Heat Stroke Glossary of Terms

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Benzodiazepines: A class of drugs that act as tranquilizers and are commonly used in the t...

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Brain: The portion of the central nervous system that is located within the skull. It func...

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Breathing: The process of respiration, during which air is inhaled into the lungs through ...

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Chest: The area of the body located between the neck and the abdomen. The chest contains t...

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Chest X-ray: A type of X-ray commonly used to detect abnormalities in the lungs. A chest X...

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Coma: A state of deep, unarousable unconsciousness. A coma may occur as a result of head t...

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Dehydration: Excessive loss of body water. Diseases of the gastrointestinal tract that cau...

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

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

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Electrolyte: A substance that dissociates into ions in solution and acquires the capacity ...

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Groin: The area where the thigh meets the hip.

Headache: A pain in the head with the pain being above the eyes or the ears, behind the he...

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Heat cramps: Painful muscle spasms in the abdomen, arms, or legs following strenuous activ...

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Heat exhaustion: A warning that the body is getting too hot. The person may be thirsty, gi...

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Heat stroke: A core body temperature that rises above 104 F (40 C) accompanied by hot, dr...

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Heat-related illness: A person with symptoms including headache, nausea, and fatigue after...

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Hypotension: Any blood pressure that is below the normal expected for an individual in a ...

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Liver: The largest solid organ in the body, situated in the upper part of the abdomen on t...

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Lungs: The lungs are a pair of breathing organs located with the chest which remove carbon...

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MRI: Magnetic resonance imaging.

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

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Neck: The part of the body joining the head to the shoulders. Also, any narrow or constric...

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Organ: A relatively independent part of the body that carries out one or more special func...

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

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Probe: 1: In surgery, a probe is a slender flexible rod with a blunt end used to explore, ...

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

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Pulse: The rhythmic dilation of an artery that results from beating of the heart. Pulse is...

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Renal: Having to do with the kidney. For example, renal cancer is cancer of the kidneys.

Rhabdomyolysis: A condition in which skeletal muscle is broken down, releasing muscle enzy...

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Stroke: The sudden death of brain cells due to lack of oxygen, caused by blockage of blood...

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Sweating: The act of secreting fluid from the skin by the sweat (sudoriferous) glands. The...

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

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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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