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Activated charcoal: Charcoal that has been heated to increase its ability to absorb molecu...

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Blood pressure: The blood pressure is the pressure of the blood within the arteries. It is...

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Drain: A device for removing fluid from a cavity or wound. A drain is typically a tube or ...

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

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Endoscopy: Examination of the inside of the body by using a lighted, flexible instrument c...

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Esophagus: The tube that connects the pharynx (throat) with the stomach. The esophagus lie...

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Heart: The muscle that pumps blood received from veins into arteries throughout the body. ...

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Heart rate: The number of heartbeats per unit of time, usually per minute. The heart rate ...

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Herbal: 1. An adjective, referring to herbs, as in an herbal tea.
2. A...

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

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Iron: An essential mineral. Iron is necessary for the transport of oxygen (via hemoglobin ...

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Iron poisoning: Iron supplements meant for adults (such as pregnant women) are a major cau...

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Lithium: A naturally occurring salt that, in purified form, is used to treat certain psych...

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Lithobid: See: Lithium.

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

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

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Pharmacist: A professional who fills prescriptions and, in the case of a compounding pharm...

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

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Poison: Any substance that can cause severe organ damage or death if ingested, breathed in...

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Poison control center: A special information center set up to inform people about how to r...

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Poisoning: Taking a substance that is injurious to health or can cause death. Poisoning i...

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Pulse: The rhythmic dilation of an artery that results from beating of the heart. Pulse is...

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Stomach: The digestive organ that is located in the upper abdomen, under the ribs. The upp...

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Substance: 1. Material with particular features.
2. The material that...

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

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Temple: The area just behind and to the side of the forehead and the eye, above the side o...

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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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Vitamins: The word "vitamin" was coined in 1911 by the Warsaw-born biochemist Casimir Funk...

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Vomit: Matter from the stomach that has come up into and may be ejected beyond the mouth, ...

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