Broken Finger Glossary of Terms

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Adjacent: Lying nearby. Related terms include superjacent, subjacent, and circumjacent. Fr...

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Anatomy: The study of human or animal form, by observation or examination of the living be...

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Avulsion: Tearing away. A nerve can be avulsed by an injury, as can part of a bone.

Bridge: A set of one or more false teeth supported by a metal framework, used to replace ...

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Capsule: Capsule has many meanings in medicine including the following:

  1. In medici...

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

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Discharge: 1.The flow of fluid from part of the body, such as from the nose or vag...

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Distal: The more (or most) distant of two (or more) things. For example, the distal end 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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Forearm: The portion of the upper limb from the elbow to the wrist. The forearm has two bo...

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Fracture: A break in bone or cartilage. Although usually a result of trauma, a fracture ca...

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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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Joint: The area where two bones are attached for the purpose of permitting body parts to m...

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Knuckle: The top of the flexed finger joint.

Mallet: The malleus.

Metacarpals: Five cylindrical bones extending from the wrist to the fingers.

Muscle: Muscle is the tissue of the body which primarily functions as a source of power. T...

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Muscular: Having to do with the muscles. Also, endowed with above average muscle developme...

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Operating room: A facility that is equipped for performing surgery. Abbreviated OR.

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

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Palm: The grasping side of the hand; the flexor surface of the hand. In contrast to the ba...

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Palmar: Pertaining to the palm (the grasping side) of the hand. The ancient Romans used th...

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Phalanges: The bones of the fingers and of the toes. There are generally three phalanges (...

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Phalanx: Anatomically, any one of the bones in the fingers or toes. (Plural: phalanges.) T...

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Physical therapy: A branch of rehabilitative health that uses specially designed exercises...

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

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Proximal: Toward the beginning, the nearer of two (or more) items. For example, the proxim...

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Pus: A thick, whitish-yellow fluid that results from the accumulation of white blood cells...

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Range of motion: The full movement potential of a joint, usually its range of flexion and ...

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Residual: Something left behind. With residual disease, the disease has not been eradicate...

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

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

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Tendon: The soft tissue by which muscle attaches to bone. Tendons are somewhat flexible, b...

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

Trauma: A physical or emotional injury.

Wrist: The part of the hand that is nearest the forearm and consists of the carpal bones a...

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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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