Spitting Up in Infants Glossary of Terms

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Abnormal: Outside the expected norm, or uncharacteristic of a particular patient.

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

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Burp: 1. Gas brought up from the stomach through the mouth producing a gutteral noi...

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Dehydration: Excessive loss of body water. Diseases of the gastrointestinal tract that ca...

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Diarrhea: A common condition that involves unusually frequent and liquid bowel movements. ...

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

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Emesis: Vomiting.

Esophagus: The tube that connects the pharynx (throat) with the stomach. The esophagus lie...

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Feeding tube: See: Enteral nutrition.

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

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Gastroesophageal: Pertaining to both the stomach and the esophagus, as in the gastroesopha...

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Gastroesophageal reflux: The return of stomach contents back up into the esophagus This fr...

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

Intestine: The long, tubelike organ in the abdomen that completes the process of digestion...

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Mouth: 1. The upper opening of the digestive tract, beginning with the lips and con...

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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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Pediatrics: The field of medicine that is concerned with the health of infants, children, ...

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

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Pyloric stenosis: Narrowing (stenosis) of the outlet of the stomach so that food cannot pa...

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Reflux: The term used when liquid backs up into the esophagus from the stomach.

Regurgitation: A backward flowing. For example, vomiting is a regurgitation of food from t...

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Saliva: a watery secretion in the mouth produced by the salivary glands that aids in the d...

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Stenosis: A narrowing. For example, aortic stenosis is a narrowing of the aortic valve in ...

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Stomach: The digestive organ that is located in the upper abdomen, under the ribs. The upp...

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Ultrasound: High-frequency sound waves. Ultra-sound waves can be bounced off tissues by us...

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Vomit: Matter from the stomach that has come up into and may be ejected beyond the mouth, ...

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Weight loss: Weight loss is a decrease in body weight resulting from either voluntary (die...

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