Chlamydia Glossary of Terms

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Abdominal: Relating to the abdomen, the belly, that part of the body that contains all of ...

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Abdominal pain: Pain in the belly. Abdominal pain can be acute or chronic. It may reflect ...

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Acquired: Not inherited, or present at birth (congenital), but developing after birth. For...

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Antibiotic: A drug used to treat infections caused by bacteria and other microorganisms. ...

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

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

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Bacterial: Of or pertaining to bacteria, as in a bacterial lung infection.

Bacterium: The singular of bacteria.

Chlamydia: The agent of a sexually transmitted disease, a type of bacteria found in the ce...

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Chlamydia trachomatis: A bacterium that causes a disease called trachoma that results in b...

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Chronic: In medicine, lasting a long time. A chronic condition is one that lasts 3 months ...

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Clamydia: A common misspelling of Chlamydia.

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

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Duct: A walled passageway, such as a lymph duct, that carries fluid from one place to anot...

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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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Gonorrhea: A bacterial infection that is transmitted by sexual contact. Gonorrhea is one o...

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

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Indicate: In medicine, to make a treatment or procedure advisable because of a particular ...

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Indication: 1. In medicine, a condition which makes a particular treatment or proce...

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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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Laboratory: A place for doing tests and research procedures, and for preparing chemicals a...

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Liver: The largest solid organ in the body, situated in the upper part of the abdomen on t...

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Liver disease: Liver disease refers to any disorder of the liver. The liver is a large org...

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Menstrual: Pertaining to menstruation (the menses), as in last menstrual period, menstrua...

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Microscope: An optical instrument that augments the power of the eye to see small objects....

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MPH: Master of public health, a degree designating successful training in analyzing past, ...

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Ovary: The female gonad, one of a pair of reproductive glands in women. The ovaries are lo...

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

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Painful urination: See: Dysuria.

Pelvic: Having to do with the pelvis, the lower part of the abdomen, located between the h...

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Pelvic pain: : Pain perceived in the area of the pelvis, the lower part of the abdomen loc...

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Penis: The external male sex organ. The penis contains two chambers, the corpora cavernosa...

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Pneumonia: Inflammation of one or both lungs, with dense areas of lung inflammation. Pneum...

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

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

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Reactive arthritis: A chronic form of arthritis featuring the following three conditions: ...

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Reiter syndrome: A chronic form of inflammatory arthritis wherein the following three cond...

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Sexually transmitted disease: Any disease transmitted by sexual contact; caused by microo...

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STD: Sexually transmitted disease.

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

Testicles: The testicles (also called testes or gonads) are the male sex glands. They are ...

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Trichomonas: A single-celled protozoan parasite best known in medicine because one species...

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Tubes: The "tubes" are medically known as the Fallopian tubes. There are two Fallopian tub...

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Urine: Liquid waste produced by the kidneys. Urine is a clear, transparent fluid that norm...

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Vagina: The muscular canal that extends from the cervix to the outside of the body. It is ...

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Vaginal discharge: Vaginal discharge is a fluid produced by glands in the vaginal wall and...

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Womb: The womb (uterus) is a hollow, pear-shaped organ located in a woman's lower abdomen ...

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