Chemical Eye Burns Glossary of Terms

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Acetic acid: The acid most commonly associated with vinegar. Acetic acid is a two-carbon c...

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Ammonia: A colorless gas with a very sharp odor. Made both by humans and by nature, ammoni...

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

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

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Blindness: Loss of useful sight. Blindness can be temporary or permanent. Damage to any p...

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Blurred vision: Lack of sharpness of vision with, as a result, the inability to see fine d...

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Cataract: A clouding or loss of transparency of the lens in the eye as a result of tissu...

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Conjunctiva: A thin, clear, moist membrane that coats the inner surfaces of the eyelids (p...

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Cornea: The clear front window of the eye, which transmits and focuses light into the eye....

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Corneal: Pertaining to the cornea, the clear front window of the eye that transmits and fo...

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Corneal transplant: Replacement of a portion of the clear window on the front of the eye (...

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Dilating: The widening and opening of an opening, such as the cervix or esophagus. For exa...

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Doxycycline: Brand name: Vibramycin. A synthetic broad-spectrum antibiotic derived from te...

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

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Glaucoma: A common eye condition in which the fluid pressure inside the eye rises to a lev...

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Immunization: Vaccination. Immunizations work by stimulating the immune system, the natur...

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

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Inflammation: A localized reaction that produces redness, warmth, swelling, and pain as a ...

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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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Intervention: The act of intervening, interfering or interceding with the intent of modify...

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Irrigate: To wash out. For example, one can irrigate a wound to clean it.

Lens: The transparent structure inside the eye that focuses light rays onto the retina.

Liter: A metric measure of capacity that is equal to the volume of 1 kilogram of water at ...

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Magnesium: A mineral involved in many processes in the body including nerve signaling, the...

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

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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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Ocular: Having to do with the eye.

Ophthalmologist: A physician who practices ophthalmology.

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Ophthalmology: The art and science of eye ?medicine.

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

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Poison: Any substance that can cause severe organ damage or death if ingested, breathed in...

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Poison control center: A special information center set up to inform people about how to r...

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Potassium: The major positive ion (cation) found inside cells. The chemical notation for p...

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

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

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Stem cells: One of the human body's master cells, with the ability to grow into any one of...

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

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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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Tetracycline: A family of broad-spectrum antibiotics effective against a remarkably wide v...

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

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

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Transplant: The grafting of a tissue from one place to another, just as in botany a bu...

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Vitamin C: An essential nutrient found mainly in fruits and vegetables. The body requires ...

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