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Karnofsky Score
A measure of the patientís overall physical health. A performance scale for rating aand evaluating a patient's progress before or after a therapeutic procedure. In medicine (oncology and other fields), this measure is used to determine whether a patient can receive chemotherapy, whether dose adjustment is necessary, and as a measure for the required intensity of palliative care. It is also used in oncological randomized controlled trials as a measure of quality of life.
Kaposiís Sarcoma (KS)
Purple or brown cancerous pimples on the skin that are abnormal or cancerous. Kaposiís Sarcoma is a highly malignant skin cancer common in males over the age of 60 and in AIDS patients.
Kaposiíd Sarcoma-Associated Hepres Virus (KSHV, HHV-8)
A recently discovered herpes virus that is found in samples of tissue from Kaposi's sarcoma lesions, and may be a causal agent or co-factor.
Keloid
an excessive growth of scar tissue on the site of a surgical incision or wound that forms as a result of a defect in the natural healing process.
Kidney Stones (Nephrolithiasis)
An accumulation of minerals (e.g., calcium) in the kidney which may lead to blockage and pain.
Killer T-Cell
Another term used for Cytotoxic T cells. T cell with CD8 receptor that recognizes antigens on the surface of a virus-infected cell and binds to the infected cell and kill it.
Kinase Inhibitors
An enzyme that adds phosphate groups to another molecule. Many of the key regulatory proteins in the control of gene expression are targets of kinases. The addition of a phosphate group to a protein by a kinase can alter the activity of the protein and are often used as molecular on/off switches. For example, the retinoblastoma tumor suppressor gene is 'off' when phosphate groups are added to the protein at specific locations.
Koniphers
A single or cluster of dust-carrying cells.

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