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tail

 [tāl]
any slender appendage; called also cauda.
tail of spermatozoon the flagellum of a spermatozoon; it has four regions: the neck, middle piece, principal piece, and end piece.
Miller-Keane Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health, Seventh Edition. © 2003 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. All rights reserved.

tail

(tāl), [TA]
1. Any tail, or taillike structure, or tapering or elongated extremity of an organ or other part. Synonym(s): cauda [TA]
2. veterinary anatomy a free appendage representing the caudal end of the vertebral column; covered by skin and hair, feathers, or scales.
[A.S. taegl]
Farlex Partner Medical Dictionary © Farlex 2012

tail

(tāl)
n.
The posterior part of an animal, especially when elongated and extending beyond the trunk or main part of the body.
adj.
Of or relating to a tail or tails: tail feathers.
v. tailed, tailing, tails
v.tr.
To deprive of a tail; dock.

tail′less adj.
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tail

adjective Referring to an elongated terminal tapering of an organism, cell, molecule, statistic or other component in a system that slowly arrives to a baseline or disappears.
 
Herbal medicine
noun A trivial name for certain plants—e.g., cat tail, mare’s tail.

Malpractice
noun The end of a period of malpractice liability exposure.

Molecular biology
noun A sequence of nucleotides at the end of a molecule of nucleic acid.

Surgery
noun An elongated mass of tissue.
Segen's Medical Dictionary. © 2012 Farlex, Inc. All rights reserved.

tail

adjective Referring to an elongated terminal tapering of an organism, cell, molecule, statistic, or other component in a system that slowly arrives to a baseline or disappears noun Surgery An elongated mass of tissue. See Axillary tail.
McGraw-Hill Concise Dictionary of Modern Medicine. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

tail

(tāl) [TA]
1. Any taillike structure, or tapering or elongated extremity of an organ or other part.
2. veterinary anatomy A free appendage representing the caudal end of the vertebral column, covered by skin and hair, feathers, or scales.
Synonym(s): cauda [TA] .
[A.S. taegl]
Medical Dictionary for the Health Professions and Nursing © Farlex 2012

tail

  1. the rear-most part of an animal.
  2. (in vertebrates) that part behind the anus.
Collins Dictionary of Biology, 3rd ed. © W. G. Hale, V. A. Saunders, J. P. Margham 2005

tail

(tāl) [TA]
Any taillike structure or tapering or elongated extremity.
Synonym(s): cauda [TA] .
[A.S. taegl]
Medical Dictionary for the Dental Professions © Farlex 2012

Patient discussion about tail

Q. If I sit too long I get a pain in my tail bone area, when I stand it goes away...any idea? I also get a pain just like it on the bottom of my left foot that goes away.

A. Coccygodynia (pain of the tail bone) is not rare and can radiate from the lower back area. Usually it goes away on its own, however if the pain bothers you a lot you can apply anti-inflammation creams locally. If this pain is very disturbing for a while you should see a doctor to examine you once and check there is nothing else there that can cause the pain. Physical activity usually solves low back pain and might help in your case too.

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The semi-structured (Robson, 2002) questionnaire consisted of seventeen questions: two questions about demographic data, three questions about production characteristics, seven on the tail docking procedure, three on farmers' perceptions of sentience and pain during tail docking in sheep, and two on general sheep farm management.
Opponents of tail docking include the World Small Animal Veterinary Association (WSAVA), which states: "While the puppy cannot tell us that it is in pain, many biological markers show that pain is occurring." As for the "tail injury" argument, the California-based Animal Protection Institute (API) notes: "Rottweilers, Dobermans, Poodles ...
Regulators say that each farm must record tail-biting outbreaks and prove that the farm is assessing and solving the risk factors identified so that tail docking is not becoming a routine procedure.
Farrowing crates are never used, and tail docKing and tooth clipping procedures are not practised.
Many lambs are subjected to tail docking; the most commonly used method is to place a rubber band around the tail, to cut off the blood supply until eventually it falls off.
The statement endorsed by AVMA leadership was simple enough, as paradigm-changing things often are: "The AVMA opposes ear cropping and tail docking of dogs when done solely for cosmetic purposes.
Recent research does suggest that short tail docking is a significant causal effect but by no means the only one.
Under the Act officers will also be better able to tackle the mutilation of animals, including the tail docking of dogs.
Her appointment was also welcomed by country sports group BASC, whose Wales director Glynn Cook said: "She has a good understanding of the issues surrounding shooting and conservation, and was supportive of the exemption for working dogs in the tail docking debate."
The vote will soon be taken by MPs on whether to ban the tail docking of dogs as part of the Animal Welfare Bill.
Grand National legend Ginger McCain is enjoying his best ever season and can add to his tally in his final year training with So Cloudy in the Keep Tail Docking For Working Dogs Selling Handicap Hurdle.
I'm being purposely provocative for using the phrase "cosmetic surgery" as a catchall phrase for the topics discussed in the article: tail docking, ear cropping, and dewclaw removal.