Sexual Dictionary - letter D

D and C
dilatation and curettage. A surgical procedure in which the uterine lining is removed by scraping.
Date rape
Forceful sexual contact with an unwilling partner, usually preceded by social interaction or foreplay.
Decalcification
loss of calcium from the bones or teeth.
Deflower
to take away the virginity of a woman.
Dehydration
Excessive loss of body water resulting in weakness, dizziness and other symptoms. It can be life-threatening if not treated, especially in young children and babies.
Delivery
the procedure of expulsion or extraction of the child through the birth canal into the external world, by manual, instrumental, or surgical means.
Vaginal delivery - the delivery of a baby through the vagina.
Cesarean delivery - the delivery of a baby by surgical incision through the abdominal wall and uterus.
Dental dam
square sheets of latex used in dentistry, used for covering the vulva during cunnilingus or anus during anilingus as a safer sex technique. A "home-made" dental dam can also be created by cutting the tip of a condom cutting to the center and then and spreading open the latex.
Deontology (medical)
ethical theory concerned with duties and rights between doctors and doctors and their patients.
Derma
of, relating to skin.
Depression
a mental state characterized by extreme and intense sadness, pessimism, sense of inadequacy and a despondent lack of activity.
Dermatitis
a skin irritation characterized by red, flaky skin, sometimes with cracks or tiny blisters. Dermatitis is extremely itchy, but scratching damages the fragile skin and exacerbates the problem so it is important for people with eczema to try to leave the area alone. Also known as eczema. The most common causes of dermatitis are allergies.
Dermatology
the branch of medicine that is concerned with the structure, functions, and diseases of the skin. The specialist is called dermatologist.
Dermatomycosis
an infection of the skin caused by dermatophytes or other fungus.
Dermatophytes
a common label for a group of three types of fungus that commonly cause skin disease. These are: Microsporum, Epidermophyton and Trichophyton. There are about 40 species in these three genera.
Dermatosis
a skin disease involving lesions or eruptions, especially one that is not accompanied by inflammation.
Desire
sexual appetite. Also called libido.
Diabetes mellitus
a disorder of carbohydrate metabolism resulting from insulin deficiency. Characterized by high blood sugar levels (hyperglycemia) that result in weakness, frequent urination and increased thirst and hunger.
Diagnostic
identification of a particular disease. It is based on clinical examination and lab tests.
Dialysis
A treatment to remove certain molecules from the blood, particularly in people with kidney failure.
Diaphragm
a barrier method of contraception. It is a small rubber dome filled with a spermicidal cream and placed in the vagina to wall off the cervix, the opening to the uterus, thus preventing sperm from entering. Does not protect against sexually transmitted disease (STDs). See also birth control methods.
Diarrhea
production of feces in increased volume and with greater fluidity than normal.
Diet
the total food consumed by an individual. A therapeutic diet is a prescription of required or restricted foods.
Dietitian
An expert who is trained in the use of diet and nutrition to maintain or restore health.
Dildo
a sex toy, usually made of silicone, rubber or jelly, which is used to enhance sexual pleasure by insertion into the vagina or anus. Has the shape of a penis or an other rounded shape.
Diphtheria
an infectious disease of childhood characterized by fever, sore throat and the presence of "dirty" (white, gray, brown) membranes in the throat.
Diploid
two sets of chromosomes in the germ cell, with one member of each chromosome pair derived from the ovum and one from the spermatozoon. The normal chromosome diploid number in humans is 46. Compare haploid.
Discharge
ejaculation of semen through the penis as a result of orgasm, or a slow expulsion or "drip" of fluids from the penis caused by a sexually transmitted disease.
Disease
disorder of bodily function or destructive processes in organs, organsí systems or in an organism with recognizable signs and symptoms, and in many cases a known cause.
Disinfectant
a chemical agent used to destroy microorganisms on inanimate objects.
Dispermy
abnormal condition where the egg is fertilized by 2 spermatozoa. See also monospermy and polyspermy.
Diuresis
increased elimination of urine.
DNA
abbreviation from dezoxiribonucleic acid. The molecule that encodes genetic information in the nucleus of cells. It determines the structure, function and behavior of the cell. Has an important role in hereditary transmitting of some features.
Doggy style
slang for sexual intercourse where the male penetrates the female from behind.
Domestic partnership
a committed relationship between two people who live together, but are unmarried.
Donor egg
an egg, which has been retrieved from one person and given to another.
Donor sperm
sperm, which is collected from one male and used to fertilize the egg of a woman, usually an anonymous process.
Dorsal
toward the back.
Douche
a flow of liquid or vapor directed onto or into a part of the body. Vaginal douche - using flow of water to wash the vagina. Vaginal douching offers no benefit in any condition. As adverse effects there are changes in vaginal flora witch predisposes to bacterial vaginosis.
Drainage
the removal of fluid or purulent material from a wound or body cavity.
Dressing
a bandage for an external wound.
Dry Sex
slang for simulating intercourse by rubbing up against a partner while fully clothed. Outercourse.
Duct
a channel or passage through which fluids move.
Dysfunction
the breakdown or abnormal behavior of a function. It usually refers to a disorder in a bodily organ.
Dysmenorrhea
medical term for pain during menstruation. Painful periods. Menstrual cramps. During menstruation uterine contractions are much stronger and it is these strong contractions that are most likely to be painful. Can be caused by :
Dyspareunia
difficult or painful sexual intercourse. Dyspareunia it is considered to be primarily a physical, rather than an emotional, problem until proven otherwise. In most instances of dyspareunia, there is an original physical cause like brutal or painful deflower. Also can be a result of existing of an sexually transmitted disease.
Dyspepsia
digestive type problems due to alterations of gastric function that are cause by various disorders of the stomach. Includes a variety of symptoms of gastrointestinal origin, such as heartburn, nausea and vomiting or belching.
Dysplasia
generally - abnormal development or growth of tissues, organs, or cells. Specific - abnormal cells, noncancerous, which can evoluate in cancer. Diagnostic it is based on smear test.
Dysuria
painful or difficult urination, often caused by a sexually transmitted disease.