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Acetaminophen: A nonaspirin pain reliever or analgesic. Acetaminophen may be given alone t...

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Antidepressant: Anything, and especially a drug, used to prevent or treat depression.

Antidepressants: Anything, and especially a drug, used to prevent or treat depression.

Aspirin: Once the Bayer trademark for acetylsalicylic acid, now the common name for this a...

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Bacterial: Of or pertaining to bacteria, as in a bacterial lung infection.

Blood glucose: The main sugar that the body makes from the food in the diet. Glucose is ca...

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Cancer: An abnormal growth of cells which tend to proliferate in an uncontrolled way and, ...

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Carcinoid syndrome: A syndrome due to carcinoid tumor which secretes large amounts of the ...

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

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Cortisone: A naturally occurring adrenocorticoid hormone that is produced in minute amount...

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

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Endocarditis: an inflammation of one or more of the heart valves and lining tissues of the...

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Estrogen: A female steroid hormone that is produced by the ovaries and, in lesser amounts,...

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

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Glucose: The simple sugar that is the chief source of energy. Glucose is found in the bloo...

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Heart: The muscle that pumps blood received from veins into arteries throughout the body. ...

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Heart valves: There are four heart valves. All are one-way valves. Blood entering the ...

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HIV: Acronym for the Human Immunodeficiency Virus, the cause of AIDS (acquired immunodefi...

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Hormone: A chemical substance produced in the body that controls and regulates the activit...

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Hormone therapy: Treatment of disease or symptoms with synthetic or naturally derived horm...

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Hot flashes: A sudden wave of mild or intense body heat caused by rushes of hormonal chang...

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Hyperhidrosis: A condition characterized by extreme and excessive sweating. Primary hyperh...

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Hypoglycemia: Low blood sugar (glucose). Hypoglycemia may be associated with symptoms such...

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Idiopathic: Of unknown cause. Any disease that is of uncertain or unknown origin may be te...

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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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Insulin: A natural hormone made by the pancreas that controls the level of the sugar gluco...

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Lipid: Another word for "fat." (Please see the various meanings of fat.) A lipid is chemic...

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Lymphoma: A tumor of the lymphoid tissue. The major types of lymphoma are Hodgkin's diseas...

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

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Menopause: The time in a woman's life when menstrual periods permanently stop; it is also ...

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Neuropathy: Any disease or malfunction of the nerves.

Niacin: Nicotinic acid, one of the B-complex vitamins-B 3. Deficiency of niacin in the die...

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Night sweats: Severe hot flashes that occur at night and result in a drenching sweat. Nigh...

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Osteomyelitis: Inflammation of the bone due to infection, for example, by the bacteria sal...

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Perimenopause: The time in a woman's life when physiological changes occur that begin the...

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Primary care: A patient's main source for regular medical care, ideally providing continui...

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Progestin: Any one of a group of steroid hormones that have the effect of progesterone.

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

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Psychiatric: Pertaining to or within the purview of psychiatry, the medical specialty conc...

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Sensation: In medicine and physiology, sensation refers to the registration of an incoming...

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Sleep: The body's rest cycle.

Stroke: The sudden death of brain cells due to lack of oxygen, caused by blockage of blood...

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Sweat: A colorless transparent acidic fluid with a distinctive odor secreted by the small ...

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Sweating: The act of secreting fluid from the skin by the sweat (sudoriferous) glands. The...

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Symptom: Any subjective evidence of disease. In contrast, a sign is objective. Blood comin...

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Syndrome: A combination of symptoms and signs that together represent a disease process.

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

Tuberculosis: A highly contagious infection caused by the bacterium called Mycobacteriu...

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

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Weight loss: Weight loss is a decrease in body weight resulting from either voluntary (die...

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