Menstrual Cramps Glossary of Terms

The following are health and medical definitions of terms that appear in the Menstrual Cramps article.

Abdomen: The belly, that part of the body that contains all of the structures between the...

See the entire definition of Abdomen

Ablation: Removal or excision. Ablation is usually carried out surgically. For example, su...

See the entire definition of Ablation

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

Absenteeism: The frequent absence from work or other duty without good reason. See also: P...

See the entire definition of Absenteeism

Adenomyosis: A common, benign condition of the uterus in which the endometrium (the inner ...

See the entire definition of Adenomyosis

Back pain: Pain felt in the low or upper back. Causes of pain in the low and upper back in...

See the entire definition of Back pain

Benign: Not malignant. A benign tumor is one that does not invade surrounding tissue or sp...

See the entire definition of Benign

Birth control: Birth control is the use of any practices, methods, or devices to prevent p...

See the entire definition of Birth control

Brain: The portion of the central nervous system that is located within the skull. It func...

See the entire definition of Brain

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

See the entire definition of Cervix

Chills: feelings of coldness accompanied by shivering. Chills may develop after exposure t...

See the entire definition of Chills

Cysts: Cysts are abnormal, closed sac-like structures within a tissue that contain a liqui...

See the entire definition of Cysts

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

See the entire definition of Diagnosis

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

See the entire definition of Diarrhea

Discharge: 1.The flow of fluid from part of the body, such as from the nose or vag...

See the entire definition of Discharge back to top

Dizziness: Painless head discomfort with many possible causes including disturbances of ...

See the entire definition of Dizziness

Ectopic: In the wrong place, out of place. For example, an ectopic kidney is a kidney that...

See the entire definition of Ectopic

Ectopic pregnancy: A pregnancy that is not in the uterus. The fertilized egg settles and g...

See the entire definition of Ectopic pregnancy

Emergency department: The department of a hospital responsible for the provision of medica...

See the entire definition of Emergency department

Endometrial ablation: Removal of the lining of the womb. Removing the uterine lining decre...

See the entire definition of Endometrial ablation

Endometriosis: The presence of tissue that normally grows inside the uterus (womb) in an ...

See the entire definition of Endometriosis

Fatigue: A condition characterized by a lessened capacity for work and reduced efficiency ...

See the entire definition of Fatigue

Fatty acid: One of many molecules that are long chains of lipid-carboxylic acid found in f...

See the entire definition of Fatty acid

Fever: Although a fever technically is any body temperature above the normal of 98.6 F (37...

See the entire definition of Fever

Fibroids: Fibroids are common, benign tumors of smooth muscle in the uterus (womb). Uterin...

See the entire definition of Fibroids

Hysterectomy: An operation to remove the uterus. Hysterectomies are most commonly performe...

See the entire definition of Hysterectomy

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

See the entire definition of Hysteroscopy

Ibuprofen: A nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) that is commonly used to treat pa...

See the entire definition of Ibuprofen

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

See the entire definition of Infection

Infertility: Diminished or absent ability to conceive and bear offspring. A couple is cons...

See the entire definition of Infertility back to top

Inflammation: A localized reaction that produces redness, warmth, swelling, and pain as a ...

See the entire definition of Inflammation

Intrauterine: In the uterus.

Kidney: One of a pair of organs located in the right and left side of the abdomen. The kid...

See the entire definition of Kidney

Laparoscopy: A type of surgery in which small incisions are made in the abdominal wall thr...

See the entire definition of Laparoscopy

Leg: In popular usage, the part of the body from the top of the thigh down to the foot, an...

See the entire definition of Leg

Magnetic resonance imaging: A procedure that uses magnetism, radio waves, and a computer t...

See the entire definition of Magnetic resonance imaging

Malaise: A vague feeling of discomfort, one that cannot be pinned down but is often sensed...

See the entire definition of Malaise

Medical history: 1. In clinical medicine, the patient's past and present which may ...

See the entire definition of Medical history

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

See the entire definition of Menstrual

Menstrual cramps: Cramping in the lower abdomen, usually in the first or second day of the...

See the entire definition of Menstrual cramps

Menstruation: The periodic blood that flows as a discharge from the uterus. Also called me...

See the entire definition of Menstruation

MRI: Magnetic resonance imaging.

Muscle: Muscle is the tissue of the body which primarily functions as a source of power. T...

See the entire definition of Muscle

Neural: Having to do with nerve cells (neurons).

Nutrition: 1: The process of taking in food and using it for growth, metabolism, and repai...

See the entire definition of Nutrition back to top

Onset: In medicine, the first appearance of the signs or symptoms of an illness as, for ex...

See the entire definition of Onset

Oral contraceptive: A birth control pill taken by mouth. Most oral contraceptives include...

See the entire definition of Oral contraceptive

Ovarian: Of or pertaining to the ovary.

Pain: An unpleasant sensation that can range from mild, localized discomfort to agony. Pa...

See the entire definition of Pain

Pelvic: Having to do with the pelvis, the lower part of the abdomen, located between the h...

See the entire definition of Pelvic

Pelvic exam: An examination of the organs of the female reproductive system.

Pelvic pain: : Pain perceived in the area of the pelvis, the lower part of the abdomen loc...

See the entire definition of Pelvic pain

Pregnancy: The state of carrying a developing embryo or fetus within the female body. Thi...

See the entire definition of Pregnancy

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

Prescription: A physician's order for the preparation and administration of a drug or dev...

See the entire definition of Prescription

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

See the entire definition of Prognosis

Prostaglandin: One of a number of hormone-like substances that participate in a wide range...

See the entire definition of Prostaglandin

Reflux: The term used when liquid backs up into the esophagus from the stomach.

Resection: Surgical removal of part of an organ.

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

See the entire definition of Stomach back to top

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

See the entire definition of Stress

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

See the entire definition of Surgery

Therapy: The treatment of disease. Therapy is synonymous with treatment.

Thiamine: Vitamin B1. Thiamine (vitamin B1) acts as a coenzyme in the metabolism of the bo...

See the entire definition of Thiamine

Tipped uterus: A slight to dramatic placement of the uterus that orients it toward the ba...

See the entire definition of Tipped Uterus

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

See the entire definition of Tubes

Ultrasound: High-frequency sound waves. Ultra-sound waves can be bounced off tissues by us...

See the entire definition of Ultrasound

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

See the entire definition of Uterus

Vagina: The muscular canal that extends from the cervix to the outside of the body. It is ...

See the entire definition of Vagina

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

See the entire definition of Vaginal discharge

Vitamin E: Alpha-tocopherol, an antioxidant vitamin which binds oxygen free radicals that ...

See the entire definition of Vitamin E back to top






Medical Dictionary