Plantar Warts Glossary of Terms

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Abscess: A local accumulation of pus anywhere in the body. The following are some example...

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Acquired: Not inherited, or present at birth (congenital), but developing after birth. For...

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

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Artery: A vessel that carries blood high in oxygen content away from the heart to the far...

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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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Boil: A skin abscess that forms at a hair follicle infected with pus-forming bacteria. The...

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Callus: 1. A localized firm thickening of the upper layer of skin as a result of re...

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

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Capillaries: Capillaries are the smallest of blood vessels. They serve to distribute oxyge...

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Cervical: Having to do with any kind of neck, including the neck on which the head is perc...

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Chemotherapy: 1. In the original sense, a chemical that binds to and specifically k...

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Circulation: In medicine, the movement of fluid through the body in a regular or circuitou...

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Corns: Small calloused areas of skin caused by local pressure irritating tissue over a bon...

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Cryotherapy: Literally, "cold therapy." Cryotherapy, sometimes referred to as cryosurgery,...

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

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Curettage: Removal of tissue with a curette from the wall of a cavity or another surface. ...

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Curette: spoon-shaped instrument that has a sharp edge. The word curette comes from French...

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Cuts: Severed skin. Washing a cut or scrape with soap and water and keeping it clean and d...

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Dermatologist: A physician who specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of skin problems...

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Diabetes: Usually refers to diabetes mellitus or, less often, to diabetes insipidus. Diabe...

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

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Duct: A walled passageway, such as a lymph duct, that carries fluid from one place to anot...

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Excision: 1. Surgical removal, as in the excision of a tumor. 2. The remov...

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Foot pain: Foot pain is the sensation of discomfort in the foot arising from disorders or ...

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Genital: Pertaining to the external and/or internal organs of reproduction.

HPV: Human papillomavirus.

Human papillomavirus: HPV. A family of over 100 viruses including those which cause warts ...

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Immune: Protected against infection, usually by the presence of antibodies.

Immune response: Any reaction by the immune system. For example, poison ivy can cause an i...

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Immune system: A complex system that is responsible for distinguishing a person from every...

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Immunotherapy: Treatment to stimulate or restore the ability of the immune (defense) syst...

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Incubation period: In medicine, the time from the moment of exposure to an infectious agen...

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Indicate: In medicine, to make a treatment or procedure advisable because of a particular ...

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

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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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Isolate: To separate from others as during an infectious disease.

Keratin: A protein found in the upper layer of the skin, hair, and nails, and in animal ho...

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Laser: A powerful beam of light that is used in some types of surgery to cut or destroy ti...

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Lesion: An area of abnormal tissue change. Lesions vary in severity from harmless to serio...

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Liquid nitrogen: Nitrogen in a liquid state. Liquid nitrogen is supercool -- about 200 deg...

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Malignant: 1. Tending to be severe and become progressively worse, as in malignant ...

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Mole: 1. In dermatology a mole is a pigmented spot on the skin, Also called a nevus...

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Mosaic: A person or a tissue that contains two or more types of genetically different cell...

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Mucous: Pertaining to mucus, a thick fluid produced by the lining of some tissues of the b...

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Neuropathy: Any disease or malfunction of the nerves.

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Nevus: A pigmented spot on the skin, such as a mole. The plural of nevus is nevi.

Nitrogen: Element number 7, a colorless, odorless, tasteless gas that is biologically impo...

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Ointment: An oil-based preparation that is applied to the skin. Whereas an ointment has an...

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

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Pathologist: A physician who identifies diseases and conditions by studying abnormal cells...

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

Peripheral artery disease: A form of peripheral vascular disease in which there is partial...

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Pharmacy: A location where prescription medications are sold. A pharmacy is constantly sup...

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Plantar: Having to do with the sole of the foot.

Plantar warts: Warts that grow on the soles of the feet.

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

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Proteins: Large molecules composed of one or more chains of amino acids in a specific orde...

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Referral: The recommendation of a medical or paramedical professional. If you get a refer...

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Remission: Disappearance of the signs and symptoms of cancer or other disease. A remission...

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Resolution: In genetics, the degree of molecular detail on a physical map of DNA. Resoluti...

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Salicylic acid: A substance obtained from plants (white willow back and wintergreen leaves...

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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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Symptomatic: 1 With symptoms, as a symptomatic infection. 2 Characteristic o...

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

Topical: Pertaining to a particular surface area. For example, a topical agent is applied ...

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Trauma: A physical or emotional injury.

Ubiquitous: Present everywhere. The small protein called ubiquitin was so-named because it...

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Vaccination: Injection of a killed microbe in order to stimulate the immune system against...

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Viral: Of or pertaining to a virus. For example, if a person has a viral rash, the rash wa...

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Viral infection: Infection caused by the presence of a virus in the body. Depending on th...

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Virus: A microorganism that is smaller than a bacterium that cannot grow or reproduce apar...

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Wart: A local growth of the outer layer of the skin (the epidermis) caused by a virus. Th...

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