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Whipple procedure

((h)wip′ĕl) [Allen Whipple, U.S. surgeon, 1881–1961] Pancreaticoduodenectomy.


(wip′wŏrm″) Trichuris trichiura.

pig w. Trichuris suis.


(hwĭs′pĕr) [AS. hwisprian] 1. Speech with a low, soft voice; a low, sibilant sound. 2. To utter in a low sound.

whispered voice test

A bedside estimate of hearing impairment in which the examiner stands 2 ft from one of the patient’s ears and whispers a number followed by a letter. An approximate 30 dB hearing loss is suggested by inability to hear paired numbers and letters, esp. if the patient fails to detect several pairs of them. A patient who performs poorly on the test should be referred for formal testing by an audiologist.

whispering disease

An informal term for ovarian cancer. This cancer is so called because its presenting symptoms are subtle or easily misdiagnosed.


(hwĭs′ĕl) 1. A sound produced by pursing one’s lips and blowing. 2. A tubular device driven by wind that produces a loud and usually shrill sound.


(hwīt) In vision, the achromatic color of maximum lightness that reflects all rays of the spectrum.

white cell


white-clot syndrome

Widespread blood clotting, usually in several veins and arteries at once, that is associated with thrombocytopenia. Caused by an adverse immune reaction to heparin, the condition is often life threatening. SEE: heparin-induced thrombocytopenia.

white dot syndrome

Any of a group of inflammatory diseases of the choroid and retina that manifest with visual loss. On inspection of the ocular fundus, well-demarcated whitish lesions are seen.

white of egg

The albumin of an egg.

white of eye

The part of the sclera visible around the iris.


(hwīt′hĕd) A closed comedo containing pale, dried sebum. SEE: blackhead; comedo.

white leg

Phlegmasia alba dolens.


(hwīt′pŏks) Variola minor.


Slang for leukorrhea.


(hwĭt′lō) [ME. whitflawe, white flow] Suppurative inflammation at the end of a finger or toe. It may be deep seated, involving the bone and its periosteum, or superficial, affecting parts of the nail. SYN: felon; panaris; paronychia; runaround.

herpetic w. Whitlow due to herpes simplex virus. It is painful and accompanied by lymphadenopathy. Herpetic whitlow occurs commonly in health care ...

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