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kaempferol
A flavonoid with a structure similar to that of quercetin but with only one hydroxyl in the B ring; acts as an enzyme cofactor and causes growth inhibition in plants.    (more info - kaempferol)

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kefir
A sour-tasting effervescent liquor made by inoculating cow, goat, or sheep milk milk fermented with kefir grains (a symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeast or SCOBY), that is used as a food and as a medicine in the northern Caucasus. Traditionally kefir was made in skin bags that were hung near a doo   (more info - kefir)

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keloid
raised pinkish scar tissue at the site of an injury; results from excessive tissue repair

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keratin
A fibrous scleroprotein that occurs in the outer layer of the skin and in horny tissues such as hair feathers nails and hooves. A nitrogenous substance, or mixture of substances, containing sulphur in a loose state of combination, and forming the chemical basis of epidermal tissues, such as horn,   (more info - keratin)

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keratinocytes
An epidermal cell that produces keratin.

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keratitis
Inflammation of the cornea, the clear covering of the front of the eye.

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keratoconjunctivitis
inflammation of the cornea and conjunctiva

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ketoacidosis
1. High blood glucose, often caused by illness or taking too little insulin. 2. Abnormally high acidity of blood and other body tissues with an accumulation of ketone bodies. See also: acid.

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ketogenic diet (ketogenic)
The ketogenic diet is a high-fat, adequate-protein, low-carbohydrate diet that in medicine is used primarily to treat difficult-to-control (refractory) epilepsy in children. The diet mimics aspects of starvation by forcing the body to burn fats rather than carbohydrates. So named for the presence of   (more info - ketogenic diet)

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ketone
Break down product of fat that accumulates in the blood as a result of inadequate insulin or inadequate calorie intake. They are found in elevated quantities in blood or urine samples in cases of starvation and some acute cases of diabetes mellitus (type I). See: ketogenic diet, ketoacidosis.   (more info - ketone)

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kinesiology
(from the Greek words "KINEIN", to move, and "LOGOS", to study) Applied Kinesiology seeks to correct imbalances caused by poorly functioning muscles. Kinesiology is a diagnostic tool that uses the neuromuscular system and other measurable parameters to aid in evaluating what is wrong, and what t   (more info - kinesiology)

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Kirtan Kriya
A component of yoga, specifically a meditation using the mantra SA TA NA MA (infinity/beginning, life/creativity, death/transformation, rebirth/regeneration). As you chant each syllable, you will touch your thumb to each finger in succession (i.e. first finger on SA, pinky on MA). Most asso   (more info - Kirtan Kriya)

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krebs cycle
A complex series of reactions following glycolysis converting carbohydrates and lipids (sugars and fats) into ATP (adenosine triphosphate) the body's main source of energy.

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Kumis (koumis)
An alcoholic beverage made from fermented mare's milk; made originally by nomads of central Asia. Kumis is a dairy product similar to kefir, but is produced from a liquid starter culture (a symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeast or SCOBY as kombucha), in contrast to the solid kefir "grains". Beca   (more info - Kumis)

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Kundalini Yoga
Kundalini Yoga considered an advanced form of yoga and meditation, was on the whole a secretive and misunderstood technology, not widely taught by any master teachers outside of India until Yogi Bhajan (Siri Singh Sahib) brought his understanding of the teachings to the United States in 1969. Kun   (more info - Kundalini Yoga)

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