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Abasia
  Inability to walk
Abatement
  A reduction or elimination of public health nuisances such as smoke, loud noise etc
Abaxial
  Lying outside the axis of any body or part
Abdomen
  The part of the body between the chest and hip region (the front or anterior portion)
Abdominogenital
  Relating to abdomen and genital organs
Abdominopelvic
  Relating to the abdomen and pelvis
Abdominoplasty
  An operation performed on the abdominal wall for cosmetic purposes
Abduction
  Movement of a body part away from the median plane of the body (an imaginary line drawn form head to toe dividing the body plane into half)
Aberrant
  Differing from the normal
Aberration
  Deviation from the normal pattern
Abeta-lipoproteinaemia
  A disorder characterised by an absence of low-density beta-lipoprotein, presence of acanthocytes in blood, degeneration of retinal pigments, malabsorption, and neuromuscular abnormalities
Abeyance
  A state of temporary abolition of function
Ability
  The physical, mental, or legal competence to function
Abiotic
  Incompatibility with life, without life
Abiotrophy
  An age- dependent manifestation of a genetically determined trait
Ablastin
  An antibody that seems to inhibit reproduction of trypanosome; found in rats
Ablate
  To remove, or to destroy the function of
Ablution
  An act of washing or bathing
Abnormal
  Not normal
Abort
  To remove the embryo or fetus from the mother's womb before it is viable
Abortifacient
  An agent that produces abortion
Abortigenic
  Producing abortion
Abortion
  Removal (spontaneous or induced) of an embryo or foetus from the uterus before it reaches the stage when it can survive outside the womb
Abrachia
  Congenital absence of arms
Abrachiocephaly
  Congenital absence of arms and head
Abrasion
  Removal of the superficial layers of skin or mucous membrane, usually seen as a skin wound
Abscess
  A collection of pus, usually associated with redness, swelling and pain.
Absorption
  The incorporation or soaking in of substances (solids, liquids, gases, light or heat) by a system
Abstinence
  To refrain from the use of certain components of diet, alcohol, drugs or from sexual intercourse
Abuse
  1. misuse or excessive use of anything. 2. harmful or offensive treatment (physical or sexual) of an individual, eg. child abuse.
 
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