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facial nerve

Cranial nerve VII;  controls most facial movements, secretion of tears and saliva, and involved in the sensation of taste.

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cranial nerves


Spontaneous firing of an axon resulting in a visible twitch of all the muscle fibers it contacts; indicative of denervation.

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axon  ;  denervation  ;  fiber


feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV)

A retrovirus that infects cats; similar to human immunodeficiency virus (HIV, the virus that causes AIDS), it attacks the immune system and as a result, the cat is more susceptible to infections that do not typically affect healthy cats. 

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disease  ;  infection  ;  retrovirus


feline infectious peritonitis (FIP)

Highly contagious disease affecting cats caused by a coronavirus (so called because of the crown or halo appearance under a microscope).  Peritonitis is inflammation of the peritoneum.  The virus is shed through saliva and feces.

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feline leukemia virus (FeLV)

A retrovirus that infects cats and usually transmitted through saliva or nasal secretions.  It can cause immune-mediated diseases, leukemia, lymphoma and anemia.

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anemia ; immune-mediated disease ; infection ; lymphoma ; retrovirus

feline nonsuppurative meningoencephalomyelitis

An inflammatory disease of the meninges, brain, and spinal cord (i.e. the central nervous system) in cats; also called staggering disease

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brain ; central nervous system (CNS) ; disease ; inflammation ; meninges ; spinal cord

feline panleukopenia virus (FPV)

A viral infection in cats caused by feline parvovirus (a close relative to canine parvovirus) and spread through contact with an infected cat's bodily fluids, feces, or fleas.  It can result in fever, lethargy and loss of white blood cells.  Also called feline distemper (but not related to canine distemper).

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fiber: long, threadlike structure.
fibrous:  any substance containing fibers.
fibrosis: (1) the normal formation of fibrous tissue (2) the excessive growth of fibrous tissue in a repair or reactive process.
fibrotic: pertaining to fibrosis.



Spontaneous firing of a single muscle fiber not visable to the naked eye, indicative of denervation or irritable (i.e. inflammatory) myopathy; seen electrographically as a brief action potential with initial positive (down) wave followed by negative (up) wave.

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action potential ; denervation ; fiber ; inflammation ; myopathy

fibrocartilaginous embolism (FCE)

The sudden blocking of blood flow to the spinal cord due to the lodging of fibrocartilage (believed to have originated from an intervertebral disk) in a blood vessel; occasionally results in ischemia and infarction of the spinal cord.

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blood ; embolus ; fiber ; infarct ; intervertebral disk disease ; ischemia ; spinal cord

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