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Barium: definition

A chalky liquid used to coat the inside of organs so they will show up on an x ray.

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Autoimmune Hepatitis: definition

A liver disease in which the body

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Atrophic Gastritis: definition

Chronic irritation of the stomach lining that causes loss of the stomach lining and glands.

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Atonic Colon: definition

A lack of normal muscle tone or strength in the colon. It may result in chronic constipation. Also called lazy colon.

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Asymptomatic: definition

The condition of having a disease but none of its symptoms.

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Astrovirus: definition

A virus that causes vomiting and diarrhea within 1 to 3 days of exposure and is most active during the winter months. It infects primarily infants, young children, and older adults.

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Ascites: definition

A buildup of fluid in the abdomen usually caused by severe liver disease such as cirrhosis.

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Ascending Colon: definition

The beginning part of the colon, usually on the right side of the abdomen.

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Appendix: definition

A 4-inch pouch attached to the cecum, the first part of the large intestine. The appendix

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Appendicitis: definition

Inflammation of the appendix.

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Appendectomy: definition

An operation to remove the appendix.

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Apoptosis: definition

Programmed cell death, the body’s normal method of disposing of damaged, unwanted, or unneeded cells.

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Anus: definition

The opening at the end of the digestive tract where bowel contents leave the body.

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Antrum: definition

The lower part of the stomach, which is lined with mucus and produces gastrin.

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Antibody, Immunoglobulin E: definition

This type is the main antibody in blood produced against foreign substances that are perceived as a threat such as certain foods like peanuts.

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