Testicular Self-Exam Glossary of Terms

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Abnormal: Outside the expected norm, or uncharacteristic of a particular patient.

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

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Chemotherapy: 1. In the original sense, a chemical that binds to and specifically k...

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Curable: Amenable to a cure, capable of being cured, to being healed and made well. From ...

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

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Epididymis: A structure within the scrotum that is attached to the back side of the testis...

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Family history: The family structure and relationships within the family, including inform...

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Gonadotropin: Hormones that are secreted by the pituitary gland, and that affect the func...

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HCG: Human chorionic gonadotropin.

Human chorionic gonadotropin: (hCG) A human hormone made by chorionic cells in the fetal ...

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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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Lungs: The lungs are a pair of breathing organs located with the chest which remove carbon...

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

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Mumps: An acute (sudden, shortlived) viral illness that usually presents with inflammation...

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

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Radiation: 1. Rays of energy. Gamma rays and X-rays are two of the types of energy ...

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Scrotum: The pouch of skin that contains the testes, epididymides, and lower portions of t...

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Serum: The clear liquid that can be separated from clotted blood. Serum differs from plas...

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

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Testicles: The testicles (also called testes or gonads) are the male sex glands. They are ...

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Testicular cancer: A malignant tumor of the male sex organ (testicle) that normally produc...

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Testicular self-examination: A monthly procedure for detecting the early signs of testic...

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Testis: The male sex gland, located behind the penis in a pouch of skin called the scrotum...

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Tumor: An abnormal mass of tissue. Tumors are a classic sign of inflammation, and can be ...

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Ultrasound: High-frequency sound waves. Ultra-sound waves can be bounced off tissues by us...

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