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An alphabetical listing of General terms and items.

See Wilsons disease.

Kegel   Dico Tools
An exercise for the pelvic floor muscles; used to prevent and treat incontinence (see Urinary Incontinence).

Keratin   Dico Tools
Greek keras = horn.

Keratoderma Blennorrhagica   Dico Tools
Rash on palms of the hands and soles of the feet which may occur in reactive arthritis (Reiter's syndrome); it resembles a form of psoriasis.

KETONE   Dico Tools
A byproduct of fat metabolism. When the body does not have enough glucose, the liver converts fatty acids into ketones, which are used as fuel by the muscles.

Ketones   Dico Tools
By-products of fat metabolism (see Diabetes).

KIDNEY (adjective RENAL)   Dico Tools
One of two bean-shaped organs located in the lower back part of the abdominal cavity. The kidneys filter waste material from the blood and excrete urine.

An accumulation of substances (e.g., drug crystals, minerals) in the kidneys, leading to blockage and pain.

Kinocilium   Dico Tools
Greek kineo = to move (cf. kinetic), and cilium Latin = eyelash, hence protoplasmic thread of hair process in cupula of crista ampullaris of a semicircular duct.

Knee   Dico Tools
The junction of the thigh and the leg.

Koniocortex   Dico Tools
Greek konis = dust, and Latin cortex = bark, hence, sensory cortex containing mostly granular layers.

A type of macrophage that resides in the liver and ingests bacteria absorbed from the intestines.

Kyphosis   Dico Tools
Forward stooping (bowing) of the spine ('humpback' deformity).

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