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5-alpha reductase


A chemical that changes the sex hormone testosterone into a substance called dihydrotestosterone. This hormone can cause the prostate gland to grow abnormally.
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abdominal muscles


A flat sheet of muscles on the front of the abdomen, between the ribcage and the pelvis.
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abdominoplasty


A procedure to remove excess abdominal skin and tighten the underlying stomach muscles. Also known as a tummy tuck.
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abduction


Movement of a body part, such as an arm or leg, away from the center of the body.
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ablation


A form of treatment that uses electrical energy, heat, cold, alcohol, or other modalities to destroy a small section of damaged tissue.
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abrasion


A scraping or rubbing away of the skin or other surface.
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abscess


Pus that collects in a pocket of swollen, red tissue. Often occurs on the surface of the skin.
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abutment


A tooth or implant to which a fixed prosthesis is anchored.
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acceptance-based therapies


Psychotherapy techniques that use mindfulness to help a person recognize and accept thoughts and feelings but not be controlled by them.
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accommodation


The eye's ability to focus on objects that are close.
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