Glossary

OCD

Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is an anxiety disorder that causes people to have unwanted thoughts (obsessions) and to repeat certain behaviours (compulsions) over and over again. However, these patterns of behaviour get in the way of their daily lives. Most know that their obsessions and compulsions make no sense, but they can't ignore or stop them.

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Oncology

Oncology is the branch of medicine that involves the diagnosis and treatment of cancer.

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Oocyte aspiration

During IVF (in vitro fertilisation) treatment, the process used to collect the eggs from the female is known as oocyte aspiration. This is where the eggs are usually retrieved by ultrasound guided needle aspiration through the vagina.

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Orthopaedic

Orthopaedics is the branch of medicine that focuses on injuries and diseases to the body's musculoskeletal system.

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Osteoporosis

Osteoporosis is the term used to describe the condition where the bones particularly those of the spine, wrist, ankle and hips become thin and weak through the progressive loss of minerals, mass and density, and are prone to break easily.

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