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WBC
White blood cell. Refers to a blood cell that does not contain hemoglobin. White blood cells include lymphocytes, neutrophils, eosinophils, macrophages, and mast cells. These cells are made More…
WBC
white blood cell
WCC
white cell count
WD
well differentiated
WDNEC
well differentiated neuroendocrine carcinoma
WDTC
well differentiated thymic carcinoma
wedge biopsy
See wedge resection
wedge resection
A surgical procedure to remove a triangle-shaped slice of tissue. It may be used to remove a tumor and a small amount of normal tissue around it
Wermer's syndrome
A rare, inherited disorder that affects the endocrine glands and can cause tumors in the parathyroid and pituitary glands and the pancreas. These tumors (usually benign) cause the glands to More…
Whipple procedure
A type of surgery used to treat pancreatic cancer. The head of the pancreas, the duodenum, a portion of the stomach, and other nearby tissues are removed
white blood cell
WBC. Refers to a blood cell that does not contain hemoglobin. White blood cells include lymphocytes, neutrophils, eosinophils, macrophages, and mast cells. These cells are made by bone More…
Whitmore-Jewett staging system
A staging system for prostate cancer that uses ABCD. “A” and “B” refer to cancer that is confined to the prostate. “C” refers to cancer that has grown out of the prostate but has not spread More…
whole cell vaccine
Vaccine made from whole tumor cells that have been changed in the laboratory
wild clover
Trifolium pratense . A plant whose flowers have been used in some cultures to treat certain medical problems. It is being studied in the relief of menopausal symptoms and may have More…
Wilms' tumor
A kidney cancer that usually occurs in children younger than 5 years old
windpipe
The airway that leads from the larynx to the lungs. Also called the trachea
WM
Waldenstrom's macroglobulinemia
Wobe-Mugos E
A mixture made from an extract of the calf thymus gland and enzymes (proteins that speed up chemical reactions in the body) from the papaya plant, the pancreas of cows, and the pancreas of More…
womb
The small, hollow, pear-shaped organ in a woman's pelvis. This is the organ in which a fetus develops. Also called the uterus
WT
wild type
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