Corns and Calluses Glossary of Terms

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

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Callus: 1. A localized firm thickening of the upper layer of skin as a result of re...

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

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Clavus: Synonymous with corns. The word "clavus" is the Latin word for nail.

Corns: Small calloused areas of skin caused by local pressure irritating tissue over a bon...

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Cure: 1. To heal, to make well, to restore to good health. 2. A time withou...

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Debridement: The act of debriding (removing dead, contaminated or adherent tissue or forei...

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Diabetes: Refers to diabetes mellitus or, less often, to diabetes insipidus. Diabetes mell...

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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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Gait: A manner of walking. Observation of gait can provide early diagnostic clues for a nu...

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Gangrene: Tissue death due to loss of adequate blood supply. Sometimes bacteria invade suc...

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Incision: A cut through skin or other tissue performed by a health care professional.

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

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Keratolytic: Pertaining to keratolysis, the softening and shedding of the horny outer lay...

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

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

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Neuropathy: Any disease or malfunction of the nerves.

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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Plantar: Having to do with the sole of the foot.

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

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

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Sore: 1. (adjective) A popular term for painful, such as a sore throat. 2. (...

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Stress: In a medical or biological context stress is a physical, mental, or emotional fact...

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

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Sweat: A colorless transparent acidic fluid with a distinctive odor secreted by the small ...

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Urea: A nitrogen-containing substance normally cleared from the blood by the kidney into t...

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Verruca: A wart by another name, a local growth of the outer layer of the skin (the epide...

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