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any long, cylindrical, flexible structure; called also chord, chorda, and funiculus.
spermatic cord the structure extending from the abdominal inguinal ring to the testis, comprising the pampiniform plexus, nerves, ductus deferens, testicular artery, and other vessels.
spinal cord see spinal cord.
tethered cord a congenital anomaly resulting from defective closure of the neural tube; the conus medullaris is abnormally low and tethered by a short, thickened filum terminale, fibrous bands, intradural lipoma, or some other intradural abnormality. Surgical correction in infancy or early childhood is necessary to prevent progressive neurological deficit in the lower limb and bladder dysfunction.
umbilical cord see umbilical cord.
vocal c's see vocal cords.
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(kōrd), [TA] Avoid the misspelling chord.
1. In anatomy, any long ropelike structure, composed of several to many longitudinally oriented fibers, vessels, ducts, or combinations thereof.
See also: chorda.
2. In histopathology, a line of tumor cells only one cell in width.
Synonym(s): fasciculus (2) [TA], funiculus [TA], funicle
[L. chorda, a string]
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also chord Anatomy A long ropelike structure, such as a nerve or tendon: a spinal cord.

cord′er n.
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ENT See Fixed vocal cord, Spinal cord, Vocal cord Obstetrics See Umbilical cord.
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(kōrd) [TA]
1. anatomy Any long, ropelike structure. A small, cordlike structure composed of several to many longitudinally oriented fibers, vessels, ducts, or combinations thereof.
Synonym(s): fasciculus (2) [TA] , funiculus [TA] , funicle.
2. histopathology A line of tumor cells only one cell in width.
[L. chorda, a string]
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(kord) [Gr. khorde]
1. A stringlike structure.
2. The umbilical cord.
3. A firm, elongated structure consistent with a thrombosed vein, esp. in the extremities, where it may be felt on palpation.

nuchal cord

The condition in which the umbilical cord is found wrapped around the neck of the fetus during delivery. If the cord cannot be unwrapped easily, or if there is more than one loop, the cord should be clamped and cut before delivery continues.

splenic cord

A spongelike cord in the red pulp of the spleen composed of macrophages and dendritic cells. The macrophages phagocytize pathogens, cell debris, and cells that are old, abnormal, or damaged, esp. red blood cells. Phagocytosis may be increased when the spleen is enlarged (splenomegaly). Synonym: cords of Billroth

spermatic cord

The cord by which the testis is connected to the abdominal inguinal ring. It surrounds the ductus deferens, blood vessels, lymphatics, and nerves supplying the testis and epididymis. These are enclosed in the cremasteric fascia, which forms an investing sheath.
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umbilical cord

The attachment connecting the fetus with the placenta. It contains two arteries and one vein surrounded by a gelatinous substance (Wharton's jelly). The umbilical arteries carry blood from the fetus to the placenta, where nutrients are obtained and carbon dioxide and oxygen are exchanged; this oxygenated blood returns to the fetus through the umbilical vein. See: illustration

The umbilical cord is surgically severed after the birth of the child. To give the infant a better blood supply, the cord should not be cut or tied until the umbilical vessels have ceased pulsating. However, in preterm infants, the cord should be clamped and cut before pulsation ceases to avoid maternal-newborn transfusion and reduce the risk of hypovolemia, polycythemia, and hyperbilirubinemia.

The stump of the severed cord atrophies and leaves a depression on the abdomen of the child (the navel, umbilicus, or belly button).

Willis cord

See: Willis, Thomas
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(kōrd) [TA]
In anatomy, any long ropelike structure, composed of several to many longitudinally oriented fibers, vessels, ducts, or combinations thereof.
[L. chorda, a string]
Medical Dictionary for the Dental Professions © Farlex 2012

Patient discussion about cord

Q. How can I fix my vocal cords? Please I am in need of desperate help.

A. rest, which means no talking,

Q. what does c4-5 mild central disk bulging impinging upon cervical cord without spinal stenosis or distortion of the cord . mild righ neural foraminal narrowing from uncovertebral joint hypertropy mean

A. Well this basically means there is a very small narrowing of the cervical (your neck area) spinal canal (where the spinal cord is), however the narrowing does not cause any damage to the spinal cord, therefore probably does not cause any major symptoms involving the nerves. The c4-5 bulging part refers to the part in between the two cervical vertebras c4 and c5, in which the disc (a part in the spinal cord) is sliding a bit side-ways, but again, it does not seem to be causing any trouble.

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Spinal kord yaralanmasinin tedavisine yonelik bugune kadar yapilan arastirmalar ile onemli mesafe kat edilmesine ragmen halen kalici ve anlamli derecede etkiye sahip evrensel bir tedavi protokolu gelistirilememistir.
Cinsel uyarinin surdurulmesi zevk alma, haz, kendinden gecme ve rahatlama ile kendini gosteren spinal kord reflekslerinin eslik ettigi orgazma yol acar.
Intrakavernozal olarak uygulanan vazoaktif ajanlar direkt ereksiyon mekanizmasini islettiklerinde komplet sinir kesisi olan spinal kord travmalarinda bile oldukca etkili bir yontem olarak kullanilmaktadir.
Thus Kord is sceptical of our continued search for authenticity (a concept, which, admittedly, is not the decisive one in the first half of eighteenth century).
Hasta, SKY'li hastalarda sik kullanilan olcekler ile degerlendirildi, buna gore: Fonksiyonel bagimsizlik olcegi skoru: 35, Spinal kord bagimsizlik olcegi: Kisisel bakim: 0/20, solunum sfinkter yonetimi: 10/40, hareketlilik: 0/40, toplam skor: 10/100, Beck depresyon olcegi skoru: 19 olarak tespit edildi.
Miami, FL, April 20, 2013 --( Lance T., New Jersey resident and inventor, recently contracted invention assistance leader to create an exciting visual tool for his Kord Kup invention in the form of an online presentation.
Bunlarin yani sira larengeal granulomlarda, krikofarengeal disfajilerde, paradoksal vokal kord hareketelerinde, habituel oksurukte, bilateral vokal kord paralizilerinde ve laren-jektomize hastalarda ses protezinin duzgun calismasi icin de kullanilmaktadir.
He and Chris Dudley weren't the only candidates on the ballot - Greg Kord of the Constitution Party and Libertarian Wes Wagner won nearly 39,000 votes between them.
Sakral agenez, gerilmis spinal kord, spinal kord ile iliskili kitleler (lipom, tumoral olusumlar), spinal kord yaralanmalari, serebral palsi ve santral sinir sistemi patolojileri, daha nadir gorulmelerine ragmen, cocuklarda norojen mesane etiyolojisinde onemli yeri olan diger etkenlerdir.
Gholam Reza Heydari Kord Zanganeh, head of the state-run Privatisation Organisation, said the divestment cut the government's part of the gross domestic produce to around 45 per cent from 60 per cent before the programme.
Etyolojiye bagli olmaksizin, os odontoideumlu hastalar atlantoaksial instabilite ve spinal kord kompresyonu acisindan yuksek risk tasimaktadirlar.
Noting that the Enlightenment failed to end witch trials, Susanne Kord examines the trial and execution of Anna Goldi at Glarus in 1782 and suggests a connection between the 'evil eye' ascribed to witches and the 'science' of physiognomy.