Scuba Diving: Starfish (Sea Star) and Crown of Thorns Puncture Wounds Glossary of Terms

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

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Arms: An appendage in anatomy and in clinical trials. See: Arm.

Cough: A rapid expulsion of air from the lungs, typically in order to clear the lung airwa...

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Crown: 1. In dentistry, the portion of the tooth that is covered by enamel. 2./...

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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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Itching: An uncomfortable sensation in the skin that feels as if something is crawling on ...

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Joint: The area where two bones are attached for the purpose of permitting body parts to m...

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

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

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Paralysis: Loss of voluntary movement (motor function). Paralysis that affects only one mu...

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Puncture wound: An injury that is caused by a pointed object that pierces or penetrates th...

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Scrub: 1. As a verb, to wash the hands and forearms very thoroughly, as before enga...

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Spine: 1) The column of bone known as the vertebral column, which surrounds and protects ...

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

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

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