ear infections begin during or shortly after an infant has a cold.

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