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failure to gain weight normally

a low rate of increase in weight

failure to thrive

in children, either a low weight for the child's age or a low rate of increase in weight, usually caused by a medical or physiological condition


ability to see distant objects better than objects at close range

feeding difficulty

failure of an infant or child under six years of age to eat enough food to gain weight and grow normally over a period of one month or more; can also be characterized by the loss of a significant amount of weight over one month; similar to failure to thrive, except that no medical or physiological condition can explain the low food intake or lack of growth

flat Feet

a condition of the feet in which the arch of the instep is flattened and the entire sole touches the ground

fMRI (functional Magnetic Resonance Imag

a medical test that directly measures the blood flow in the brain, thereby providing information on brain activity


the breaking of a bone or cartilage