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connective tissue disease.


(ten″ō-sĕ-fal′ĭ-dēz″) [Gr. kteis, stem kteno-, comb + cephalo-+ -ides] A genus of fleas of the order Siphonaptera. They are intermediate hosts of Dipylidium caninum and may also transmit cat scratch disease, epidemic typhus, bacillary angiomatosis, and rickettsiosis to human beings. SEE: Dipylidium caninum; Pulicidae.


Chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension.


In chemical nomenclature, the alpha-carboxyl group of the last amino acid of a molecule.


cardiothoracic intensive care unit.


chemoreceptor trigger zone.


[L. cuprum] Symbol for the element copper.

cubic measure

A unit or a system of units used to measure volume or capacity as distinguished from liquid measure. SEE: Weights and Measures Appendix.


(kū′bĭ-tăl) [L. cubitum, elbow] Pert. to the ulna or to the elbow.

cubital tunnel syndrome

Medial elbow pain, hand fatigue, and sensations in the fourth and fifth fingers resulting from ulnar nerve damage in the cubital tunnel. This condition is frequently seen in throwing athletes.


(kū′bĭ-tŭs) [L] Elbow; forearm; ulna.

c. valgus A posture of the arm in which the forearm deviates laterally. It may be congenital or caused by injury or disease. In women, slight cubitus valgus is normal and is one of the secondary sex characteristics. SEE: valgus.

c. varus A posture of the arm in which the forearm deviates medially. SEE: varus.

cuboid, cuboidal

(kū′boyd″, kū-boyd′ăl) [cube + -oid] Pert. to or resembling a cube.


(kū″bŏ-zō′ă) [Gr. kybos, a die, cube + -zoa] A class of venomous marine invertebrates that includes the box jellyfish and sea wasp. SEE: box jellyfish; sea wasp.


(kū) In psychology, a symbol, prompt, hint, or stimulus to remind an organism to respond in a certain way or to initiate a particular set of behaviors.

cue acquisition

The initial information-gathering stage during the process of clinical reasoning. The practitioner must pay attention to both objective (physical) signs and subjective (reported) symptoms as well as contextual information gathered from observation and interviews.

cued speech

SEE: under speech.


(kŭf) 1. An anatomical structure encircling a part. 2. A belt or rim positioned at the end of a structure, designed ...

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