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ground glass(grownd glas)
Descriptive of an opacity in radiologic imaging that may indicate various disease states.
Abnormal shadowing seen radiographically. In chest x-ray films, it may indicate interstitial fibrosis of the lung; in abdominal films, it suggests ascites.
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1. a hard, brittle, often transparent material, usually consisting of the fused amorphous silicates of potassium or sodium, and of calcium, with silica in excess.
2. a container, usually cylindrical, made from glass.
small particles of glass from a vial may be injected suspended in a fluid.
may be used in an attempt to poison animals maliciously but has little effect. May cause transient enteritis.
glass cover of the x-ray tube; contains the anode and cathode and the vacuum that makes generation and control of the x-ray beam possible.
glass in which the magnesium and calcium content have been modified from that in normal glass so that it is much more soluble in water or ruminal contents. Used in the form of a reticular retention bolus as a vehicle for therapeutic agents such as antibiotics or anthelmintics which are delivered to the animal over a period of weeks or months.