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(kō′mă-tōs) In a coma.


(kăm-bat′ănt, kom′bă-tănt) [Fr. combattant] A member of the armed forces, e.g., a soldier, sailor, marine, or airman, engaged in or prepared to be engaged in battle. combatant, adj.

combat disorder

(kŏm′băt) [LL combattere] Any disease or condition that affects military personnel, their families, and/or victims of war.

combat support hospital

SEE: under hospital.

combination antiretroviral therapy

ABBR: cART. Highly active antiretroviral therapy.

combined antiretroviral therapy

ABBR: cART. Highly active antiretroviral therapy.

Combined DNA Index System

ABBR: CODIS. A database maintained by the FBI of DNA samples obtained from crime scenes and directly from convicted criminals. The system is used to generate investigative leads in the evaluation of criminal behavior such as sexual assaults and murders.

combined oral contraceptive

(kŏm-bīnd′) ABBR: COC. A birth control pill that contains both an estrogen and a progestin.


(kŏm-bŭs′chŏn) [L. comburere, to burn up] 1. Any reaction in which a food or fuel source is oxidized and releases heat. 2. In metabolism, the oxidation of food with production of heat, carbon dioxide, and water.


(kŏm′ă-dō) pl. comedones, comedos [L. comedere, to eat up] The typical small skin lesion of acne vulgaris and seborrheic dermatitis. The closed form is called a whitehead. It consists of a papule from which the contents are not easily expressed. When inflamed these lesions form pustules and nodules. The open form of comedo, called a blackhead, is rarely inflamed. It has a dilated opening from which the oily debris is easily expressed. Both forms are usually located on the face, but the chest and back may be involved. SEE: illus.





(kŏm″ă-dō-kăr-să-nō′mă) Ductal carcinoma in situ of breast.

comet tail artifact

In ultrasound imaging, an anomalous finding in which the reverberation of the ultrasound signal within a cyst or gas bubble produces the appearance of a dense trail of echoes behind the structure.

comfort, readiness for enhanced

A pattern of ease, relief, and transcendence in physical, psychospiritual, environmental, and/or social dimensions, which can be strengthened. SEE: Nursing Diagnoses Appendix.


(cŭm′frē) A hardy perennial (Symphytum officinale) whose leaves and roots yield an oil used in ointments to promote wound healing. Comfrey contains known liver toxins and therefore is not recommended to be drunk ...

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