Fish-Handler's Disease Glossary of Terms

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

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Antibiotic: A drug used to treat bacterial infections. Antibiotics have no effect on viral...

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Bacteria: Single-celled microorganisms that can exist either as independent (free-living) ...

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

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

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

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Endocarditis: an inflammation of one or more of the heart valves and lining tissues of the...

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Erythromycin: Erythromycin is a common antibiotic for treating bacterial infection. Sold...

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Excision: 1. Surgical removal, as in the excision of a tumor. 2. The remov...

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Genetic: Having to do with genes and genetic
information.

Granuloma: A granuloma is one of a number of forms of localized nodular inflammation fou...

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

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Heart valves: There are four heart valves. All are one-way valves. Blood entering the ...

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

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Immune: Protected against infection, usually by the presence of antibodies.

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Immune system: A complex system that is responsible for distinguishing a person from every...

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

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

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

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

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Lesion: An area of abnormal tissue change. Lesions vary in severity from harmless to serio...

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Lymph: The almost colorless fluid that travels through the lymphatic system, carrying cell...

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Lymph node: One of many small, bean-shaped organs located throughout the lymphatic system....

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Mycobacterium: A large family of bacteria that have unusually waxy cell walls that are res...

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Node: Literally a knot, a node is a collection of tissue. For example a lymph node, is a ...

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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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Penicillin: The most famous of all antibiotics, named for the fungal mold Penicillium n...

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Scrub: 1. As a verb, to wash the hands and forearms very thoroughly, as before enga...

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

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Sepsis: The presence of bacteria (bacteremia), other infectious organisms, or toxins creat...

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Skin color: The color of skin which is complexly determined. Skin color depends on many fa...

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

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

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

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Tuberculosis: A highly contagious infection caused by the bacterium called Mycobacteriu...

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Tylenol: See: Acetaminophen.

Vesicle: In dermatology, a vesicle is a small blister, as on the skin. Vesicles also occur...

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