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Immune System

Immune System im·mune sys·tem \i-ˈmyün\ sis-təm\ noun A system of biological processes and structures within an organism that is designed to protect it against disease. In order to function correctly, an immune system must be able to detect a number of unwelcome pathogens, such as parasitic worms or viruses, and distinguish these harmful agents from […]

Intervertebral Disc

Intervertebral Disc in·ter·ver·te·bral disk \ˌin-tər-ˈvər-tə-brəl\ disk\ noun There are a number of these discs in the human body, located between adjacent vertebrae in the spine. Every disc forms a fibrocartilaginous joint that allows the vertebrae to move slightly, and it also acts as a ligament to ensure the vertebrae are held together. We also need […]