Prolapsed Uterus 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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Asthma: A common lung disorder in which inflammation causes the bronchi to swell and narro...

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

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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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Bowel: The small and large intestine.

Bronchitis: Inflammation and swelling of the bronchi. Bronchitis can be acute or chronic.

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

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Cervix: The cervix is the lower, narrow part of the uterus (womb). The uterus, a hollow, ...

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Chronic: In medicine, lasting a long time. A chronic condition is one that lasts 3 months ...

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

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Contraction: The tightening and shortening of a muscle.

Cough: A rapid expulsion of air from the lungs, typically in order to clear the lung airwa...

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Cystocele: Bulging of the bladder into the vagina.

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

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

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

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Fascia: A flat band of tissue below the skin that covers underlying tissues and separates ...

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Fetus: An unborn offspring, from the embryo stage (the end of the eighth week after concep...

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Herniation: Abnormal protrusion of tissue through an opening.

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

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Hysterectomy: An operation to remove the uterus. Hysterectomies are most commonly performe...

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

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

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

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Intravenous pyelogram: An X-ray of the kidneys and urinary tract. Abbreviated IVP. Structu...

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

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Labor: Childbirth, the process of delivering a baby and the placenta, membranes, and umbil...

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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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Magnetic resonance imaging: A procedure that uses magnetism, radio waves, and a computer t...

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Medical history: 1. In clinical medicine, the patient's past and present which may ...

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

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MRI: Magnetic resonance imaging.

Muscle: Muscle is the tissue of the body which primarily functions as a source of power. 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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Obstruction: Blockage of a passageway. See, for example: Airway obstruction; Intestinal o...

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Overweight: The term "overweight" is used in two different ways. In one sense it is a way ...

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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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Postmenopausal: After menopause, the period of time after a woman has experienced 12 conse...

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

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Pyelogram: An X-ray study of the kidneys, especially showing the pelvis (urine-collecting ...

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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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Rectum: The last 6 to 8 inches of the large intestine. The rectum stores solid waste until...

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Renal: Having to do with the kidney. For example, renal cancer is cancer of the kidneys.

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

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

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Small intestine: The part of the digestive tract that extends from the stomach to the larg...

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Strain: 1. An injury to a tendon or muscle resulting from overuse or trauma. 2. A heredita...

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Stroke: The sudden death of brain cells due to lack of oxygen, caused by blockage of blood...

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

Ultrasound: High-frequency sound waves. Ultra-sound waves can be bounced off tissues by us...

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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 tract: The organs of the body that produce, store, and discharge urine. These orga...

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Uterus: A hollow, pear-shaped organ that is located in a woman's lower abdomen, between 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 discharge: Vaginal discharge is a fluid produced by glands in the vaginal wall and...

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Vein: A blood vessel that carries blood that is low in oxygen content from the body back t...

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Womb: The womb (uterus) is a hollow, pear-shaped organ located in a woman's lower abdomen ...

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