Removing Stitches Glossary of Terms

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Adjacent: Lying nearby. Related terms include superjacent, subjacent, and circumjacent. Fr...

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Anesthetic: A substance that causes lack of feeling or awareness, dulling pain to permit s...

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Antibiotic: A drug used to treat infections caused by bacteria and other microorganisms. ...

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Antiseptic: Something that discourages the growth microorganisms. By contrast, aseptic ref...

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Anxiety: A feeling of apprehension and fear, characterized by physical symptoms such as pa...

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Arms: An appendage in anatomy and in clinical trials. See: Arm.

Artery: A vessel that carries blood high in oxygen content away from the heart to the far...

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Bypass: An operation in which a new pathway is created for the transport of substances in ...

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Chest: The area of the body located between the neck and the abdomen. The chest contains t...

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Cuts: Severed skin. Washing a cut or scrape with soap and water and keeping it clean and d...

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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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Femoral: Having to do with the femur.

Femoral artery: The continuation of the external iliac artery after it passes under the in...

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

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Forceps: An instrument that has two blades and a handle and is used for handling, grasping...

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Graft: Healthy skin, bone, kidney, liver, or other tissue that is taken from one part of t...

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Hypertrophic: Exhibiting hypertrophy (enlargement or overgrowth of an organ or part of the...

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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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Keloid: A scar that rises quite abruptly above the rest of the skin. It is irregularly sha...

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Leg: In popular usage, the part of the body from the top of the thigh down to the foot, an...

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Neck: The part of the body joining the head to the shoulders. Also, any narrow or constric...

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Ointment: An oil-based preparation that is applied to the skin. Whereas an ointment has an...

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Operation: In medicine, a surgical procedure. Many operations are named after persons. The...

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

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Sunscreen: A substance that blocks the effect of the sun's harmful rays. Using lotions tha...

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

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Suture: 1. A type of joint between the bones of the skull where the bones are held ...

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

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Vitamin E: Alpha-tocopherol, an antioxidant vitamin which binds oxygen free radicals that ...

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