Thermal Burns (Heat or Fire) Glossary of Terms

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

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Antibiotic: A drug used to treat bacterial infections. Antibiotics have no effect on viral...

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Blister: A collection of fluid underneath the top layer of skin (epidermis). There are man...

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Breathing: The process of respiration, during which air is inhaled into the lungs through ...

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Chest: The area of the body located between the neck and the abdomen. The chest contains t...

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

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Compress: Cloth or another material applied under pressure to an area of the skin and held...

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Debride: To remove dead, contaminated, or adherent tissue and/or foreign material. To debr...

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Dermis: The lower or inner layer of the two main layers of cells that make up the skin.Th...

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

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Epidermis: The upper or outer layer of the two main layers of cells that make up the skin....

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Fever: Although a fever technically is any body temperature above the normal of 98.6 F (37...

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First degree burn: See: Burn, first degree.

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

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Indicate: In medicine, to make a treatment or procedure advisable because of a particular ...

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

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

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

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Muscle: Muscle is the tissue of the body which primarily functions as a source of power. T...

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Narcotic: 1. A drug that causes insensibility or stupor. A narcotic induces narcosi...

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Nerve: A bundle of fibers that uses electrical and chemical signals to transmit sensory an...

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

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

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

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Palm: The grasping side of the hand; the flexor surface of the hand. In contrast to the ba...

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

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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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Second degree burn: See: Burn, second degree.

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

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Subcutaneous: Under the skin. For example, a subcutaneous injection is an injection in whi...

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Sunburn: Sunburn is an inflammation of the skin that develops in response to exposure to u...

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Superficial: In anatomy, on the surface or shallow. As opposed to deep. The skin is superf...

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

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Sweat: A colorless transparent acidic fluid with a distinctive odor secreted by the small ...

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

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Third degree burn: See: Burn, third degree.

Tobacco: A South American herb (Nicotiana tabacum) whose leaves contain 2 to 8 percent nic...

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Toddler: A young child who is learning to walk with short unsteady steps. The word toddle ...

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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.

Unconscious: 1. Interruption of awareness of oneself and one's surroundings, lack ...

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