Bedwetting Glossary of Terms

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Abdomen: The belly, that part of the body that contains all of the structures between the...

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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.

Acetate: A molecular ion derived from acetic acid. The formula of acetate is CH3COO-.

Acupuncture: The practice of inserting needles into the body to reduce pain or induce anes...

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Alternative medicine: Alternative medicine is the term for medical products and practices ...

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Antidepressant: Anything, and especially a drug, used to prevent or treat depression.

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

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Apnea: The absence of breathing (respiration).

Bedwetting: Involuntary urination in bed. Bedwetting is called "enuresis," from the Gree...

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Bladder: A hollow organ in the lower abdomen that stores urine. The kidneys filter waste f...

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Blood glucose: The main sugar that the body makes from the food in the diet. Glucose is ca...

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Blood pressure: The blood pressure is the pressure of the blood within the arteries. It is...

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Bowel: The small and large intestine.

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Brain: The portion of the central nervous system that is located within the skull. It func...

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Caffeine: A stimulant compound found naturally in coffee, tea, cocoa (chocolate), and kola...

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

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Chronic illness: An illness that lasts 3 months or more.

Colon: The long, coiled, tubelike organ that removes water from digested food. The remaini...

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Conditioning: 1) Exercise and practice to build the body up for either improved normal pe...

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Constipation: Infrequent and frequently incomplete bowel movements. Constipation is the op...

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Cure: 1. To heal, to make well, to restore to good health. 2. A time withou...

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Diabetes: Usually refers to diabetes mellitus or, less often, to diabetes insipidus. Diabe...

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Dry mouth: The condition of not having enough saliva to keep the mouth wet. This is due to...

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Dysuria: Pain during urination, or difficulty urinating. Dysuria is usually caused by infl...

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Encopresis: The inability to control the elimination of stool. Encopresis can have a varie...

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Enuresis: Involuntary urination, which may be caused by a variety of factors. These includ...

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Family history: The family structure and relationships within the family, including inform...

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FDA: Food and Drug Administration.

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

Fecal incontinence: Inability to hold feces in the rectum. This is due to failure of volun...

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Feces: The excrement discharged from the 'intestines.

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

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Genital: Pertaining to the external and/or internal organs of reproduction.

Glucose: The simple sugar that is the chief source of energy. Glucose is found in the bloo...

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Groin: The area where the thigh meets the hip.

Headache: A pain in the head with the pain being above the eyes or the ears, behind the he...

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High blood pressure: A repeatedly elevated blood pressure exceeding 140 over 90 mmHg. Chro...

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Hormone: A chemical substance produced in the body that controls and regulates the activit...

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Hypnosis: A part of healing from ancient times. The induction of trance states and the use...

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Incontinence: The inability to control excretions, to hold urine in the bladder, or to kee...

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Indicate: In medicine, to make a treatment or procedure advisable because of a particular ...

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

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Injure: To harm, hurt, or wound. The word injure may be in physical or emotional sense. Fr...

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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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Intestine: The long, tubelike organ in the abdomen that completes the process of digestion...

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Involuntary: Done other than in accordance with the conscious will of the individual. The ...

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

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Kidney: One of a pair of organs located in the right and left side of the abdomen. The kid...

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Laboratory: A place for doing tests and research procedures, and for preparing chemicals a...

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

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MRI: Magnetic resonance imaging.

Nasal: Having to do with the nose.

Neurological: Having to do with the nerves or the nervous system as, for example, a neurol...

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NIH: National Institutes of Health.

Nocturnal enuresis: Bedwetting at night. From the Greek "enourin" meaning "to urinate i...

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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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Obstruction: Blockage of a passageway. See, for example: Airway obstruction; Intestinal o...

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Offspring: The progeny, or young, born to a person. In a larger sense, the offspring are c...

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Organic: 1. A chemical compound that contains carbon.
2. Related to a...

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

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Pathology: The study of disease. Pathology has been defined as "that branch of medicine...

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Pinworm infection: An infection caused by a small, white intestinal worm: the pinworm or, ...

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Predispose: To make more likely or render susceptible. Smoking predisposes to a number of ...

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

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Radiologic: Having to do with radiology.

Rectum: The last 6 to 8 inches of the large intestine. The rectum stores solid waste until...

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Referral: The recommendation of a medical or paramedical professional. If you get a refer...

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Regimen: A plan or a regulated course, such as a diet, exercise, or treatment, that is des...

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Relapse: The return of signs and symptoms of a disease after a remission.

Resolution: In genetics, the degree of molecular detail on a physical map of DNA. Resoluti...

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

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Runny nose: The production of extra mucus by the nose. Rhinorrhea is the medical term for ...

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Sensation: In medicine and physiology, sensation refers to the registration of an incoming...

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

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Sleep: The body's rest cycle.

Sleep apnea: The temporary stoppage of breathing during sleep, often resulting in daytime ...

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Snoring: A rough rattling noise made on inspiration during sleep by vibration of the soft ...

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Spinal cord: The major column of nerve tissue that is connected to the brain and lies with...

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Spine: 1) The column of bone known as the vertebral column, which surrounds and protects ...

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

Stress: In a medical or biological context stress is a physical, mental, or emotional fact...

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

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

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

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Tactile: Having to do with touch. For example, tactile signs of disease are signs that are...

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

Urinalysis: A test that is done in order to analyze urine. Because toxins and excess fluid...

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Urinary: Having to do with the function or anatomy of the kidneys, ureters, bladder, or ur...

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Urinary incontinence: The unintentional loss of urine. Inability to hold urine in the blad...

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Urinary tract: The organs of the body that produce, store, and discharge urine. These orga...

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Urinary tract infection: An infection of the kidney, ureter, bladder, or urethra. Abbrevia...

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Urinary tract infection in children: Infection of the kidney, ureter, bladder, or ureth...

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

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Urologist: A physician who specializes in diseases of the urinary organs in females and th...

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Vitamins: The word "vitamin" was coined in 1911 by the Warsaw-born biochemist Casimir Funk...

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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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