Elbow Dislocation Glossary of Terms

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Abnormal: Outside the expected norm, or uncharacteristic of a particular patient.

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

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

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Arteriogram: An X-ray in which an injection of dye shows blood vessels.

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

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

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

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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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Distal: The more (or most) distant of two (or more) things. For example, the distal end of...

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Elbow: The juncture of the long bones in the middle portion of the upper extremity. The bo...

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Elbow dislocation: See: Nursemaid's elbow.

Elbow joint: The juncture of the long bones in the middle portion of the upper extremity. ...

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

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Forearm: The portion of the upper limb from the elbow to the wrist. The forearm has two bo...

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Fracture: A break in bone or cartilage. Although usually a result of trauma, a fracture ca...

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Humerus: The long bone in the upper arm that extends from the shoulder to the elbow.

Injury: Harm or hurt. To harm, hurt, or wound. The word injure may be in physical or emot...

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Joint: The area where two bones are attached for the purpose of permitting body parts to m...

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Median: The middle, as in the median strip in a highway. For example, the median nerve is ...

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Nerve: A bundle of fibers that uses electrical and chemical signals to transmit sensory an...

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Nursemaid's elbow: Partial dislocation of the elbow. The radius (a bone in the forearm) sl...

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Orthopedist: An orthopedic surgeon, a physician who corrects congenital or functional abno...

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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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Physical therapy: A branch of rehabilitative health that uses specially designed exercises...

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

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Pulse: The rhythmic dilation of an artery that results from beating of the heart. Pulse is...

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Radial: A word with diverse meanings in medicine and the biomedical sciences:

  1. Pe...

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Radius: The smaller of the two bones of the forearm, located on the thumb's side. (The lar...

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Rehabilitation: The process of helping a person who has suffered an illness or injury rest...

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Resistance: Opposition to something, or the ability to withstand something. For example, s...

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

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Sensory: Relating to sensation, to the perception of a stimulus, to the voyage made by inc...

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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.

Ulna: The larger of the two long bones within the forearm. (The smaller one is the radius....

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Ulnar: Pertaining to the ulna, the larger bone in the forearm.

Ulnar nerve: A major nerve in the upper extremity that supplies both sensory and motor inn...

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Wrist: The part of the hand that is nearest the forearm and consists of the carpal bones a...

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X-ray: High-energy radiation with waves shorter than those of visible light. X-ray is used...

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