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DRUG SLANG

Regional slang for a woman who trades sex for crack or for money to buy crack

MEDICAL ETHICS

A medical decision in which the difference between the long term outcomes from following one strategy–e.g., screening for a disease and treating it, or another–not screening for the disease (and not treating it) is negligible and the patient’s doctor is faced with a heads-you-win, tails-you-lose decision, popularly termed a “tossup” 

Synonym Coin toss

Reference NEJM 1997; 337:639

VOX POPULI

American slang used as a

noun Vomitus, puke, or as a

verb To vomit, to puke

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