Earwax Glossary of Terms

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Acoustic: Having to do with sound or hearing. The acoustic nerve (the 8th cranial nerve) i...

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

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Bicarbonate: In medicine, bicarbonate usually refers to bicarbonate of soda (sodium bicarb...

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Clinical trials: Trials to evaluate the effectiveness and safety of medications or medical...

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

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

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

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Drain: A device for removing fluid from a cavity or wound. A drain is typically a tube or ...

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Ear: The hearing organ. There are three sections of the ear, according to the anatomy tex...

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Ear wax: A natural wax-like substance secreted by special glands in the skin on the outer ...

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Eardrum: The tympanic membrane of the ear, or tympanum. The eardrum separates the middle e...

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

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Flush: (1) A redness of the skin, typically over the cheeks or neck. A flush is usually ...

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Fungi: Plural of fungus.

Hearing aid: An instrument to help in hearing. There are four common styles of hearing aid...

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

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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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Otoscope: An instrument for looking in the ear.

Outer ear: The part of the ear that is visible along the side of the head. The outer ear c...

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

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

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

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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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Sodium: The major positive ion (cation) in the fluid surrounding cells in the body. The ch...

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Swimmer's ear: Infection of the skin covering the outer ear canal that leads in to the ear...

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Syringe: A medical device that is used to inject fluid into, or withdraw fluid from, the b...

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Topical: Pertaining to a particular surface area. For example, a topical agent is applied ...

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Trauma: A physical or emotional injury.

Tubes: The "tubes" are medically known as the Fallopian tubes. There are two Fallopian tub...

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