Loop Electrosurgical Excision Procedure (LEEP) Glossary of Terms

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

Analysis: In psychology, a term for conversation-based therapeutic processes used to gain ...

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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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Carcinoma: Cancer that begins in the skin or in tissues that line or cover body organs. Ex...

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Carcinoma in situ: Cancer that has stayed in the place where it began and has not spread t...

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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 dysplasia: Cellular changes in the cells lining the cervix of the uterus. Cervica...

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Cervix: The cervix is the lower, narrow part of the uterus (womb). The uterus, a hollow, ...

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Colposcopy: A procedure in which a lighted magnifying instrument called a colposcope (or v...

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Cone: A type of specialized light-sensitive cell (photoreceptor) in the retina of the eye ...

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

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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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Douching: Using water or a medicated solution to clean the vagina and cervix or any other ...

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Dysplasia: Abnormality in form or development. For example, retinal dysplasia is abnormal ...

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Excision: 1. Surgical removal, as in the excision of a tumor. 2. The remov...

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In situ: In the normal location. An in situ tumor is one that is confined to its site of o...

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

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Laboratory: A place for doing tests and research procedures, and for preparing chemicals a...

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Laser: A powerful beam of light that is used in some types of surgery to cut or destroy ti...

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Microscopic: So small it cannot be seen without the aid of microscope. As opposed to macro...

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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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Pap test: A screening test for cervical cancer that involves the microscopic examination o...

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Pathologist: A physician who identifies diseases and conditions by studying abnormal cells...

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Precancerous: Pertaining to something that is not yet overtly cancerous, but appears to be...

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Recur: To occur again; to return. For example, a symptom, sign, or disease can recur.

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

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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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Substance: 1. Material with particular features.
2. The material that...

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

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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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Vaginal discharge: Vaginal discharge is a fluid produced by glands in the vaginal wall and...

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Vulva: The female external genital organs, including the labia, clitoris, and entrance to ...

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Womb: The womb (uterus) is a hollow, pear-shaped organ located in a woman's lower abdomen ...

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