Shark Bite and Shark Attack Glossary of Terms

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Abrasion: An abrasion or "excoriation" is a wearing away of the upper layer of s...

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Airway: The path that air follows to get into and out of the lungs. The mouth and nose are...

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

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

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Breathing: The process of respiration, during which air is inhaled into the lungs through ...

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Bumps: The raised area of a bump or bruise results from blood leaking from these injured b...

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Chills: feelings of coldness accompanied by shivering. Chills may develop after exposure t...

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Circulation: In medicine, the movement of fluid through the body in a regular or circuitou...

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Contrast: Short for "contrast media." Contrast media are X-ray dyes used to provide contra...

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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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Emergency department: The department of a hospital responsible for the provision of medica...

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

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Hypothermia: Abnormally low body temperature. Someone who falls asleep in a cold temperatu...

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Indicate: In medicine, to make a treatment or procedure advisable because of a particular ...

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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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Irrigate: To wash out. For example, one can irrigate a wound to clean it.

Laceration: A cut.

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

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Menstrual: Pertaining to menstruation (the menses), as in last menstrual period, menstrua...

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

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Operating room: A facility that is equipped for performing surgery. Abbreviated OR.

Oxygen: The odorless gas that is present in the air and necessary to maintain life. Oxygen...

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Pharmacy: A location where prescription medications are sold. A pharmacy is constantly sup...

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Posture: The carriage of the body as a whole, the attitude of the body, or the position of...

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

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Pus: A thick, whitish-yellow fluid that results from the accumulation of white blood cells...

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Scrape: An abrasion or cut caused by something rubbing roughly against the skin. To treat ...

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Sense of smell: See Olfaction.

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Serrated: Finely notched like the cutting edge of a saw. The serratus muscles take their n...

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Shark attack: Attack of a person by a shark. Not all shark attacks are feeding events. Sha...

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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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Taste: A perception that results from stimulation of a gustatory nerve. Taste belongs to t...

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Vessel: A tube in the body that carries fluids. Examples of vessels are blood vessels and ...

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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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