Endometrial Ablation Glossary of Terms

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Ablation: Removal or excision. Ablation is usually carried out surgically. For example, su...

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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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Benign: Not malignant. A benign tumor is one that does not invade surrounding tissue or sp...

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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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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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Dilate: To stretch or enlarge. Also known as dilatate.

Discharge: 1.The flow of fluid from part of the body, such as from the nose or vag...

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Edema: The swelling of soft tissues as a result of excess fluid accumulation. Edema is oft...

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Endometrial ablation: Removal of the lining of the womb. Removing the uterine lining decre...

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Endometrium: The inner layer of the uterus.

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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Genital: Pertaining to the external and/or internal organs of reproduction.

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

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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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Intrauterine: In the uterus.

Laser: A powerful beam of light that is used in some types of surgery to cut or destroy ti...

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Lungs: The lungs are a pair of breathing organs located with the chest which remove carbon...

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Menorrhagia: Excessive uterine bleeding occurring at the expected intervals of the menstru...

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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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Nausea: Stomach queasiness, the urge to vomit. Nausea can be brought on by many causes, in...

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OB/GYN: A commonly used abbreviation. OB is short for obstetrics or for an obstetrician, ...

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

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

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

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

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Pulmonary: Having to do with the lungs.

Pulmonary edema: Fluid in the lungs.

Recurrence: The return of a sign, symptom, or disease after a remission. The reappearance ...

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Recurrent: Appearing or occurring again. For example, a recurrent fever is a fever that ha...

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Resolution: In genetics, the degree of molecular detail on a physical map of DNA. Resoluti...

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Superficial: In anatomy, on the surface or shallow. As opposed to deep. The skin is superf...

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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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Uterine bleeding: See: Menstruation. See also Menometrorrhagia; Menorrhagia; Metrorrhagia....

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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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Vaginal discharge: Vaginal discharge is a fluid produced by glands in the vaginal wall and...

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