First Aid Kits Glossary of Terms

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

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

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Antiseptic: Something that discourages the growth microorganisms. By contrast, aseptic ref...

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Aspirin: Once the Bayer trademark for acetylsalicylic acid, now the common name for this a...

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Calamine: An astringent made from zinc carbonate or zinc oxide, customarily used in lotion...

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Cell: The basic structural and functional unit of any living thing. Each cell is a small c...

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Congestion: An abnormal or excessive accumulation of a body fluid. The term is used broadl...

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Cough: A rapid expulsion of air from the lungs, typically in order to clear the lung airwa...

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CPR: Cardiopulmonary resuscitation.

Crown: 1. In dentistry, the portion of the tooth that is covered by enamel. 2./...

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Cuts: Severed skin. Washing a cut or scrape with soap and water and keeping it clean and d...

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Decongestant: A drug that shrinks the swollen membranes in the nose, making it easier for ...

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Expiration date: The date for a drug estimated for its shelf life with proper storage in s...

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Fever: Although a fever technically is any body temperature above the normal of 98.6 degr...

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Gastrointestinal: Adjective referring collectively to the stomach and small and large inte...

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

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Heart attack: The death of heart muscle due to the loss of blood supply. The loss of bloo...

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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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Itching: An uncomfortable sensation in the skin that feels as if something is crawling on ...

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Knee: The knee is a joint which has three parts. The thigh bone (the femur) meets the lar...

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

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

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Nasal: Having to do with the nose.

Ointment: An oil-based preparation that is applied to the skin. Whereas an ointment has an...

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

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Pediatrics: The field of medicine that is concerned with the health of infants, children, ...

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Pharmacist: A professional who fills prescriptions and, in the case of a compounding pharm...

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Poison: Any substance that can cause severe organ damage or death if ingested, breathed in...

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Poison control center: A special information center set up to inform people about how to r...

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Rash: Breaking out (eruption) of the skin. A rash can be caused by an underlying medical c...

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Respiratory: Having to do with respiration.

Sore: 1. (adjective) A popular term for painful, such as a sore throat. 2. (...

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Sore throat: Pain in the throat. Sore throat may be caused by many different causes, inclu...

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Sunscreen: A substance that blocks the effect of the sun's harmful rays. Using lotions tha...

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Thermometer: A device used to measure the temperature of gaseous, liquid or solid matter ...

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

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Tick: A small wingless bloodsucking insect that, along with the mite, belongs to the order...

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

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Trauma: A physical or emotional injury.

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

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