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   Any isolation or restriction placed on movement to or from a place where communicable diseases have been diagnosed.


A defense mechanism operating unconsciously central to obsessive-compulsive phenomena in which the affect is detached from an idea and rendered unconscious, leaving the conscious idea colorless and emotionally neutral.

A definite pathologic process with a characteristic set of signs and symptoms. It may affect the whole body or any of its parts, and its etiology, pathology, and prognosis may be known or unknown.


Quarzan 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): clidinium bromide.


Q Fever
An acute disease resembling influenza. Q Fever is caused by the strictly intracellular, gram negative bacterium Coxiella burnetii which proceeds asymptomatic and self-limiting in 60% of the cases. The infectious organism is commonly found in cattle, sheep, goats and other domestic mammals. The infection results from inhalation of contaminated particles of the inhaled air. The incubation time is 9-40 days.

Quervain's tenosynovitis
(De) Quervain's tenosynovitis. Tendonitis of extensor pollicis brevis and abductor pollicis longus at the radial side of the wrist. i.e. at the thumb side of the wrist.

The first fetal movements felt by a pregnant woman, usually between the 18thand 22nd weeks. They can be felt as early as the 14th week and sometimes not until the 26th.

QRS complex
This is the main part of the heart beat visible on the EKG, which represents the contraction of the heart's ventricles. This is the Big spike you see in the complex.

The name applied collectively to a group of four thigh muscles that insert together into the tendon surrounding the kneecap.


Quality of life
Refers to the level of comfort, enjoyment, ability to pursue daily activities. Often used in discussions of treatment options.

Qualitative variable
One that cannot be measured numerically (race or sex for example).

Quantitative variable
One that can be measured (blood pressure, for example).

Quality assurance (QA)
All those planned and systematic actions that are established to ensure that the research is performed and the data are generated, documented (recorded), and reported in compliance with good clinical practice (GCP) and the applicable regulatory requirements.

Quality control (QC)
The operational techniques and activities undertaken within the quality assurance system to verify that the requirements for quality of the trial-related activities have been fulfilled.

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