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Medical Glossary Decoded

Brittle diabetes mellitus (or labile diabetes) is a term used to describe particularly hard to control type 1 diabetes. People having brittle diabetes will experience frequent, extreme changes in blood glucose levels, causing high or low blood glucose level.
It a state of an excessive amount of tear production as a result of eye injury or irritation.
Laryngitis is an inflammation of voice box (larynx). This is most often caused from overuse, irritation or viral infections.
The larynx is another name for the voice box. It is a hollow muscular tube about 2 inches (5cm) long in adults. It occurs above the windpipe (trachea) in the neck and in front of the food pipe. The larynx Protects windpipe during swallowing, allows the air to reach the lungs and produces sound for speaking.
An abbreviation standing for laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis. It is a kind of laser eye surgery designed to change the shape of the cornea and to clear front part of the eye. It is done to eliminate or reduce the need for glasses and contact lenses in cases of severe short and far sightedness.
An acute or chronic poisoning caused by the absorption of lead or any of its salts into the body. Lead poisoning is an environmental hazard that is capable of causing mental retardation, behavioural disturbance, and brain damage.
A hormone produced mainly by adipocytes (fat cells). It is involved in the regulation of body fat. Leptin interacts with areas of the brain that control hunger and behaviour and signals that the body has had enough to eat.
Lipid screen is a blood test used to measure the levels of lipids (cholesterol, triglycerides, LDL, HDL) in the blood which can help in evaluating risk for cardiac complications.