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Appetite, Increased: definition

The increased desire for food.

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Aphthous Ulcers and Non-Aphthous Ulcers: definition

A chronic disorder of soft mouth tissue characterized by small, painful purpuric, raised (bumps), or erosive sores that are often surrounded by erythematous (inflamed) margins. Erosive sores eat away at normal tissue.

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Apathy: definition

An abnormal emotional state that is characterized by indifference to things which others find interesting, moving or exciting, and diminished motivation to perform regular daily activities.

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Aortic Vasculitis: definition

Inflammation of the aorta that causes a variety of aortic coarctation (narrowing), located in the distal thoracic aorta, the abdominal aorta or both, involving the intestinal and renal vessels (kidney).

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Anxiety, Chronic Maladaptive: definition

A distressing emotional state of mind or mood that is characterized by a vague uneasiness, unpleasant feelings of apprehension or anticipation of danger and by interference with normal functioning, ranging from mild qualms.

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Antibodies, Anti-tissue Transglutaminase (tTG): definition

Auto-antibodies produced against the muscle enzyme, transglutaminase, by persons who have inherited the genes for celiac disease, an autotimmune disorder triggered by ingestion of gluten in the diet.

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Antiphospholipid Syndrome: definition

An autoimmune disease characterized by defined clinical features (vascular thrombosis and/or complications of pregnancy) and laboratory criteria (anticardiolipin and/or lupus anti-coagulant antibodies).

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Antibodies, Anti-Gliadin (AGA): definition

Antibodies produced as an immune response against gliadin, a peptide of wheat grain.

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Antibodies, Anti-Endomysium (EMA): definition

Auto-antibodies that are produced against endomysium, a connective tissue in muscles, by persons who have inherited the genes for celiac disease, an auto-immune disorder triggered by ingestion of gluten in the diet.

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Anorexia or Loss of Appetite: definition

A reduced desire to eat which can result in unintentional weight loss.

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Angina Pectoris or Unstable Angina: definition

A coronary syndrome characterized by an oppressive substernal pain (pain under breastbone) or pressure precipitated by exertion and relieved by rest.

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Anemia, Refractory Iron Deficiency in Childhood: definition

A microcytic anemia characterized by abnormal formation of small, pale red blood cells and iron depletion refractory (does not respond) to oral iron supplementation, such as iron tablets.

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Alopecia Areata: definition

A cutaneous condition resulting from an immune response that is characterized by sudden hair loss involving scalp or beard although any hairy area may be affected.

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Rhinitis, Allergic: definition

An immune disorder characterized by inflammation of the nasal mucosa by an immunoglobulin E (IgE) antibody reaction.

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Adenocarcinoma, Small Intestine: definition

A rare malignant tumor of the small intestine comprising only 3% of all gastrointestinal malignancies.

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