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D.C.

Doctor of Chiropractic.

D.D.S.

Doctor of Dental Surgery.

D.H.M

Doctor of Homeopathic Medicine.

D.M.D

Doctor of Dental Medicine.

D.N.

Doctor of Naprapathy.

D.N.P

Doctor of Naturopathy.

D.O.

Doctor of Osteopathy.

D.P.

Doctor of Pharmacy

D.P.M

Doctor of Podiatry.

D.Sc.

Doctor of Science.

Dehydrogenase

An enzyme which catalyzes the oxidation of a specific substance, causing it to give up its hydrogen.

Dendritic Cells

Are immune cells found in certain tissues of the human body.  These cells can be introduced into the patients body by means of a vaccine, where they bring tumor cells to the attention of the immune system, enabling it to attack the tumor with disease-fighting T-cells.

Diapulse Treatment

Uses high-frequency electromagnetic energy to improve metabolism and general organ function.

Discosan Method

Uses injections of an ozone/oxygen mixture to treat herniated discs.  The treatment is said to reduce the herniation, increase blood supply to promote healing, and reduce swelling.

Distalsigmoid

End of the large bowel near the rectum.

Diverticulosis

Diverticula in the colon without inflammation or symptoms.  An outpouching of the intestinal wall.  These are usually seen as many tiny finger-like or balloon-like bumps on what should be a smooth gut wall.

DMPS

(Dimercapto-Propane Sulfonate) Is used as a chelating agent to remove heavy metals-particularly mercury, lead, and cadmium-from the tissues of the body.

DMSA

(Dimercaptosuccinic Acid) Is used as a chelating agent to remove toxic metals, including mercury, from the tissues of the body.

DMSO

(Dimethyl Sulfoxide) Acts as an agent or vehicle that facilitates the penetration of anit-cancer drugs into the tumor.

Dorsal

1.  Pert.  to the back. 2.  Indication of a position toward a rear part

Ductal

Pertaining to a narrow tubular vessal or channel, esp.  one serving to convey secretions from a gland, e.g. the milk ducts of a female breast.

Dysplasia

Abnormality of development.