Broken Toe Glossary of Terms

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Acetaminophen: A nonaspirin pain reliever or analgesic. Acetaminophen may be given alone t...

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

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Anesthesia: Loss of feeling or awareness, as when an anesthetic is administered before sur...

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Antibiotic: A drug used to treat bacterial infections. Antibiotics have no effect on viral...

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Arthritis: Inflammation of a joint. When joints are inflamed they can develop stiffness, w...

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Cast: 1) A protective shell of fiberglass, plastic, or plaster, and bandage that is molde...

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Compound fracture: A fracture in which a bone is sticking through the skin. Also known as ...

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

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Drain: A device for removing fluid from a cavity or wound. A drain is typically a tube or ...

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Emergency department: The department of a hospital responsible for the provision of medica...

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

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

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Hematoma: A localized swelling that is filled with blood caused by a break in the wall of ...

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

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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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Leg: In popular usage, the part of the body from the top of the thigh down to the foot, an...

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Nail: In medicine, there are two types of nails. One is just a plain old metal nail used t...

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Numb: Numb, or numbness is a loss of the sensation of feeling in an area of the body. Numb...

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Open fracture: A fracture in which the bone is sticking through the skin. Also called a co...

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Open wound: An injury that is exposed because of broken skin. An open wound is at high ris...

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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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Stress: In a medical or biological context stress is a physical, mental, or emotional fact...

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Stress fracture: A fracture caused by repetitive stress, as may occur in sports, strenuous...

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

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Tetanus: An often fatal infectious disease that is caused by the bacterium Clostridium tet...

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

Toenail: A toenail is produced by living skin cells in the toe. A toenail consists of seve...

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Trauma: A physical or emotional injury.

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Tylenol: See: Acetaminophen.

X-ray: High-energy radiation with waves shorter than those of visible light. X-ray is used...

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