Brown Recluse Spider Bite Glossary of Terms

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Abdomen: The belly, that part of the body that contains all of the structures between the...

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Acetaminophen: A nonaspirin pain reliever or analgesic. Acetaminophen may be given alone t...

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Acute: Of abrupt onset, in reference to a disease. Acute often also connotes an illness th...

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Acute renal failure: Sudden and often temporary loss of kidney function. Also called acute...

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Anemia: The condition of having a lower-than-normal number of red blood cells or quantity ...

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Antihistamines: Drugs that combat the histamine released during an allergic reaction by bl...

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Bacterial: Of or pertaining to bacteria, as in a bacterial lung infection.

Bee sting: An area of skin affected by piercing from the stinger of a bee. A bee sting can...

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Blister: A collection of fluid underneath the top layer of skin (epidermis). There are man...

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Blood clots: Blood that has been converted from a liquid to a solid state. Also called a t...

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Blood count: The calculated number of white or red blood cells (WBCs or RBCs) in a cubic m...

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Capillaries: Capillaries are the smallest of blood vessels. They serve to distribute oxyge...

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Cell: The basic structural and functional unit of any living thing. Each cell is a small c...

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Coma: A state of deep, unarousable unconsciousness. A coma may occur as a result of head t...

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Complete blood count: A set values of the cellular (formed elements) of blood. These meas...

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

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Drain: A device for removing fluid from a cavity or wound. A drain is typically a tube or ...

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ELISA: Enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay, a rapid immunochemical test that involves an enz...

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

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Endemic: A characteristic of a particular population, environment, or region. Examples of ...

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Enzymes: Proteins that act as a catalysts in mediating and speeding a specific chemical re...

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Erythema: Redness of the skin that results from capillary congestion. Erythema can occur w...

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Extremity: An uttermost part of the body, such as a hand or a foot.

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

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

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Immunization: Vaccination. Immunizations work by stimulating the immune system, the natur...

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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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Kidney: One of a pair of organs located in the right and left side of the abdomen. The kid...

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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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Muscle: Muscle is the tissue of the body which primarily functions as a source of power. T...

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Nausea: Stomach queasiness, the urge to vomit. Nausea can be brought on by many causes, in...

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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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Necrosis: The death of living cells or tissues. Necrosis can be due, for example, to ische...

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Necrotic: Dead. For example, necrotic tissue is dead tissue.

Open wound: An injury that is exposed because of broken skin. An open wound is at high ris...

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

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Platelet: An irregular, disc-shaped element in the blood that assists in blood clotting....

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Platelet count: The calculated number of platelets in a volume of blood, usually expressed...

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

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Rattlesnake bite: A poisonous bite by a member of the pit viper family. All rattlesnakes...

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Red blood cells: The blood cells that carry oxygen. Red cells contain hemoglobin and it is...

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Renal: Having to do with the kidney. For example, renal cancer is cancer of the kidneys.

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Skin graft: Skin used to cover an area where the patient's skin has been lost due to a bur...

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Sodium: The major positive ion (cation) in the fluid surrounding cells in the body. The ch...

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Spider bites: Bites from spiders. These are usually irritating, but not poisonous. Localiz...

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Stage: As regards cancer, the extent of a cancer, especially whether the disease has spre...

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Steroid: One of a large group of chemical substances classified by a specific carbon struc...

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Subcutaneous: Under the skin. For example, a subcutaneous injection is an injection in whi...

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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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Systemic: Affecting the entire body. A systemic disease such as diabetes can affect the wh...

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Tetanus: An often fatal infectious disease that is caused by the bacterium Clostridium tet...

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Tylenol: See: Acetaminophen.

Urinalysis: A test that is done in order to analyze urine. Because toxins and excess fluid...

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Venom: A poison, particularly one secreted by an animal. Examples are bee venom, snake ven...

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