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

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

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

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

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Cadmium: A metallic element whose salts are toxic and cause cancer.

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

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

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Digestive system: The system of organs responsible for getting food into and out of the bo...

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

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Endoscope: A lighted optical instrument that is used to get a deep look inside the body. A...

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Endoscopy: Examination of the inside of the body by using a lighted, flexible instrument c...

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

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

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Hearing aid: An instrument to help in hearing. There are four common styles of hearing aid...

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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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Ipecac: A naturally occurring substance with multiple properties including the ability to ...

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Lethargy: Abnormal drowsiness, stupor.

Lithium: A naturally occurring salt that, in purified form, is used to treat certain psych...

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

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Mercury poisoning: The metallic element mercury is poisonous to humans. Mercury poisoning ...

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

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Nickel: A silver-white metallic element. Long-term exposure to nickel, such as from jewelr...

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Optic: Having to do with vision.

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

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

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

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

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Rash: Breaking out (eruption) of the skin. A rash can be caused by an underlying medical c...

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Sodium: The major positive ion (cation) in the fluid surrounding cells in the body. The ch...

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

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

Strain: 1. An injury to a tendon or muscle resulting from overuse or trauma. 2. A heredita...

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

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Symptomatic: 1 With symptoms, as a symptomatic infection. 2 Characteristic o...

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

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

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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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Zinc: A mineral that is essential to the body and is a constituent of many enzymes that pe...

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