Phlebitis Glossary of Terms

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

Birth control: Birth control is the use of any practices, methods, or devices to prevent p...

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Blood clot: A mass of coagulated blood. A blood clot can block a major blood vessel, causi...

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Blood clots: Blood that has been converted from a liquid to a solid state. Also called a t...

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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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Bruise: Injury of the soft tissues that results in breakage of the local capillaries and l...

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

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Cast: 1) A protective shell of fiberglass, plastic, or plaster, and bandage that is molde...

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Catheter: A thin, flexible tube.

Chest: The area of the body located between the neck and the abdomen. The chest contains t...

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Chest pain: Pain in the chest that can be a result of many things, including angina, heart...

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Chronic: In medicine, lasting a long time. A chronic condition is one that lasts 3 months ...

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

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Compress: Cloth or another material applied under pressure to an area of the skin and held...

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Compression: 1. The act of pressing together. As in a compression fracture, nerve c...

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D-dimer: A fragment produced during the degradation of a clot. The D here stands for domai...

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Deep vein thrombosis: A blood clot within a deep vein, typically in the thigh or leg. The ...

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

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Embolism: The obstruction of a blood vessel by a foreign substance or a blood clot that tr...

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Enoxaparin: A low-molecular-weight version of heparin that acts like heparin as an anticoa...

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Extremity: An uttermost part of the body, such as a hand or a foot.

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

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

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Ibuprofen: A nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) that is commonly used to treat pa...

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

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Knee: The knee is a joint which has three parts. The thigh bone (the femur) meets the lar...

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Leg: In popular usage, the part of the body from the top of the thigh down to the foot, an...

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Local treatment: Treatment that affects the tumor and the area close to it.

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Lungs: The lungs are a pair of breathing organs located with the chest which remove carbon...

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Obstruction: Blockage of a passageway. See, for example: Airway obstruction; Intestinal 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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Pain: An unpleasant sensation that can range from mild, localized discomfort to agony. Pa...

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Pelvis: The lower part of the abdomen, located between the hip bones. Structures in the fe...

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Peripheral: Situated away from the center, as opposed to centrally located.

Phlebitis: Inflammation of a vein. With phlebitis, there is infiltration of the walls of t...

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Pregnancy: The state of carrying a developing embryo or fetus within the female body. Thi...

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Prescription: A physician's order for the preparation and administration of a drug or dev...

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Probe: (1) In surgery, a probe is a slender flexible rod with a blunt end used to e...

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

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Proximal: Toward the beginning, the nearer of two (or more) items. For example, the proxim...

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Pulmonary: Having to do with the lungs.

Pulmonary embolism: Sudden closure of a pulmonary artery or one of its branches, caused by...

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Shortness of breath: Difficulty in breathing. Medically referred to as dyspnea. Shortness ...

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Sore: 1. (adjective) A popular term for painful, such as a sore throat. 2. (...

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Superficial: In anatomy, on the surface or shallow. As opposed to deep. The skin is superf...

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

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Therapeutic: Relating to therapeutics, the branch of medicine that is concerned specifical...

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Thigh: The thick, muscular portion of the leg that extends from the hip to the knee. The t...

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Thrombi: Plural of thrombus.

Thromboembolism: Formation in a blood vessel of a clot (thrombus) that breaks loose and is...

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Thrombophlebitis: Inflammation of a vein that occurs when a blood clot forms.

Thrombosis: The formation or presence of a blood clot in a blood vessel. The vessel may be...

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Thrombus: A clot in a blood vessel or within the heart.

Trauma: A physical or emotional injury.

Ultrasound: High-frequency sound waves. Ultra-sound waves can be bounced off tissues by us...

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Upper leg: More properly called the thigh, the upper leg is the area between the knee and ...

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Uterus: A hollow, pear-shaped organ that is located in a woman's lower abdomen, between th...

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Varicose veins: See: Varicose vein.

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Vein: A blood vessel that carries blood that is low in oxygen content from the body back t...

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Warfarin: An anticoagulant drug (brand names: Coumarin, Panwarfin, Sofarin) taken to prev...

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