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a1 one of the four human blood types. (See ABO system.) [1/6 definitions]
AB1 one of the four human blood groups. (See ABO system.)
ABO system a classification system for the inherited antigens found on the surface of human red blood cells, which determine compatibility for blood transfusions.
acetylcholine a form of this compound used in medicine for its ability to decrease blood pressure and cause muscular movement in such organs as the alimentary canal. [1/2 definitions]
Addison's disease a disease caused by disturbance or failure of the adrenal glands, resulting in anemia, low blood pressure, weakness, and an abnormal brownish tinge to the skin.
aerate to supply (the blood) with oxygen by respiration. [1/3 definitions]
afferent bearing or leading toward a central organ or part, as nerves that conduct impulses to the spinal column or as veins that carry blood to the heart.
AIDS acronym of "acquired immune deficiency syndrome," a usu. fatal viral disease of the body's immune system, transferred through blood, sexual contact, contaminated hypodermic needles, or the like.
akin related by blood; kin. [1/2 definitions]
albumin any of a class of proteins soluble in water and coagulating in heat, found in egg white, blood, milk, and various plant and animal tissues.
anastomose to connect, either by natural branching growth or by surgery (parts of a blood vessel, nerve, or any branching system).
anastomosis an interconnection between branches or tributaries, as in a river or blood vessels. [1/2 definitions]
anemia a condition resulting from a deficiency of red blood cells or hemoglobin and characterized by weakness, pallor, and difficulty in breathing.
anemic pertaining to or suffering from anemia, a condition resulting from a deficiency of red blood cells or hemoglobin and characterized by weakness, pallor, and difficulty in breathing. [1/2 definitions]
angina pectoris severe recurrent pain in the chest caused by a sudden decrease in the amount of blood flowing to the heart muscle.
angioma a tumor consisting mainly of blood vessels or lymph vessels.
antibody a protein in blood that reacts to particular toxic substances by neutralizing or destroying them, and thus provides immunity against them.
anticoagulant that prevents thickening and solidifying, esp. of blood; inhibiting coagulation. [2 definitions]
aorta the main artery carrying blood from the left side of the heart to the arteries of all the rest of the body except the lungs.
arbovirus any of a number of viruses that are transmitted by certain blood-sucking arthropods such as mosquitoes and ticks and that may cause encephalitis, yellow fever, or dengue fever.
arterialize to change (blood from the veins) into blood for the arteries through the addition of oxygen in the lungs.