Bacterial Vaginosis Glossary of Terms

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Abnormal: Outside the expected norm, or uncharacteristic of a particular patient.

Antibiotic: A drug used to treat infections caused by bacteria and other microorganisms. ...

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Bacteria: Single-celled microorganisms that can exist either as independent (free-living) ...

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Bacterial: Of or pertaining to bacteria, as in a bacterial lung infection.

Bacterial vaginosis: A vaginal condition characterized by an abnormal vaginal discharge du...

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Candidiasis: Disease caused by the yeast Candida albicans. Candida albicans can cause vagi...

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Cell: The basic structural and functional unit of any living thing. Each cell is a small c...

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Cervix: The cervix is the lower, narrow part of the uterus (womb). The uterus, a hollow, ...

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Chlamydia: The agent of a sexually transmitted disease, a type of bacteria found in the ce...

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

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Discharge: 1.The flow of fluid from part of the body, such as from the nose or vag...

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Douching: Using water or a medicated solution to clean the vagina and cervix or any other ...

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Dyspareunia: Pain during sexual intercourse. There are many causes of dyspareunia, includi...

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Gonorrhea: A bacterial infection that is transmitted by sexual contact. Gonorrhea is one o...

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

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Incidence: The frequency with which something, such as a disease or trait, appears in a pa...

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

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

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Medical history: 1. In clinical medicine, the patient's past and present which may ...

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Microscope: An optical instrument that augments the power of the eye to see small objects....

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Pelvic: Having to do with the pelvis, the lower part of the abdomen, located between the h...

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Pelvic exam: An examination of the organs of the female reproductive system.

Potassium: The major positive ion (cation) found inside cells. The chemical notation for p...

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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.

Premature birth: A birth that takes place before 37 weeks of gestation have passed. Histor...

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

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Recur: To occur again; to return. For example, a symptom, sign, or disease can recur.

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

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Recurrent: Appearing or occurring again. For example, a recurrent fever is a fever that ha...

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Remedy: Something that consistently helps treat or cure a disease.

Rule out: Term used in medicine, meaning to eliminate or exclude something from considera...

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Sexually transmitted infection: An infection that can be transferred from one person to an...

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

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Tobacco: A South American herb (Nicotiana tabacum) whose leaves contain 2 to 8 percent nic...

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Trichomonas: A single-celled protozoan parasite best known in medicine because one species...

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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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Vagina: The muscular canal that extends from the cervix to the outside of the body. It is ...

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Vaginal discharge: Vaginal discharge is a fluid produced by glands in the vaginal wall and...

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Vaginitis: Inflammation of the vagina. The vagina is the muscular canal extending from th...

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Yeast vaginitis: Infection of the vagina by a fungus known as Candida, characteristically ...

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