Living with Crohn's Disease Glossary of Terms

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

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

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

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Bile: Bile is a yellow-green fluid that is made by the liver, stored in the gallbladder a...

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Bowel: The small and large intestine.

Chronic: In medicine, lasting a long time. A chronic condition is one that lasts 3 months ...

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Chronic illness: An illness that lasts 3 months or more.

Colitis: Inflammation of the large intestine (the colon). There are many forms of coliti...

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

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Crohn's disease: A chronic inflammatory disease, primarily involving the small and large ...

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Cure: 1. To heal, to make well, to restore to good health. 2. A time withou...

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

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Flare: 1. an exacerbation of a chronic disease. Sometimes referred to as a flare-up, a fla...

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Gastroenterology: The medical specialty devoted to the study, diagnosis and treatment of d...

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Genetic: Having to do with genes and genetic
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Hepatology: The field of liver disease. The liver is the body's largest organ and hepatolo...

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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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Inflammatory bowel disease: A group of chronic intestinal diseases characterized by infla...

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

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Liver: The largest solid organ in the body, situated in the upper part of the abdomen on t...

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

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

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Quality of life: The patient's ability to enjoy normal life activities. Quality of life is...

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

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

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

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Virus: A microorganism that is smaller than a bacterium that cannot grow or reproduce apar...

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