Pinworms Glossary of Terms

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Abdominal: Relating to the abdomen, the belly, that part of the body that contains all of ...

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Abdominal pain: Pain in the belly. Abdominal pain can be acute or chronic. It may reflect ...

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Anus: The opening of the rectum to the outside of the body.

Appendicitis: Inflammation of the appendix, usually associated with infection of the appen...

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Bacterial: Of or pertaining to bacteria, as in a bacterial lung infection.

Bowel: The small and large intestine.

Contagious: capable of being transmitted from one human to another human via direct or ind...

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Cure: 1. To heal, to make well, to restore to good health. 2. A time withou...

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

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Emergency department: The department of a hospital responsible for the provision of medica...

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Flush: (1) A redness of the skin, typically over the cheeks or neck. A flush is usually ...

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Hygiene: The science of preventive medicine and the preservation of health. Also commonly ...

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

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Inflammatory response: A fundamental type of response by the body to disease and injury, a...

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Intestine: The long, tubelike organ in the abdomen that completes the process of digestion...

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Itching: An uncomfortable sensation in the skin that feels as if something is crawling on ...

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Large intestine: Comes after the small intestine. Large because it is wider than the smal...

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Microscope: An optical instrument that augments the power of the eye to see small objects....

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Operation: In medicine, a surgical procedure. Many operations are named after persons. The...

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

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Parasite: A plant or an animal organism that lives in or on another and takes its nourishm...

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Perianal: Located around the anus, the opening of the rectum to the outside of the body.

Pinworm infection: An infection caused by a small, white intestinal worm: the pinworm or, ...

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

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Prevalence: The proportion of individuals in a population having a disease or characterist...

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Rectum: The last 6 to 8 inches of the large intestine. The rectum stores solid waste until...

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Recur: To occur again; to return. For example, a symptom, sign, or disease can recur.

Sleep: The body's rest cycle.

Stool: The solid matter that is discharged in a bowel movement.

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

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Therapy: The treatment of disease. Therapy is synonymous with treatment.

Tongue: A strong muscle that is anchored to the floor of the mouth. The tongue is covered ...

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Urinary: Having to do with the function or anatomy of the kidneys, ureters, bladder, or ur...

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Urinary tract: The organs of the body that produce, store, and discharge urine. These orga...

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Vagina: The muscular canal that extends from the cervix to the outside of the body. It is ...

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