Perforated Eardrum Glossary of Terms

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Anesthetic: A substance that causes lack of feeling or awareness, dulling pain to permit s...

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Arms: An appendage in anatomy and in clinical trials. See: Arm.

Audiogram: A test of hearing at a range of sound frequencies.

Bacteria: Single-celled microorganisms that can exist either as independent (free-living) ...

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Barotrauma: Trauma caused by rapid or extreme changes in air pressure, especially affectin...

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Blast: An immature blood cell.

Blasts: Immature blood cells. Leukemic blasts do not grow and age normally; they prolifera...

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

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Bridge: A set of one or more false teeth supported by a metal framework, used to replace ...

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

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Dizziness: Painless head discomfort with many possible causes including disturbances of ...

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

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Eardrum: The tympanic membrane of the ear, or tympanum. The eardrum separates the middle e...

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ENT: 1. Abbreviation for ears, nose and throat. A field of medicine also called ot...

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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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Fungi: Plural of fungus.

Graft: Healthy skin, bone, kidney, liver, or other tissue that is taken from one part of t...

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

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Inner ear: A highly complex structure whose essential component for hearing is the membran...

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Membrane: A very thin layer of tissue that covers a 'surface.

Middle ear: A part of the ear that consists of the eardrum (tympanic membrane) and, beyond...

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Motor: Something that produces or refers to motion. For example, a motor neuron is a nerve...

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Mouth: 1. The upper opening of the digestive tract, beginning with the lips and con...

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Muscle: Muscle is the tissue of the body which primarily functions as a source of power. T...

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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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Nose: The external midline projection from the face. The purpose of the nose is to warm, c...

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Otolaryngologist: A physician specialized in diagnosing and treating diseases of the head ...

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Otoscope: An instrument for looking in the ear.

Outer ear: The part of the ear that is visible along the side of the head. The outer ear c...

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

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

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Respiratory: Having to do with respiration.

Rupture: A break or tear in any organ (such as the spleen) or soft tissue (such as the ach...

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

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Sinus: 1. An air-filled cavity in a dense portion of a skull bone. The sinuses decr...

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Skull: The skull is a collection of bones which encase the brain and give form to the hea...

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Surgery: The branch of medicine that employs operations in the treatment of disease or inj...

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

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Taste: A perception that results from stimulation of a gustatory nerve. Taste belongs to t...

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Throat: The throat is the anterior (front) portion of the neck beginning at the back of th...

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Trauma: A physical or emotional injury.

Tympanic: 1. Pertaining to the tympanum (the eardrum).
2. Pertaining t...

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Tympanic membrane: The eardrum, a thin membrane that serves as a partition between the ext...

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Vertigo: Aside from being the name of a classic 1958 Alfred Hitchcock film (with Jimmy St...

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Viruses: Small living particles that can infect cells and change how the cells function. I...

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