Chondromalacia Patella Glossary of Terms

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

Adjacent: Lying nearby. Related terms include superjacent, subjacent, and circumjacent. Fr...

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

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Cardiovascular: Relating to the circulatory system, which comprises the heart and blood ve...

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Cartilage: Firm, rubbery tissue that cushions bones at joints. A flexible kind of cartilag...

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Chondromalacia: : Abnormal softening or degeneration of cartilage. See also patellofemoral...

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

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Conditioning: 1) Exercise and practice to build the body up for either improved normal pe...

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Contraction: The tightening and shortening of a muscle.

Crepitus: A clinical sign in medicine that is characterized by a peculiar crackling, crink...

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

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

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Femur: The single bone in the thigh, which is the largest bone in the human body. Also kno...

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Flutter: Flutter is a rapid vibration or pulsation. The difference between flutter and fib...

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Hamstring: One of the prominent tendons at the back of the knee. The hamstrings are the si...

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

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

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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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Knee: The knee is a joint which has three parts. The thigh bone (the femur) meets the lar...

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Knee joint: The knee joint has three parts. The thigh bone (the femur) meets the large sh...

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Kneecap: The patella, the small bone in the front of the knee. The patella is a little (se...

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Lateral: 1. In anatomy, the side of the body or a body part that is farther from th...

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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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Magnetic resonance imaging: A procedure that uses magnetism, radio waves, and a computer t...

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MRI: Magnetic resonance imaging.

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

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

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Patella: The kneecap by another name, the patella is the small bone that is in the front ...

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Patellar: Pertaining to the patella (kneecap).

Physical therapy: A branch of rehabilitative health that uses specially designed exercises...

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

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Quadriceps: Although the term "quadriceps" technically may refer to any four-headed muscle...

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Rehabilitation: The process of helping a person who has suffered an illness or injury rest...

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Resistance: Opposition to something, or the ability to withstand something. For example, s...

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

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

Thigh: The thick, muscular portion of the leg that extends from the hip to the knee. The t...

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Thigh bone: The thigh bone in anatomy is called the "femur." Whichever term you care to us...

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