Skin Tags Glossary of Terms

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Acrochordon: A small tag of skin that may have a stalk (a peduncle). An acrochordon may ...

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

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Anesthesia: Loss of feeling or awareness, as when an anesthetic is administered before sur...

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

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

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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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Crohn's disease: A chronic inflammatory disease, primarily involving the small and large ...

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

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Eyelid: The lid or cover of the eye, a movable fold of skin and muscle that can be closed ...

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Fibroma: A benign tumor consisting of a mass of connective tisue cells that have a spindle...

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Genetic: Having to do with genes and genetic
information.

Genital: Pertaining to the external and/or internal organs of reproduction.

Groin: The area where the thigh meets the hip.

Keratosis: A localized horny overgrowth of the skin, such as a wart or callus. Among the c...

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

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Liquid nitrogen: Nitrogen in a liquid state. Liquid nitrogen is supercool -- about 200 deg...

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Microscopic: So small it cannot be seen without the aid of microscope. As opposed to macro...

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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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Nevi: The plural of nevus.

Nitrogen: Element number 7, a colorless, odorless, tasteless gas that is biologically impo...

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Obese: Well above ones normal weight. A person has traditionally been considered to be obe...

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Ophthalmologist: A physician who practices ophthalmology.

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

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

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Perianal: Located around the anus, the opening of the rectum to the outside of the body.

Polyp: A mass of tissue that develops on the inside wall of a hollow organ, such as the co...

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

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

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Seborrheic keratosis: A common skin disorder that is characterized by benign, painless, of...

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Skin tag: A small tag of skin that may be squat (sessile) or on a stalk (a peduncle). Skin...

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

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

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Trimester: In obstetrics, one of the three divisions of three months each during pregnancy...

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Wart: A local growth of the outer layer of the skin (the epidermis) caused by a virus. Th...

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