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Glossary

Glossary

The glossary aids you in understanding the specialized terms in relation to cow’s milk allergy and other food allergies. Start by typing in the search box or use the alphabetical index to find what you are looking for.

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  • Denaturation

    A change in the structure of a protein, decreasing its functionality. This structural change is caused by heat, alcohol, acids, bases, detergents, heavy metal salts or by particular chemical compounds.

  • Dermatitis

    Inflammation of the skin, caused by the direct contact with an irritant or by allergic reaction. Typical symptoms of dermatitis are reddening, itching and, in some cases, the appearance of blisters.

  • Diagnosis

    Identification of a certain disease according to the analysis of clinical signs and symptoms referred by the patient and due to results of specific examinations.

  • Diarrhoea

    Condition of having three or more loose or liquid bowel movements per day. The loss of fluids through diarrhoea can cause dehydration and electrolyte imbalances. Diarrhoea can be acute or chronic.

  • Diet

    Sum of food consumed by a person.

  • Dietary

    Relating to diet. A diet is the sum of food consumed by a person.

  • Dietitian

    Expert in food and nutrition. Dietitians help promote good health through proper eating. They supervise the preparation and service of food, develop modified diets, participate in research, and educate individuals and groups on good nutritional habits.

  • Digestive

    Relating to digestion. Digestion is the mechanical and chemical breakdown of food into smaller components that are more easily absorbed into the body.