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Monday, October 20, 2008

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obsessive-compulsive disorder
A disorder characterized by obsessive thoughts and compulsive behaviors that represent recurring efforts to control overwhelming anxiety, guilt, or unacceptable impulses that persistently enter the consciousness.

A diminished flow of urine in relation to fluid intake; usually less than 400 ml in 24 hours. Also called hypouresis.

ophthalmia neonatorum
Eye infection occurring at birth or in the first month; most commonly caused by gonorrhea or chlamydia.

Opium-derived or synthetically produced drugs that alter pain perception, induce mental changes, promote deep sleep, depress respirations, constrict pupils, and decrease GI motility.

orthostatic hypotension
Abnormally low blood pressure that occurs when a person stands up. Also called postural hypotension.

The concentration or osmotic pressure of a solution; expressed in osmoles of solute per kilogram of solvent.

The osmotic pressure of a solution expressed in osmoles of solute per liter of solution.

Delayed or poor mineralization of bone; the adult equivalent of rickets. This condition is associated with anorexia, fracture, pain, weakness, and weight loss.

Inflammation of bone that results from a local or general infection of bone and bone marrow. The bacterial infection is caused by trauma or surgery, by direct extension from a nearby infection, or by introduction from the bloodstream.

A disorder in which bone mass is reduced and fractures occur after minimal trauma. It occurs most commonly in postmenopausal women, sedentary or immobilized individuals, and persons on long-term steroid or heparin therapy.

A discharge from the ear, which may be serous, sanguineous, or purulent if the external or middle ear is infected.

Harmful effect on the function of the eighth cranial nerve or hearing organs; most commonly associated with prescribed drugs.

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