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Facial nerve
The facial nerve is the seventh cranial nerve. It supplies the muscles of facial expression.

Factor X
A coagulation factor, a substance in blood essential to the normal clotting process. Production of factor X takes place in the liver and requires vitamin K.

Fascia
A flat band of tissue below the skin that covers underlying tissues and separates different layers of tissue. Fascia also encloses muscles.

Fat embolism
A process by which fat tissue passes into the bloodstream and lodges within a blood vessel and blocks it.

Fibula
The smaller of the two bones in the lower leg. The end of the fibula forms the bony prominence of the outer ankle.

Flail chest
A condition that occurs when enough ribs are broken (usually from a crush injury) .On breathing in, the chest wall moves inward instead of outward, and it does the opposite on breathing out.

Foramen
A natural opening. Although a foramen is usually through bone, it can be an opening through other types of tissue, as with the foramen ovale in the heart.

Fugue state
An altered state of consciousness in which a person may move around and even speak, but is not fully aware.

 

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