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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.
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]
avitaminosis a disease caused by vitamin deficiency.
celiac one who has celiac disease, a chronic nutritional deficiency. [1/2 definitions]
chlorosis an iron deficiency anemia occurring mainly in pubescent girls and characterized by a greenish complexion. [1/2 definitions]
cretinism a chronic disease that is usu. present at birth and is due to a deficiency of thyroid hormone, resulting in physical and mental stunting, deformity, and often goiter.
defect a lack of something needed for adequacy, completeness, or perfection; shortcoming; deficiency. [1/3 definitions]
defection a failure, lack, or loss of something; deficiency. [1/2 definitions]
destitution a lack or deficiency of something. [1/2 definitions]
diabetes mellitus a chronic and potentially fatal form of diabetes characterized by insulin deficiency, excess sugar in the blood and urine, and abnormal thirst and hunger.
estradiol a drug made from this hormone, used in treating estrogen deficiency and conditions related to menopause and cancer. [1/2 definitions]
estriol a drug made from this hormone and used to treat estrogen deficiency. [1/2 definitions]
goiter a visible swelling of the thyroid gland in the neck, caused by iodine deficiency.
hypothyroidism a deficiency in thyroid activity and secretion, resulting, if unchecked, in goiter and loss of vigor in victims and in cretinism in fetuses borne by them.
insufficiency the quality or condition of being insufficient; deficiency; lack. [1/2 definitions]
lack the state or condition of being without something that is needed or desired; absence; deficiency. [1/4 definitions]
mental retardation the lack of one or more mental functions since birth, resulting in below-normal intelligence and inability to function adequately, caused by brain damage, disease, or congenital factors; mental deficiency.
minus a deficiency or lack; shortcoming. [1/7 definitions]
night blindness abnormally weak vision in dim light or darkness, caused by a deficiency of vitamin A.
occupational therapy therapy consisting of work designed to provide mental diversion or a creative outlet, exercise to heal or correct a physical deficiency or injury, or training in vocational skills.