Prolapsed Bladder 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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Absorption: Uptake. For example, intestinal absorption is the uptake of food (or other sub...

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Anterior: The front, as opposed to the posterior. The anterior surface of the heart is tow...

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Back pain: Pain felt in the low or upper back. Causes of pain in the low and upper back in...

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Biofeedback: A method of treatment that uses a monitor to measure patients' physiologic in...

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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.

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

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

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Cystocele: Bulging of the bladder into the vagina.

Cystoscopy: A procedure in which a lighted optical instrument called a cystoscope is inser...

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

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Dyspareunia: Pain during sexual intercourse. There are many causes of dyspareunia, includi...

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Enterocele: A vaginal hernia. Protrusion of the small intestine into the upper wall of the...

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Erosion: An erosion is an eating away of a surface. ("Erodere" in Latin means to eat out.)...

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Estrogen: A female steroid hormone that is produced by the ovaries and, in lesser amounts,...

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Estrogens: Female hormones produced by the ovaries. Estrogen deficiency can lead to osteop...

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Female genitalia: The genital organs of the female. These are usually separated by conven...

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Genitalia: The male or female reproductive organs. The genitalia include internal and exte...

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Hormone: A chemical substance produced in the body that controls and regulates the activit...

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Incision: A cut through skin or other tissue performed by a health care professional.

Incontinence: The inability to control excretions, to hold urine in the bladder, or to kee...

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

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

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Kidney: One of a pair of organs located in the right and left side of the abdomen. The kid...

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Low back pain: Pain in the lower back area that can relate to problems with the lumbar spi...

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Menopause: The time in a woman's life when menstrual periods permanently stop; it is also ...

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Muscle: Muscle is the tissue of the body which primarily functions as a source of power. T...

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Muscular: Having to do with the muscles. Also, endowed with above average muscle developme...

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Nerve: A bundle of fibers that uses electrical and chemical signals to transmit sensory an...

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Obesity: The state of being well above one's normal weight.

Organ: A relatively independent part of the body that carries out one or more special func...

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Outpatient: A patient who is not hospitalized, but instead comes to a physician?s office, ...

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

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Physical therapy: A branch of rehabilitative health that uses specially designed exercises...

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Probe: 1: In surgery, a probe is a slender flexible rod with a blunt end used to explore, ...

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Rectocele: Bulging of the front wall of the rectum into the vagina. Rectocele is due to we...

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Risk factor: Something that increases a person's chances of developing a disease. For exam...

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Rule out: Term used in medicine, meaning to eliminate or exclude something from considera...

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

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Surgeon: A physician who treats disease, injury, or deformity via operative or manual meth...

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Surgery: The branch of medicine that employs operations in the treatment of disease or inj...

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

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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.

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

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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 incontinence: The unintentional loss of urine. Inability to hold urine in the blad...

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

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Urologist: A physician who specializes in diseases of the urinary organs in females and th...

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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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Voiding cystourethrogram: A test done to examine the bladder and urethra while the bladder...

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X-ray: High-energy radiation with waves shorter than those of visible light. X-ray is used...

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