Cancer dictionary of words, acronyms, abbreviations, & medical terms.
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laparotomy
(lap-a-RAH-toe-mee) A surgical incision made in the wall of the abdomen
lappa
Arctium lappa . A plant whose seeds and root have been used in some cultures to treat certain medical problems. It may have antioxidant effects. Also called burdock and happy major
large cell
When discussing cancer cell types, this denotes cells that are larger than normal cells
large cell carcinoma
(kar-sin-O-ma) Lung cancer in which the cells are large and look abnormal when viewed under a microscope
large core biopsy
Surgical procedure that involves removing an entire intact lesion (abnormality) under image guidance.
large granular lymphocyte
A type of white blood cell that contains granules with enzymes that can kill tumor cells or microbial cells. Also called a natural killer cell
large intestine
The long, tube-like organ that is connected to the small intestine at one end and the anus at the other. The large intestine has four parts: cecum, colon, rectum, and anal canal. Partly More…
laryngeal
(lair-IN-jee-al) Having to do with the larynx
laryngectomee
(lair-in-JEK-toe-mee) A person whose larynx (voice box) has been removed
laryngectomy
(LAIR-in-JEK-tuh-mee) An operation to remove all or part of the larynx (voice box)
laryngitis
Inflammation of the larynx
laryngoscope
(la-RING-guh-skope) A thin, lighted tube used to examine the larynx (voice box)
laryngoscopy
(LAIR-in-GOSS-kuh-pee) Examination of the larynx (voice box) with a mirror (indirect laryngoscopy) or with a laryngoscope (direct laryngoscopy)
larynx
(LAIR-inks) The area of the throat containing the vocal cords and used for breathing, swallowing, and talking. Also called the voice box
laser
(LAY-zer) A device that concentrates light into an intense, narrow beam used to cut or destroy tissue. It is used in microsurgery, photodynamic therapy, and for a variety of diagnostic More…
laser surgery
A surgical procedure that uses the cutting power of a laser beam to make bloodless cuts in tissue or to remove a surface lesion such as a tumor
laser therapy
The use of an intensely powerful beam of light to kill cancer cells
latent
Describes a condition that is present but not active or causing symptoms
LBL
lymphoblastic lymphoma
LCH
Langerhans cell histiocytocis
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