Cancer dictionary of words, acronyms, abbreviations, & medical terms.
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selenium
An essential dietary mineral
sella turcica
A depression of the bone at the base of the skull where the pituitary gland is located
semaxanib
An anticancer drug that belongs to the family of drugs called angiogenesis inhibitors. Also called SU5416
semen
The fluid that is released through the penis during orgasm. Semen is made up of sperm from the testicles and fluid from the prostate and other sex glands
seminal fluid
Fluid from the prostate and other sex glands that helps transport sperm out of the man's body during orgasm. Seminal fluid contains sugar as an energy source for sperm
seminal vesicle
(SEM-in-al VES-ih-kul) A gland that helps produce semen
seminal vesicle biopsy
The removal of fluid or tissue with a needle from the seminal vesicles for examination under a microscope. The seminal vesicles are glands in the male reproductive tract that produce a part More…
seminoma
(sem-in-O-ma) A type of cancer of the testicles. Seminomas may spread to the lung, bone, liver, or brain
semustine
An anticancer drug that belongs to the family of drugs called alkylating agents
senega root
The root of an herb called Polygala senega. It has been used in some cultures to treat certain medical problems, including problems of the respiratory system
senile keratosis
A precancerous condition of thick, scaly patches of skin. Also called solar or actinic keratosis
sensitivity
When referring to a medical test, sensitivity refers to the percentage of people who test positive for a specific disease among a group of people who have the disease. No test has total More…
sensor
A device that responds to a stimulus, such as heat, light, or pressure, and generates a signal that can be measured or interpreted
sensory
Having to do with the senses
sentinel lymph node
The first lymph node to which cancer is likely to spread from the primary tumor. Cancer cells may appear first in the sentinel node before spreading to other lymph nodes
sentinel lymph node biopsy
Removal and examination of the sentinel node(s) (the first lymph node(s) to which cancer cells are likely to spread from a primary tumor). To identify the sentinel lymph node(s), the More…
sentinel lymph node mapping
The use of dyes and radioactive substances to identify the first lymph node to which cancer is likely to spread from the primary tumor. Cancer cells may appear first in the sentinel node More…
seocalcitol
A substance that is being studied as a treatment for cancer. It belongs to the family of drugs called vitamin D analogs
sepsis
(SEP-sis) The presence of bacteria or their toxins in the blood or tissues
septate
(SEP-tate) An organ or structure that is divided into compartments
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