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cold cream

A water-in-oil emulsion ointment base used on the skin.


Foggy vapor in a mine charged with carbon dioxide.

cold diuresis

SEE: under diuresis.

cold ischemia time

SEE: under time.

cold knife surgery

SEE: under surgery.

cold laser therapy

Low-level laser therapy.

cold pressor test

A test that measures blood pressure and heart rate response to the immersion of one hand in ice water.

cold spot

In radiation oncology, a tissue region that is exposed to much less radiation than neighboring tissues.

coldspray, cold spray

(kōld-sprā) 1. An aerosol used to lower the temperature and thus harden thermoplastic splinting material during fitting or molding. 2. A vaporized chemical such as ethyl chloride or fluoromethane used to produce rapid cooling and numbness of the skin.

cold steel

A colloquial term for surgery performed with a scalpel rather than with electrocautery, lasers, or radiofrequency ablation.

cold storage

In organ transplantation, the refrigeration of donated organs before they are transplanted into recipients.

cold stress

SEE: hypothermia.


(kō-lek′tŏ-mē, kŏ-lek′tŏ-mē) [col- + -ectomy] Excision of part or all of the colon. The procedure may be hemicolectomy, transverse colectomy, anterior resection, or total colectomy depending on where the diseased portion is.

Coleus forskohlii

(kō′lē-ŭs for″skō′lē-ī″, kō′lē-ŭs for″skō′lē-ē″) A tropical perennial plant of the mint family used in Ayurvedic medicine in an extract to treat diverse conditions, including weight loss and asthma.


(kō″lĭ-băs-ĭl-lē′mē-ă) [Gr. kolon, colon, + L. bacillus, little rod, + Gr. haima, blood] Escherichia coli in the blood.


(kō″lĭ-băs-ĭ-lō′sĭs) [″ + ″ + Gr. osis, condition] Infection with Escherichia coli.


(kō-lĭ-băs-ĭl-ū′rē-ă) [″ + ″ + Gr. ouron, urine] Presence of Escherichia coli in the urine.


(kō″lĭ-bă-sĭl′ŭs) [″ + L. bacillus, little rod] The colon bacillus, Escherichia coli.


(kolik) [Gr. kolikos, pert. to the colon] Spasm in any hollow or tubular soft organ accompanied by pain.

biliary c. Intermittent, intense pain in the right upper quadrant that may radiate to the back, often associated with nausea and vomiting, and caused by obstruction of ...

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