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Meaning of icterus (noun)
form: no plural

yellow color of the skin due to high levels of bilirubin in the blood

Example
Another name for icterus is jaundice.

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Meaning of cleavage (noun)
form plural: cleavages

series of fast mitotic divisions in embryology

Example
The cleavage leads to an increase in cell numbers, while the total amount of cytoplasm stays constant.

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Meaning of carbon monoxide (CO) (noun)
form plural: carbon monoxides

a poisonous gas

Example
Carbon monoxide poisoning can be caused by inhaling exhaust fumes.

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Meaning of vagina (noun)
form plural: vaginas

the birth canal; extends from the cervix to the vulva

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The vagina is made of elastic and muscle so it can stretch to allow the baby to be born.

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Meaning of control (noun)
form plural: controls

used as a basis for comparison in scientific experiments

Example
When new drugs are tested, a placebo is given as a control.

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Meaning of substituent (noun)
form plural: substituents

atom, radical, or group replaced for another in a chemical molecule

Example
Each substituent is apportioned a number to identify its point of attachment to the principal chain of an alkane.

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Meaning of by-product (noun)
form plural: by-products

a secondary substance made in the process of creating a primary one

Example
Oxygen is a byproduct of photosynthesis.

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Meaning of enantiomers (noun)
form: only plural

molecules that are mirror images of each other

Example
Two molecules are enantiomers if they can not be superimposed on each other spatially.

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Meaning of esophagus (noun)
form: no plural

epithelium-lined part of the gut that connects the pharynx to the stomach

Example
Cancer of the esophagus is more common in heavy drinkers and smokers.

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Meaning of ejaculation (noun)
form plural: ejaculations

the movement of semen out of the penis by contractile waves which occur at orgasm

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Ejaculation is needed to position the sperm high up in the vagina to maximize the chances of conception.

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