Thursday, April 08, 2004
Mystery medical phrase of the day
In a list of signs of Addison's disease: "hyperpigmentation (only if the pituitary is functioning because of proopiomelanocortina common pimp on the wards)." Um, a what? On the where? I assume there's some medical meaning of the word "pimp" here (although I can't find it in a dictionary), but yikes, it sure sounds weird.
(Even weirder than the word "proopiomelanocortin," which appears to be a pituitary prohormone related to weight regulation. Phoenix Pharmaceuticals will tell you all about it, if you can actually figure out what they're saying, which I can't.)
[ at 1:02 PM • by Abby • permalink • ]