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weanling

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(wēn′lĭng) A young child or infant recently changed from breast to formula feeding.

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weaponize

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(wĕ′pŏn-īz) To convert a bacterial culture or some other substance into an agent that can be used to injure or kill.

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wear pattern

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The location of tooth erosion as determined by the characteristics of the facets of the teeth.

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wear period

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SEE: under period.

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web

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(web) A thin tissue or membrane extending across a space.

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esophageal w. A group of thin membranous structures that include mucosal and submucosal coats across the esophagus. They may be congenital or may follow trauma, inflammation, or ulceration of the esophagus. SEE: Plummer-Vinson syndrome.

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terminal w. A microscopic weblike network that is beneath the microvilli of intestinal absorption cells, and beneath the stereocilia of the hair cells of the inner ear.

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web-based

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(wĕb′bāst′) Founded on, or depending on the Internet. Said, for example, of certain forms of education and knowledge dissemination.

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webbed

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[AS. webb, a fabric] Having a membrane or tissue connecting adjacent structures, as the toes of a duck's feet.

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Weber, Ernst Heinrich

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(web′ĕr) Ger. anatomist and physiologist, 1795–1878.

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W's law The increase in stimulus necessary to produce the smallest perceptible increase in sensation bears a constant ratio to the strength of the stimulus already acting.

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Weber-Christian disease

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(web′ĕr-kris′chĭn) [Fredrick Parkes Weber, Brit. physician, 1863–1962; Henry A. Christian, U.S. physician, 1876–1951] A generalized disorder of fat metabolism characterized by recurring episodes of fever and the development of crops of subcutaneous fatty nodules. SYN: relapsing febrile nodular nonsuppurative panniculitis.

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Weber syndrome

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(web′ĕr) [Sir Hermann David Weber, Brit. physician, 1823–1918] Paralysis of the oculomotor nerve on one side with contralateral spastic hemiplegia. It is caused by a lesion of the crus cerebri.

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Weber test

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[Friedrich Eugen Weber, Ger. otologist, 1823–1891] A test for unilateral deafness. A vibrating tuning fork held against the midline of the top of the head is perceived as being so located by those with equal hearing ability in the ears; to persons with unilateral conductive-type deafness, the sound will be perceived as being more pronounced on the diseased side; in persons with unilateral nerve-type deafness, the sound will be perceived as being louder in the good ear. SEE: hearing.

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webinar

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(web′ĭ-nar″) [(World Wide) Web (based sem)inar] An interactive lecture, meeting, presentation, or educational forum broadcast from one location to people using networked devices at remote locations.

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Wechsler, David

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