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Aug 122014

Anaesthetic

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A medication to reduce pain; can be administered as a local anaesthetic confined to use around the source of pain, or as a general anaesthetic, producing a loss of sensation through the entire body and loss of consciousness.

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Aug 122014

Anesthetic

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A medication to reduce pain; can be administered as a local anesthetic confined to use around the source of pain, or as a general anesthetic, producing a loss of sensation through the entire body and loss of consciousness.

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Ankylosing spondylitis

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Inflammatory arthritis of the spine, resembling rheumatoid arthritis. Previously known as Bechterew’s disease (or syndrome) and Marie-Strümpell disease. From Greek ankylos,  fused; spondylos, vertebra; -itis, inflammation. 

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Anterior cruciate ligament

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A ligament in the knee that crosses from the underside of the thigh bone (femur) to the top of the lower leg bone (tibia).

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Anterolisthesis

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A medical condition of the spine in which the upper vertebral body – the thick drum-shaped area in front of each vertebrae – slips forward onto the vertebrae below.

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Antibiotic

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A substance that attacks and kills bacteria in the body or renders it inactive.

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Anticoagulant

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A substance that stops blood from clotting, often used after surgery to prevent deep vein thrombosis, pulmonary embolism or other blood clots.

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