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Variation

German: Normvariante

1 Definition

A variation in medical terms is an anomaly of the normal physiology of the human. That means it is a deviation from the physiology of the most common situation in a population. Normally a variation is not a proof of an illness or disease.

2 Examples

Variations are present in many branches of medicine. In the branch of anatomy missing (eg missing wisdom tooth) or additional structures (eg a cervical rib) or structures that differ in topography (eg nerves or blood vessels) are called variations.

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Specialties: Anatomy

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