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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%
Types
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

orphan

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

orphan

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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References in classic literature ?
With a ready patient face and manner, and yet with a latent smile that showed a quick enough observation of Mrs Boffin's dress, Mr Milvey, in his little book-room--charged with sounds and cries as though the six children above were coming down through the ceiling, and the roasting leg of mutton below were coming up through the floor--listened to Mrs Boffin's statement of her want of an orphan.
I DON'T think,' said Mrs Milvey, glancing at the Reverend Frank' --and I believe my husband will agree with me when he considers it again--that you could possibly keep that orphan clean from snuff.
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.
Ev'n should I fall o'er the broken bridge passing, Or stray in the marshes, by false lights beguiled, Still will my Father, with promise and blessing, Take to His bosom the poor orphan child.
There is a thought that for strength should avail me, Though both of shelter and kindred despoiled; Heaven is a home, and a rest will not fail me; God is a friend to the poor orphan child.
Yes, of course," said Marilla, as if getting boys from orphan asylums in Nova Scotia were part of the usual spring work on any well-regulated Avonlea farm instead of being an unheard of innovation.
Why, it was only last week I read in the paper how a man and his wife up west of the Island took a boy out of an orphan asylum and he set fire to the house at night--set it ON PURPOSE, Marilla--and nearly burnt them to a crisp in their beds.
Only don't say I didn't warn you if he burns Green Gables down or puts strychnine in the well--I heard of a case over in New Brunswick where an orphan asylum child did that and the whole family died in fearful agonies.
It was clear that they must have been extremely good to that girl whose position in the world seemed somewhat difficult, with her face of a victim, her obvious lack of resignation and the bizarre status of orphan "to a certain extent.
His property was confiscated; his child became an orphan and a beggar.
If he could have known that he was an orphan, left to the tender mercies of church-wardens and overseers, perhaps he would have cried the louder.