Crabs (Pubic Lice) Glossary of Terms

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Antihistamines: Drugs that combat the histamine released during an allergic reaction by bl...

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

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Bacterial: Of or pertaining to bacteria, as in a bacterial lung infection.

Brain: The portion of the central nervous system that is located within the skull. It func...

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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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Crabs: Slang for pubic lice, parasitic insects that can infest in the genital area of huma...

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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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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 F (37...

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

Head lice: Pediculus humanus capitis, parasitic insects found on the heads of people. Head...

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Hygiene: The science of preventive medicine and the preservation of health. Also commonly ...

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

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

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Lindane: An organochlorine pesticide and nerve poison. Also a suspected carcinogen (cancer...

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Microscopic: An object so small it cannot be seen without the aid of microscope (for examp...

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Mucous: Pertaining to mucus, a thick fluid produced by the lining of some tissues of the b...

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Parasite: A plant or an animal organism that lives in or on another and takes its nourishm...

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Pediculosis: Infested with lice. See also: Head lice; Pubic lice.

Penis: The external male sex organ. The penis contains two chambers, the corpora cavernosa...

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Prescription: A physician's order for the preparation and administration of a drug or dev...

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Pubic lice: Parasitic insects found in the genital area of humans. Pubic lice are usually ...

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Pubis: The front center portion of the pelvis.

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

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Vagina: The muscular canal that extends from the cervix to the outside of the body. It is ...

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