Infant Milestones Glossary of Terms

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Abnormal: Outside the expected norm, or uncharacteristic of a particular patient.

American Academy of Pediatrics: AAP. Its member pediatricians "dedicate their efforts and ...

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

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Arms: An appendage in anatomy and in clinical trials. See: Arm.

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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Cheek: The side of the face, which forms the side wall of the mouth. The cheekbone is part...

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

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

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Genetic: Having to do with genes and genetic
information.

Growth in height: See: Normal growth.

Infant: A young baby, from birth to 12 months of age.

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

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Intervention: The act of intervening, interfering or interceding with the intent of modify...

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Lips: Aside from the lips of the mouth, there are two pairs of lips at the entrance to the...

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Metabolic: Relating to metabolism, the whole range of biochemical processes that occur wit...

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Motor: Something that produces or refers to motion. For example, a motor neuron is a nerve...

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

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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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Neurological: Having to do with the nerves or the nervous system as, for example, a neurol...

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Palm: The grasping side of the hand; the flexor surface of the hand. In contrast to the ba...

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Pediatrics: The field of medicine that is concerned with the health of infants, children, ...

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Physical growth: See: Normal growth.

Primary care: A patient's main source for regular medical care, ideally providing continui...

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Probability: The likelihood that something will happen. For example, a probability of less...

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

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Rooting reflex: A reflex that is seen in normal newborn babies, who automatically turn the...

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Separation anxiety: A developmental stage during which a child experiences anxiety when se...

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Stage: As regards cancer, the extent of a cancer, especially whether the disease has spre...

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Startle reflex: A reflex seen in normal infants in response to a loud noise. The infant ma...

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Stomach: The digestive organ that is located in the upper abdomen, under the ribs. The upp...

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Tired: A feeling of a lessened capacity for work and reduced efficiency of accomplishment,...

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