CACHINNATION

n. a term used to describe loud, unrestrained laughter to the point of being convulsive and hysterical. An abnomal type of laugh, it is...

CALCIUM-DEFICIENCY DISORDERS

n. diseases caused by deficient levels of calcium available to tissues. With the help of vitamin D, calcium is absorbed from food and reabsorbed...

CALORIE

n. a unit of heat energy which fuels the human body and is burned through the process of metabolism. Also, refers to the amount...

CANNABINOID

n. any one of a class of chemical compounds which have psychoactive properties. They activate cannabinoid receptors and effect a state of pain relief...

CAPGRAS SYNDROME

n, a delusional disorder in which a person believes that a spouse, friend, parent, or family member has been replaced by a double or...

CARBONIC ANHYDRASE INHIBITORS

n. a group of chemical compounds which inhibit the action of carbonic anhydrase as an enzyme. (Trade name: Diamox) Originally used as diuretics, these...

CARDIOPULMONARY BYPASS MACHINE

n. a machine which efficiently takes over the pumping and respiratory functions of the heart and lung combined. This mechanical device, however, only carries...

CAREGIVER BURDEN

n. the fatigue, stress, and all other psychological symptoms experienced first-hand by parents, siblings, and other family members. As non-professional caregivers, they are the...

CARTESIAN DUALISM

n. a principle which essentially states that the mind and body are non-identical. The body (and brain) are made of extended, divisible substance, while...

CASE STUDY

n. an in-depth assessment and investigation conducted on a target individual, family unit, or social group. It requires a researcher to collect multiple types...

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