- : Abbreviation for environmental tobacco smoke — namely, smoke generated from the sidestream (the burning end) of a cigarette, pipe or cigar and the exhaled mainstream smoke (the smoke that is puffed out by smokers) of cigarettes, pipes, and cigars. Environmental tobacco smoke was classified as a "known human carcinogen" by the US government in 2000, based on the causal relationship observed between passive exposure to tobacco smoke and human lung cancer and based also on studies that have conclusively shown an increased risk of lung cancer in nonsmoking women living with smoking husbands or working with smoking co-workers. Environmental tobacco smoke is also called second-hand smoke. Inhaling ETS is called involuntary or passive smoking.
* * *educational testing service; electrical transcranial stimulation; electronic transimpedance scanning; electron transport system; electrosleep therapy; endoscopic transthoracic sympathectomy; environmental tobacco smoke; erythromycin topical solution; event timing system; expiration time signal; extracellular transport system
* * *trademark for a preparation of erythromycin.
Medical dictionary. 2011.