Secondhand Smoke Glossary of Terms

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

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Breast cancer: Breast cancer is diagnosed with self- and physician-examination of the brea...

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Breast milk: Milk from the breast. Human milk contains a balance of nutrients that close...

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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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Carcinogen: A substance or agent that causes cancer. Related terms include the adjective "...

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Cardiovascular: Relating to the circulatory system, which comprises the heart and blood ve...

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Cardiovascular disease: Disease affecting the heart or blood vessels.

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

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Congestion: An abnormal or excessive accumulation of a body fluid. The term is used broadl...

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Ear: The hearing organ. There are three sections of the ear, according to the anatomy tex...

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Environmental Protection Agency: The US government agency founded to "protect human health...

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

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Heart attack: The death of heart muscle due to the loss of blood supply. The loss of bloo...

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Heart disease: Any disorder that affects the heart. Sometimes the term "heart disease" is ...

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Infant: A young baby, from birth to 12 months of age.

Lung cancer: Cancer of the major organ of respiration - the lung. Lung cancer kills more m...

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Mucous: Pertaining to mucus, a thick fluid produced by the lining of some tissues of the b...

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Passive smoking: Inhalation of smoke that comes from someone else smoking. Passive smoking...

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Pneumonia: Inflammation of one or both lungs, with dense areas of lung inflammation. Pneum...

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

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Respiratory: Having to do with respiration.

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

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Secondhand smoke: Smoke that comes from the burning end of a cigarette or that is exhaled ...

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

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

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Surgeon General: In the United States, the chief medical officer of the U.S. Public Health...

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Syndrome: A combination of symptoms and signs that together represent a disease process.

Tobacco: A South American herb (Nicotiana tabacum) whose leaves contain 2 to 8 percent nic...

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