Acromegaly Medications Glossary of Terms

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Abdominal: Relating to the abdomen, the belly, that part of the body that contains all of ...

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Abdominal pain: Pain in the belly. Abdominal pain can be acute or chronic. It may reflect ...

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Acromegaly: Condition due to the production of too much growth hormone by the pituitary gl...

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Amitriptyline: An antidepressant medication. In some patients with depression, abnormal l...

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Bioinformatics: The sum of the computational approaches to analyze, manage, and store biol...

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Blood pressure: The blood pressure is the pressure of the blood within the arteries. It is...

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Blood sugar: Blood glucose. See also: High blood sugar; Low blood sugar.

Brain: The portion of the central nervous system that is located within the skull. It func...

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Calcium: A mineral found mainly in the hard part of bones, where it is stored. Calcium is ...

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Cell: The basic structural and functional unit of any living thing. Each cell is a small c...

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Colon: The long, coiled, tubelike organ that removes water from digested food. The remaini...

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

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Depression: An illness that involves the body, mood, and thoughts and that affects the way...

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

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

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Dizziness: Painless head discomfort with many possible causes including disturbances of ...

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Dopamine: An important neurotransmitter (messenger) in the brain.

Enzyme: A protein (or protein-based molecule) that speeds up a chemical reaction in a livi...

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Gallstones: Stones that form when substances in the bile harden. Gallstones can be as smal...

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Gland: A group of cells that secrete a substance for use in the body. For example, the thy...

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Growth hormone: A hormone made in the pituitary gland that stimulates the release of anoth...

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

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Heart disease: Any disorder that affects the heart. Sometimes the term "heart disease" is ...

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High blood pressure: A repeatedly elevated blood pressure exceeding 140 over 90 mmHg. Chro...

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Hormone: A chemical substance produced in the body that controls and regulates the activit...

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Hypothyroid: Deficiency of thyroid hormone which is normally made by the thyroid gland wh...

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Informatics: The application of computers and statistics to the management of information....

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Insulin: A natural hormone made by the pancreas that controls the level of the sugar gluco...

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Internal medicine: The medical specialty dedicated to the diagnosis and medical treatment ...

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Kidney: One of a pair of organs located in the right and left side of the abdomen. The kid...

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Liver: The largest solid organ in the body, situated in the upper part of the abdomen on t...

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Liver disease: Liver disease refers to any disorder of the liver. The liver is a large org...

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Low blood pressure: Any blood pressure that is below the normal expected for an individua...

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Migraine: Usually, periodic attacks of headaches on one or both sides of the head. These ...

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Morphine: A powerful narcotic agent that has strong analgesic (pain relief) action and oth...

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

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Nasal: Having to do with the nose.

Nausea: Stomach queasiness, the urge to vomit. Nausea can be brought on by many causes, in...

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Organ: A relatively independent part of the body that carries out one or more special func...

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

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Pharmacy: A location where prescription medications are sold. A pharmacy is constantly sup...

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Pituitary: 1. As an adjective, pertaining to the pituitary gland or its hormonal se...

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Pituitary gland: The main endocrine gland. It is a small structure in the head. It is ca...

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Prepubertal: Before puberty, the period during which secondary sex characteristics start t...

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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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Schizophrenia: One of several brain diseases whose symptoms may include loss of personalit...

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Somatostatin: A hormone that is widely distributed throughout the body, especially in the ...

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Stroke: The sudden death of brain cells due to lack of oxygen, caused by blockage of blood...

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

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

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Therapy: The treatment of disease. Therapy is synonymous with treatment.

Toxicity: The degree to which a substance (a toxin or poison) can harm humans or animals. ...

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Vascular: Relating to blood vessels. For example, the vascular system in the body includes...

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Vessel: A tube in the body that carries fluids. Examples of vessels are blood vessels and ...

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