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lithium-carmine stain
a diffuse stain used intravitally for the demonstration of macrophages.

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ladder diagram
a diagrammatic representation of the routes of cardiac conduction as determined by electrocardiographic recording, used in diagnosing arrhythmias. Vectors describing the origins and paths of individual normal or ectopic impulses as well as points of blocks to conduction are drawn across a series of horizontal lines representing the atria, atrioventricular node, ventricles, and sometimes additional regions of the conduction system. Called also laddergram.

a device built into a removable partial denture that relieves the abutment teeth from excessive occlusal loads and stresses. Two basic types are recognized: one consisting of a movable joint between the direct retainer and the denture base (hinge stress-breaker) and the other consisting of a flexible connection between the direct retainer and the denture base or using a movable joint between two major connectors.

dumping syndrome
a complex reaction seen with gastric dumping (rapid emptying of stomach contents into the jejunum) after ingestion of food; characteristics include nausea, weakness, sweating, palpitation, varying degrees of syncope, often a sensation of warmth, and sometimes diarrhea. It occurs most often in patients who have had partial gastrectomy with gastrojejunostomy. Called also jejunal syndrome and postgastrectomy syndrome.

necrobiosis lipoidica
a degenerative disease of dermal connective tissue, characterized by erythematous papules or nodules in the lower leg and sometimes elsewhere, forming shiny yellow to red plaques that are covered with telangiectatic vessels and have a depressed center. More than half of affected patients have diabetes mellitus, although the condition appears the same in both diabetic and nondiabetic patients.

Monson curve
a curve of occlusion conforming to a segment of the surface of a sphere 24.3 cm (8 in) in diameter, with its center in the region of the glabella.

a condition marked by the presence of multiple osteochondromas, such as occurs in multiple cartilaginous exostoses or enchondromatosis; the term is sometimes used to denote one of the two conditions specifically, usually the former.

dyssynergia cerebellaris progressiva
a condition marked by generalized intention tremors with disturbance of muscle tone and of muscular coordination; due to disorder of cerebellar function. Called also Ramsay Hunt syndrome.


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