(mezh′ ŭr-ă-bĕl) The amount of tumor or infection that can be detected in the body by conventional means. It may be equal to or less than the total body disease burden. Treatment of detectable disease may result in durable disease remission or apparent cure even when some cancerous or infected cells remain undetected in the body.
(mezh′ĕ-rand″) Any quantity or physiological variable that can be measured.
(mĕ′zhūr) [L. mensura, a measuring] 1. The dimensions, capacity, or quantity of anything that can be so evaluated. Length, area, volume, and mass are basic properties of matter and materials that can be measured. 2. To determine the extent of length, area, mass, or volume of a substance or object. SEE: mensuration. 3. A device used in measuring, for example, a marked tape or a graduated beaker.
(mēt) The flesh of animals (such as cows, pigs, and poultry) eaten as food. Meat is a concentrated source of proteins, fats, cholesterol, calories, and many vitamins and micronutrients. It contains significant amounts of B complex vitamins (thiamine, riboflavin, niacin), iron, and other minerals. It has limited amounts of calcium and fiber. Its metabolic by-products include organic acids.
Western diets contain far more meat than is needed for growth and development. Excessive consumption of meats and of other calorically dense, high-fat foods contributes to obesity and atherosclerotic heart disease. SEE: Food Guide Pyramid.
A colloquial term for "transglutaminase." SEE: transglutaminase.
(mē-ăt′ō-plăs-tē) Surgical construction of an external auditory canal.
(mē″ă-tot′ŏ-mē) [meatus -tomy] Incision of the urinary meatus to enlarge the opening and improve the passage of urine.
(mē-āt′ŭs) pl. meatus [L meatus, a going, passage, path.] A passageway or an opening. meatal (mē-āt′ăl), adj.
acoustic m. Either the external or internal acoustic (auditory) canal or opening.
m. acusticus externus External auditory canal.
m. acusticus internus Internal auditory canal.
external acoustic m. External auditory meatus.
external auditory m. The outer opening of the external auditory canal, or the canal itself. SEE: external acoustic meatus; external auditory foramen.
inferior nasal meatus Meatus nasi inferior.
internal acoustic m. Internal auditory m.
internal auditory m. The opening of the internal auditory canal into the cranial cavity located on the posterior surface of the petrous portion of the temporal bone, or the canal itself. SYN: internal acoustic m.
middle m. Meatus nasi medius
pinhole m. Stricture of the urethra.