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Albumin: The main protein in human blood and the key to regulating the osmotic pressure of...

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Anesthetic: A substance that causes lack of feeling or awareness, dulling pain to permit s...

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Aspirin: Once the Bayer trademark for acetylsalicylic acid, now the common name for this a...

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Blepharospasm: The involuntary, forcible closure of the eyelids. The first symptoms may be...

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Botox: A highly purified preparation of botulinum toxin A, a toxin produced by the bacteri...

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Botulinum toxin: A toxin produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum that is th...

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

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Bruise: Injury of the soft tissues that results in breakage of the local capillaries and l...

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Cervical: Having to do with any kind of neck, including the neck on which the head is perc...

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Chin: Medically, the mentum. The lower portion of the face below the lower lip including t...

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Dermatology: 1. The branch of medicine concerned with the diagnosis, treatment, and...

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Dystonia: Involuntary movements and prolonged muscle contraction that result in twisting b...

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Eyelid: The lid or cover of the eye, a movable fold of skin and muscle that can be closed ...

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FDA: Food and Drug Administration.

Filler: An inactive substance used to make the active medicine easier to measure. For exam...

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Glabella: 1. The area between the eyebrows, just above the nose. 2. The corr...

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

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Hyperhidrosis: A condition characterized by extreme and excessive sweating. Primary hyperh...

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

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Lazy eye: An eye that diverges in gaze. A lazy eye is formally called strabismus. A lazy e...

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Liposuction: The surgical suctioning of fat deposits from specific parts of the body, the ...

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Memory: 1. The ability to recover information about past events or knowledge. ...

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

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Nurse: 1) A person trained, licensed, or skilled in nursing. 2) To feed an infant at the ...

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Onset: In medicine, the first appearance of the signs or symptoms of an illness as, for ex...

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

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

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Pregnant: The state of carrying a developing fetus within the body.

Ptosis: Downward displacement. For example, ptosis of the eyelids is drooping of the eyeli...

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Saline: Relating to salt. As an adjective, "saline" means "salty, containing salt." As a n...

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

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Strabismus: A condition in which the visual axes of the eyes are not parallel and the eyes...

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

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Superficial: In anatomy, on the surface or shallow. As opposed to deep. The skin is superf...

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Surgeon: A physician who treats disease, injury, or deformity via operative or manual meth...

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Sweating: The act of secreting fluid from the skin by the sweat (sudoriferous) glands. The...

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Teaspoon: An old-fashioned but convenient household measure that is equal to about 5 cc of...

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Topical: Pertaining to a particular surface area. For example, a topical agent is applied ...

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Toxin: A poison produced by certain animals, plants, or bacteria.

Vitamin K: One of two naturally occurring fat-soluble vitamins (vitamin K1 and vitamin K2)...

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Wry neck: Medically called spasmodic torticollis, or torticollis. The most common of the f...

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