Take the Asthma Quiz Glossary of Terms

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Artery: A vessel that carries blood high in oxygen content away from the heart to the far...

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Asthma: A common lung disorder in which inflammation causes the bronchi to swell and narro...

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Carbon dioxide: A gas which is the byproduct of cellular metabolism and which collects in ...

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Chronic: In medicine, lasting a long time. A chronic condition is one that lasts 3 months ...

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Chronic disease: A disease that persists for a long time. A chronic disease is one lasting...

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Cure: 1. To heal, to make well, to restore to good health. 2. A time withou...

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Dander: Tiny scales shed from human or animal skin or hair. Dander floats in the air, sett...

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

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Exercise-induced asthma: Asthma triggered by vigorous physical activity. It primarily affe...

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Feces: The excrement discharged from the 'intestines.

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

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Microscopic: An object so small it cannot be seen without the aid of microscope (for examp...

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Mite: A tiny eight-legged creature belonging to the Order Acarina related to spiders and t...

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National Academy of Sciences: A nonprofit, self-perpetuating society of distinguished scho...

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Oxygen: The odorless gas that is present in the air and necessary to maintain life. Oxygen...

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Protein: One of the three nutrients used as energy sources (calories) by the body. Protein...

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Pulse: The rhythmic dilation of an artery that results from beating of the heart. Pulse is...

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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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Secondhand smoke: Smoke that comes from the burning end of a cigarette or that is exhaled ...

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Trigger: Something that either sets off a disease in people who are genetically predispose...

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Urine: Liquid waste produced by the kidneys. Urine is a clear, transparent fluid that norm...

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