Choking Glossary of Terms

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Abdomen: The belly, that part of the body that contains all of the structures between the...

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

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Adam's apple: The familiar feature on the front of the neck that is the forward protrusion...

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Airway: The path that air follows to get into and out of the lungs. The mouth and nose are...

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Airway obstruction: Partial or complete blockage of the breathing passages to the lungs. C...

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Arms: An appendage in anatomy and in clinical trials. See: Arm.

Belly: That part of the body that contains all of the structures between the chest and t...

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Belly button: The navel or umbilicus; the former site of attachment of the umbilical cord....

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Brain: The portion of the central nervous system that is located within the skull. It func...

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

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Bronchoscope: A thin, flexible instrument with a lighted viewing tube that is used to visu...

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Bronchoscopy: A procedure that permits the doctor to see the breathing passages through a...

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Bronchus: A large air tube that begins at the end of the trachea and branches into the lun...

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Carbon dioxide: A gas which is the byproduct of cellular metabolism and which collects in ...

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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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Chin: Medically, the mentum. The lower portion of the face below the lower lip including t...

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Compress: Cloth or another material applied under pressure to an area of the skin and held...

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Compression: 1. The act of pressing together. As in a compression fracture, nerve c...

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Cough: A rapid expulsion of air from the lungs, typically in order to clear the lung airwa...

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CPR: Cardiopulmonary resuscitation.

Cyanosis: A bluish color of the skin and the mucous membranes due to insufficient oxygen i...

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

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

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Epiglottis: The flap that covers the trachea during swallowing, so that food does not ente...

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Esophagus: The tube that connects the pharynx (throat) with the stomach. The esophagus lie...

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Essential: In medicine, of unknown cause, as in essential hypertension (high blood pressur...

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Fingernail: A fingernail is produced by living skin cells in the finger. A fingernail cons...

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Forceps: An instrument that has two blades and a handle and is used for handling, grasping...

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

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Heart muscle: A type of muscle with unique features only found in the heart. The heart mus...

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Infant: A young baby, from birth to 12 months of age.

Intubate: To put a tube in, commonly used to refer to the insertion of a breathing tube in...

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Intubation: The process of putting a tube into a hollow organ or passageway, often into th...

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Life support: 1. A therapy or device designed to preserve someone's life when an es...

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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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Lungs: The lungs are a pair of breathing organs located with the chest which remove carbon...

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

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Muscle: Muscle is the tissue of the body which primarily functions as a source of power. T...

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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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Nitrogen: Element number 7, a colorless, odorless, tasteless gas that is biologically impo...

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Nose: The external midline projection from the face. The purpose of the nose is to warm, c...

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Obese: Well above one's normal weight. A person has traditionally been considered to be ob...

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Obstruction: Blockage of a passageway. See, for example: Airway obstruction; Intestinal o...

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Operating room: A facility that is equipped for performing surgery. Abbreviated OR.

Oxygen: The odorless gas that is present in the air and necessary to maintain life. Oxygen...

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Panic: A sudden strong feeling of fear that prevents reasonable thought or action. The wor...

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Parkinson's disease: A slowly progressive neurologic disease that is characterized by a fi...

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Pregnancy: The state of carrying a developing embryo or fetus within the female body. Thi...

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Pregnant: The state of carrying a developing fetus within the body.

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

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Resuscitation: The procedure of restoring to life, as in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CP...

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Rib: One of the 12 paired arches of bone that form the skeletal structure of the chest wal...

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Rib cage: The structure formed by the thoracic vertebrae and ribs, the sternum (breastbone...

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Sternum: The long flat bone in the upper middle of the front of the chest. The sternum art...

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

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

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

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Trachea: A tube-like portion of the respiratory tract that connects the larynx with the br...

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

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Unconscious: 1. Interruption of awareness of oneself and one's surroundings, lack ...

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Uterus: A hollow, pear-shaped organ that is located in a woman's lower abdomen, between th...

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Wheezing: A whistling noise in the chest during breathing. Wheezing occurs when the airway...

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Windpipe: The trachea, a tube-like portion of the respiratory (breathing) tract that conne...

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Xiphoid process: The lower part of the breastbone. The xiphoid process has no particular f...

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