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Meaning of prescription medication (noun)
form plural: prescription medications

drug that can only be obtained with a written order from a pharmacist or doctor; written instructions for a drug

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Prescription medication abuse by teens and young adults is a growing problem in the United States.

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Meaning of elastic (adjective)
forms: more elastic; most elastic; less elastic; least elastic

able to return to original shape after being exposed to a force

Example
As we age the skin becomes less elastic.

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Meaning of surface tension (noun)
form plural: surface tensions

the property of liquid membranes which allows them to contract to a minimum area

Example
Water has a high surface tension because of its hydrogen bonds.

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Meaning of intestinal (adjective)
enteric; enteral

Example
We place the stethoscope on the abdomen to listen to the intestinal sounds.

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Meaning of maxilla (noun)
form plural: maxillas

upper jaw bone

Example
The maxilla and the mandible make up the jaw.

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Meaning of dorsal (adjective)
forms: more dorsal; most dorsal; the most dorsal

relating to the back surface; posterior

Example
Fishes usually have dorsal fins.

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Meaning of phosphorylate (verb)
forms: phosphorylated; phosphorylated; phosphorylating

to add a salt or ester to a molecule

Example
Glycogen is phosphorylated to glucose phosphate and a phosphate group.
Protein kinase C is the name given to a group of kinases, which when activated by diacylglycerol in the presence of phospholipids such as phosphatidylserine, phosphorylate proteins on serine or threonine.

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Meaning of minor (adjective)
forms: more minor; most minor; the most minor

small; of little importance

Example
He escaped the fire virtually unharmed; except for some minor burns.

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Meaning of abbreviation (noun)
form plural: abbreviations

shortening

Example
In physics there are prefix abbreviations for metric systems.

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Meaning of keratin (noun)
form: no plural

hard protein found in skin; hair or nails

Example
Keratin is a tough and fibrous protein.

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