Animal Bites Glossary of Terms

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

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

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Debride: To remove dead, contaminated, or adherent tissue and/or foreign material. To debr...

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Debridement: The act of debriding (removing dead, contaminated or adherent tissue or forei...

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Diabetes: Refers to diabetes mellitus or, less often, to diabetes insipidus. Diabetes mell...

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

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Dog Bite: A bite wound inflicted by a dog. Approximately 880,000 dog bite victims seek eme...

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

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Erythromycin: Erythromycin is a common antibiotic for treating bacterial infection. Sold...

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

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Hydrogen: The most plentiful element in the universe and one present in all organic compou...

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Ibuprofen: A nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) that is commonly used to treat pa...

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

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Injury: Harm or hurt. To harm, hurt, or wound. The word injure may be in physical or emot...

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Leg: In popular usage, the part of the body from the top of the thigh down to the foot, an...

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Macerate: To soften tissues after death by soaking and by enzymatic digestion, as occurs w...

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Nerve: A bundle of fibers that uses electrical and chemical signals to transmit sensory an...

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

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Pus: A thick, whitish-yellow fluid that results from the accumulation of white blood cells...

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Rabies: A potentially fatal viral infection that attacks the central nervous system. Rabie...

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Saline: Relating to salt. As an adjective, "saline" means "salty, containing salt." As a n...

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Suture: 1. A type of joint between the bones of the skull where the bones are held ...

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Syringe: A medical device that is used to inject fluid into, or withdraw fluid from, the b...

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

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Tetanus: An often fatal infectious disease that is caused by the bacterium Clostridium tet...

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Tylenol: See: Acetaminophen.

Vaccination: Injection of a killed microbe in order to stimulate the immune system against...

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Vessel: A tube in the body that carries fluids. Examples of vessels are blood vessels and ...

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X-ray: High-energy radiation with waves shorter than those of visible light. X-ray is used...

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