Plaque Psoriasis Glossary of Terms

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Arthritis: Inflammation of a joint. When joints are inflamed they can develop stiffness, w...

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Atypical: Unusual, or not fitting a single diagnostic
category.

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

Biopsy: The removal of a sample of tissue for examination under a microscope to check for ...

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Bumps: The raised area of a bump or bruise results from blood leaking from these injured b...

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Cardiovascular: Relating to the circulatory system, which comprises the heart and blood ve...

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Cardiovascular disease: Disease affecting the heart or blood vessels.

Curable: Amenable to a cure, capable of being cured, to being healed and made well. From ...

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Cutaneous: Related to the skin.

Dermatology: 1. The branch of medicine concerned with the diagnosis, treatment, and...

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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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Dysfunction: Difficult function or abnormal function.

Elective: In medicine, something chosen (elected). An elective procedure is one that is ch...

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Exacerbation: A worsening. In medicine, exacerbation may refer to an increase in the sever...

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Fungal: Pertaining to a fungus. For example, a fungal skin infection.

Gene: The basic biological unit of heredity. A segment of deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) need...

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Genes: The basic biological units of heredity. Segments of deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) nee...

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Genetic: Having to do with genes and genetic
information.

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

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

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Immunosuppressive: 1. Pertaining to immunosuppression, the suppression of the immun...

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Incurable: Not amenable to a cure. Incapable of being cured, healed and made well again. ...

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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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Lips: Aside from the lips of the mouth, there are two pairs of lips at the entrance to the...

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

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

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Mutation: A permanent change, a structural alteration, in the DNA or RNA. In humans and m...

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Nail: In medicine, there are two types of nails. One is just a plain old metal nail used t...

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Obese: Well above one's normal weight. A person has traditionally been considered to be ob...

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Plaque:1. An semi-hardened accumulation of substances from fluids that bathe an are...

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Plaque psoriasis: The most common form of psoriasis -- about 80% of people with psoriasis ...

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

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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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Psoriasis: A reddish, scaly rash often located over the surfaces of the elbows, knees, sca...

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Psoriatic arthritis: Joint inflammation that is associated with psoriasis. Psoriatic arthr...

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PUVA: PUVA stands for psoralen (P) and ultraviolet A (UVA) therapy in which the patient is...

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Steroid: One of a large group of chemical substances classified by a specific carbon struc...

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Stress: In a medical or biological context stress is a physical, mental, or emotional fact...

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Subcutaneous: Under the skin. For example, a subcutaneous injection is an injection in whi...

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Synthesis: Putting together different entities to make a whole which is new and different....

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Systemic: Affecting the entire body. A systemic disease such as diabetes can affect the wh...

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

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

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Trauma: A physical or emotional injury.

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

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Vitamin A: Vitamin A is retinol. Carotene compounds (found, for example, in egg yolk, butt...

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