Cancer dictionary of words, acronyms, abbreviations, & medical terms.
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trabecula
Rod-shaped structures of fibrous tissue that divide an organ into parts or stabilize the structure of an organ
trabecular
See trabecula
trace element
A chemical found in very small amounts in a given substance. Organisms need certain trace elements to survive
tracer
A substance (such as a radioisotope) used in imaging procedures
trach tube
A 2-inch- to 3-inch-long curved metal or plastic tube placed in a surgically created opening (tracheostomy) in the windpipe to keep it open. Also called a tracheostomy tube
trachea
(TRAY-kee-uh) The airway that leads from the larynx to the lungs. Also called the windpipe
tracheoesophageal puncture
(TRAY-kee-o-eh-SOF-uh-JEE-al PUNK-chur) A small opening made by a surgeon between the esophagus and the trachea. A valve keeps food out of the trachea but lets air into the esophagus for More…
tracheostomy
(TRAY-kee-AHS-toe-mee) Surgery to create an opening (stoma) into the windpipe. The opening itself may also be called a tracheostomy
tracheostomy button
(TRAY-kee-AHS-toe-mee) A 0.5-inch- to 1.5-inch-long plastic tube placed in a surgically created opening (tracheostomy) in the windpipe to keep it open
tracheostomy tube
(TRAY-kee-AHS-tuh-mee toob) A 2-inch- to 3-inch-long curved metal or plastic tube placed in a surgically created opening (tracheostomy) in the windpipe to keep it open. Also called a trach More…
transabdominal ultrasound
A procedure used to examine the organs in the abdomen. The ultrasound device is pressed firmly against the skin of the abdomen. Sound waves from the device bounce off tissues and create More…
transcendental meditation
TM. A mental technique used to promote relaxation, reduce stress, and improve quality of life
transcutaneous electric nerve stimulation
TENS. A technique in which mild electric currents are applied to some areas of the skin by a small power pack connected to two electrodes
transdermal
Through the skin
transformation
The change that a normal cell undergoes as it becomes malignant
transfusion
(trans-FYOO-zhun) The infusion of components of blood or whole blood into the bloodstream. The blood may be donated from another person, or it may have been taken from the person earlier More…
transitional cell
A cell that varies in shape depending on whether the tissue is being stretched. Transitional cells may be stretched without breaking apart. They line hollow organs such as the bladder
transitional cell carcinoma
A type of cancer that develops in the lining of the bladder, ureter, or renal pelvis (the part of the kidney that collects, holds, and drains urine)
transperineal biopsy
A procedure in which a sample of tissue is removed from the prostate for examination under a microscope. The sample is removed with a thin needle that is inserted through the skin between More…
transplant surgeon
A doctor who specializes in transplantation surgery. The surgeon replaces a patient's organ with an organ from another person
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