Teething Glossary of Terms

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Acetaminophen: A nonaspirin pain reliever or analgesic. Acetaminophen may be given alone t...

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Adverse reaction: In pharmacology, any unexpected or dangerous reaction to a drug. An unwa...

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

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Aspirin: Once the Bayer trademark for acetylsalicylic acid, now the common name for this a...

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Baby teeth: See: Primary teeth.

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

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Complication: In medicine, an unanticipated problem that arises following, and is a result...

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Congestion: An abnormal or excessive accumulation of a body fluid. The term is used broadl...

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

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

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

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Ear: The hearing organ. There are three sections of the ear, according to the anatomy tex...

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FDA: Food and Drug Administration.

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

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Heart: The muscle that pumps blood received from veins into arteries throughout the body. ...

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Heart rate: The number of heartbeats per unit of time, usually per minute. The heart rate ...

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Ibuprofen: A nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) that is commonly used to treat pa...

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

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Lethal: Deadly.

Methemoglobinemia: The presence in the blood of methemoglobin, a form of hemoglobin that...

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Molars: Molars are the large teeth at the back of the mouth.

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

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Nasal: Having to do with the nose.

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

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

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

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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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Prescription: A physician's order for the preparation and administration of a drug or dev...

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Primary teeth: The first teeth which are shed and replaced by permanent teeth. The first p...

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Rash: Breaking out (eruption) of the skin. A rash can be caused by an underlying medical c...

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Red blood cells: The blood cells that carry oxygen. Red cells contain hemoglobin and it is...

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Referred pain: Pain felt at a site other than where the cause is situated. An example is t...

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Runny nose: The production of extra mucus by the nose. Rhinorrhea is the medical term for ...

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Teething: Teething is the emergence of the primary (baby) teeth through a baby or child's ...

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Tooth: One of the structures within the mouth that allow for biting and chewing. Teeth hav...

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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.

Viral: Of or pertaining to a virus. For example, if a person has a viral rash, the rash wa...

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