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  Watchful waiting

Watchful waiting

    Close monitoring of prostate cancer by a physician instead of immediate treatment. Also called expectant management.


The act of overseeing the progress of a clinical trial, and of ensuring that it is conducted, recorded, and reported in accordance with the protocol, standard operating procedures (S0Ps), good clinical practice (GCP), and the applicable regulatory requirement(s).

A male sex gland that produces a thick fluid which forms part of semen.

Any malignant growth or tumor caused by abnormal and uncontrolled cell division; it may spread to other parts of the body through the lymphatic system or the blood stream.

A doctor. An authorized practitioner of medicine.



Wegener's granulomatosis
Vasculitic condition in which granulomata are also found. Affects nasal mucosa/sinuses and may produce lung infiltrates and renal lesions.

Weight loss clinic
A clinic specialized in weight loss treatment.

West Nile virus
A species of flavivirus, one of the Japanese encephalitis virus group (encephalitis viruses, Japanese), which produces encephalitis experimentally when inoculated into some rodents, chicks, birds, or monkeys. In humans, it is seen most frequently in Africa, Asia, and Europe presenting as a silent infection or undifferentiated fever (West Nile fever). It is transmitted by culex spp mosquitoes.

Whooping cough
A respiratory infection caused by Bordetella Pertussis and characterized by paroxysmal coughing ending in a prolonged crowing intake of breath.

Women's health
The specific set of health matters pertaining to women.

Watchful waiting

Watermelon stomach
Parallel red sores in the stomach that look like the stripes on a watermelon. Frequently seen with cirrhosis.

Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome
An extra electrical pathway that connects the atria and ventricles and causes rapid heartbeat.

Whole-genome amplification (WGA)
A technique that allows production of enough DNA from a single cell to do multiple genetic analyses; involves nonspecific Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) amplification of an entire genome, providing templates for later PCR to produce more copies of the genome.

Well-baby examination
Regular appointments with a medical professional to monitor a baby's health and development. Information covered includes the baby's height, weight, immunizations, developmental guidelines, screening tests, safety, and nutrition.

Witch's milk
Milk produced by a newborn's breasts sometimes at birth. A hormonal condition that disappears after a few days.

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