Black Widow Spider Bite 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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Acetaminophen: A nonaspirin pain reliever or analgesic. Acetaminophen may be given alone t...

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Acute: Of abrupt onset, in reference to a disease. Acute often also connotes an illness th...

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Acute pain: Pain that comes on quickly, can be severe, but lasts a relatively shorter peri...

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

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Anaphylaxis: Allergic reaction. In severe cases, this can include potentially deadly anap...

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

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Antitoxin: An antibody produced in response to and capable of neutralizing a specific biol...

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Antivenin: Antibodies created in the blood of a horse or sheep when the animal is injected...

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Appendicitis: Inflammation of the appendix, usually associated with infection of the appen...

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

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Calcium: A mineral found mainly in the hard part of bones, where it is stored. Calcium is ...

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

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Gallbladder: A pear-shaped organ located below the liver that stores the bile secreted by ...

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Heart: The muscle that pumps blood received from veins into arteries throughout the body. ...

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Heart attack: The death of heart muscle due to the loss of blood supply. The loss of bloo...

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Heart rate: The number of heartbeats per unit of time, usually per minute. The heart rate ...

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Ibuprofen: A nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) that is commonly used to treat pa...

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

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Lymph: The almost colorless fluid that travels through the lymphatic system, carrying cell...

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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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Narcotic: 1. A drug that causes insensibility or stupor. A narcotic induces narcosi...

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Nausea: Stomach queasiness, the urge to vomit. Nausea can be brought on by many causes, in...

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Neurotoxic: Poisonous to nerves or nerve tissue.

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

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Protein: One of the three nutrients used as energy sources (calories) by the body. Protein...

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Respiratory: Having to do with respiration.

Serum: The clear liquid that can be separated from clotted blood. Serum differs from plas...

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Shoulder: A structure made up of two main bones: the scapula (shoulder blade) and the hume...

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Spider bites: Bites from spiders. These are usually irritating, but not poisonous. Localiz...

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

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Tremor: An abnormal, repetitive shaking movement of the body. Tremors have many causes and...

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Venom: A poison, particularly one secreted by an animal. Examples are bee venom, snake ven...

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