Acetaminophen Poisoning (Tylenol) Glossary of Terms

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Abdominal: Relating to the abdomen, the belly, that part of the body that contains all of ...

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Abdominal pain: Pain in the belly. Abdominal pain can be acute or chronic. It may reflect ...

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Acetaminophen: A nonaspirin pain reliever or analgesic. Acetaminophen may be given alone t...

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Acetylcysteine: An antioxidant drug used to reduce the thickness of mucus and ease its rem...

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Activated charcoal: Charcoal that has been heated to increase its ability to absorb molecu...

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Alcohol abuse: Use of alcoholic beverages to excess, either on individual occasions (binge...

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Antidote: A drug that counteracts a poison.

Breathing: The process of respiration, during which air is inhaled into the lungs through ...

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Diagnosis: 1 The nature of a disease; the identification of an illness. 2 A ...

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Emergency department: The department of a hospital responsible for the provision of medica...

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FDA: Food and Drug Administration.

Fever: Although a fever technically is any body temperature above the normal of 98.6 degr...

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Food and Drug Administration: An agency within the US Public Health Service that provides ...

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Gastric: Having to do with the stomach.

Gastrointestinal: Adjective referring collectively to the stomach and small and large inte...

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Gastrointestinal tract: The stomach and intestines. Abbreviated GI tract.

Indicate: In medicine, to make a treatment or procedure advisable because of a particular ...

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Infection: The invasion and multiplication of microorganisms such as bacteria, viruses, an...

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Jaundice: Yellow staining of the skin and sclerae (the whites of the eyes) by abnormally h...

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Laboratory: A place for doing tests and research procedures, and for preparing chemicals a...

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Lavage: Washing out. Gastric lavage, for example, is the washing out of the stomach to rem...

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Liver: The largest solid organ in the body, situated in the upper part of the abdomen on t...

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Liver transplant: Surgery to remove a diseased liver and replace it with a healthy liver (...

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Mouth: 1. The upper opening of the digestive tract, beginning with the lips and con...

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Nausea: Stomach queasiness, the urge to vomit. Nausea can be brought on by many causes, in...

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Pain: An unpleasant sensation that can range from mild, localized discomfort to agony. Pa...

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Poison: Any substance that can cause severe organ damage or death if ingested, breathed in...

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Poison control center: A special information center set up to inform people about how to r...

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Poisoning: Taking a substance that is injurious to health or can cause death. Poisoning i...

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Prescription: A physician's order for the preparation and administration of a drug or dev...

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Prognosis: The forecast of the probable outcome or course of a disease; the patient's chan...

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Psychiatric: Pertaining to or within the purview of psychiatry, the medical specialty conc...

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Stomach: The digestive organ that is located in the upper abdomen, under the ribs. The upp...

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Suicidal: Pertaining to suicide. the taking of ones own life. As in a suicidal gesture, su...

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Symptom: Any subjective evidence of disease. In contrast, a sign is objective. Blood comin...

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Taste: A perception that results from stimulation of a gustatory nerve. Taste belongs to t...

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Toxicity: The degree to which a substance (a toxin or poison) can harm humans or animals. ...

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Transplant: The grafting of a tissue from one place to another, just as in botany a bu...

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Tylenol: See: Acetaminophen.

Unconscious: 1. Interruption of awareness of oneself and one's surroundings, lack ...

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Urine: Liquid waste produced by the kidneys. Urine is a clear, transparent fluid that norm...

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