Ectopic Pregnancy 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.

Antibiotic: A drug used to treat infections caused by bacteria and other microorganisms. ...

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Artery: A vessel that carries blood high in oxygen content away from the heart to the far...

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Arthritis: Inflammation of a joint. When joints are inflamed they can develop stiffness, w...

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

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Bowel: The small and large intestine.

Cell: The basic structural and functional unit of any living thing. Each cell is a small c...

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

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Chlamydia: The agent of a sexually transmitted disease, a type of bacteria found in the ce...

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

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Conception: 1. The union of the sperm and the ovum. Synonymous with fertilization.
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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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Ectopic: In the wrong place, out of place. For example, an ectopic kidney is a kidney that...

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Ectopic pregnancy: A pregnancy that is not in the uterus. The fertilized egg settles and g...

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Emergency department: The department of a hospital responsible for the provision of medica...

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Fallopian tube: One of the two Fallopian tubes that transport the egg from the ovary to th...

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Fertility: The ability to conceive and bear children, the ability to become pregnant throu...

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Gonorrhea: A bacterial infection that is transmitted by sexual contact. Gonorrhea is one o...

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Graft: Healthy skin, bone, kidney, liver, or other tissue that is taken from one part of t...

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Gynecology: The branch of medicine that is particularly concerned with the health of the f...

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Hemorrhage: Bleeding or the abnormal flow of blood.

Immunosuppressive: 1. Pertaining to immunosuppression, the suppression of the immun...

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Immunosuppressive agent: A medication that depresses or halts immune system activity. For ...

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Implant: 1. To embed; to set in firmly. In embryology, the fertilized egg implants ...

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

Intrauterine: In the uterus.

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Laparoscopic: 1. Pertaining to the procedure of laparoscopy.
2. Pert...

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

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Obstetrician: A physician who specializes in obstetrics.

Obstetrics: The art and science of managing pregnancy, labor, and the puerperium (the time...

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Operating room: A facility that is equipped for performing surgery. Abbreviated OR.

Ovary: The female gonad, one of a pair of reproductive glands in women. The ovaries are lo...

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Oxygen: The odorless gas that is present in the air and necessary to maintain life. Oxygen...

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

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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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Pelvic exam: An examination of the organs of the female reproductive system.

Pelvic pain: : Pain perceived in the area of the pelvis, the lower part of the abdomen loc...

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Pelvis: The lower part of the abdomen, located between the hip bones. Structures in the fe...

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Pregnancy: The state of carrying a developing embryo or fetus within the female body. Thi...

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Pregnancy symptoms: A symptom or sign of pregnancy. These symptoms and signs depend upon t...

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Pregnant: The state of carrying a developing fetus within the body.

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Probe: (1) In surgery, a probe is a slender flexible rod with a blunt end used to e...

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

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Psoriasis: A reddish, scaly rash often located over the surfaces of the elbows, knees, sca...

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Reproductive system: In women, the organs that are directly involved in producing eggs and...

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Rheumatoid arthritis: An autoimmune disease characterized by chronic inflammation of joint...

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Risk factor: Something that increases a person's chances of developing a disease. For exam...

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Surgeon: A physician who treats disease, injury, or deformity via operative or manual meth...

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

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Therapy: The treatment of disease. Therapy is synonymous with treatment.

Transplant: The grafting of a tissue from one place to another, just as in botany a bu...

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Trimester: In obstetrics, one of the three divisions of three months each during pregnancy...

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Tubal pregnancy: A pregnancy that is not in the usual place within the uterus but is locat...

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

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

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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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Womb: The womb (uterus) is a hollow, pear-shaped organ located in a woman's lower abdomen ...

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