IBS Triggers (Irritable Bowel Syndrome Triggers and Prevention) Glossary of Terms

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Amitriptyline: An antidepressant medication. In some patients with depression, abnormal l...

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Antidepressants: Anything, and especially a drug, used to prevent or treat depression.

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

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Bowel: The small and large intestine.

Carbohydrates: Mainly sugars and starches, together constituting one of the three principa...

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

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Cough: A rapid expulsion of air from the lungs, typically in order to clear the lung airwa...

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Diarrhea: A common condition that involves unusually frequent and liquid bowel movements. ...

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Digestive system: The system of organs responsible for getting food into and out of the bo...

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Elavil: See: Amitriptyline.

Endep: See: Amitriptyline.

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

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Fiber: The parts of fruits and vegetables that cannot be digested. Fiber is of vital impor...

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Garlic: A perennial herb of the lily family cultivated for its pungent, edible bulbs. Garl...

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Gluten: A protein found in wheat or related grains and many foods that we eat. Gluten can ...

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Lactose: The sugar found in milk. Lactose is a large sugar molecule that is made up of two...

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

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Menstrual cycle: The monthly cycle of changes in the ovaries and the lining of the uteru...

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

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Reuptake: The reabsorption of a secreted substance by the cell that originally produced an...

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Serotonin: A neurotransmitter that is involved in the transmission of nerve impulses. Sero...

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Stress: In a medical or biological context stress is a physical, mental, or emotional fact...

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Symptom: Any subjective evidence of disease. In contrast, a sign is objective. Blood comin...

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Syndrome: A combination of symptoms and signs that together represent a disease process.

Tricyclic antidepressants: One of a class of medications used to treat depression. The tri...

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

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