Mumps Glossary of Terms

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

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Abortion: In medicine, an abortion is the premature exit of the products of conception (t...

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

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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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Deafness: Partial or complete hearing loss. Levels of hearing impairment vary from a mild ...

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

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Dry skin: Abnormally dry skin. Can be caused by a dry climate, winter weather, deficiency...

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Ear: The hearing organ. There are three sections of the ear, according to the anatomy tex...

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

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Encephalitis: Inflammation of the brain, which may be caused by a bacterium, a virus, or a...

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

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Headache: A pain in the head with the pain being above the eyes or the ears, behind the he...

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Immunization: Vaccination. Immunizations work by stimulating the immune system, the natur...

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Incubation period: In medicine, the time from the moment of exposure to an infectious agen...

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

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Measles: An acute and highly contagious viral disease characterized by fever, runny nose,...

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Meningitis: Inflammation of the meninges, the three membranes that envelop the brain and t...

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MMR: Measles, mumps, rubella vaccine, a combination vaccine.

Mucous: Pertaining to mucus, a thick fluid produced by the lining of some tissues of the b...

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Mumps: An acute (sudden, shortlived) viral illness that usually presents with inflammation...

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Neck: The part of the body joining the head to the shoulders. Also, any narrow or constric...

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

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Orchitis: Inflammation of the testis. Causes of orchitis include mumps and other infection...

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

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Pancreatitis: Inflammation of the pancreas. Of the many causes of pancreatitis, the most c...

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Pediatric: Pertaining to children.

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

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

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

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Puberty: Adolescence, the period in which the human body first becomes capable of reproduc...

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Scrotum: The pouch of skin that contains the testes, epididymides, and lower portions of t...

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Sneeze: 1. As a verb, to suddenly expel air through the nose and mouth by an involu...

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Testes: Plural of testis.

Testicles: The testicles (also called testes or gonads) are the male sex glands. They are ...

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Trimester: In obstetrics, one of the three divisions of three months each during pregnancy...

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Urine: Liquid waste produced by the kidneys. Urine is a clear, transparent fluid that norm...

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

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