Skin Biopsy Glossary of Terms

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Analysis: In psychology, a term for conversation-based therapeutic processes used to gain ...

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

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Antibacterial: Anything that destroys bacteria or suppresses their growth or their ability...

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Benign: Not malignant. A benign tumor is one that does not invade surrounding tissue or sp...

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Biopsy: The removal of a sample of tissue for examination under a microscope to check for ...

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

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

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Diabetes: Usually refers to diabetes mellitus or, less often, to diabetes insipidus. Diabe...

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

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Excision: 1. Surgical removal, as in the excision of a tumor. 2. The remov...

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Fever: Although a fever technically is any body temperature above the normal of 98.6 F (37...

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Herbal: 1. An adjective, referring to herbs, as in an herbal tea.
2. A...

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

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

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Iodine: An element in the diet that is essential for the manufacture of hormones by the th...

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Laboratory: A place for doing tests and research procedures, and for preparing chemicals a...

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Lesion: An area of abnormal tissue change. Lesions vary in severity from harmless to serio...

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Microscope: An optical instrument that augments the power of the eye to see small objects....

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Mole: 1. In dermatology a mole is a pigmented spot on the skin, Also called a nevus...

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Numb: Numb, or numbness is a loss of the sensation of feeling in an area of the body. Numb...

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

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

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Pathologist: A physician who identifies diseases and conditions by studying abnormal cells...

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Pathology: The study of disease. Pathology has been defined as "that branch of medicine...

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Pregnant: The state of carrying a developing fetus within the body.

Punch biopsy: A biopsy that is performed by using a punch, an instrument for cutting and r...

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

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

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Skin biopsy: Removal of a piece of skin for the purpose of diagnostic examination. Skin bi...

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Tumor: An abnormal mass of tissue. Tumors are a classic sign of inflammation, and can be ...

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