Hysteroscopy Glossary of Terms

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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 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.

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

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Anesthetic: A substance that causes lack of feeling or awareness, dulling pain to permit s...

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Biopsy: The removal of a sample of tissue for examination under a microscope to check for ...

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Cancer: An abnormal growth of cells which tend to proliferate in an uncontrolled way and, ...

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Cervical: Having to do with any kind of neck, including the neck on which the head is perc...

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Cervical cancer: Cancer of the entrance to the womb (uterus). The cervix is the lower, na...

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Complication: In medicine, an unanticipated problem that arises following, and is a result...

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Curettage: Removal of tissue with a curette from the wall of a cavity or another surface. ...

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

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Dilation: The process of enlargement, stretching, or expansion. The word "dilatation" mean...

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Dilation and curettage: A minor operation in which the cervix is expanded enough (dilation...

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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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Embolism: The obstruction of a blood vessel by a foreign substance or a blood clot that tr...

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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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Hysteroscopy: A procedure to see inside the uterus (the womb) using a viewing scope that i...

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

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Insertion: A chromosome abnormality that is due to insertion of a segment from one chromos...

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Muscular: Having to do with the muscles. Also, endowed with above average muscle developme...

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Obstruction: Blockage of a passageway. See, for example: Airway obstruction; Intestinal o...

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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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Placenta: A temporary organ that joins the mother and fetus, transferring oxygen and nutri...

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

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

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Recurrence: The return of a sign, symptom, or disease after a remission. The reappearance ...

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Sedative: A drug that calms a patient, easing agitation and permitting sleep. Sedatives ge...

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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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Stenosis: A narrowing. For example, aortic stenosis is a narrowing of the aortic valve in ...

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

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Tubes: The "tubes" are medically known as the Fallopian tubes. There are two Fallopian tub...

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Urinary: Having to do with the function or anatomy of the kidneys, ureters, bladder, or ur...

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Uterine lining: The inner layer of the uterus (womb); the cells that line the womb; anatom...

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Uterus: A hollow, pear-shaped organ that is located in a woman's lower abdomen, between th...

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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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