Beckwith-Wiedemann syndrome Rare developmental disorder with a complex pattern of inheritance suggesting a defect in maternal genomic imprinting. Characteristics are all growth abnormalities - enlarged tongue, gigantism, enlarged adrenal glands, enlarged visceral organs, advanced ageing and predisposition to childhood tumours. Possibly due to a defect in the cyclin-dependent kinase inhibitor, p57 KIP2, though in some cases there are two copies of the IGF-2 gene (see insulin-like growth factor).
Becquerel (Bq) The Systeme Internationale (SI, MKS) unit of radioactivity, named after the discoverer of radioactivity, and equal to 1 disintegration per second. Supersedes the Curie (Ci). 1 Ci = 37 GBq.
Beelp Bee1p/Las17p A member of the Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome protein (WASP) family.
Beggiatoales An order of chemosynthetic sulphur-oxidizing gliding bacteria that occur mostly as filaments. Sulphur granules occur intracellularly.
beige mouse A mouse strain typified by beige hair and lymphadenopathy, reticulum cell neoplasms and giant lysosomal granules in leucocytes. May be the murine equivalent of Chediak-Higashi syndrome of man.
Bell's palsy Sudden paralysis of the muscles of one side of the face, due to impaired conduction in the lower part of the facial nerve. The cause is unknown, although there is speculation that herpes virus infection may be involved; the majority of cases recover spontaneously.
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