Suture Care Glossary of Terms

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Abscess: A local accumulation of pus anywhere in the body. The following are some example...

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Cellulitis: A spreading bacterial infection underneath the skin surface characterized by r...

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Diabetes: Refers to diabetes mellitus or, less often, to diabetes insipidus. Diabetes mell...

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

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

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Hydrogen: The most plentiful element in the universe and one present in all organic compou...

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

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

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

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Laceration: A cut.

Lips: Aside from the lips of the mouth, there are two pairs of lips at the entrance to the...

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

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Plastic surgeon: A surgeon who specializes in reducing scarring or disfigurement that may ...

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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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SPF (sun protection factor): A number on a scale for rating the degree of protection prov...

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Sunscreen: A substance that blocks the effect of the sun's harmful rays. Using lotions tha...

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Surgeon: A physician who treats disease, injury, or deformity via operative or manual meth...

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Suture: 1. A type of joint between the bones of the skull where the bones are held ...

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Tension: 1) The pressure within a vessel, such as blood pressure: the pressure within t...

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

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