Painful Ovulation (Mittelschmerz) Glossary of Terms

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

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Abdominal: Relating to the abdomen, the belly, that part of the body that contains all of ...

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Abdominal cavity: The cavity within the abdomen, the space between the abdominal wall and...

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Abdominal pain: Pain in the belly. Abdominal pain can be acute or chronic. It may reflect ...

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Appendicitis: Inflammation of the appendix, usually associated with infection of the appen...

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

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

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

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

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

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Fallopian tube: One of the two Fallopian tubes that transport the egg from the ovary to th...

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Family practice: The medical specialty which provides continuing and comprehensive health ...

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

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

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Last menstrual period: By convention, pregnancies are dated in weeks starting from the fir...

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Membrane: A very thin layer of tissue that covers a 'surface.

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

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Mittelschmerz: Pain due to ovulation that usually occurs at the midpoint between the menst...

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Nausea: Stomach queasiness, the urge to vomit. Nausea can be brought on by many causes, in...

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

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Ovary: The female gonad, one of a pair of reproductive glands in women. The ovaries are lo...

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Ovulation: The release of the ripe egg (ovum) from the ovary. The egg is released when the...

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Ovum: An egg within the ovary of the female. An ovum can combine with sperm to form a zygo...

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

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

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

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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...

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

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

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

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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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