plot of the diagnostic specificity versus sensitivity of a test reciprocal - opposite relationship reduction - losing oxygen; increasing the negative valence of a molecule by gain of electrons/production of electrons and a positively charged ion; reaction at the cathode reference method - a thoroughly investigated method with documented accuracy and precision registration - the process by which qualified individuals are listed on an official roster maintained by a governmental or nongovernmental agency regulatory - relating to rules or directives remodeling - the overall effect of depositing and absorbing bone to remake new bone renal failure - loss of renal function for control of water and electrolytes, decline in filtration and removal of wastes, and loss of nutrients renal threshold - plasma level at which the kidneys no longer reabsorb a substance so that it is excreted into urine as waste replication - duplication of DNA resistance - opposing force to flow of electrons (in ohms)
resorption - to soak up or take in again respiratory acidosis - acidosis caused by retention of carbon dioxide due to pulmonary insufficiency respiratory alkalosis - alkalosis with an acute reduction of plasma bicarbonate and a proportionate reduction in plasma carbon dioxide respiratory distress syndrome (RDS) - severe impairment of respiratory function in a preterm newborn due to immaturity of the enzymatic system essential for pulmonary surfactant production rhodopsin - the glycoprotein opsin of the rods in the retina, which combines with retinal to form a functional photopigment responsive to light rickets - disease of bone formation in children, most commonly caused by vitamin D deficiency RNA - ribonucleic acid; serves as a messenger of inherited nucleic acid from the nucleus template and translates that message into protein; in some prokaryotes, it is the chemical that serves as the inherited message rods - the slender sensory bodies in the retina of the eye, which respond to faint light rouleaux - stickiness of erythrocytes causing a stacked coin appearance sample - a portion of the specimen to be used in analysis screening test - test to determine if patients have a disease before they present with symptoms; should be very sensitive scurvy - disease of the skin and joints, caused by inadequate intake of ascorbic acid secretin - hormone secreted by duodenal mucosa; stimulates sodium bicarbonate secretion by the pancreas and bile secretion by the liver selective inactivation - process of rendering some chemicals nonfunctional while keeping the function of other similar chemicals sensitivity - the ability to detect small concentrations of the measured analyte sensitization - production of antibody as a response to antigen exposure sensory nerves - nerves of the sensory organs sequential analysis - performing a set of test reactions in a particular order on each sample in the order in which it is received serological - studying serum components of the blood; making a serum titer for clinical laboratory testing, such as an antibody titer Sertoli cells - specialized cells in the seminiferous tubules of the testis that produce inhibin and factors that help sperm maturation shift - a sudden and sustained change in quality control results above the mean shunt - passage between two natural channels, such as between blood vessels, that bypasses a particular organ sideroblastic anemia - anemia characterized by ferritin-containing blast cells in bone marrow sigmoidoscopy - examination of the lower portion of the colon (sigmoid portion) with an instrument single-channel - able to perform only one test with a dedicated portion of the instrument sinusoid - a large, permeable capillary sinusoidal - forming a small channel for blood in the tissues of the liver or other organ SO2 - oxygen saturation; a measure of the utilization of the current oxygen transport capacity solubility - the ability of a solute to dissolve in a solvent solute - the substance that is dissolved in the solution solution - a mixture of two or more substances solvent - the substance that is used to dissolve the solute spasms - twitching of muscles, which may accompany muscle ache specificity - freedom from interference and cross reactivity, to determine solely the analyte purported to be measured specimen - aliquot of body fluid or tissue from a patient spectrophotometer - instrument that uses a photode-tector to measure the amount of a specific wavelength of light transmitted through a test solution to determine concentration sperm cell - male germinal cell spider angioma - a form of tumor, usually benign, consisting of blood vessels or lymph vessels STAT - immediately or at once statin - medication used to control hypercholes-
terolemia by affecting metabolism of cholesterol steady state - condition in which the average drug concentration remains in equilibrium after multiple intervals of drug dosage
steatorrhea - failure to digest or absorb fats in the gastrointestinal tract steric - relating to the size of and distances between chemicals or side chains within the spatial arrangement of atoms in the chemical steroids - high molecular weight compounds with carbon atoms in a four-ring structure similar to cholesterol subarachnoid space - space between the membranes of the covering of the central nervous system that contains the cerebrospinal fluid substrate - reactant in an enzyme-catalyzed reaction that is converted to product sulfonylurea - one of a class of oral drugs used to control hyperglycemia in type 2 diabetes mellitus surfactant - a substance that reduces the surface tension of the moist surfaces of solid tissue sweat test - test for cystic fibrosis that involves measuring the subject's sweat for abnormally high sodium chloride content systematic error - error that occurs predictably once a pattern of recognition is established; predictable errors of the same sign and magnitude systemic lupus erythematosus - chronic autoimmune inflammatory disease involving multiple organ systems tachometer - device that measures speed in revolutions per minute tachycardia - racing heart rate tagged - labeled with some component that allows detection or visualization tared - adjusted a scale to zero, such as negating the mass of an empty vessel so that only the mass of an unknown is displayed tertiary level - a third level in a hierarchy, such as the hypothalamus in the endocrine system tetany - neuromotor irritability accompanied by muscular twitching and eventual convulsions thalassemia - hereditary anemia caused by defective production of alpha or beta chain of hemoglobin/ diseases resulting from decreased synthesis of globin chains therapeutic drug monitoring - measuring serum levels of a drug to aid in adjusting drug dosage therapeutic range - beneficial serum drug concentration levels, including a lower and an upper limit thrombosis - formation or development of a blood clot (thrombus) in a blood vessel thyrotoxicosis - acute illness due to hyperthyroidism thyroxine (T4) - main hormone synthesized in the thyroid gland, also known as 3,5,3'5'-tetraiodothy-ronine tonic-clonic seizures - loss of consciousness and balance followed by contractions of the muscles of the extremities, trunk, and head, often with an uncontrolled outcry at the onset tonometry - measurement of dissolved gases in a solution in order to standardize the partial pressure or tension of carbon dioxide and oxygen total hemoglobin - a measure of potential oxygen transport capacity tourniquet - band used on arm to cause the veins to distend toxicity - poisoning due to exposure to a toxin, including drugs, gases, heavy metals, and alcohols transcription - synthesis of RNA from a DNA template transcutaneous - through the skin, not invading the body through a puncture; percutaneous transferrin - a beta1 globulin transport protein for carrying iron in blood plasma translation - synthesis of protein transmittance - the amount of light not retained but passed through a test solution trend - a gradual but steady change in quality control results moving up or down away from the mean triclonal - composed of three clones of plasma cell lines that each produce one type of identical antibody triiodothyronine (T3) - more potent thyroid hormone, also known as 3,5,3'-triiodothyronine trisomy - three copies of a chromosome instead of the normal two tropins - stimulating protein hormones trough - the lowest level of a particular drug found in the blood following administration of a dose and just prior to the administration of the next dose, after a peak in drug level true negative - result below the decision limit in a patient who does not have the disease true positive - result at or above the decision limit in a patient who has the disease truncal obesity - weight gain in the middle of the body rather than including the arms or legs tubercular granuloma - a mass or nodule of chronically inflamed tissue with granulations that is usually associated with an infective process tumor markers - surface molecules on tissue or proteins in serum that, in higher than normal quantities, are associated with the presence of malignancies turbidity - cloudiness of solution due to presence of light-blocking particles or molecules such as fats ultrafiltrate - filtrate formed under pressure, such as found in the choroid plexus ultrasound - imaging technique that uses high frequency sound waves to create images of internal organs, tissue, and blood vessels uremia - a toxic condition associated with renal insufficiency produced by the retention in the blood of nitrogenous substances normally excreted by the kidney ureterosigmoidostomy - implantation of the ureter into the sigmoid colon to eliminate wastes when the urinary system is unable uroporphyrin - highly water-soluble precursor of heme found in urine uterus - hollow muscular organ located in the pelvic cavity of the woman in which the blastocyst implants and the fetus develops ventilation - air exchange between lungs and gases inhaled and exhaled; designated as V voltammetry - measuring the current at an electrode using a specific voltage generated at another electrode waived - tests that are very simple or pose no reasonable risk of harm to the patient if the test is performed incorrectly washout - water or wash solution flowing through a chamber after a sample has passed through in order to clean it out and prevent carryover work of breathing - effort needed to inhale and exhale xenobiotic - a biochemical that is not produced in the body zero-order kinetics - catalyzed reaction with all active sites of the enzyme filled with substrate so reaction occurs at its fastest rate; also called saturation kinetics zona fasciculata - middle of the three layers of the adrenal cortex that consists of radially arranged columnar epithelial cells zona glomerulosa - outermost of the three layers of the adrenal cortex that consists of round masses of granular epithelial cells that stain deeply zona reticularis - innermost of the three layers of the adrenal cortex that consists of irregularly arranged cylindrical masses of epithelial cells zone electrophoresis - separating components of a mixture within a charged buffer solution by moving them through a porous filter based on electrical attractions zygote - single cell formed from fertilization of the oocyte and sperm cell
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