Corneal Abrasion Glossary of Terms

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Abrasion: An abrasion or "excoriation" is a wearing away of the upper layer of s...

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

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Anatomy: The study of human or animal form, by observation or examination of the living be...

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Anesthetic: A substance that causes lack of feeling or awareness, dulling pain to permit s...

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Cornea: The clear front window of the eye, which transmits and focuses light into the eye....

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Corneal: Pertaining to the cornea, the clear front window of the eye that transmits and fo...

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Corneal abrasion: A scratch or scrape on the cornea, the clear front window of the eye tha...

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Cross-section: In anatomy, a transverse cut through a structure or tissue. The opposite is...

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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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Erosion: An erosion is an eating away of a surface. ("Erodere" in Latin means to eat out.)...

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

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Glaucoma: A common eye condition in which the fluid pressure inside the eye rises to a lev...

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Immunization: Vaccination. Immunizations work by stimulating the immune system, the natur...

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

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Injure: To harm, hurt, or wound. The word injure may be in physical or emotional sense. Fr...

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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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Iris: The circular, colored curtain of the eye. The opening of the iris forms the pupil. T...

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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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Nerve: A bundle of fibers that uses electrical and chemical signals to transmit sensory an...

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Ointment: An oil-based preparation that is applied to the skin. Whereas an ointment has an...

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Ophthalmologist: A physician who practices ophthalmology.

Ophthalmology: The art and science of eye ?medicine.

Orbit: In medicine, the bony cavity in which the eyeball sits.

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

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

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Radiation: 1. Rays of energy. Gamma rays and X-rays are two of the types of energy ...

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Recur: To occur again; to return. For example, a symptom, sign, or disease can recur.

Recurrent: Appearing or occurring again. For example, a recurrent fever is a fever that ha...

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Scrape: An abrasion or cut caused by something rubbing roughly against the skin. To treat ...

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

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

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Spasm: A brief, automatic jerking movement. A muscle spasm can be quite painful, with the ...

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Steroid: One of a large group of chemical substances classified by a specific carbon struc...

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

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Tetanus: An often fatal infectious disease that is caused by the bacterium Clostridium tet...

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Trauma: A physical or emotional injury.

Tylenol: See: Acetaminophen.

Ultraviolet radiation: Invisible rays that are part of the energy that comes from the su...

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Vaccination: Injection of a killed microbe in order to stimulate the immune system against...

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