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Glossary of Medical Terms – Q

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q
Every iteration, i.e. a med of Q5min would be every five minutes, or Q6h is every 6 hours. Every
q 4 h, etc
Every 4 hours, etc
qid
4 Times a day
Quack
A pretender to medical skill; a medical charlatan
Quackery
The practice of medicine by a quack
Quadrant
One of the four regions into which the abdomen may be divided for purposes of physical diagnosis
Quadrate
Square, four sided
Quadrate Lobe
A small lobe of the liver on the underside of the right lobe to the left of the fissure for the gallbladder
Quadratus
Muscle having four sides
Quadri, Quadru
Combining form meaning four
Quantitative
Number or quantity, pertaining to measurement
Quartan
Recurring at about 72 hour intervals, on the fourth day
Quaternary
Fourth
Queen of the Meadow
Used for rheumatic and gouty conditions caused by uric acid deposits in the joints. It has a stimulating effect on glands and organs that clear the body of toxins and wastes, which makes it helpful in most forms of inflammatory distress
Questran
Cholestyramine–Primarily used to reduce high blood levels of total cholesterol, relieve itching due to deposit of bile acids in the skin caused by partial biliary obstruction
Quiescent
Inactive, dormant. A period during which an infection is present but not active within a host: for example the period between an acute attack of chickenpox (varicella) and a subsequent recrudescence of shingles (zoster)
Quinidine
Medicine often used to correct irregular heartbeat. Brand names of quinidine include Quinalan and Quiniglute
Quintan
Recurring every fifth day
Quotidian
Recurring every day
q.v.
Abbreviation for “as much as you wish”

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