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dasy-
in botany, shaggy, hairy

decoction
liquid prepared by boiling plant material in water for a period of time

decubitus ulcer
bed sore

demulcent
an agent which soothes and relieves irritation, especially of the mucous membranes

dermatitis
inflammatory skin condition

diabetes insipidus
excessive production of urine, usually due to insufficient production of antidiuretic hormone

diabetes mellitus
a disease with increased blood glucose levels due to lack or ineffectiveness of insulin

diaphoretic
sudorific, an agent promoting sweating

diarrhea
excessive discharge of contents of bowel

diastole
relaxation phase of the heart beat

diathesis
constitutional state of increased susceptibility to disease

disorders of kidney secretions
insufficient kidney flow

diuresis
excretion of urine

diuretic
agent increasing urine output

dopamine
a neurohormone; precursor to norepinephrine which acts as a stimulant to the nervous system

dosage
amount of therapeutic substance

dose
amount of a therapeutic substance to be taken during a specified time period

dragée
pill or capsule with a sugar coating

dromotropic
affecting conductivity of nerve fibers

dropsy
edema, abnormal accumulation of water in the body, usually associated with weak heart performance

duodenum
first portion of the small intestine
between the pylorus and jejunum

dyscrasia
abnormal or pathological imbalance due to excessive material in the blood

dyskinesia
a condition characterized by spasmodic, uncoordinated, or other abnormal movements; i.e., those which result from a reaction to phenothiazines

dysmenorrhea
difficult or painful menstruation

dyspepsia
indigestion

dysplasia
abnormal development of tissue

dyspnea
difficult breathing

dystonia
impaired muscle tonus

dystrophic nervous disturbance
progressive changes that may result from defective nutrition of nervous tissue

dysuria
painful urination