Posted by: rajagainstthemachine | December 1, 2010

My Lexicon

Words and phrases that have come to know me intimately:

“Mediastinum”. A non-delineated group of structures in the thorax, surrounded by loose connective tissue.

“Lipoblast”. A connective tissue cell that develops into a fat cell.

“Differentiation”. The process by which a cell become progressively more specialized; coming at the expense of its breadth of potential.

“Phrenic nerve”. A nerve containing motor, sensory, and sympathetic nerve fibers, providing the only motor supply to the diaphragm as well as sensation to the central tendon.

“Keloid”. A type of scar, which depending on its maturity, is composed of mainly either type III (early) or type I (late) collagen.

“Angiogenesis”. The physiological process involving the growth of new blood vessels from pre-existing vessels.

“Oncogene”. A gene that is mutated or expressed at high levels, and thus helps turn a normal cell into a tumor cell.

“Ubiquitin Ligase”. A protein that in combination with an E2 ubiquitin-conjugating enzyme causes the attachment of ubiquitin to a lysine on a target protein via an isopeptide bond.

“Multileaf Collimator”. A device made up of individual “leaves” of a high atomic numbered material, usually tungsten, that can move independently in and out of the path of a particle beam in order to block it.

“Hope”. The feeling that what is wanted can be had, or that events will turn out for the best.

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