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Disinfection

the removal or inactivation of pathogenic micro-organisms but not necessarily of bacterial spores


Disinhibited

to loose inhibitions and become exited


Diuresis

increased amount of urine produced


Diuretics

drugs used to increase the production of urine by the kidneys and so reduce water retention in the body


DNA

deoxyribonucleic acid, the genetic material found inside the nucleus of the cell


DNA gyrase

enzyme that controls coiling and uncoiling of DNA


DNA polymerase

enzyme that catalyses the synthesis of new DNA molecules


Dominant gene

a gene whose characteristics are always present in the phenotype, in homozygous and heterozygous individuals. It is represented with a capital letter, e.g. B.


Dosemeter

a device for monitoring exposure to X-rays

Drug schedule

classification of drugs within the Misuse of Drugs Regulations 2001



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