Postpartum Perineal Care Glossary of Terms

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Abdomen: The belly, that part of the body that contains all of the structures between the...

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

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Abnormal: Outside the expected norm, or uncharacteristic of a particular patient.

Acetaminophen: A nonaspirin pain reliever or analgesic. Acetaminophen may be given alone t...

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

Bladder: A hollow organ in the lower abdomen that stores urine. The kidneys filter waste f...

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Bowel: The small and large intestine.

Breastfeeding: Feeding a child human breast milk. According to the American Academy of Ped...

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Catheter: A thin, flexible tube.

Constipation: Infrequent and frequently incomplete bowel movements. Constipation is the op...

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Discharge: 1.The flow of fluid from part of the body, such as from the nose or vag...

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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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Episiotomy: A surgical procedure for widening the outlet of the birth canal to facilitate ...

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Fever: Although a fever technically is any body temperature above the normal of 98.6 F (37...

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Hematoma: A localized swelling that is filled with blood caused by a break in the wall of ...

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Hemorrhoids: Dilated (enlarged) veins in the walls of the anus and sometimes around the re...

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Herpes: A family of viruses. Herpes also refers to infection with one of the human herpesv...

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

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Kegel exercises: Exercises designed to increase muscle strength and elasticity in the fema...

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Laboratory: A place for doing tests and research procedures, and for preparing chemicals a...

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Lochia: The fluid that is discharged from the vagina for a week or so after childbirth. At...

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Lubricant: An oily or slippery substance. A vaginal lubricant may be helpful for women who...

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Mucus: A thick fluid that is produced by the lining of some organs of the body.

Nausea: Stomach queasiness, the urge to vomit. Nausea can be brought on by many causes, in...

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

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Pelvic: Having to do with the pelvis, the lower part of the abdomen, located between the h...

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Pelvic pain: : Pain perceived in the area of the pelvis, the lower part of the abdomen loc...

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

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Perineal: Pertaining to the perineum.

Perineum: The area between the anus and the scrotum in the male and between the anus and t...

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Postpartum: The period just after delivery, as with postpartum depression. Postpartum refe...

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

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Sensation: In medicine and physiology, sensation refers to the registration of an incoming...

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

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

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

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Tear: A drop of the salty secretion of the lacrimal glands which serves to moisten the con...

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Tylenol: See: Acetaminophen.

Urethra: The tube that leads from the bladder and transports and discharges urine outside ...

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Urine: Liquid waste produced by the kidneys. Urine is a clear, transparent fluid that norm...

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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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Vaginal opening: The exterior opening to the vagina, the muscular canal that extends from ...

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