Eye Herpes Glossary of Terms

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Acetaminophen: A nonaspirin pain reliever or analgesic. Acetaminophen may be given alone t...

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Acyclovir: (Brand name: Zovirax) One of a group of antiviral drugs that acts against the h...

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

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Anterior: The front, as opposed to the posterior. The anterior surface of the heart is tow...

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Anterior chamber: The space in the eye that is behind the cornea and in front of the iris.

Antiviral: An agent that kills a virus or that suppresses its ability to replicate and, he...

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Atropine: A drug, made from the belladonna plant, that is administered via injection, eye ...

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Bacterial: Of or pertaining to bacteria, as in a bacterial lung infection.

Blindness: Loss of useful sight. Blindness can be temporary or permanent. Damage to any p...

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Blurred vision: Lack of sharpness of vision with, as a result, the inability to see fine d...

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Conjunctivitis: Inflammation of the membrane covering the surface of the eyeball. It can b...

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Cornea: The clear front window of the eye, which transmits and focuses light into the eye....

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Corneal: Pertaining to the cornea, the clear front window of the eye that transmits and fo...

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Corticosteroid: Any of the steroid hormones made by the outer portion (cortex) of the adre...

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

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

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Epithelial: Relating to the epithelium.

Family history: The family structure and relationships within the family, including inform...

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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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Fungal: Pertaining to a fungus. For example, a fungal skin infection.

Glaucoma: A common eye condition in which the fluid pressure inside the eye rises to a lev...

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Headache: A pain in the head with the pain being above the eyes or the ears, behind the he...

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Herpes: A family of viruses. Herpes also refers to infection with one of the human herpesv...

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Ibuprofen: A nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) that is commonly used to treat pa...

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

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Infiltrate: To penetrate. For example, a cancer may grow into, or infiltrate, surrounding ...

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Inflammation: A localized reaction that produces redness, warmth, swelling, and pain as a ...

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Keratitis: Inflammation of the cornea. Keratitis can occur due to abrasion trauma, infecti...

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Lens: The transparent structure inside the eye that focuses light rays onto the retina.

Medical history: 1. In clinical medicine, the patient's past and present which may ...

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Microscope: An optical instrument that augments the power of the eye to see small objects....

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Mouth: 1. The upper opening of the digestive tract, beginning with the lips and con...

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

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Nurse: 1) A person trained, licensed, or skilled in nursing. 2) To feed an infant at the ...

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Ocular: Having to do with the eye.

Ophthalmic: Pertaining to the eye. For example, an ophthalmic ointment is designed for the...

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Ophthalmologist: A physician who practices ophthalmology.

Ophthalmology: The art and science of eye ?medicine.

Ophthalmoscope: A lighted instrument that is used to examine the inside of the eye, includ...

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Optic: Having to do with vision.

Optic nerve: The optic nerve connects the eye to the brain. The optic nerve carries the...

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

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Parasitic: Having to do with a parasite, as in a parasitic infection; or acting like a par...

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Peripheral: Situated away from the center, as opposed to centrally located.

Peripheral vision: Side vision. The ability to see objects and movement outside of the di...

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Photophobia: Painful oversensitivity to light. For example, photophobia is often seen in m...

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Pupil: The opening of the iris. The pupil may appear to open (dilate) and close (constrict...

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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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Regimen: A plan or a regulated course, such as a diet, exercise, or treatment, that is des...

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Scopolamine: A naturally occurring member of a large chemical class of compounds called a...

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Sensitivity: 1. In psychology, the quality of being sensitive. As, for example, sen...

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

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Therapeutic: Relating to therapeutics, the branch of medicine that is concerned specifical...

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

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

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Tylenol: See: Acetaminophen.

Viral: Of or pertaining to a virus. For example, if a person has a viral rash, the rash wa...

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Virus: A microorganism that is smaller than a bacterium that cannot grow or reproduce apar...

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Viruses: Small living particles that can infect cells and change how the cells function. I...

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Zovirax: Brand name of Acyclovir.

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