Dilation and Curettage (D&C) Glossary of Terms

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Abdomen: The belly, that part of the body that contains all of the structures between the...

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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.

Abortion: In medicine, an abortion is the premature exit of the products of conception (t...

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Absorb: 1. To take something in, as through the skin or the intestine.
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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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Anatomy: The study of human or animal form, by observation or examination of the living be...

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Anesthesia: Loss of feeling or awareness, as when an anesthetic is administered before sur...

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Anesthesiologist: A physician or, less often, a dentist who is specialized in the practice...

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

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Anesthetist: A nurse or technician trained to administer anesthetics.

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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Belly: That part of the body that contains all of the structures between the chest and t...

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Belly button: The navel or umbilicus; the former site of attachment of the umbilical cord....

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

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Birth control: Birth control is the use of any practices, methods, or devices to prevent p...

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Blood pressure: The blood pressure is the pressure of the blood within the arteries. It is...

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Breathing: The process of respiration, during which air is inhaled into the lungs through ...

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

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Chronic: In medicine, lasting a long time. A chronic condition is one that lasts 3 months ...

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Chronic pain: Pain (an unpleasant sense of discomfort) that persists or progresses over ...

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Complication: In medicine, an unanticipated problem that arises following, and is a result...

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Curable: Amenable to a cure, capable of being cured, to being healed and made well. From ...

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

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Curette: spoon-shaped instrument that has a sharp edge. The word curette comes from French...

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D and C: Stands for dilatation and curettage. This is a very common gynecologic procedure ...

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Diagnosis: 1 The nature of a disease; the identification of an illness. 2 A ...

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Dilating: The widening and opening of an opening, such as the cervix or esophagus. For exa...

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Dilation: The process of enlargement, stretching, or expansion. The word "dilatation" mean...

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Dilation and curettage: A minor operation in which the cervix is expanded enough (dilatio...

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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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Endometrial cancer: Cancer of the womb (the uterus ). Endometrial cancer occurs most often...

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Endometrium: The inner layer of the uterus.

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

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Fibroid: A common benign tumor of the uterus. Fibroids can be present without symptoms. Ho...

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Fibroids: Fibroids are common, benign tumors of smooth muscle in the uterus (womb). Uterin...

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Heart: The muscle that pumps blood received from veins into arteries throughout the body. ...

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Hemorrhage: Bleeding or the abnormal flow of blood.

Herbal: 1. An adjective, referring to herbs, as in an herbal tea.
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High blood pressure: A repeatedly elevated blood pressure exceeding 140 over 90 mmHg. Chro...

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Hysterectomy: An operation to remove the uterus. Hysterectomies are most commonly performe...

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Hysteroscopy: A procedure to see inside the uterus (the womb) using a viewing scope that i...

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

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Indicate: In medicine, to make a treatment or procedure advisable because of a particular ...

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

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Infertility: Diminished or absent ability to conceive and bear offspring. A couple is cons...

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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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Laminaria: A thin piece of sterile seaweed that can be used to gradually dilate the cervix...

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Menopause: The time in a woman's life when menstrual periods permanently stop; it is also...

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Menstrual: Pertaining to menstruation (the menses), as in last menstrual period, menstrua...

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Menstrual cramps: Cramping in the lower abdomen, usually in the first or second day of the...

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

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Miscarriage: Inadvertent loss of a pregnancy before the fetus is viable. A considerable pr...

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Numb: Numb, or numbness is a loss of the sensation of feeling in an area of the body. Numb...

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Nurse: 1) A person trained, licensed, or skilled in nursing. 2) To feed an infant at the ...

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Outpatient: A patient who is not hospitalized, but instead comes to a physician?s office, ...

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

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

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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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Placental: Pertaining to the placenta, the organ joining the mother and fetus during pregn...

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Polypectomy: Removal of a polyps by surgery. For example, removing polyps from the colon.

Postmenopausal: After menopause, the period of time after a woman has experienced 12 conse...

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Precancerous: Pertaining to something that is not yet overtly cancerous, but appears to be...

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

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Spinal cord: The major column of nerve tissue that is connected to the brain and lies with...

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

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

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Therapeutic: Relating to therapeutics, the branch of medicine that is concerned specifical...

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Tobacco: A South American herb (Nicotiana tabacum) whose leaves contain 2 to 8 percent nic...

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Ultrasound: High-frequency sound waves. Ultra-sound waves can be bounced off tissues by us...

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Urine: Liquid waste produced by the kidneys. Urine is a clear, transparent fluid that norm...

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Uterine cancer: A malignant tumor of the uterus (womb), which occurs most often in women b...

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Uterine lining: The inner layer of the uterus (womb); the cells that line the womb; anatom...

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Uterus: A hollow, pear-shaped organ that is located in a woman's lower abdomen, between th...

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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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