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Katabolic Nerves are those nerves which stimulate the breaking down of tissue.

Labia Majora. Two thick folds of skin which extend backward from the mons veneris. Labia Minora. Nymphae; two very delicate folds of skin which are inside of and protected by the labia majora. Labor. See Parturition. Lactation. The secretion of milk; nursing, suckling the child. Lactiferous Ducts. The milk ducts. Leucorrhea. Whites; a whitish or yellowish discharge from the vagina. Lochia. A discharge which follows labor and which lasts for about two weeks. Lying-in. The period which follows childbed. Lymphatics. The vessels in which the lymph is carried.

Mammae. The mammary glands; the breasts. Marital Relations. See Coitus. Massage. A systematic kneading of the muscles. Meatus Urinarius. The external orifice of the urethra. Meconium. The first discharge from the infant's bowel after birth, and which had collected in the intestines during the pregnancy. Medulla. The base of the brain at its junction with the spinal cord. Menopause. Climacteric, change of life, the time of the natural cessation of the monthly sickness. Menorrhagia. An excessive menstrual flow. Menstruation. Menstrual period, menstrual flow, menses, monthly sickness, the monthly discharge of blood from the uterus, which, with certain exceptions, recurs monthly from about the age of thirteen to forty-six years. Metabolism. Transformation changes. Metamorphoses. Changes of shape or structure. Metrorrhagia. A flow of blood between the menstrual periods. Micturition. The act of passing water. Miscarriage. The expulsion of the fetus between the twelfth and twenty-eighth weeks. Molecular. Belonging to the molecules, or the minutest portion of anything. Mons Veneris. The uppermost part of the vulva, which is a fatty cushion covered with hair.

Nerve-center. A nerve station from which orders are transmitted and where orders are received. Nubile. Puberty, that period of life in which young people of both sexes are capable of procreating children. Nymphae. See Labia minora.

Ovaries. Two small ovoid bodies, one on each side of the uterus, in which the ova are formed. Oviduct. See Fallopian tobe. Ovulation. The formation of the ova in the ovary, and the discharge of the same. Ovule. See Ovum. Ovum. Germ cell, a small, round vesicle situated in the ovaries, and which, when fecundated, constitutes the rudiments of the embryo.

Parturition. Labor, delivery, child-birth, the expulsion of the child from the womb. Pathologic. Relating to the diseased condition of tie body. Pelvis. The bony cavity situated at the lower end of the spinal column and supported by the thighs. Periodicity. The recurrence of physiologic phenomena at regular intervals. Periphery. The circumference of an organ. Peristaltic Action. An alternate contraction, making small, and enlargement of the bowel; it is by this means that foods, etc., are forced along its passage. Peritoneum. A serous membrane which lines the abdominal cavity, and wholly or in part envelopes the organs contained in it; it also partly covers the organs contained in the pelvic cavity. Phenomena. Remarkable appearances. Physical. Pertaining to the body. Placenta. After-birth, a soft, spongy, vascular body adherent to the uterus, and which is connected with the embryo through the umbilical cord. Plethora. A condition marked by a superabundance of blood. Postpartum Hemorrhage. Hemorrhage following labor. Pregnant. Enceinte, gravid; the state of a woman who is with child. Premature Labor. The expulsion of the fetus between the end of the twenty-eighth week and the time that labor ought to have occurred. Propagation. The spreading or extension of a thing. Pruritus Vulva. An intense itching of the privates, or vulva. Psychic. Pertaining or belonging to the mind. Puberty. Sexual maturity; nubility; that period of life in which young people of both sexes are capable of procreating children. Pubes or Pubis. The lowest and middle part of the pelvis in its anterior surface. Puerperium. The lying-in after child-birth.

Quickening. The sensation experienced by the mother as the result of active fetal movements in the womb.

Rectum. The lower extremity of the large intestine. Reflex. The reflection of an impulse from a nerve-center which has been received from elsewhere by that center. Reproduction. See Generative. Respiration. Breathing. Rugs. Wrinkles. Rut. The copulation of animals.

Septicemia, Puerperal. Childbed fever. Sexual. That which relates to sex. See Generative. Smegma. A cheesy substance which may collect about the vulva. Spermatozoa. The essential male fertilizing elements. Sympathetic Nervous System. Presides over involuntary acts; as digestion, breathing, etc. Syphilis. A venereal disease which is highly contagious by coition, contact with the lips, etc.

Tachycardia. Distress in the region of the heart, with palpitation and shortness of breath.

Umbilicus. Navel. Urea. The most important of the solid constituents of the urine. Ureters. The ducts leading from the kidneys to the bladder. Urethra. The excretory duct from the bladder for the escape of the urine. Urination. The act of passing water. Uterosacral Ligaments. Ligaments which pass from the uterus to the sacrum, and assist in holding the uterus in position. Uterus. Womb; the hollow, pear-shaped pelvic organ which is destined to retain the child from the moment of its conception until the time of its expulsion at birth. Utricular Glands. Glands of the uterus.

Vagina. The canal which connects the female internal and external organs of generation. Vascular. Pertaining to the blood-vessels. Vasomotor Nervous System. Comprises the brain, spinal cord, and the nerves given off from the cord: this system presides over voluntary acts, that is, those acts which are under the control of the will. Vestibule. A smooth cavity that exists in the female between the perineum and the nymphae. Viscera. The contents of the large cavities of the body. Vulva. The external genitals, private parts, the female external organs of generation. Vulvitis. Inflammation of the vulva.


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