Night Terrors Glossary of Terms

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American Academy of Pediatrics: AAP. Its member pediatricians "dedicate their efforts and ...

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

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

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Breathing: The process of respiration, during which air is inhaled into the lungs through ...

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EEG: Electroencephalogram.

Electroencephalogram: A technique for studying the electrical currents within the brain. E...

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

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

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Heart rate: The number of heartbeats per unit of time, usually per minute. The heart rate ...

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Injury: Harm or hurt. To harm, hurt, or wound. The word injure may be in physical or emot...

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

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Neurology: The medical specialty concerned with the diagnosis and treatment of disorders o...

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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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Paralysis: Loss of voluntary movement (motor function). Paralysis that affects only one mu...

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Pediatrics: The field of medicine that is concerned with the health of infants, children, ...

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

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Polysomnography: Continuous recording of specific physiologic variables during sleep. Poly...

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Recurrent: Appearing or occurring again. For example, a recurrent fever is a fever that ha...

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REM sleep: REM sleep is the portion of sleep when there are rapid eye movements (REMs).

Seizure: Uncontrolled electrical activity in the brain, which may produce a physical conv...

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Sleep: The body's rest cycle.

Sleep disorders: Any disorder that affects, disrupts, or involves sleep. The most common...

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Sleep paralysis: A frightening form of paralysis that occurs when a person suddenly finds...

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Stage: As regards cancer, the extent of a cancer, especially whether the disease has spre...

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

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Tachycardia: A rapid heart rate, usually defined as greater than 100 beats per minute.

Tachypnea: Abnormally fast breathing.

Tricyclic antidepressants: One of a class of medications used to treat depression. The tri...

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