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    A connector to allow blood flow between two locations.


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.



The muscle wall that divides the heart chambers.

Infection with the bacterium Shigella, usually causing a high fever, acute diarrhea, and dehydration. See also gastroenteritis.

Impaired body function due to blood loss or a disturbance in the circulatory system.

Short bowel syndrome
Problems related to absorbing nutrients after removal of part of the small intestine. Symptoms include diarrhea, weakness, and weight loss. Also called short gut syndrome.

Short gut syndrome
See short bowel syndrome.


Shwachman's syndrome
A digestive and respiratory disorder of children. Certain digestive enzymes are missing and white blood cells are few. Symptoms may include diarrhea and short stature.

Silent ischemia
Ischemia not accompanied by chest pain.

Sigmoid colon
The lower part of the colon that empties into the rectum.

Looking into the sigmoid colon and rectum with a flexible or rigid tube, called a sigmoidoscope.

Squamous intraepithelial lesion (SIL)
Like CIN, SIL is a term used to classify the degree of precancerous change in cells of the cervix in a condition called cervical dysplasia.

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