Facial Fracture Glossary of Terms

The following are health and medical definitions of terms that appear in the Facial Fracture article.

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

See the entire definition of Anesthetic

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

See the entire definition of Blindness

Bloody nose: Bleeding from the blood vessels of the nose. The nose is rich in blood vessel...

See the entire definition of Bloody nose

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

See the entire definition of Brain

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

See the entire definition of Breathing

Bridge: A set of one or more false teeth supported by a metal framework, used to replace ...

See the entire definition of Bridge

Cheek: The side of the face, which forms the side wall of the mouth. The cheekbone is part...

See the entire definition of Cheek

CT scan: Computerized tomography scan. Pictures of structures within the body created by a...

See the entire definition of CT scan

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

See the entire definition of Diagnosis

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

See the entire definition of Discharge

Drain: A device for removing fluid from a cavity or wound. A drain is typically a tube or ...

See the entire definition of Drain

Ear: The hearing organ. There are three sections of the ear, according to the anatomy tex...

See the entire definition of Ear

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

See the entire definition of Emergency department

Enophthalmos: Sunken eyeball. Enophthalmos can be a sign of severe dehydration.

ENT: 1. Abbreviation for ears, nose and throat. A field of medicine also called ot...

See the entire definition of ENT back to top

Ethmoid: 1. As an adjective: spongy or sievelike. From the Greek ethmos, sieve + ei...

See the entire definition of Ethmoid

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

See the entire definition of Fracture

Hematoma: A localized swelling that is filled with blood caused by a break in the wall of ...

See the entire definition of Hematoma

Incidence: The frequency with which something, such as a disease or trait, appears in a pa...

See the entire definition of Incidence

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

See the entire definition of Indicate

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

See the entire definition of Injury

Jaw: The movable junction of the bones below the mouth (the mandible) and the bone just ab...

See the entire definition of Jaw

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

See the entire definition of Joint

Motor: Something that produces or refers to motion. For example, a motor neuron is a nerve...

See the entire definition of Motor

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

See the entire definition of Mouth

Nasal: Having to do with the nose.

Nose: The external midline projection from the face. The purpose of the nose is to warm, c...

See the entire definition of Nose

Nosebleed: Bleeding from the blood vessels of the nose. The nose is rich in blood vessels ...

See the entire definition of Nosebleed

Open fracture: A fracture in which the bone is sticking through the skin. Also called a co...

See the entire definition of Open fracture

Oral surgeon: A dentist who has special training in surgery to correct problems of the mou...

See the entire definition of Oral surgeon back to top

Orbital: In anatomy, pertaining to the orbit, the bony cavity that contains the eyeball.

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

See the entire definition of Pain

Plastic surgeon: A surgeon who specializes in reducing scarring or disfigurement that may ...

See the entire definition of Plastic surgeon

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

See the entire definition of Prognosis

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

See the entire definition of Recurrent

Rule out: Term used in medicine, meaning to eliminate or exclude something from considera...

See the entire definition of Rule out

Scan: As a noun, the data or image obtained from the examination of organs or regions of...

See the entire definition of Scan

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

See the entire definition of Sensation

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

See the entire definition of Surgeon

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

See the entire definition of Surgery

Temple: The area just behind and to the side of the forehead and the eye, above the side o...

See the entire definition of Temple

Temporal: 1. Pertaining to time, limited in time, temporary, or transient.
...

See the entire definition of Temporal

Temporal bone: A large irregular bone that is situated at the base and side of the skull. ...

See the entire definition of Temporal bone

Throat: The throat is the anterior (front) portion of the neck beginning at the back of th...

See the entire definition of Throat

TMJ: Temporomandibular joint.

back to top

Tongue: A strong muscle that is anchored to the floor of the mouth. The tongue is covered ...

See the entire definition of Tongue

Trauma: A physical or emotional injury.

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

See the entire definition of X-ray

Zygomatic arch: The part of the temporal bone of the skull that forms the prominence of t...

See the entire definition of Zygomatic arch

Zygomatic bone: The part of the temporal bone of the skull that forms the prominence of ...

See the entire definition of Zygomatic bone back to top




NIH talks about Ebola on WebMD


Medical Dictionary