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    Cells found in the blood.


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.


Plateau phase
The second of four sexual phases delineated by Masters and Johnson.

Small, irregularly-shaped bodies in the blood that contain granules. These cells are important components of the blood coagulation (clotting) system.

Platelet Antagonist
A type of anticoagulant medication that prevents blood clotting by interfering with the activity of platelets, such as aspirin.

Platinol 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): cisplatin.

Platinol-aq 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): cisplatin.

Plato Hospital
The Plato Hospital is a hospital in Shogunle, Lagos State, Nigeria.

Platte Valley Medical Center
Platte Valley Medical Center is a hospital in Brighton, Colorado (USA).


Placenta previa
Abnormal location of the placenta in the lower part of the uterus, near or over the cervix.

Placental abruption
Premature detachment of the placenta from the wall of the uterus causing severe bleeding that is life threatening to both a pregnant woman and fetus.

In nuclear medicine, it provides a two-dimensional view of the organ being imaged.

Plantar warts
Warts that occur on the sole of the foot and look like calluses as a result of an infection or a specific virus.

Plastic surgery
Surgery concerned with therapeutic or cosmetic reformation of tissue.


Premenstrual syndrome (PMS)
Range of physical and emotional symptoms that some women experience prior to their monthly periods.

The presence of many polyps.

Polyunsaturated fat
A type of fat found in vegetable oils and margarines that doesn't appear to raise blood cholesterol levels.

A group of rare, inherited blood disorders. When a person has porphyria, cells fail to change chemicals (porphyrins) to the substance (heme) that gives blood its color. Porphyrins then build up in the body. They show up in large amounts in stool and urine, causing the urine to be colored blue. They cause a number of problems, including strange behavior.

Portal hypertension
High blood pressure in the portal vein. This vein carries blood into the liver. Portal hypertension is caused by a blood clot. This is a common complication of cirrhosis.

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