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Cafe au lait spots

    Irregularly shaped, permanent tan or light brown flat birthmark patches. More than a few large spots may indicate neurofibromatosis, a genetic disorder, so if your baby has them, tell his doctor.

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Birthmark
A persistent visible mark on the skin that is evident at birth or shortly thereafter. A birthmark is often due to a nevus (a mole) or an hemangioma (a localized collection of small blood vessels).

Neurofibromatosis
An inherited disorder that causes dark spots on the skin and tumors of the skin, peripheral, optic and acoustic nerves.

Genetic
Hereditary. Having to do with the genes.

Doctor
1. One whose occupation is to treat diseases, particularly a physician, dentist, or veterinarian with an appropriate license. 2. A teacher (particularly at a college or university), a scholar, or one who holds a postgraduate degree (especially a Ph.D. degree). 3. A shaman.



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Cafe au lait spot
A flat spot on the skin that is the color of coffee with milk (café au lait) in persons with light skin, or a darker appearance (café noir) than the surrounding skin in persons with dark skin. About 10% of the general population have café au lait spots, and they can be removed with a Yag laser. Café au lait spots are in themselves harmless, but in some cases they may be a sign of neurofibromatosis. The presence of 6 or more café au lait spots each of which is 1.5 centimeters or more in diameter is diagnostic of neurofibromatosis. Conversely, most people with neurofibromatosis who are at least 5 years old have 6 or more café au lait spots 1.5 centimeters or more in diameter.

Cafe Wall illusion
Although the lines composing the image are parallel, they do not appear to be.

Cafergot
A medication used in the prevention of vascular headaches, e.g. migraines. It is based in ergotamine tartrate and caffeine.



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Cleavage
The process of cell division in the very early embryo before it becomes a blastocyst.

Cleavage pattern
The pattern in which cells in a very early embryo divide; each species of organism displays a characteristic cleavage pattern that can be observed under a microscope. Departure from the characteristic pattern usually indicates that an embryo is abnormal, so cleavage pattern is used as a criterion for preimplantation screening of embryos.

Clone
1) An exact genetic replica of a DNA molecule, cell, tissue, organ, or entire plant or animal. 2) An organism that has the same nuclear genome as another organism.

Cloning
The production of a clone. (For the purpose of this report, generating an individual animal or person that derives its nuclear genes from a diploid cell taken from an embryo, fetus, or born individual of the same species.)

Culture
Growth of cells, tissues or embryos in vitro on an artificial nutrient medium in the laboratory.

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Celiac sprue
An inherited food intolerance characterized by sensitivity to gluten, a protein found in wheat, rye, oats, and barley.

Cephalopelvic disproportion
When a baby's head is too large to pass through the mother's pelvis. This condition accounts for about 5 percent of cesarean deliveries.

Cerclage
Stitching closed a weak cervix (called an incompetent cervix) to support a pregnancy to term. Most successful in preventing miscarriage and preterm labor when performed early in pregnancy - at about 18 to 20 weeks.

Certified nurse midwife (CNM)
A CNM has a degree in nursing, experience as a labor and delivery nurse, and at least one year of hands-on training in midwifery. A CNM must always have backup support from an on-call physician.

Cervical cap
A birth control device (similar to a diaphragm, but smaller) that fits over a woman's cervix and keeps sperm from entering. Must be fitted by a physician or nurse and checked yearly for proper fit.

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