Home Pregnancy Test Glossary of Terms

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

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Chemical reaction: A process in which one substance is transformed into another.

Conception: 1. The union of the sperm and the ovum. Synonymous with fertilization.
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Endocrinology: The study of the medical aspects of hormones, including diseases and condit...

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FDA: Food and Drug Administration.

Food and Drug Administration: An agency within the US Public Health Service that provides ...

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Genetics: The scientific study of heredity. Genetics pertains to humans and all other orga...

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Gonadotropin: Hormones that are secreted by the pituitary gland, and that affect the func...

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Gynecology: The branch of medicine that is particularly concerned with the health of the f...

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HCG: Human chorionic gonadotropin.

Hormone: A chemical substance produced in the body that controls and regulates the activit...

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Human chorionic gonadotropin: (hCG) A human hormone made by chorionic cells in the fetal ...

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In vitro: In glass, as in a test tube. An in vitro test is one that is done in glass or pl...

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Indicate: In medicine, to make a treatment or procedure advisable because of a particular ...

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

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

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Obstetrics: The art and science of managing pregnancy, labor, and the puerperium (the time...

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

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Pharmacy: A location where prescription medications are sold. A pharmacy is constantly sup...

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

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

Prenatal: Occurring or existing before birth.

Prenatal care: Health care that a pregnant woman receives from an obstetrician or a midwif...

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Prescription: A physician's order for the preparation and administration of a drug or dev...

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Qualitative: Having to do with quality. In contrast to quantitative (which pertains to qua...

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Quantitative: Having to do with quantity or with the amount.

Sperm: A sperm is the male "gamete" or sex cell. It combines with the female &qu...

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

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