Human Bites Glossary of Terms

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Acetaminophen: A nonaspirin pain reliever or analgesic. Acetaminophen may be given alone t...

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Antibiotic: A drug used to treat bacterial infections. Antibiotics have no effect on viral...

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

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Bacteria: Single-celled microorganisms that can exist either as independent (free-living) ...

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Baseline: Information or data gathered at the beginning of a period from which variations ...

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Cartilage: Firm, rubbery tissue that cushions bones at joints. A flexible kind of cartilag...

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

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Cuts: Severed skin. Washing a cut or scrape with soap and water and keeping it clean and d...

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

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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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Ear: The hearing organ. There are three sections of the ear, according to the anatomy tex...

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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 F (37...

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Flush: (1) A redness of the skin, typically over the cheeks or neck. A flush is usually ...

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

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Heart: The muscle that pumps blood received from veins into arteries throughout the body. ...

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HIV: Acronym for the Human Immunodeficiency Virus, the cause of AIDS (acquired immunodefi...

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

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

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Injure: To harm, hurt, or wound. The word injure may be in physical or emotional sense. Fr...

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Injury: Harm or hurt. To harm, hurt, or wound. The word injure may be in physical or emot...

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Lymph: The almost colorless fluid that travels through the lymphatic system, carrying cell...

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Lymphangitis: The red streaking and gland (lymph node) swelling in the area of an injury e...

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Mouth: 1. The upper opening of the digestive tract, beginning with the lips and con...

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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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Nerve: A bundle of fibers that uses electrical and chemical signals to transmit sensory an...

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Nose: The external midline projection from the face. The purpose of the nose is to warm, c...

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Numb: Numb, or numbness is a loss of the sensation of feeling in an area of the body. Numb...

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Open wound: An injury that is exposed because of broken skin. An open wound is at high ris...

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

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Paronychia: Inflammation of the folds of tissue surrounding the nail due to infection or i...

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Poisoning: Taking a substance that is injurious to health or can cause death. Poisoning i...

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

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Prophylaxis: The prevention of disease.

Puncture wound: An injury that is caused by a pointed object that pierces or penetrates th...

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

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Reflex: An involuntary reaction. For example, the corneal reflex is the blink that occurs ...

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Rule out: Term used in medicine, meaning to eliminate or exclude something from considera...

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Scrape: An abrasion or cut caused by something rubbing roughly against the skin. To treat ...

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Sibling: A brother or sister.

Sore: 1. (adjective) A popular term for painful, such as a sore throat. 2. (...

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

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Surgeon: A physician who treats disease, injury, or deformity via operative or manual meth...

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

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Tendon: The soft tissue by which muscle attaches to bone. Tendons are somewhat flexible, b...

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Tetanus: An often fatal infectious disease that is caused by the bacterium Clostridium tet...

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Tongue: A strong muscle that is anchored to the floor of the mouth. The tongue is covered ...

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Tooth: One of the structures within the mouth that allow for biting and chewing. Teeth hav...

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Trigger: Something that either sets off a disease in people who are genetically predispose...

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Tylenol: See: Acetaminophen.

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