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Oat cell cancer

Oat cell cancer: A type of lung cancer in which the cells look like oats. Also called small cell lung cancer.
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Oath of Maimonides

Oath of Maimonides: A prayer that is said to have been written by the 12th-century physician-philosopher Moses Maimonides. Like the famous oath of Hippocrates, the prayer of Maimonides is often recited by new medical graduates. This prayer, which
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OB

OB: Short for an obstetrician or for obstetrics, the art and science of managing pregnancy, labor and the pueperium, the time immediately after delivery.
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OB/GYN

OB/GYN: A commonly used abbreviation. OB is short for obstetrics or for an obstetrician, a physician who delivers babies. GYN is short for gynecology or for a gynecologist, a physician who specializes in treating diseases of the female reproductiv
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Obesity

Obesity: Overweight. Please visit Medicine Online's OBESITY forum more information.
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Obesity-related diseases

Obesity-related diseases: Obesity increases the risk of developing a number of diseases including: Type 2 (adult-onset) diabetes High blood pressure (hypertension) Stroke (cerebrovascular accident or CVA) Heart attack (myocardial infar
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Objective

Objective: In a microscope, the objective (also called the objective lens) is the lens nearest to the object being examined whereas the lens closest to the eye is termed the ocular (the eyepiece). The light microscope today is usually binocular (with one
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Observer variation

Observer variation: Failure by the observer to measure accurately, resulting in error. Observer variation may be due to the observer's missing a measurement, making an incorrect measurement, or misinterpretating data. Inter-observer variation is the
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Obsessive-compulsive

Obsessive-compulsive: A form of personality (or personality disorder) marked by obsessions and compulsions.
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Obstetrical forceps

Obstetrical forceps: An instrument with two blades and a handle designed to aid in the vaginal delivery of a baby.
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Obstetrician

Obstetrician: A physician who delivers babies and is in the practice of obstetrics, the art and science of managing pregnancy, labor and the pueperium, the time immediately after delivery.
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Obstetrician/gynecologist

Obstetrician/gynecologist: An obstetrician is a physician who delivers babies and is in the practice of obstetrics while a gynecologist is a physician who specializes in treating diseases of the female reproductive organs. The word "gynecology" co
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Obstetrics

Obstetrics: The art and science of managing pregnancy, labor and the pueperium (the time after delivery).
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Obtunded

Obtunded: Mentally dulled. Head trauma may obtund a person.
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Occipital bone

Occipital bone: The bone forming the rear (and rear bottom) of the skull.
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Occiput

Occiput: The back of the head.
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Occular

Occular: Having to do with the eye.
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Occult

Occult: Hidden. Occult blood is hidden from the eye but is nontheless present and can be detected by chemical tests.
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OCP

OCP: Oral contraceptive pill. Also known as &the pill&.
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Ocular

Ocular: Having to do with the eye.
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