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Anterior Pituitary

The front portion of the pituitary. 

Antibodies

Part of the immune system, antibodies are proteins produced by white blood cells that circulate in the blood looking for and attaching to foreign proteins and toxins to neutralize them.

Anticoagulant

Used to prevent the formation of blood clots.

Anticoagulant Therapy

Anticoagulant drugs administered in a theraputic manner. 

Antigen

Antigens are capable of causing the production of antibodies and may or may not have an allergic reaction. 

AO

Adult onset: occurring in adulthood. 

Apnea

The absence of breathing. 

Arrhythmias

Abnormal heart rhythms; dysrhythmias. 

Arteriosclerosis

Hardening of the arteries; types generally recognized are: atherosclerosis, Mönckeberg's arteriosclerosis, and arteriolosclerosis. 

Artery

A vessel that carries blood from the heart to the to other areas of the body. 

Arthritis

Inflammation of a joint or a state characterized by inflammation of joints. 

Articulation

The adjustments and movements of speech organs involved in pronouncing a particular sound, taken as a whole. 

 

Artifact

Something artificial, a distortion that does not reflect normal anatomy or pathology, not usually found in the body. 

Aspiration

An accidental sucking in of food particles or fluids into the lungs. Can also mean removal of a sample of fluid and cells through a needle.

Asymptomatic

To have a disease condition without showing obvious outward symptoms. 

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