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ball

 [bawl]
a more or less spherical mass. See also globus and sphere.
fungus ball a tumorlike granulomatous mass formed by colonization of a fungus in a body cavity, usually a bronchus or pulmonary cavity but occasionally a nasal cavity; the organism may disseminate through the bloodstream to the brain, heart, and kidneys. The most common type is the aspergilloma.
Miller-Keane Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health, Seventh Edition. © 2003 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. All rights reserved.

Ball

(bawl),
Charles B., Irish surgeon, 1851-1916. See: Ball operation.

ball

(bawl),
1. A round mass.
2. In veterinary medicine, a large pill or bolus.
Farlex Partner Medical Dictionary © Farlex 2012

ball

(bôl)
n.
A rounded part or protuberance, especially of the body: the ball of the foot.
The American Heritage® Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2007, 2004 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.
A sphere or spherical structure
Drug slang A regional term for a rounded gob of crack, crack cocaine, or Mexican black tar heroin
Obstetrics See Birthing ball
Vox populi noun A slang term for a testicle, often used in the plural
Segen's Medical Dictionary. © 2012 Farlex, Inc. All rights reserved.

ball

Vox populi
1. A sphere. See Birthing ball, Retraction ball.
2. A testicle. See Blue ball syndrome.
McGraw-Hill Concise Dictionary of Modern Medicine. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

ball

(bawl)
1. A round mass.
See also: bezoar
2. In veterinary medicine, a large pill or bolus.
3. Thenar eminence on sole of the foot.
Medical Dictionary for the Health Professions and Nursing © Farlex 2012

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Q. I did a bad movement with my knee during a ball game. How can I know if I damaged the knee ligaments? 4 hours ago I played basketball. I did a great jump but when I landed I felt a very sharp knee pain? How can I know if I damaged the ligaments there?

A. The only way to know for sure is to check! Can estimate the severity of the problem. Is your knee red? Is it hot? Is it swollen? Does the pain have the same severity or does the pain increase with time? If you answered one of those questions with a 'yes' several hours after the injury, you should probably talk to your GP

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Prop Joe Fitzpatrick set the ball rolling by powering his way over and this finally opened the floodgates.
THE PRICES of several Mitsub-ishi models are coming down yet again as the company which claims to have set the ball rolling in Britain with its price cuts in January 2000 takes its third significant pricing action in two years.
I'll set the ball rolling with one or two choices in my column next week, but I'd be grateful for any nominations please to Joshua Jones, Wales on Sunday, Thomson House, Havelock Street, Cardiff CF1 1XR.
Paul Harmer had set the ball rolling for Mark Chambers' men but Pountney struck either side of the break to tighten Studley's grip and then Andy Biddle and Dean Meyrick joined in the goal glut.
Johansen set the ball rolling on 21 minutes when, after exchanging passes with Claus Jensen, he beat Dean Kiely with a cracking left-foot shot from 15 yards.
14-1 shot Shaking Hnads set the ball rolling with a four-and-a-half length beating of Brimham Boy, before 5-1 Quinte Du Chatelet trotted up thirtyfive minutes later.
It was an honour and a privilege to be the first jump jockey to have a testimonial, and, hopefully, to set the ball rolling for others on their retirement.
They have only themselves to blame, they set the ball rolling, we must see where it comes to rest.
The lady who set the ball rolling, June Titheridge (nAe Pearson) is the girl in tartan, back row, left.
It will set the ball rolling in Millennium Place, Durham, tomorrow from 10am to 4pm, then visit Chester-le-Street Riverside on Sunday and Darlington Market on Monday.
Tony Scully set the ball rolling with a low free-kick from just outside the area following a foul by Ritchie Hanlon on Jon Challinor.
Damien Hudd set the ball rolling after just four minutes, Holtham opening his account with the second before Damien Smith also crossed.