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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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The feeling of orphanhood that will be with Christopher Banks throughout his (late childhood and) adult life originates at this point, that is to say, when his parents disappear from his life and his sense of protection and safety is shattered.
Because Bolano grounds exile in a sense of orphanhood, estrangement from the national community remains a precondition for the freedom to create new affiliations.
Orphanhood and vulnerability: a conduit to poor child health outcomes in Rwanda.
The One Love campaign in Uganda was carried out in three phases starting in late 2009; the first phase introduced the public to the problem of "the sexual network" and its role in spreading HIV; the second phase aimed to show the effects, such as poverty and orphanhood.
In an unusual gambit, scribe Moira Buffini ("Tamara Drewe") shuffles the chronology with a simple, elegant framing de vice: Rather than detailing Jane's cruel Victorian orphanhood, the opening scenes are marked by a sense of tragic inevitability as the older Jane (Mia Wasikowska) is seen fleeing Thornfield Hall, into a quintessentially Brontean landscape of wild moors and sodden English weather.
Inspite of the various social security mechanisms evolved by African people over the ages to ensure the security of all members of the community, orphanhood, in the above Shona proverb, entails a heightened sense of exposure and vulnerability.
He adds to the debilitating effects of AIDS orphanhood by converting resources meant for the children's upkeep to his own use.
My art is grounded on the primordial accumulations, the unconscious urges that animate the world, not in an attempt to redeem the past, but rather in confrontation with the void, the orphanhood, the unbaptized earth of the beginning, the time that from within the earth looks upon us.
Their newfound orphanhood has unleashed a monster - Lia is baffled to find a strange brand-like mark emerging on her wrist and Alice appears to be holding something back.
The second part notes the trends of orphanhood and increasing levels of development modalities.