End-of-Life Decision Making Glossary of Terms

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Advance directives: These directives pertain to treatment preferences and the designation ...

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

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

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

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Cardiopulmonary: Having to do with both the heart and lungs.

Cardiopulmonary resuscitation: A life-saving emergency procedure that involves breathing f...

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CPR: Cardiopulmonary resuscitation.

Dementia: Significant loss of intellectual abilities, such as memory capacity, that is sev...

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Durable power of attorney: A type of advance medical directive in which legal documents pr...

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End stage: The last phase in the course of a progressive disease. As in end-stage liver di...

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Father: (1) The male parent. (2) One who originates. For example, "Wilhelm Roentgen is con...

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Geriatrics: The branch of medicine concerned with the diagnosis, treatment and prevention ...

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

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Hospice: A program or facility that provides special care for people who are near the end ...

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

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Life support: 1. A therapy or device designed to preserve someone's life when an es...

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Living will: An advance medical directive that specifies what types of medical treatment a...

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Medicaid: A number of US programs of public assistance for persons whose income is insuffi...

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Medicare: The US government's national health insurance program for people aged 65 and old...

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Organic: 1. A chemical compound that contains carbon.
2. Related to a...

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Organic brain syndrome: Psychiatric or neurological symptoms that arise from damage to or ...

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Pharmacy: A location where prescription medications are sold. A pharmacy is constantly sup...

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Resuscitate: To restore to life. Derived from the Latin resuscitare, to reawaken.

Resuscitation: The procedure of restoring to life, as in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CP...

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Senility: 1. Originally, old age. 2. The physical decline associated with o...

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Stage: As regards cancer, the extent of a cancer, especially whether the disease has spre...

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

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

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