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Friedrich von, Austrian physician, 1844-1917. See: Call-Exner bodies.


(1) A term of art referring to a type of recall in the UK in which a patient “fell through the cracks” and was found to need cervical smear surveillance.
(2) A colloquial term for “diagnosis”.


Abbreviation for:
Cancer Aid Listening Line (Medspeak-UK)
common acute lymphoblastic leukaemia
common acute lymphocytic leukaemia


The 'after hours' responsibility that a physician has for evaluating already hospitalized Pts or admitting new Pts to a particular service or to the hospital per se. See Call schedule, Courtesy call, Home/beeper call, House call, Jeopardy call, Long call, Oncall, Short call, Weekend call. Cf Close call.

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Q. I am confused why it’s called pregnancy…..can someone….please… I have heard of the dangerous ectopic pregnancy and want to know a little more about it as I am confused why it’s called pregnancy…..can someone….please…

A. actually it is called pregnancy because IT IS A PREGNANCY.
but, it happens NOT in normal ways it has to be. in normal condition, the conception will happen in tuba falopii, then few days later the embryo (zygote) will be implanted into the uterus.

in ectopic pregnancy, the transportation of the zygote doesn't happen normally, it can be slower or even cannot make its way into the uterus. if the implantation then occurs in other part rather than endometrium of the uterus, then it is called an ectopic pregnancy.

since it's implanted NOT in the normal place, in the future it will be more likely to develop some problems during the pregnancy.

Q. why do you call Bipolar ... Bipolar? i mean what does it mean?

A. Bipolar disorder is called this way because it is charecterized by two types of obvious mood disorders- depression on the one side, and mania, or hypomania (a manic state, or 'high'), on the other side.

Q. why does it call "cancer"?can you treat cancer?

A. the name came from the appearance of the cut surface of a solid malignant tumour, with the veins stretched on all sides as the animal the crab has its feet, whence it derives its name. Hippocrates first called it in that name after describing few types of cancer.
some of the cancers are treatable but that is a big subject. there are some very nice videos here on the site that can give you a clue about that. just search them there ^ :)

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It's clearly a clever ruse by Paula Radcliffe to ensure no one ever asks again whether Athens was her lowest moment - judging by how far she crouched down to answer the call of nature, she can now answer "no".
Last night David, from St Paul's in Bristol, said: "I stopped to answer the call of nature and within minutes I was stuck in the mud.
The only hiccup occurred when the call of nature saw the Bedford star
The only hiccup occurred when the call of nature saw the Bedford star have a pit stop after her stomach reacted to eating too much before the race.
That Someone Else being the Prime Minister who was fortunately spared the Health and Safety risk by not feeling a call of nature during a whistle-stop 30 minute visit.
But in the middle of the night the 41-year-old received the call of Nature, fell over the rowing boat and broke his leg.
The Security Operations Unit officers pulled over to answer the call of nature - then pulled two conifer trees out of the ground.
Great if you want to make a call, not so great if you need to make a call of nature.
Edilamar Prates-Schwarzer, 43, had just had lunch with husband Sergio and the Brazilian-born pair were on a path when she had to answer the call of nature, so she went behind some bushes.
1994: Council bosses who wanted to close five public conveniences in Liverpool argued that people caught short could pop into pubs and hotels to answer the call of nature.
We can imagine how this mythical train would have had to stop at every station so that passengers could exercise a call of nature, naturally after asking the driver to wait for them.
The TUC launched a campaign called "Gotta Go" aimed at improving facilities and making sure workers were not penalised for answering a call of nature.