Anal Fissure Glossary of Terms

The following are health and medical definitions of terms that appear in the Anal Fissure article.

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

See the entire definition of Abdominal

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

See the entire definition of Abdominal pain

Acute: Of abrupt onset, in reference to a disease. Acute often also connotes an illness th...

See the entire definition of Acute

Anal fissure: A tear in the anal canal, one of the most common causes of red blood in the ...

See the entire definition of Anal fissure

Anesthesia: Loss of feeling or awareness, as when an anesthetic is administered before sur...

See the entire definition of Anesthesia

Anesthetic: A substance that causes lack of feeling or awareness, dulling pain to permit s...

See the entire definition of Anesthetic

Anus: The opening of the rectum to the outside of the body.

Botox: A highly purified preparation of botulinum toxin A, a toxin produced by the bacteri...

See the entire definition of Botox

Bowel: The small and large intestine.

Cancer: An abnormal growth of cells which tend to proliferate in an uncontrolled way and, ...

See the entire definition of Cancer

Chronic: In medicine, lasting a long time. A chronic condition is one that lasts 3 months ...

See the entire definition of Chronic

Colon: The long, coiled, tubelike organ that removes water from digested food. The remaini...

See the entire definition of Colon

Constipation: Infrequent and frequently incomplete bowel movements. Constipation is the op...

See the entire definition of Constipation

Crohn's disease: A chronic inflammatory disease, primarily involving the small and large ...

See the entire definition of Crohn's disease

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

See the entire definition of Diagnosis back to top

Excise: To cut out entirely. For example, a scalpel or laser beam may be used to excise a ...

See the entire definition of Excise

Fiber: The parts of fruits and vegetables that cannot be digested. Fiber is of vital impor...

See the entire definition of Fiber

Fissure: A cleft or groove. A fissure can be normal or abnormal.

Fistula: An abnormal passageway in the body. The fistula may go from the body surface int...

See the entire definition of Fistula

Hemorrhoid: A dilated (enlarged) vein in the walls of the anus and sometimes around the re...

See the entire definition of Hemorrhoid

Hemorrhoids: Dilated (enlarged) veins in the walls of the anus and sometimes around the re...

See the entire definition of Hemorrhoids

HIV: Acronym for the Human Immunodeficiency Virus, the cause of AIDS (acquired immunodefi...

See the entire definition of HIV

Infant: A young baby, from birth to 12 months of age.

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

See the entire definition of Infection

Intestine: The long, tubelike organ in the abdomen that completes the process of digestion...

See the entire definition of Intestine

Intractable: Unstoppable. For example, intractable diarrhea is diarrhea that can't be stop...

See the entire definition of Intractable

Large intestine: Comes after the small intestine. Large because it is wider than the smal...

See the entire definition of Large intestine

Lateral: 1. In anatomy, the side of the body or a body part that is farther from th...

See the entire definition of Lateral

Lightheadedness: A feeling you are "going to faint." Lightheadedness is medically distinc...

See the entire definition of Lightheadedness

Mucosa: Having to do with a mucous membrane. For example, the oral mucosa.

back to top

Muscle: Muscle is the tissue of the body which primarily functions as a source of power. T...

See the entire definition of Muscle

Ointment: An oil-based preparation that is applied to the skin. Whereas an ointment has an...

See the entire definition of Ointment

Operation: In medicine, a surgical procedure. Many operations are named after persons. The...

See the entire definition of Operation

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

See the entire definition of Pain

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

See the entire definition of Prognosis

Rectal bleeding: Blood passed rectally. Blood in the stool can be bright red or maroon in ...

See the entire definition of Rectal bleeding

Rectum: The last 6 to 8 inches of the large intestine. The rectum stores solid waste until...

See the entire definition of Rectum

Recurrence: The return of a sign, symptom, or disease after a remission. The reappearance ...

See the entire definition of Recurrence

Shortness of breath: Difficulty in breathing. Medically referred to as dyspnea. Shortness ...

See the entire definition of Shortness of breath

Sigmoidoscopy: A procedure in which a physician inserts a viewing tube (sigmoidoscope) int...

See the entire definition of Sigmoidoscopy

Spasm: A brief, automatic jerking movement. A muscle spasm can be quite painful, with the ...

See the entire definition of Spasm

Stool: The solid matter that is discharged in a bowel movement.

Superficial: In anatomy, on the surface or shallow. As opposed to deep. The skin is superf...

See the entire definition of Superficial

Surgeon: A physician who treats disease, injury, or deformity via operative or manual meth...

See the entire definition of Surgeon

Surgery: The branch of medicine that employs operations in the treatment of disease or inj...

See the entire definition of Surgery back to top

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

See the entire definition of Symptom

Tear: A drop of the salty secretion of the lacrimal glands which serves to moisten the con...

See the entire definition of Tear

Tension: 1) The pressure within a vessel, such as blood pressure: the pressure within t...

See the entire definition of Tension

Therapy: The treatment of disease. Therapy is synonymous with treatment.

Trauma: A physical or emotional injury.

Voluntary: Done in accordance with the conscious will of the individual. The opposite of i...

See the entire definition of Voluntary back to top







Medical Dictionary