Sty (Stye) Glossary of Terms

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

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Antibiotic: A drug used to treat infections caused by bacteria and other microorganisms. ...

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Astigmatism: A common form of visual impairment in which part of an image is blurred due t...

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Bacteria: Single-celled microorganisms that can exist either as independent (free-living) ...

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

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Blepharitis: Inflammation of the eyelids. Blepharitis occurs in two forms, anterior and po...

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Blurred vision: Lack of sharpness of vision with, as a result, the inability to see fine d...

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

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Chalazion: A cyst of the little glands in the eyelids that make a lubricant which they di...

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Cheek: The side of the face, which forms the side wall of the mouth. The cheekbone is part...

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Conjunctivitis: Inflammation of the membrane covering the surface of the eyeball. It can b...

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Cornea: The clear front window of the eye, which transmits and focuses light into the eye....

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Corneal: Pertaining to the cornea, the clear front window of the eye that transmits and fo...

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CT scan: Computerized tomography scan. Pictures of structures within the body created by a...

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

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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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Doxycycline: Brand name: Vibramycin. A synthetic broad-spectrum antibiotic derived from te...

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

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Eyelash: One of the familiar stiff hairs that project from the margin of the eyelid.

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

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

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Gland: A group of cells that secrete a substance for use in the body. For example, the thy...

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Hygiene: The science of preventive medicine and the preservation of health. Also commonly ...

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

Indication: 1. In medicine, a condition which makes a particular treatment or proce...

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

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Inflammation: A localized reaction that produces redness, warmth, swelling, and pain as a ...

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Injure: To harm, hurt, or wound. The word injure may be in physical or emotional sense. Fr...

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

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Lymph: The almost colorless fluid that travels through the lymphatic system, carrying cell...

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Meibomitis: See: Meibomianitis.

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

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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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Neck: The part of the body joining the head to the shoulders. Also, any narrow or constric...

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Nodular: Bumpy.

Nose: The external midline projection from the face. The purpose of the nose is to warm, c...

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Oculoplastics: Eye plastic and reconstructive surgery., a specialized area of ophthalmolog...

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

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Ophthalmologist: A physician who practices ophthalmology.

Ophthalmology: The art and science of eye ?medicine.

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

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Pimple: An inflamed area of the skin with pus formation that results from an oil gland bei...

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

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

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Recurrence: The return of a sign, symptom, or disease after a remission. The reappearance ...

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Rosacea: A chronic skin disease that causes persistent redness over the areas of the face ...

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Scan: As a noun, the data or image obtained from the examination of organs or regions of...

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

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Seborrhea: A chronic inflammatory disease of the skin characterized by the accumulation of...

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

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Staphylococcus: A group of bacteria that cause a multitude of diseases. Under a microscope...

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Stress: In a medical or biological context stress is a physical, mental, or emotional fact...

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Stye: A red, tender bump on the eyelid that is caused by an acute infection of the oil gla...

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

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Tear: A drop of the salty secretion of the lacrimal glands which serves to moisten the con...

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

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Tylenol: See: Acetaminophen.

Vibramycin: Brand name for doxycycline.

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