Blastomycosis Glossary of Terms

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Antifungal: A medication that limits or prevents the growth of yeasts and other fungal org...

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Antifungal drug: A drug used to treat fungal infections.

ARDS: Acute respiratory distress syndrome.

Biopsy: The removal of a sample of tissue for examination under a microscope to check for ...

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Blastomyces dermatitidis: The fungus that causes a disease called blastomycosis.

Blastomycosis: Infection with a fungus called Blastomyces dermatitidis. The infection caus...

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CDC: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the US agency charged with tracking a...

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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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Chills: feelings of coldness accompanied by shivering. Chills may develop after exposure t...

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Cough: A rapid expulsion of air from the lungs, typically in order to clear the lung airwa...

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Dermatitis: Inflammation of the skin, either due to direct contact with an irritating sub...

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

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

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Flu: Short for influenza. The flu is caused by viruses that infect the respiratory tract w...

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Fungal: Pertaining to a fungus. For example, a fungal skin infection.

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Fungi: Plural of fungus.

Fungus: A single-celled or multicellular organism. Fungi can be true pathogens (such as hi...

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Immunocompromised: Having an immune system that has been impaired by disease or medical tr...

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Incubation period: In medicine, the time from the moment of exposure to an infectious agen...

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

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Latent: Hidden, dormant, inactive.

Liver: The largest solid organ in the body, situated in the upper part of the abdomen on t...

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Lungs: The lungs are a pair of breathing organs located with the chest which remove carbon...

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Lymphatic: Pertaining to a small, thin channel that is similar to a blood vessel and that ...

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Lymphatic system: The tissues and organs, including the bone marrow, spleen, thymus, and l...

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Marrow: The bone marrow.

Mortality: A fatal outcome or, in one word, death. The word "mortality" is derived from "m...

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Mortality rate: A death rate. There are a number of different types of mortality rates as,...

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

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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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Sputum: Mucous material from the lungs that is produced (brought up) by coughing.

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

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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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Vaccines: Microbial preparations of killed or modified microorganisms that can stimulate a...

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