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Medical terms glossary - M
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.
Macro- - Large.
Macrocytosis - Abnormally large red blood cells.
Malar - Of or relating to the cheek
Malleolar screw - A screw for fixating ankle bones.
Mal-union - Bones failing to properly align after an operation, resulting in deformity.
Mammoplasty - Breast reduction.
Mandible - Lower jaw.
Manipulation - Relocation after a dislocation or movement of a joint to eliminate stiffness.
Mastectomy - Removal of breast.
Mastication - Chewing.
Maxilla - Upper jaw bones.
McMurray's test - Test to detect tearing in new cartilage.
Medial - Inner, nearer to the centre of the body.
Medullary cavity - The core of a bone.
Meniscetomy - Knee cartilage removal.
Meniscus - Cartilage found in joints.
Mesothelioma - Malignant tumour found in the lung, commonly caused by inhalation of asbestos.
Metaphysis - Bone between the tips and the main shaft.
Metatarsalgia - Pain in the metatarsal region of the foot.
Metrorrhexis - Breach in the womb lining.
Micro- - Small.
Microcytosis - Abnormally small red blood cells.
Migraine - Severe headache caused by variation in blood flow to the brain.
Monoplegia - Paralysis in one limb.
Muscle spasm - Involuntary muscle contraction.
Myectomy - Removing part of a muscle through surgery.
Myelin sheath - Neuron covering.
Myelo- - Of or relating to the spinal cord.
Myelogram - Spinal x-ray.
Myocardium - Part of heart muscle tissue.
Myo- - Of or relating to muscle.
Myodynia - Muscular pain.
Myopia - Short sightedness.
Myotomy - Surgical procedure in which a muscle is cut.
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