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zone(zon) [L. zona, fr. Gr. zone, a girdle],
1. An area or belt.
2. A lobe of an organ or a gland.
anal transition zoneAbbreviation: ATZ
The histologic junction between the anal squamous epithelium and the rectal columnar epithelium.
The partially damaged part of an organ that is found between tissue that is severely injured by an infarct and nearby tissue that is still well supplied with blood, oxygen, and nutrients.
In dentistry, an area below the odontoblastic layer of the dental pulp that has relatively few cells.Synonym: zone of Weil
The area of increased cell frequency between the cell-free zone and the central pulp of the tooth.
chemoreceptor trigger zoneAbbreviation: CTZ
A zone in the medulla that is sensitive to certain chemical stimuli. Stimulation of this zone may produce nausea.
The peripheral annular sector of the anterior surface of the iris of the eye. The ciliary zone is separated from the inner, more narrow annulus, the pupillary zone, of the iris by a wavy boundary, the collarette. These regions are used in automated iris recognition technology.
In a hazardous materials incident, an unexposed area where rescue personnel wait for assignments and the command post is located, which is safe from any potential contamination.
The range of temperature, humidity, and, when applicable, solar radiation and wind in which an individual doing work at a specified rate and in a certain specified garment is comfortable.
Any area of the brain that after stimulation produces an epileptic seizure.
An area of the body that may produce erotic sensations when stimulated. These areas include, but are not limited to, the breasts, lips, genital and anal regions, buttocks, and sometimes the special senses that cause sexual excitation, such as the sense of smell or taste.
H zoneH band.
In a hazardous materials incident or biohazard laboratory, the area where the hazardous materials are located. This area cannot be entered without protective equipment, special permission, and specialized training.
Any area of the body that, when pressed on, induces hypnosis.Synonym: hypnogenic spot
Looser zonesSee: Looser zones
A hypothetical region of the lung defined by the relationship between the degree of alveolar ventilation and pulmonary blood flow (perfusion). Three lung zones have been identified: I, ventilation exceeds perfusion; II, ventilation and perfusion are equal; and III, perfusion exceeds ventilation. Zone I is found in the upper lung field, where gravity impedes perfusion, and zone III in the inferior portion of the lung, where gravity assists perfusion.
pellucid zoneZona pellucida.
peripheral zoneAbbreviation: PZ
The lateral border of the prostate gland. Most prostate cancers begin here. Synonym: peripheral zone of the prostate
peripheral zone of the prostatePeripheral zone.
The innermost of two annular areas visible on the anterior surface of the iris.See: ciliary zone
zone of stasis
The area of skin beneath the coagulated surface of a burn in which blood flow is diminished and tissue fluid collects. This region of a burn may become necrotic if it becomes infected or fails to receive adequate blood flow.
1. Tissue that includes two or more cell types linking two distinct regions of an organ.
The area of the lens of the eye where the epithelial capsule cells change into lens fibers.
trigger zoneTrigger point.
In a hazardous materials incident, the area between the hot zone and the cold zone, where decontamination occurs. Only specialized personnel who are appropriately dressed are permitted in this location.