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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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Alveolus: A tiny air sac in the lungs. Plural alveoli.

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

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Baby teeth: See: Primary teeth.

Bacteria: Single-celled microorganisms that can exist either as independent (free-living) ...

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

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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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Cheek: The side of the face, which forms the side wall of the mouth. The cheekbone is part...

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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 X-ray: A type of X-ray commonly used to detect abnormalities in the lungs. A chest X...

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Child abuse: A complex set of behaviors that include child neglect and the physical, emoti...

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Crown: 1. In dentistry, the portion of the tooth that is covered by enamel. 2./...

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Cuts: Severed skin. Washing a cut or scrape with soap and water and keeping it clean and d...

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Dentin: The hard tissue of the tooth that surrounds the central core of nerves and blood v...

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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 degr...

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

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

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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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Internal medicine: The medical specialty dedicated to the diagnosis and medical treatment ...

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Jaw: The movable junction of the bones below the mouth (the mandible) and the bone just ab...

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Ligament: A tough band of connective tissue that connects various structures, such as two ...

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Lips: Aside from the lips of the mouth, there are two pairs of lips at the entrance to the...

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Microscopic: So small it cannot be seen without the aid of microscope. As opposed to macro...

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

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

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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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Nerve: A bundle of fibers that uses electrical and chemical signals to transmit sensory an...

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Nerve block: A procedure in which an anesthetic agent is injected directly near a nerve to...

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Oral surgeon: A dentist who has special training in surgery to correct problems of the mou...

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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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Pharmacy: A location where prescription medications are sold. A pharmacy is constantly sup...

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

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Saliva: a watery secretion in the mouth produced by the salivary glands that aids in the d...

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

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Stomach: The digestive organ that is located in the upper abdomen, under the ribs. The upp...

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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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Throat: The throat is the anterior (front) portion of the neck beginning at the back of th...

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Tooth: One of the structures within the mouth that allow for biting and chewing. Teeth hav...

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Toothache: Pain in the tooth or gum. The most common cause of a toothache is a cavity or a...

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Trauma: A physical or emotional injury.

Tylenol: See: Acetaminophen.

Vessel: A tube in the body that carries fluids. Examples of vessels are blood vessels and ...

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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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