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  • truss

    A bandage or apparatus used by hernia patients to support the affected parts and hold them in the correct position.

  • ts'ien tung

    A process of treatment specific to Traditional Chinese Medicine. Eighteen bamboo sticks are inscribed with a different number. A worshipper at the God of Medicine Temple shakes the container while praying until one of the sticks falls out. The stick is taken to a counter for a prescription matching that number which is dispensed at a pharmacy.

  • tube

    a cylindrical or oval profiled container used to contain a product with a semi-liquid, jelly, cream or paste-like consistency. Used for food, pharmaceutical, cosmetic or chemical products, for example, ointment, toothpaste, make-up or paint. Usually made of plastic or aluminium, threaded at one end and sealed with a cap and completely sealed at the other. The tube can be hermetically sealed and the contents for pharmaceutical or other preparations are near germ-free due to the high temperatures used during production.

  • tubercles

    A round nodule, small eminence, or warty outgrowth found on bones, skin, or within the lungs in tuberculosis.

  • tuberculin

    A protein extracted from the tuberculosis causing bacterium. It is used in tests to determine if a person has been exposed to the bacteria and is in danger of coming down with the disease.

  • tuberculin tine tester

    used in the tine test

  • tuberculosis

    An infectious disease that is caused by a bacterium first identified by Robert Koch in 1882. The disease usually affects the lungs first, and is accompanied by a chronic cough.

  • tumour

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  • tusk

    Large protruding incisor tooth, such as is found on elephants and walruses, composed primarily of dentin. Tusks are used by humans to produce ivory.

  • twins

    two individuals who are born at the same time and of the same parents via the same pregnancy. Twins can be monozygotic (identical) or dizygotic (non-identical, and the most popular form of twins)

  • typhoid fever

    An acute infection of the digestive system, resulting in general weakness, high fever, rash, chills and sweating. It is transmitted through food or drinking water contaminated by the faeces or urine of patients or carriers.

  • typhus

    A severe and often fatal infectious disease. It is transmitted mainly by body lice. Its symptoms are high fever, stupor, intense headache, and a dark red rash.

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