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Definitions of cf
1
cf (n.)
the most common hereditary disease; the child's lungs and intestines and pancreas become clogged with thick mucus; caused by defect in a single gene; no cure is known;
Synonyms: cystic fibrosis / fibrocystic disease of the pancreas / pancreatic fibrosis / mucoviscidosis
2
cf (adv.)
compare (used in texts to point the reader to another location in the text);
Synonyms: cf.
3
Cf (n.)
a radioactive transuranic element; discovered by bombarding curium with alpha particles;
Synonyms: californium / atomic number "
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