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Arrhythmia

an abnormal heart rhythm


Artefact

any mark on a radiograph which decreases the quality


Artery

blood vessel carrying blood away from the heart.

As fed basis

the concentration of a nutrient in the food as it is fed to the animal, which includes the water content of the food.

Ascites

excess fluid in the abdominal cavity


Asepsis

freedom from infectious material


Aseptic

the complete absence of bacteria, viruses or fungi that could cause disease. Asepsis is the ideal situation for the performance of surgical or other invasive procedures, and is achieved by sterilisation techniques


Asexual reproduction

reproduction which involves only one parent and produces offspring which are identical to the parent


Ash

the residue left after combustion of the food - generally the mineral content


Asystole

no electrical activity in the heart – a ‘flat line’ on the ECG



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