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  • MRI body scanner

    A machine used to perform Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scans upon patients. The machine allows the process to take place without exposing the patient to harmful radiation.

  • mug

    Drinking vessels, often cylindrical, resting on a flat base without a stem and having a single handle and sometimes a lid.

  • multiple sclerosis

    A chronic disease of the nervous system affecting young and middle-aged adults. Multiple sclerosis (MS) can lead to almost any brain-related symptom, such as loss of feeling or involuntary movement.

  • multivitamin

    A mixture of many vitamins, often taken in pill form.

  • mummy

    A corpse which has been preserved through natural or artificial methods, often for religious reasons.

  • mumps

    Mumps is an infectious disease spread by airborne droplets from the nose or throat. Its symptoms include swelling of the glands in the neck, making it difficult to eat or swallow. The disease is most common in children, but if contracted in adults the effects can be more severe. An effective vaccine exists and is given in the UK as part of the MMR jab.

  • muscular dystrophy

    Diseases with symptoms of gradual muscle weakening. These conditions are often hereditary – passed from parents to children.

  • music

    The art concerned with the combining of vocal or instrumental sounds in measured time to communicate emotions, ideas, or states of mind, usually according to cultural standards of rhythm, melody, and, in most Western music, harmony.

  • musk

    a strong-smelling reddish-brown substance which is secreted by the male musk deer for scent-marking and is an important ingredient in perfumery.

  • mustard gas

    A poisonous gas first used in warfare by the German Army in 1917 at Ypres, France. The symptoms of mustard gas poisoning include mustard-coloured blisters and severe burns.

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