Cold Hands and Feet Glossary of Terms

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

Amputation: Removal of part or all of a body part that is enclosed by skin. Amputation can...

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

Aspirin: Once the Bayer trademark for acetylsalicylic acid, now the common name for this a...

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

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Blister: A collection of fluid underneath the top layer of skin (epidermis). There are man...

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Bone scan: A nuclear medicine technique for creating images of bones on a computer screen ...

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Bumps: The raised area of a bump or bruise results from blood leaking from these injured b...

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Circulation: In medicine, the movement of fluid through the body in a regular or circuitou...

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Cold injury: An injury caused by exposure to extreme cold that can lead to loss of body pa...

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Cryoglobulin: An abnormal blood protein that has the unusual properties of precipitating f...

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Cryoglobulinemia: The presence in blood of abnormal proteins called cryoglobulins that hav...

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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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Fever: Although a fever technically is any body temperature above the normal of 98.6 degr...

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Frostbite: Damage to tissues from freezing due to the formation of ice crystals within cel...

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Hives: A raised, itchy area of skin that may be a sign of an allergic reaction. It can be ...

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Hypothermia: Abnormally low body temperature. Someone who falls asleep in a cold temperatu...

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

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

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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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Itching: An uncomfortable sensation in the skin that feels as if something is crawling on ...

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Kidney: One of a pair of organs located in the right and left side of the abdomen. The kid...

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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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Nutrition: 1) The science or practice of taking in and utilizing foods. 2) A nourishing ...

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

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

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Plasmapheresis: A procedure in which whole blood is taken from a person and separated into...

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

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Proteins: Large molecules composed of one or more chains of amino acids in a specific orde...

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

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Rash: Breaking out (eruption) of the skin. A rash can be caused by an underlying medical c...

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Raynaud's phenomenon: A condition resulting in discoloration of fingers and/or toes when a...

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Scan: As a noun, the data or image obtained from the examination of organs or regions of...

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Sensitivity: 1. In psychology, the quality of being sensitive. As, for example, sen...

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Skin color: The color of skin which is complexly determined. Skin color depends on many fa...

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Stroke: The sudden death of brain cells due to lack of oxygen, caused by blockage of blood...

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Superficial: In anatomy, on the surface or shallow. As opposed to deep. The skin is superf...

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

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Sweating: The act of secreting fluid from the skin by the sweat (sudoriferous) glands. The...

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

Urticaria: Another name for the hives. Raised, itchy areas of skin that are usually a sign...

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