Pediatric Vital Signs Glossary of Terms

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

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

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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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Marx: See: Marx, Gertie F.

Normal range: Characteristic of 95 percent of values from a normal population. The remaini...

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Pediatric: Pertaining to children.

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

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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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Vital: Necessary to maintain life. For example, breathing is a vital function.

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