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abdomen in vertebrates, the part of the body between the chest and the pelvis, where most of the digestive organs are located. [2 definitions]
abduct to draw or cause to move away from the main axis of the body. (Cf. adduct.) [1/2 definitions]
abduction of a muscle, the act or process of drawing away from the main axis of the body. [1/2 definitions]
ablation surgical removal of any part of the body. [1/2 definitions]
abscess a collection of pus in body tissue, usu. surrounded by an inflamed area. [1/2 definitions]
acidosis an abnormally high acidity of body tissues and fluids.
act a law passed by a governing body. [1/14 definitions]
acupressure a process or technique intended to relieve pain or cure disease by the application of pressure with the hands to specific parts of the body. [1/2 definitions]
acupuncture a traditional Chinese practice of pricking certain parts of the body with fine needles to relieve pain or cure disease. [1/2 definitions]
adduct to move or pull (a body part such as a muscle) toward the main axis. (Cf. abduct.)
adhesion an abnormal growing together of separate body tissues. [1/4 definitions]
Ainu a member of an aboriginal people native to the northernmost islands of Japan, noted for their ample body hair. [1/3 definitions]
air mass a body of air that covers a wide area and has little horizontal variation in temperature, pressure, or moisture.
air sac an air-filled space or cavity in a living organism, esp. any of the ends of certain bronchial tubes in a bird's body that connect with the larger body cavity and assist in breathing.
akimbo with hand on hip and elbow pointed away from the body. [1/2 definitions]
alderman a member of the lawmaking body of some cities and towns; councilman or councilwoman.
alimentary canal the body passage into which food is ingested and in which it is digested; passage from the mouth to the anus; digestive tract.
alkalosis a pathological condition of the body fluids, characterized by a dangerously high alkali content.
alt.2 abbreviation of "altitude," the height of a given object or location above a specified base, such as sea level or earth, esp. the angular distance of a celestial body, measured from the horizon.
altitude in astronomy, the angular distance of a celestial body, measured from the horizon. [1/4 definitions]
amino acid any of the organic acids necessary to build proteins and sustain life, some of which cannot be synthesized in the body and so must be consumed in the diet.