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(glos′ă) [Gr. glōssa, glōtta, tongue] The tongue. SEE: tongue.


(glos′ăl) [glossa + -al] Pert. to the tongue.


(glŏs-ĕk′tō-mē) [″ + ektome, excision] Surgical excision of the tongue.


[Gr. glōssa, tongue + -ia] Suffix meaning tongue (of a specific kind, e.g., diglossia, microglossia).


(glŏs-sī′nă) A genus consisting of the tsetse flies, which includes 23 bloodsucking species that live principally in central and southern Africa. They transmit the trypanosomes Trypanosoma gambiense and T. rhodesiense, which cause sleeping sickness in humans, and other trypanosomes that infect wild and domestic animals. SEE: sleeping sickness; Trypanosoma.


(glo-sīt′ĭs) [glosso- + -itis] An inflammation of the tongue.

benign migratory g. Geographic tongue.

glosso-, gloss-

[Gr. glōssa, tongue] Prefixes meaning tongue. SEE: glotto-.


(glŏs″ŏp-tō′sĭs) [″ + ptosis, a dropping] A dropping of the tongue downward from its normal position. It is a common, potentially life-threatening finding in Pierre Robin syndrome.


Smooth and shining.

glottic, glottal

(glot′ik, glot′ăl) [Gr. glōttikos, pert. to the tongue] Pert. to the glottis.


(glot′ĭs, glot′ĭ-dēz″) pl. glottides [Gr. glōttis, (back of the) tongue] The sound-producing apparatus of the larynx, consisting of the two vocal cords and the rima glottidis. The epiglottis protects this opening.

glotto-, glott-

[Gr. glōtta, tongue] Prefixes meaning tongue. SEE: glosso-.


(glŏv) A protective covering for the hand. In medical care the glove is made of a flexible impervious material that permits full movement of the hand and fingers. Gloves are used to protect both the operative site from contamination with organisms from the health care worker and the health care worker from contamination with pathogens from the patient.

image It is not advisable to wash gloves and wear them again while treating another patient.

double g. The wearing of two pairs of gloves during invasive procedures to decrease the likelihood of direct contact between the surgeon and the patient. Similarly: "triple glove."

surgical g. A sterile glove worn to prevent contamination of the patient during invasive procedures and to protect the hand from exposure to potentially infectious materials.

thermally insulated g. A glove that provides protection against frostnip and frostbite.

glove barrier value

The relative resistance ...

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