SEE: under discrimination.
Any abnormality that prevents a person from communicating through spoken words. The disorder may develop from brain injury; stroke; muscular paralysis of the organs of speech; structural defects of the mouth, teeth, or tongue; somatization disorder; or cognitive deficits.
A miniature computer within a cochlear implant that analyzes sounds and converts them into digital signals.
The ability of a machine or computer to interpret human speech. Also known as voice recognition and speech understanding.
An electronic device for producing speech. Activated by a keyboard, it permits persons lacking the ability to speak to communicate.
A health care professional trained to evaluate and treat people who have voice, speech, language, swallowing, or hearing disorders, esp. those that affect their ability to communicate or consume food. SYN: speech and language pathologist.
The study, diagnosis, and treatment of defects and disorders of the voice and of spoken and written communication.
A slang term for a combination of cocaine and heroin taken intravenously.
1. Driving too fast for current road conditions. 2. Driving without regard for posted speed limits or the limited skills of the driver. Speeding increases the risk of motor vehicle crashes, injuries, and death. It is hazardous both to the driver, the occupants of the vehicle, and to other motor vehicle operators.
(spē″lē-ŏ-ther′ă-pē) [L. speleum, fr. Gr. spēlaion, cave + therapy] Exposure within caves or salty underground environments to treat respiratory illnesses.
The deliberate depletion of one's financial assets in order to meet the criteria for insurance support from Medicaid.
Any material that has been used in medical care (or other industries) and cannot be reused without reprocessing, reclamation, or decontamination.
(spĕrm) [Gr. sperma, seed] 1. Semen. 2. Spermatozoa. SEE: illus.
NORMAL AND ABNORMAL SPERM
(spĕr′ mă) [Gr.] 1. Semen. 2. Spermatozoa.
sperma-, sperm-, spermi-, spermo-
[Gr. sperma, seed] Prefixes meaning seed, semen, sperm. SEE: spermato-.