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CACHINNATION

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Unrestrained and inappropraite laughter observed in people suffering from disorganised schizophrenia.

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CACO- (CAC-)

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combining form which denotes bad, unpleasant, or undesirable. It is derived from the Greek word kakos, meaning bad. For example, a cacophony of noise may be experienced during heavy traffic or any chaotic situation.

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CACOETHES

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n. an irressistble urge to do something bad or harmful. For example, a person may develop a cacoethes for excessive smoking. It often manifests as an irrational desire or uncontrollable compulsion, one that eventually leads to manic behavior. See mania.

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CACOETHES

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The irresistable and irational desire or compulsion.

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CADUCEUS

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n. a symbol associated with the medical profession. It is that of a short, vertical rod having two serpents coiled around it and a set of wings atop. Dervied from Greek mythology, the symbol stands for powers attributed to Hermes, the messenger of the gods.

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CADUCEUS

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The symbol that is used by all healing professions that is of 2 serpents coiled around a rod with a pair of wings at the top. In Greek mythology it is a magival wand.

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CAFARD

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Syndrome seen in Polynesia. Also called cathard.

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CAFERGOT

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n. Trade name for ergotamine. Specifically, it is a medication which combines caffeine and ergotamine tartrate. As a drug, it is prescribed in the prevention of vascular headaches and the management of migraine-related conditions.

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CAFERGOT

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Trade name for ergotamine.

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CAFETERIA FEEDING

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n. in experimental psychology, refers to a technique applied in studying non-human species as to hunger and food preference. Under lab conditions, test subjects are offered a variety of foods and observed on their food choices. They are also evaluated on the extent to which their choices affect a life-sustaining balance in their nutrition. See diet self-selection.

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