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tonic-clonic seizure
Major convulsive seizure marked by sudden loss of consciousness, stiffening of muscles, and twitching and jerking movements.
herpes zoster
Type of herpes virus that causes shingles--eruption of blisters in a pattern that follows the path of peripheral nerves around the trunk of the body; zoster means girdle.
embolus
A mass (clot) of material travels through the bloodstream and suddenly blocks a vessel.
gait
Manner of walking.
palliative
Relieving symptoms but not curing.
occlusion
Blockage.
TIA
Transient ischemic attack; mini-stroke.
thymectomy
Removal of the thymus gland (a lymphocyte-producing gland in the chest); used as treatment for myasthenia gravis.
dopamine
A neurotransmitter that is deficient in Parkinson disease.
dementia
Mental decline and deterioration.
aneurysm
Abnormal widening of a blood vessel; can lead to hemorrhage and CVA (stroke).
absence seizure
Minor (petit mal) form of seizure, consisting of momentary clouding of consciousness and loss of contact with the environment.
-blast
Immature cells (as in glioblastoma).
demyelination
Destruction of myelin on axons of nerves (as in multiple sclerosis).
aura
Peculiar sensation appearing before more definite symptoms.
astrocytoma
Malignant tumor of neuroglial brain cells (astrocytes).