Folliculitis Glossary of Terms

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Acne: Localized skin inflammation as a result of overactivity of the oil glands at the ba...

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Acne vulgaris: The common form of acne, in teens and young adults, that is due to overacti...

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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.

Biopsy: The removal of a sample of tissue for examination under a microscope to check for ...

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

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Epidermal: Pertaining to the epidermis, the outermost layer of the skin.

Epidermal growth factor: EGF.

Epidermal growth factor receptor: EGFR.

Essential: In medicine, of unknown cause, as in essential hypertension (high blood pressur...

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Exogenous: Originating from outside the organism. Insulin taken by a diabetic is exogenous...

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Folliculitis: An infection or inflammation of the hair follicles of the skin. Inflammation...

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Fungi: Plural of fungus.

Hair follicle: A sac from which a hair grows and into which the sebaceous (oil) glands ope...

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

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

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

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

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

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Molluscum contagiosum: A contagious disease of the skin marked by the occurrence of rounde...

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Mucous: Pertaining to mucus, a thick fluid produced by the lining of some tissues of the b...

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

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Pathogenic: Capable of causing disease. For example, pathogenic E. coli are Eschericia col...

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Pathologic: 1. Indicative of or caused by disease, as in a pathologic fracture, pat...

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Pimples: Small papules or pustules. See: Pimple.

Predispose: To make more likely or render susceptible. Smoking predisposes to a number of ...

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Pregnant: The state of carrying a developing fetus within the body.

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

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Pus: A thick, whitish-yellow fluid that results from the accumulation of white blood cells...

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Pustule: A pustule is a small collection of pus in the top layer of skin (epidermis) or be...

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Receptor: 1. In cell biology, a structure on the surface of a cell (or inside a cel...

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Staphylococcus: A group of bacteria that cause a multitude of diseases. Under a microscope...

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Superficial: In anatomy, on the surface or shallow. As opposed to deep. The skin is superf...

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

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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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