Medical Terms

  • Obstructive Sleep Apnea
    : sleep apnea that is caused by recurring interruption of breathing during sleep because of obstruction of the upper airway by weak or malformed pharyngeal tissues, that occurs especially in obese middle-aged and elderly men, and that results in hypoxemia and in chronic lethargy during the day called also obstructive sleep apnea syndrome.
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    Note: I am not obese – 6 ft. 180 lb. My apnea is the result of a smaller than normal upper airway.
  • Le·Fort I
    Pronunciation: l&-'fort-'w&n Function: noun
    : an operation for reconstruction of the midface in which the teeth-bearing part of the maxilla is separated from its bony attachments and repositioned.
    Le Fort /l&-for,/ Léon–Clémont (1829–1893), French surgeon. Le Fort served as professor of surgery in Paris and surgeon to the Hôtel Dieu. He published monographs on the resection of the knee, military surgery, and maternity care and a manual of operative medicine. LeFort I.
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  • click to enlarge Mandibular Sagittal Ramus Osteotomy
    This is the cutting of the mandible so it can be moved and repositioned. Visit web site for more than you ever wanted to know about it.
  • Os·te·ot·o·my
    Pronunciation: "äs-tE-'ät-&-mE Function: noun
    Inflected Form: plural -mies
    : a surgical operation in which a bone is divided or a piece of bone is excised (as to correct a deformity)