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Diphenylhydantoin: Dilantin; a medication used to control seizures. More about epilepsy in adults and epilepsy in children.

Diplopia: Double vision, due usually to weakness or paralysis of one or more of the extra-ocular muscles.

Disc: The intervertebral disc is a cartilaginous cushion found between the vertebrae of the spinal column. It may bulge beyond the vertebral body and compress the nearby nerve root, causing pain. The terms "slipped disc," "ruptured disc," and "herniated disc" are often used interchangeably, even though there are subtle differences. More about herniated discs.

Disc degeneration (also called degenerative disc disease): A flattening or "wear and tear" of the disc.

Dome: The round balloon-like portion of an aneurysm that usually forms above a smaller portion called the neck of the aneurysm.

Doppler: A non-invasive study that uses sound waves to show the flow in a blood vessel and can be used to determine the degree of narrowing (percent stenosis) of the vessel. A wand is placed on the skin over the vessel to be imaged. This study has no risks and is not painful.

Dura mater: A tough fibrous membrane that covers the brain and spinal cord but is separated from them by a small space.

Dysesthesia: A condition in which a disagreeable sensation is produced by ordinary touch, temperature, or movement.

Dysphasia: Difficulty in the use of language without mental impairment due to a brain lesion.

Dystonias: A group of movement disorders that vary in their symptoms, causes, progression, and treatments. This group of neurological conditions is generally characterized by involuntary muscle contractions that force the body into abnormal, sometimes painful, movements and positions (postures). More about movement disorders.