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caput

 [kap´ut] (pl. cap´ita) (L.)
anatomical terminology for the expanded or chief extremity of an organ or part.
caput medu´sae the dilated cutaneous veins around the umbilicus, seen mainly in the newborn and in patients suffering from cirrhosis of the liver.
caput succeda´neum localized edema, congestion, and petechiae on the fetal and newborn scalp (presenting part), crossing the suture lines.

head

(hed), [TA]
1. The upper or anterior extremity of the animal body, containing the brain and the organs of sight, hearing, taste, and smell.
2. The upper, anterior, or larger extremity, expanded or rounded, of any body, organ, or other anatomic structure.
3. The rounded extremity of a bone.
4. That end of a muscle that is attached to the less movable part of the skeleton.
Synonym(s): caput [TA]
[A.S. heāfod]

caput

/cap·ut/ (kap´ut) pl. cap´ita   [L.] the head; a general term applied to the expanded or chief extremity of an organ or part.
caput medu´sae  dilated cutaneous veins around the umbilicus, seen mainly in the newborn and in patients with cirrhosis.
caput succeda´neum  edema occurring in and under the fetal scalp during labor.

caput

[kā′pət, kap′ət] pl. capita
Etymology: L, head
1 the head.
2 the enlarged or prominent extremity of an organ or part.

ca·put

, pl. capita (kap'ŭt, -i-tă) [TA]
1. Head: the superior extremity of the human body, comprising the cranium and face, and containing the brain and organs of sight, hearing, taste, and smell.
2. The superior, anterior, or larger extremity, expanded or rounded, of any body, organ, or other anatomic structure.
3. The rounded extremity of a bone.
4. The end of a muscle that is attached to the less movable part of the skeleton.
[L.]

caput

(kop′ut″, ′ŭt, kap′ŭt) (kop′ĭ-ta″, kap′ĭt-a) plural.capita [L. caput, the head]
1. The head.
2. The chief extremity of an organ.
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CAPUT MEDUSAE: Prominent superficial abdominal veins seen on a patient with cirrhosis and portal hypertension.

caput medusae

A plexus of dilated veins around the umbilicus, seen in patients with portal hypertension (usually as a result of cirrhosis of the liver). It may be seen in newborns.
See: illustration

caput succedaneum

Diffuse edema of the fetal scalp that crosses the suture lines. Head compression against the cervix impedes venous return, forcing serum into the interstitial tissues. The swelling reabsorbs within 1 to 3 days.

caput

1. A head.
2. An abbreviation for CAPUT SUCCEDANIUM.

head

(hed)
1. [TA] Upper or anterior extremity of animal body, containing brain and organs of sight, hearing, taste, and smell.
2. [TA] Upper, anterior, or larger extremity, expanded or rounded, of any body, organ, or other anatomic structure.
3. Rounded extremity of a bone.
Synonym(s): caput.

caput

pl. capita; the head; a general term applied to the expanded or chief extremity of an organ or part.

caput mallei
head of the malleus in the middle ear.
caput mandibulae
the head of the mandible that articulates with the squamous part of the temporal bone.
caput stapedis
the head of the stapes in the middle ear.

Patient discussion about caput

Q. What is the cause of my head rash? I have a rash on my head. It is red and itchy, what could it be from?

A. A head rash can be caused from lots of different things. I found a website that helps you diagnose it with charts:
http://familydoctor.org/online/famdocen/home/tools/symptom/545.html

Q. Head aches terrible I am suffering with bad headaches everyday for the past week, so i thought i would check up on it from you guys. When the day nears the noon, my head ache becomes worse. No common cold. Kindly give me a solution.

A. Anyone who suffers from headaches knows they can put a damper on everyday life. But not all headaches are alike. Learn what type of headache you have.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EmExwcXrDBo

Q. Why do they think that the pain is all in my head? Is there any chance which may wrongfully lead doctor to conclude that our symptoms are of a psychological nature? Why do they think that the pain is all in my head?

A. It may happen very rarely and if he is new to his profession. It doesn’t mean that all those are new to their profession does these mistakes. Doctors cannot "see" and may not understand the sources of your pain or fatigue. However, what they do observe is your anxiety and frustration with having to deal with these symptoms around-the-clock, which may wrongfully lead them to conclude that your symptoms are of a psychological nature. Also, the old school of thought regarding pain is that it is produced by tissue injury, and there is no obvious source of tissue injury in patients with fibromyalgia. Regardless, if your doctor does not believe that your symptoms are real, you owe it to yourself to find another doctor who believes in you and will work with you to help reduce your symptoms.

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