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Endometriosis

Condition marked by the presence, growth, and function of endometrial tissue (lining of the uterus) outside of its normal location in such sites as the uterine walls, the fallopian tubes, the ovaries, and other sites within the pelvis or, rarely, out of the pelvic region

Endogenous

Originating in or produced within an organ, tissue, cell or by the body. The term may be used to distinguish between an internal or external source of a substance, such as insulin or testosterone.

Endocrine

Cells or tissue that produce hormones released into the bloodstream that have an affect on other cells; for example, the thyroid gland produces thyroid hormone that affects metabolism of many cells.

Emphysema

Chronic progressive lung disease in which air sacs (alveoli) in the lungs are damaged, resulting in loss of elasticity and function of the lungs; the condition is characterized by shortness of breath and may be accompanied by a cough.  It may eventually lead to heart damage.

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