dromo-, drom-, -drome, -dromic, -dromical, -dromous
(Greek: running, course; race, racecourse)
2. A morbid avoidance of walking, wandering, or roaming about: Dromophobia appears with people when they are afraid of hiking or going by foot because they fear the dangers associated with it, probably due to some accident-related experience they had before.
2. Affecting the speed and conduction of nerve fibers: A positive dromotropic agent enhances the conduction of electrical impulses to the heart or the nerve fibers.
- Negative dromotropism, the property of diminishing the conductivity of a nerve.
- Positive dromotropism, the property of increasing the conductivity of a nerve.
2. Turning in opposite directions on the main stem and on a branch, as the generating spiral of a phyllotaxis.
2. An arena for equestrian events.
2. Moving in the same direction; such as, a lever or pulley in which the resistance and the actuating force are both on the same side of the fulcrum or axis.
3. Running in the same direction; for example, stems twining around a support, or of the spiral succession of leaves on stems and their branches.
It is also called mucocutaneous lymph node syndrome, a name that is quite descriptive because the disease is characterized by the typical changes in the mucus membranes that line the lips and mouth and by the enlarged and tender lymph glands.
Kawasaki disease affects the blood vessels and is now the main cause of acquired heart disease in children. It is most common in people of Asian descent, and it is more common with males than with females.
The syndrome was first described in the late 1960's in Japan by the pediatrician Tomisaku Kawasaki.