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Medical Word Parts: k

Word PartDefinition
kel/otumor, fibrous growth
keloidAn overgrowth of scar tissue that develops around a wound
kelpA type of seaweed.
kerat/ocornea, horny, hard
keratinA family of fibrous proteins that are principle constituents of epidermis; hair; nails; horny tissues, and tooth enamel.
keratitisInflammation of the cornea
keratoconjunctivitisInflammation of the cornea and conjunctiva.
keratoconusA conical protrusion of the central part of the cornea.
keratosisAny horny growth of the skin such as a wart or callus.
ketonuriaPresence of ketone bodies in urine.
ketosisAbnormally high concentration of ketone bodies, as in diabetes mellitus.
kidneyOne of a pair of organs that filter blood for the secretion of urine and that regulates ion concentrations.
kilo-one thousand
kilogramUnit of mass equal to one thousand grams.
kinesicsThe study of body position motion in communication.
kinesisMovement of an organism in response to a stimulus
kineticsThe study of the interrelationships that exist between body parts and how those connections influence movement.
klept/oto steal
kleptomaniaAn abnormal, strong impulse to steal.
kneeThe joint between inferior femur and superior
koil/ohollow, concave
koilonychiaA disease of the fingernails, where they become thin and concave.
KSKaposi sarcoma
KUBkidney, ureter, and bladder
KVOkeep vein open
kyph/obent, hump
kyphosisDeformities of the spine characterized by an exaggerated convexity of the vertebral column. Sometimes called round back or hunchback.

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