Stretch Marks Glossary of Terms

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Abdomen: The belly, that part of the body that contains all of the structures between the...

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Aluminum: A naturally occurring element that makes up about 8% of the surface of the earth...

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Arms: An appendage in anatomy and in clinical trials. See: Arm.

Collagen: The principal protein of the skin, tendons, cartilage, bone, and connective tiss...

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Cortisol: A metabolite of the primary stress hormone cortisone. Cortisol is an essential f...

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Cushing syndrome: The constellation of symptoms and signs caused by an excess of cortisol ...

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Elastin: A protein that coil and recoils like a spring within the elastic fibers of connec...

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Hormone: A chemical substance produced in the body that controls and regulates the activit...

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Indicate: In medicine, to make a treatment or procedure advisable because of a particular ...

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Intervention: The act of intervening, interfering or interceding with the intent of modify...

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Laser: A powerful beam of light that is used in some types of surgery to cut or destroy ti...

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Laser surgery: A type of surgery that uses the cutting power of a laser beam to make blood...

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Lateral: 1. In anatomy, the side of the body or a body part that is farther from th...

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Microscope: An optical instrument that augments the power of the eye to see small objects....

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Muscle: Muscle is the tissue of the body which primarily functions as a source of power. T...

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Obesity: The state of being well above one's normal weight.

Onset: In medicine, the first appearance of the signs or symptoms of an illness as, for ex...

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Pelvic: Having to do with the pelvis, the lower part of the abdomen, located between the h...

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Pregnancy: The state of carrying a developing embryo or fetus within the female body. Thi...

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Puberty: Adolescence, the period in which the human body first becomes capable of reproduc...

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Resolution: In genetics, the degree of molecular detail on a physical map of DNA. Resoluti...

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Surgery: The branch of medicine that employs operations in the treatment of disease or inj...

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Syndrome: A combination of symptoms and signs that together represent a disease process.

Therapy: The treatment of disease. Therapy is synonymous with treatment.

Vitamin E: Alpha-tocopherol, an antioxidant vitamin which binds oxygen free radicals that ...

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