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hepatic ischemia
injury to liver cells resulting from a deficiency of blood or oxygen, usually because of hypotension from decreased cardiac output, shock, or some other cause. Called also hypoxic or ischemic hepatitis and shock liver.

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inhibition of gene transcription by a specific protein.

regional lymphadenitis
inflammation of all the lymph nodes that drain a given area.

increased numbers of triplet repeat sequences in a gene, to the point that although clinical disease is not apparent, the repeats are unstable and prone to undergo further increases during meiosis, crossing the threshold to a level associated with clinical disease.

xanthogranulomatous cholecystitis
a type of chronic cholecystitis characterized by proliferative fibrosis and infiltration by lipid-laden macrophages; it is often accompanied by obstruction from gallstones.

endometrioid tumor
a type of borderline ovarian tumor that contains elements resembling endometrium.

infection by the fluke Nanophyetus salmincola after ingestion of contaminated fish. Human infection is usually mild, with bloating, cramping, and diarrhea.

G cell hyperplasia
increased numbers of G cells in the gastric mucosa, which causes marked hypergastrinemia resembling that seen in the Zollinger-Ellison syndrome.


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