Child Abuse Glossary of Terms

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Abnormal: Outside the expected norm, or uncharacteristic of a particular patient.

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

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Child neglect: Child neglect is the most frequently reported form of child abuse (60% of a...

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Consultant: An individual to whom one refers for expert advice or services. The use of con...

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Depression: An illness that involves the body, mood, and thoughts and that affects the way...

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

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Family physician: A physician who is educated and trained in family practice.

Fecal: Relating to the feces, the stool. The excrement discharged from the intestines.

Genetic: Having to do with genes and genetic
information.

Genitalia: The male or female reproductive organs. The genitalia include internal and exte...

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Hygiene: The science of preventive medicine and the preservation of health. Also commonly ...

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Immunity: The condition of being immune. Immunity can be innate'for example, humans are in...

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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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Insomnia: The perception or complaint of inadequate or poor-quality sleep due to a number ...

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

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

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Munchausen syndrome: (This is an alternate entry to Munchhausen syndrome with two h's in M...

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Munchausen syndrome by proxy: A parenting disorder in which the parent either fabricates a...

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

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Pedophilia: Adult sexual fondness for and activity with children. Pedophilia is a form of ...

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

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Psychiatric: Pertaining to or within the purview of psychiatry, the medical specialty conc...

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Syndrome: A combination of symptoms and signs that together represent a disease process.

Torture: An act by which severe pain or suffering, whether physical or mental, is intentio...

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