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Lavage: definition

A cleaning of the stomach and colon that uses a special drink and enemas. See bowel prep.

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Laryngospasm: definition

The spasm of the muscles of the larynx, resulting in airway constriction.

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Large Intestine: definition

The part of the intestine that includes the appendix, cecum, colon, and rectum. The large intestine absorbs water from stool and changes it from a liquid to a solid form. The large intestine is 5 feet long.

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Laparotomy: definition

An operation that opens up the abdomen.

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Laparoscopy: definition

A procedure that uses a laparoscope to look at and take tissue from the inside of the body.

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Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy: definition

An operation to remove the gallbladder. The doctor inserts a laparoscope and other surgical instruments through small holes made in the abdomen. The camera allows the doctor to see the gallbladder on a television screen. The doctor removes the gallbladder ...

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Laparoscope: definition

A thin tube with a tiny video camera attached that is used to look inside the body to view the surface of organs. See endoscope

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Lamina Propria: definition

The thin layer of areolar connective tissue, blood vessels and nerves that lie just below the epithelium.

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Lactose Tolerance Test: definition

A test for lactase deficiency. The patient drinks a liquid that contains milk sugar. Then the patient

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Lactose Intolerance: definition

Being unable to digest lactose, the sugar in milk. This condition occurs when the body cannot produce lactase.

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Lactose: definition

The sugar found in milk. The body breaks lactose down into galactose and glucose.

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Lactase Deficiency: definition

A lack of the lactase enzyme, causing lactose intolerance.

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Lactase: definition

An enzyme in the small intestine needed to digest milk sugar (lactose).

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Kupffer: definition

Cells that line the liver. These cells remove waste such as bacteria from the blood.

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Karaya: definition

A plant-derived adhesive used in ostomy appliances.

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