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drugs, biologicals, and medical devices (including diagnostic in vitro tests) that may be useful in either common or rare diseases but that are not considered commercially viable.
Synonym(s): orphan drugs
A minor child permanently bereft through death, disappearance, abandonment or desertion, separation or loss of both parents, who must be cared for by another, usually an adult, an agency, or who becomes wards of the state
Frequency Globally, orphans represent 7.6% of all children; China is lowest at < 1%; Africa is highest at 12%
Half orphan A child who has lost one parent
Maternal orphan A child who has lost the mother
Paternal orphan A child who has lost the father
Double orphan A child who has lost both parents


Social medicine A person, usually a dependent child, whose parents have died or are presumed dead and thus must be cared for by another person or agency


a newborn animal without a dam.

orphan virus
usually enteroviruses, that have no known disease attributed to them.

Patient discussion about orphan

Q. What do we do with her? She is an orphan and has only uncle and aunt who don’t want her. I am living with my roommate for the past 1 year. Something strange and new is happening these days. She wanders off somewhere, leaving me guessing. She won’t tell me where or for what purpose she goes. Someone`s valuables are often found in her bag. I am sure it’s been stolen by her. Her contacts with boys have increased and she is regularly going out with them. When I tried to advise her, she started her activities again but on a discreet note. I don’t know what’s happening. Nowadays she remains depressed and sad. She sleeps a lot. She has stopped going for her classes after she had a fight with our classmate. What do we do with her? She is an orphan and has only uncle and aunt who don’t want her.

A. she is a student? if so- any college or university has a psychologist standing by and ready to help in those kind of cases. if not- be a good friend. talk to her, try to show her that her life changed very fast in a very extreme way and she may need help. a psychiatrist maybe..
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Rachel would have liked to stay until Matthew came home with his imported orphan.
No, but I DON'T think Mrs Boffin would like an orphan who squints so MUCH.
if Mrs Boffin wants an orphan QUITE nineteen, who drives a cart and waters the roads.
Which Mrs Milvey confirmed; and really the kind, conscientious couple spoke, as if they kept some profitable orphan warehouse and were personally patronized.
Accordingly, it was resolved that Mr and Mrs Milvey should search for an orphan likely to suit, and as free as possible from the foregoing objections, and should communicate again with Mrs Boffin.
We have orphans, I know,' pursued Mr Milvey, quite with the air as if he might have added, 'in stock,' and quite as anxiously as if there were great competition in the business and he were afraid of losing an order, 'over at the clay-pits; but they are employed by relations or friends, and I am afraid it would come at last to a transaction in the way of barter.
Mordor Intelligence is pleased to announce the publication of the report on Global Orphan Drugs Market on November 20, 2015.
Pakistan Orphan Care Forum (POCF) organized a special session "An Evening with Orphans" (Iftaar Dinner with Orphans) to mark World Orphans Day on Friday.
com/research/lfh8kr/the_orphan_drug) has announced the addition of the "The Orphan Drug Market Outlook to 2017" report to their offering.
Qatar Charity currently sponsors more than 5,300 orphans inside Somalia, under the supervision of local associations, where they are given financial support, activities and a variety of programmes covering all aspects of orphan life within the annual plan for the programme of comprehensive care for orphans," said QC Somalia's office manager Mohamed Hussein Omar in his opening speech at the festival.
Mukram Ibrahim Al-Sabri, an eighteen-year-old orphan, said he has been deprived from the kindness and the emotion of his parents.
He said the committee arranged many orphan marriages under the Prince Abdul Aziz bin Fahd Project, which has volunteered to arrange 1,000 marriages involving orphans.