Hypopituitary Glossary of Terms

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Androgen: A male sex hormone that promotes the development and maintenance of the male s...

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Anxiety: A feeling of apprehension and fear, characterized by physical symptoms such as pa...

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Bioinformatics: The sum of the computational approaches to analyze, manage, and store biol...

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Blood pressure: The blood pressure is the pressure of the blood within the arteries. It is...

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

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Constipation: Infrequent and frequently incomplete bowel movements. Constipation is the op...

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Cortisol: A metabolite of the primary stress hormone cortisone. Cortisol is an essential f...

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CT scan: Computerized tomography scan. Pictures of structures within the body created by a...

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Depression: An illness that involves the body, mood, and thoughts and that affects the way...

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Dysfunction: Difficult function or abnormal function.

Endocrinology: The study of the medical aspects of hormones, including diseases and condit...

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Erectile dysfunction: A consistent inability to sustain an erection sufficient for sexual ...

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Estrogen: A female steroid hormone that is produced by the ovaries and, in lesser amounts,...

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Estrogens: Female hormones produced by the ovaries. Estrogen deficiency can lead to osteop...

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Fatigue: A condition characterized by a lessened capacity for work and reduced efficiency ...

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Gland: A group of cells that secrete a substance for use in the body. For example, the thy...

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Growth hormone: A hormone made in the pituitary gland that stimulates the release of anoth...

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

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Hypothalamus: The area of the brain that secretes substances that influence pituitary and ...

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Hypothyroid: Deficiency of thyroid hormone which is normally made by the thyroid gland wh...

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

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Informatics: The application of computers and statistics to the management of information....

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Internal medicine: The medical specialty dedicated to the diagnosis and medical treatment ...

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Levothyroxine: A synthetic thyroid hormone used as a thyroid hormone replacement drug (bra...

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Low blood pressure: Any blood pressure that is below the normal expected for an individua...

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Luteinizing hormone: A gonadotropin (a hormone that affects the function of the sex organs...

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Meningitis: Inflammation of the meninges, the three membranes that envelop the brain and t...

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Menstrual: Pertaining to menstruation (the menses), as in last menstrual period, menstrua...

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Metabolism: The whole range of biochemical processes that occur within a living organism. ...

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MRI: Magnetic resonance imaging.

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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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Nausea: Stomach queasiness, the urge to vomit. Nausea can be brought on by many causes, in...

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Onset: In medicine, the first appearance of the signs or symptoms of an illness as, for ex...

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

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

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Pituitary: 1. As an adjective, pertaining to the pituitary gland or its hormonal se...

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Pituitary gland: The main endocrine gland. It is a small structure in the head. It is ca...

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Progesterone: A female hormone, the principal hormone that prepares the uterus to receive ...

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

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Prolactin: A hormone secreted by the pituitary gland that stimulates lactation (milk produ...

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Radiation: 1. Rays of energy. Gamma rays and X-rays are two of the types of energy ...

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Reproduction: The production of offspring. Reproduction need not be sexual; for example, y...

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Reproductive system: In women, the organs that are directly involved in producing eggs and...

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

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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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Sensitivity: 1. In psychology, the quality of being sensitive. As, for example, sen...

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Skeletal: Pertaining to the skeleton, the bones of the body that collectively provide the ...

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Skeletal muscle: Along with smooth and cardiac muscle, one of the types of muscle tissue i...

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

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Testosterone: A "male hormone" -- a sex hormone produced by the testes that encourages th...

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Testosterone replacement therapy: The practice of giving testosterone to treat conditions...

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Therapy: The treatment of disease. Therapy is synonymous with treatment.

Thyroid: 1. The thyroid gland. Also, pertaining to the thyroid gland. 2. A p...

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Thyroid gland: A gland that makes and stores hormones that help regulate the heart rate, b...

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Thyroid hormone: A chemical substance made by the thyroid gland for export into the bloods...

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Thyroid hormones: Chemical substances made by the thyroid gland, which is located in the...

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Thyroxine: A hormone that is made by the thyroid gland and is one of the most important th...

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TSH: Thyroid stimulating hormone.

Tumor: An abnormal mass of tissue. Tumors are a classic sign of inflammation, and can be ...

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Weight loss: Weight loss is a decrease in body weight resulting from either voluntary (die...

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