Foley Catheter Glossary of Terms

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Abdominal: Relating to the abdomen, the belly, that part of the body that contains all of ...

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Abdominal pain: Pain in the belly. Abdominal pain can be acute or chronic. It may reflect ...

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Acute: Of abrupt onset, in reference to a disease. Acute often also connotes an illness th...

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

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Bladder: A hollow organ in the lower abdomen that stores urine. The kidneys filter waste f...

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Blood in the urine: Blood that appears in the urine. Also known as hematuria. Gross hematu...

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Calf: The belly or fleshy hind part of the back of the leg below the knee. The calf is mad...

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Cancer: An abnormal growth of cells which tend to proliferate in an uncontrolled way and, ...

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Catheter: A thin, flexible tube.

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

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Dizziness: Painless head discomfort with many possible causes including disturbances of ...

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

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Dysfunction: Difficult function or abnormal function.

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

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

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Foley catheter: See: Catheter, Foley.

Forceps: An instrument that has two blades and a handle and is used for handling, grasping...

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Foreskin: The fold of skin which covers the head (the glans) of the penis. Also called th...

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

Hypertrophy: Enlargement or overgrowth of an organ or part of the body due to the increase...

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Incontinence: The inability to control excretions, to hold urine in the bladder, or to kee...

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

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Insertion: A chromosome abnormality that is due to insertion of a segment from one chromos...

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Iodine: An element in the diet that is essential for the manufacture of hormones by the th...

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Kidney: One of a pair of organs located in the right and left side of the abdomen. The kid...

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Labia: Lips, the fleshy folds that surround the opening of the mouth (oral labia) or the v...

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Laboratory: A place for doing tests and research procedures, and for preparing chemicals a...

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Leg: In popular usage, the part of the body from the top of the thigh down to the foot, an...

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Lubricant: An oily or slippery substance. A vaginal lubricant may be helpful for women who...

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Muscle: Muscle is the tissue of the body which primarily functions as a source of power. T...

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

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Obstruction: Blockage of a passageway. See, for example: Airway obstruction; Intestinal o...

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Outlet: The exit or opening. The means by which something escapes.

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

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Pelvis: The lower part of the abdomen, located between the hip bones. Structures in the fe...

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Prostate: A gland within the male reproductive system that is located just below the blad...

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Prostate cancer: A malignant tumor of the prostate, the gland that produces some of the co...

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Rupture: A break or tear in any organ (such as the spleen) or soft tissue (such as the ach...

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

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Spasm: A brief, automatic jerking movement. A muscle spasm can be quite painful, with the ...

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

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Syringe: A medical device that is used to inject fluid into, or withdraw fluid from, the b...

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Trauma: A physical or emotional injury.

Urethra: The tube that leads from the bladder and transports and discharges urine outside ...

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Urinary: Having to do with the function or anatomy of the kidneys, ureters, bladder, or ur...

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Urinary incontinence: The unintentional loss of urine. Inability to hold urine in the blad...

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Urinary tract: The organs of the body that produce, store, and discharge urine. These orga...

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Urine: Liquid waste produced by the kidneys. Urine is a clear, transparent fluid that norm...

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Vagina: The muscular canal that extends from the cervix to the outside of the body. It is ...

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