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proprioception
the awareness of posture, movement and changes in equilibrium; receptors are located in muscles, tendons and joints


OK, so the last chapter of the medical terminology book is The Senses. (Well, actually it's not the last chapter; it's the last chapter I hadn't read. But whatever.) It gives lip-service to the other senses and then goes on to talk about the ears and the eyes. But this word was in the first part and it's one I didn't know that I thought was interesting.

This is gonna be a multiple-word post in honor of it being the last chapter - oh, but I am gonna put in an LJ-cut, because I know how some people are about the eyes. So WARNING: if you're squeamish about eye stuff, don't look!

(I don't really think it's that bad, myself, but people are funny about this subject. You should've seen the one I decided not to use!)

druzen
small growths that appear as tiny yellowish spots beneath the retina of the eye; typically appears with age but also occur in certain abnormal conditions


Incidentally, it always bugs me a bit when they say things like "certain abnormal conditions" - what the heck does that mean? (I'm trying to resist the temptation to look it up, because it doesn't really matter. It just bugs me.)


And ta da! the very last vocabulary word....

tonometer
an instrument to measure fluid pressure in the eye


(Which is not to say that there will never been another Word of the Day. There may be, if I see something I feel like posting.)

Anyway, I still have two more tests to take, but I am done done done with the book.

Date: 2009-06-10 03:36 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] anjea.livejournal.com
Many of my patients at work have deficits in proprioception; it's really interesting to work with.

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