Asthma in Pregnancy Glossary of Terms

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Airway: The path that air follows to get into and out of the lungs. The mouth and nose are...

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Allergic reaction: The hypersensitive response of the immune system of an allergic indiv...

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Allergic rhinitis: Medical term for hay fever, an allergic reaction that mimics a chronic ...

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Allergy: A misguided reaction to foreign substances by the immune system, the body system ...

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Allergy shots: See Allergy desensitization.

Anticholinergic: Opposing the actions of the neurotransmitter acetylcholine. Anticholinerg...

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Antihistamines: Drugs that combat the histamine released during an allergic reaction by bl...

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Aspirin: Once the Bayer trademark for acetylsalicylic acid, now the common name for this a...

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Asthma: A common lung disorder in which inflammation causes the bronchi to swell and narro...

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Asthmatic: 1. Pertaining to asthma as, for example, asthmatic bronchitis.
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Bacterial: Of or pertaining to bacteria, as in a bacterial lung infection.

Beta-agonist: A bronchodilator medicine that opens the airways by relaxing the muscles aro...

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Bicarbonate: In medicine, bicarbonate usually refers to bicarbonate of soda (sodium bicarb...

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Breastfeeding: Feeding a child human breast milk. According to the American Academy of Ped...

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

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Bronchitis: Inflammation and swelling of the bronchi. Bronchitis can be acute or chronic.

Chest: The area of the body located between the neck and the abdomen. The chest contains 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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Cleft lip: A fissure in the upper lip that is due to failure of the left and right sides o...

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Cough: A rapid expulsion of air from the lungs, typically in order to clear the lung airwa...

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Dander: Tiny scales shed from human or animal skin or hair. Dander floats in the air, sett...

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Dilate: To stretch or enlarge. Also known as dilatate.

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

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Epinephrine: Also known as adrenaline. A substance produced by the medulla inside of the a...

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Esophagus: The tube that connects the pharynx (throat) with the stomach. The esophagus lie...

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Exacerbation: A worsening. In medicine, exacerbation may refer to an increase in the sever...

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Exercise-induced asthma: Asthma triggered by vigorous physical activity. It primarily affe...

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FDA: Food and Drug Administration.

Fetus: An unborn offspring, from the embryo stage (the end of the eighth week after concep...

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Fever: Although a fever technically is any body temperature above the normal of 98.6 F (37...

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Flu: Flu is a colloquialism for influenza. The flu is an acute respiratory illness caused ...

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Flu shot: The flu (influenza) vaccine is recommended annually (each year) for persons at h...

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

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Gastroesophageal: Pertaining to both the stomach and the esophagus, as in the gastroesopha...

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Gastroesophageal reflux: The return of stomach contents back up into the esophagus This fr...

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GERD: Gastroesophageal reflux disease.

Heartburn: An uncomfortable feeling of burning and warmth occurring in waves rising up be...

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Hypertension: High blood pressure, defined as a repeatedly elevated blood pressure exceedi...

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

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Inflammation: A localized reaction that produces redness, warmth, swelling, and pain as a ...

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Influenza: Influenza is an acute respiratory illness caused by influenza A or B viruses Mo...

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Labor: Childbirth, the process of delivering a baby and the placenta, membranes, and umbil...

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Leukotriene: One of a group of chemicals produced by the body that accompanies inflammatio...

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Magnesium: A mineral involved in many processes in the body including nerve signaling, the...

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Mucus: A thick fluid that is produced by the lining of some organs of the body.

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

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Nose: The external midline projection from the face. The purpose of the nose is to warm, c...

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Oxygen: The odorless gas that is present in the air and necessary to maintain life. Oxygen...

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

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Palate: The roof of the mouth. The front portion is bony (hard palate), and the back porti...

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Preeclampsia: A condition in pregnancy characterized by abrupt hypertension (a sharp rise...

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Pregnancy: The state of carrying a developing embryo or fetus within the female body. Thi...

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Pregnant: The state of carrying a developing fetus within the body.

Reflux: The term used when liquid backs up into the esophagus from the stomach.

Regurgitation: A backward flowing. For example, vomiting is a regurgitation of food from t...

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Respiratory: Having to do with respiration.

Rhinitis: Irritation of the nose.

Secondhand smoke: Smoke that comes from the burning end of a cigarette or that is exhaled ...

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Sensitivity: 1. In psychology, the quality of being sensitive. As, for example, sen...

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

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Sinusitis: Inflammation of the lining membrane in any of the hollow areas (sinuses) of the...

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

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Steroid: One of a large group of chemical substances classified by a specific carbon struc...

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

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Substance: 1. Material with particular features.
2. The material that...

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Tired: A feeling of a lessened capacity for work and reduced efficiency of accomplishment,...

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Trigger: Something that either sets off a disease in people who are genetically predispose...

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Trimester: In obstetrics, one of the three divisions of three months each during pregnancy...

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Uterus: A hollow, pear-shaped organ that is located in a woman's lower abdomen, between th...

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Viral: Of or pertaining to a virus. For example, if a person has a viral rash, the rash wa...

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Wheezing: A whistling noise in the chest during breathing. Wheezing occurs when the airway...

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Womb: The womb (uterus) is a hollow, pear-shaped organ located in a woman's lower abdomen ...

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