Foreign Body, Vagina Glossary of Terms

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Abdomen: The belly, that part of the body that contains all of the structures between the...

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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 cavity: The cavity within the abdomen, the space between the abdominal wall and...

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

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Abnormal: Outside the expected norm, or uncharacteristic of a particular patient.

Abscess: A local accumulation of pus anywhere in the body. The following are some example...

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

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Adjacent: Lying nearby. Related terms include superjacent, subjacent, and circumjacent. Fr...

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Analgesia: The inability to feel pain.

Anesthesia: Loss of feeling or awareness, as when an anesthetic is administered before sur...

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

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Anus: The opening of the rectum to the outside of the body.

Asymptomatic: Without symptoms. For example, an asymptomatic infection is an infection wit...

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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.

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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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Bowel: The small and large intestine.

Cervix: The cervix is the lower, narrow part of the uterus (womb). The uterus, a hollow, ...

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Child abuse: A complex set of behaviors that include child neglect and the physical, emoti...

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Chronic: In medicine, lasting a long time. A chronic condition is one that lasts 3 months ...

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Computerized tomography: Pictures of structures within the body created by a computer that...

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Dementia: Significant loss of intellectual abilities, such as memory capacity, that is sev...

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

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

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Distention: The state of being distended, enlarged, swollen from internal pressure.

Douching: Using water or a medicated solution to clean the vagina and cervix or any other ...

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Dysuria: Pain during urination, or difficulty urinating. Dysuria is usually caused by infl...

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

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Erosion: An erosion is an eating away of a surface. ("Erodere" in Latin means to eat out.)...

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Erythema: Redness of the skin that results from capillary congestion. Erythema can occur w...

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Etiology: The study of causes, as in the causes of a disease. The form aetiology is genera...

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Feces: The excrement discharged from the 'intestines.

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

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Flora: The population of microbes inhabiting the outside or inside surfaces of people (or ...

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

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Hip pain: Hip pain is the sensation of discomfort in or around the hip joint, where the up...

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Hygiene: The science of preventive medicine and the preservation of health. Also commonly ...

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Hymen: A thin membrane that may completely or partially cover the vaginal opening before f...

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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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Infertility: Diminished or absent ability to conceive and bear offspring. A couple is cons...

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

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Introitus: An entrance that goes into a canal or hollow organ.

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

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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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Lavage: Washing out. Gastric lavage, for example, is the washing out of the stomach to rem...

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Marker: A piece of DNA that lies on a chromosome so close to a gene that the marker and t...

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MRI: Magnetic resonance imaging.

Operating room: A facility that is equipped for performing surgery. Abbreviated OR.

Outpatient: A patient who is not hospitalized, but instead comes to a physician?s office, ...

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

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Pelvic: Having to do with the pelvis, the lower part of the abdomen, located between the h...

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Pelvic pain: : Pain perceived in the area of the pelvis, the lower part of the abdomen loc...

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

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Perineal: Pertaining to the perineum.

Perineum: The area between the anus and the scrotum in the male and between the anus and t...

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Peritoneal: Having to do with the peritoneum.

Pregnancy: The state of carrying a developing embryo or fetus within the female body. Thi...

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

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Prophylactic: A preventive measure. The word comes from the Greek for "an advance guard," ...

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Psychiatric: Pertaining to or within the purview of psychiatry, the medical specialty conc...

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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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Rectum: The last 6 to 8 inches of the large intestine. The rectum stores solid waste until...

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

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Schizophrenia: One of several brain diseases whose symptoms may include loss of personalit...

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

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Septum: A dividing wall or enclosure. For example, the septum of the nose is the thin cart...

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Sexually transmitted infection: An infection that can be transferred from one person to an...

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Speculum: An instrument that is used to widen the opening of the vagina so that the cervix...

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Stool: The solid matter that is discharged in a bowel movement.

Substance: 1. Material with particular features.
2. The material that...

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Substance abuse: The excessive use of a substance, especially alcohol or a drug. (There is...

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

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Systemic: Affecting the entire body. A systemic disease such as diabetes can affect the wh...

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Therapeutic: Relating to therapeutics, the branch of medicine that is concerned specifical...

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Tomography: The process for generating a tomogram, a two-dimensional image of a slice or s...

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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 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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Vaginal discharge: Vaginal discharge is a fluid produced by glands in the vaginal wall and...

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Vaginal opening: The exterior opening to the vagina, the muscular canal that extends from ...

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Vaginitis: Inflammation of the vagina. The vagina is the muscular canal extending from th...

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Vulva: The female external genital organs, including the labia, clitoris, and entrance to ...

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Vulvar: Pertaining to the vulva, the female external genitalia including the labia majora,...

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

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Yeast infection: Overgrowth of yeast can affect the skin (yeast rash), mouth (thrush), di...

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