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Open Bacterial diseases
Bacterial diseases

Bacterial infections occur when single-celled micro-organisms called bacteria colonize the human body. While this colonization is usually fended off

Open Bacteriophage
Bacteriophage

( băktēr'ēӘfāj´´ ), virus that infects bacteria and sometimes destroys them by lysis, or dissolution of the cell. Bacteriophages, or phages, have a

Open Bananas
Bananas

name for several species of the genus Musa and for the fruits these produce. The banana plant—one of the largest herbaceous plants—is native to

Open Beans
Beans

name applied to the seeds of leguminous trees and shrubs and to various leguminous plants of the family Leguminosae ( pulse family) with edible seeds

Open Bedsores
Bedsores

What Is It? Bedsores, also called pressure ulcers or decubitus ulcers, are areas of broken skin that can develop in people who: Have been confined to

Open Bell's palsy
Bell's palsy

Bell's palsy is a peripheral nerve disorder affecting the facial nerve , or cranial nerve VII. While the exact mechanism of Bell's palsy is unknown,

Benzodiazepines

( bĕn´´zōdīăz'Әpēn´´ ), any of a class of drugs prescribed for their tranquilizing, antianxiety, sedative, and muscle-relaxing effects.

Bereavement

Bereavement is the term that denotes having irretrievably lost someone or something of value. While the word is commonly reserved to refer to the

Open Binge drinking
Binge drinking

Binge drinking is a pattern of consumption characterized by heavy drinking during a single occasion, leading to intoxication. This pattern of

Open Binge eating disorder
Binge eating disorder

Binge Eating Disorder (BED) has been described as having recurrent overeating episodes without engaging in a compensatory method of purging (e.g.,