Bedbugs Glossary of Terms

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

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

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

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Anxiety: A feeling of apprehension and fear, characterized by physical symptoms such as pa...

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Arms: An appendage in anatomy and in clinical trials. See: Arm.

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

Bed bug: A blood-sucking bug in the Cimex family that lives hidden in bedding or furniture...

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Bed bugs: Bed bugs are small, oval, wingless insects of the family Cimicidae, which...

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Chest: The area of the body located between the neck and the abdomen. The chest contains t...

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Chest pain: Pain in the chest that can be a result of many things, including angina, heart...

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Corticosteroid: Any of the steroid hormones made by the outer portion (cortex) of the adre...

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

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Dizziness: Painless head discomfort with many possible causes including disturbances of ...

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

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Epinephrine: A substance produced by the medulla (inside) of the adrenal gland. The name e...

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Fecal: Relating to the feces, the stool. The excrement discharged from the intestines.

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

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

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Insecticide: A chemical used specifically to kill or control the growth of insects. Certa...

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Insomnia: The perception or complaint of inadequate or poor-quality sleep due to a number ...

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Itching: An uncomfortable sensation in the skin that feels as if something is crawling on ...

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Neck: The part of the body joining the head to the shoulders. Also, any narrow or constric...

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Nursing: 1) Profession concerned with the provision of services essential to the maintena...

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

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Organ: A relatively independent part of the body that carries out one or more special func...

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

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Parasite: A plant or an animal organism that lives in or on another and takes its nourishm...

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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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Resistance: Opposition to something, or the ability to withstand something. For example, s...

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Saliva: a watery secretion in the mouth produced by the salivary glands that aids in the d...

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

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Systemic: Affecting the entire body. A systemic disease such as diabetes can affect the wh...

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Throat: The throat is the anterior (front) portion of the neck beginning at the back of th...

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Tongue: A strong muscle that is anchored to the floor of the mouth. The tongue is covered ...

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Welt: A red bump, ridge or swelling of unbroken skin raised by a stinging blow or by an a...

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

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