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drug withdrawal

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The removal from the market of a therapeutic agent that had been previously approved for use in patient care. Drug withdrawals affect millions of patients annually. They usually result from the aftermarket recognition of adverse drug reactions that were not noted during the drug approval process. Prominent examples of drug withdrawals include: Bextra, Fen/Phen, and Vioxx.

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drum

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Tympanic membrane.

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drunkalogue

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(drŭngk′ŭ-lŏg) [Fm drunk + (di)alogue] A colloquial term for a personal history of one's addiction to alcohol and its consequences, often recited at a meeting with other alcoholics. The recital is often used for therapeutic purposes, e.g., it defines the speaker as an alcoholic and details the ways in which alcoholism has harmed or continues to harm the person seeking freedom from its effects.

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drunkenness

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[AS. drinean, to drink] Alcoholic intoxication. In legal medicine, intoxication or being "under the influence" of alcohol is defined according to the concentration of alcohol in the blood or exhaled air. The precise concentration used to define legal intoxication varies among states. Drivers are considered intoxicated with alcohol (in many states) when the blood level is 0.08% or more. A blood alcohol level over 0.5% is sufficient to cause alcoholic coma in most people.

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drusen

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(droo′zĕn) [Ger. Druse, weathered ore] Small, yellowish deposits found between the retinal pigment epithelium and Bruch's membrane.

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dry

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(drī) 1. Containing little or no moisture; not wet. 2. A colloquial term for dehydrated.

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dry measure

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A measure of volume for dry commodities.

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dry mouth

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Xerostomia.

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Dryopteris filix-mas

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(drī-op′tĕ-rĭs fī′liks-mos′) SEE: male fern.

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dry orgasm

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The experience of male sexual climax without ejaculation or the emission of semen. Dry orgasm may be experienced by boys before puberty and by adult males with neurological or prostatic diseases.

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dry powder inhaler

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ABBR: DPI. An inhaler that administers tiny particles of medication to the airways. Dry powder inhalers are used to treat diseases such as asthma and chronic obstructive lung disease.

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Dryvax

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(drī′vaks″) A smallpox vaccine derived from the New York City Board of Health vaccinia virus strain, grown in calf lymph culture.

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DS

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double strength.

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DSA

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digital subtraction angiography.

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DSAEK

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Descemet stripping automated endothelial keratoplasty.

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DSMB

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data safety monitoring board.

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DSM-IV

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Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (Fourth Edition).

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DSM-V

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Diagnostic and Statistical ...

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