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Sunday, January 27, 2008

Glossary M


A test that measures pressure or contractions in the intestinal tract.
Mast cell
A type of immune system cell present in blood and tissue.
Mast cell degranulation
The release from within the cell of granules, or small sacs, containing chemicals that can digest microorganisms and activate other cells to fight infection.
Substances within the body, such as hormones, that can transmit messages to nerve or muscle tissue to stimulate a response.
A method of summarizing previous research by reviewing and combining results from multiple studies.
The movement of cells, etc. from one position to another.
A disease or the incidence of disease within a population. Morbidity also refers to adverse effects caused by a treatment.
Spontaneous movement. A term used to describe the motor activity of smooth muscles in the gastrointestinal (GI) tract
Originating in muscle tissue.

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