Pediatric Vital Signs Glossary of Terms

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Blood pressure: The blood pressure is the pressure of the blood within the arteries. It is...

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Diastolic: Referring to the time when the heart is in a period of relaxation and dilatatio...

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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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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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Infant: A young baby, from birth to 12 months of age.

Life support: 1. A therapy or device designed to preserve someone's life when an es...

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Neonate: A newborn baby, specifically a baby in the first 4 weeks after birth. After a mon...

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Pediatric: Pertaining to children.

Pulse: The rhythmic dilation of an artery that results from beating of the heart. Pulse is...

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Respiratory: Having to do with respiration.

Respiratory rate: The number of breaths per minute or, more formally, the number of moveme...

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Systolic: The blood pressure when the heart is contracting. It is specifically the maximum...

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Toddler: A young child who is learning to walk with short unsteady steps. The word toddle ...

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Vital: Necessary to maintain life. For example, breathing is a vital function.definition of Vital back to top



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