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

Acetaminophen: A nonaspirin pain reliever or analgesic. Acetaminophen may be given alone t...

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Acetic acid: The acid most commonly associated with vinegar. Acetic acid is a two-carbon c...

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Ambulatory: Able to walk about, not bedridden or immobile.

Analysis: In psychology, a term for conversation-based therapeutic processes used to gain ...

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

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Binocular: 1. With both eyes, as in binocular vision.
2. With two eyep...

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Biopsy: The removal of a sample of tissue for examination under a microscope to check for ...

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Cancer: An abnormal growth of cells which tend to proliferate in an uncontrolled way and, ...

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Cervical: Having to do with any kind of neck, including the neck on which the head is perc...

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Cervical cancer: Cancer of the entrance to the womb (uterus). The cervix is the lower, na...

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Cervix: The cervix is the lower, narrow part of the uterus (womb). The uterus, a hollow, ...

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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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Chest pain: Pain in the chest that can be a result of many things, including angina, heart...

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Colposcopy: A procedure in which a lighted magnifying instrument called a colposcope (or v...

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Curettage: Removal of tissue with a curette from the wall of a cavity or another surface. ...

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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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Dizziness: Painless head discomfort with many possible causes including disturbances of ...

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Douching: Using water or a medicated solution to clean the vagina and cervix or any other ...

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

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Endocervical curettage: The removal of tissue from the inside of the cervix, using a spoon...

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

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Genital: Pertaining to the external and/or internal organs of reproduction.

Gynecology: The branch of medicine that is particularly concerned with the health of the f...

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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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Iodine: An element in the diet that is essential for the manufacture of hormones by the th...

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Labor: Childbirth, the process of delivering a baby and the placenta, membranes, and umbil...

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

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Lens: The transparent structure inside the eye that focuses light rays onto the retina.

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

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Microscopic: So small it cannot be seen without the aid of microscope. As opposed to macro...

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Obstetrics: The art and science of managing pregnancy, labor, and the puerperium (the time...

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

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Pap Smear: A screening test for cervical cancer based on the examination of cells under th...

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Pap test: A screening test for cervical cancer that involves the microscopic examination o...

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Papilloma: A small solid benign tumor with a clear-cut border that projects above the surr...

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Pathologist: A physician who identifies diseases and conditions by studying abnormal cells...

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Pathology: The study of disease. Pathology has been defined as "that branch of medicine...

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

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Pelvic exam: An examination of the organs of the female reproductive system.

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

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

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

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Saline: Relating to salt. As an adjective, "saline" means "salty, containing salt." As a n...

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Sensation: In medicine and physiology, sensation refers to the registration of an incoming...

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Speculum: An instrument that is used to widen the opening of the vagina so that the cervix...

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Tylenol: See: Acetaminophen.

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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Vulva: The female external genital organs, including the labia, clitoris, and entrance to ...

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