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This medical term glossary provides explanations in plain English of a number of technical terms you may encounter in the process of pursuing a clinical negligence claim.
Facet - Small, flat surface on a bone.
Fascia - A fibrous membrane.
Fatigue fracture - Repetitive minor stress causing a fracture.
Fauces - Archway at the back of the throat.
Femur - Thigh bone.
Fibrosis - Thickening of tissue after inflammation or trauma.
Fibula - The outer bone of the lower leg.
Fistula - Difficulties in communication between different parts of the body.
Flaccid - Relaxed muscles.
Flexion - Bending a joint.
Flexor - The bending movement of a joint.
Flexor plantar response - Automatic downward movement of the big toe when the sole of the foot is touched.
Flexor spasm - Spastic contraction of muscles.
Forward angulation - Deformity in bones caused by fracture.
Fossa - Depression in bone.
Fracture dislocation - Both a dislocation and a fracture.
Frontal - The front of the brain or skull.
Frontal lobes - The forward sections of the brain.
Fusion - Joining together of two bones.
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