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(vĕt′ĕr-ĭ-nār″ē) 1. Pert. to animals, their diseases, and their treatment. 2. A veterinarian.


ventricular fibrillation; vocal fremitus.


viral hepatitis.


(vē′ă, vī′ă) pl. viae [L.] Any passage in the body such as nasal, intestinal, or vaginal.


(vī″ă-bil′ĭt-ē) The capacity for living, growing, developing, or surviving. It is used, for example, in reference to a premature fetus once it reaches a certain size or gestational age, or in determining the likelihood that an injured limb or transplanted organ will survive or flourish.

fetal v. The ability of a fetus to survive outside the womb. Historically, a fetus was considered to be capable of living at the end of gestational week 20 after the mother felt fetal movement (quickening) and the fetal heart tones could be auscultated with a fetoscope. In actuality, even with prompt and intensive neonatal support, a preterm fetus of less than 23 weeks’ gestation has little chance of surviving outside the womb. viable (vī′ă-bĕl), adj.


SEE: sildenafil.


(vī′ăl) [Gr. phiale, a drinking cup] A small glass bottle for medicines or chemicals.

multiple-dose v. A container that holds more than one dose of a medication.

image Contamination of multiple-dose vials may occur when health care providers fail to follow standard precautions or sterile procedures. Multiple-dose vials should be stored at temperatures specified by the manufacturer or pharmacist and be discarded when or if contamination is suspected or after the expiration date on the vial.

single-dose v. A container that holds enough medication for one patient’s immediate needs. Single-dose vials should not be reused or refilled.


(vī′ă-tŏr) An individual, usually one with a terminal illness, who sells rights to his or her insurance policy in exchange for an antemortem benefit collection.


(vī′bĕks) pl. vibices [L. vibix, mark of a blow] A narrow linear mark of hemorrhage into the skin.


(vī-brā′shŭn) 1. A to-and-fro movement. SYN: oscillation. 2. A form of massage that involves shaking, quivering, trembling, swinging, rocking, or back-and-forth movements. It is most commonly applied with the fingers, a full hand, or an appliance. Chest-wall vibration is a component of pulmonary hygiene; it improves respiratory function in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and can be used as an adjunctive treatment for pneumonia when it is used with postural drainage.


(vĭb′ră-tĭv) 1. Vibratory. 2. Pert. to sound produced by vibration of parts of the ...

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