Erectile Dysfunction Medications Glossary of Terms

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Allergy: A misguided reaction to foreign substances by the immune system, the body system ...

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Anemia: The condition of having a lower-than-normal number of red blood cells or quantity ...

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Antigen: A substance that the immune system perceives as being foreign or dangerous. The b...

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Axillary: Pertaining to the armpit, the cavity beneath the junction of the arm and the bod...

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Back pain: Pain felt in the low or upper back. Causes of pain in the low and upper back in...

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Benign: Not malignant. A benign tumor is one that does not invade surrounding tissue or sp...

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Benign prostatic hypertrophy: See: Benign prostatic hyperplasia.

Blood count: The calculated number of white or red blood cells (WBCs or RBCs) in a cubic m...

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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.

Blurred vision: Lack of sharpness of vision with, as a result, the inability to see fine d...

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Breast cancer: Breast cancer is diagnosed with self- and physician-examination of the brea...

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

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

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Coitus: Sexual intercourse.

Complete blood count: A set values of the cellular (formed elements) of blood. These meas...

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Contraindication: A condition which makes a particular treatment or procedure potentially ...

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

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Dysfunction: Difficult function or abnormal function.

Ejaculate: To ejaculate is to release semen during an orgasm in a male.

Ejaculation: Ejection of sperm and seminal fluid during an orgasm in a male.

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

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Erectile dysfunction: A consistent inability to sustain an erection sufficient for sexual ...

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Erythromycin: Erythromycin is a common antibiotic for treating bacterial infection. Sold...

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Food and Drug Administration: An agency within the US Public Health Service that provides ...

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Genital: Pertaining to the external and/or internal organs of reproduction.

Headache: A pain in the head with the pain being above the eyes or the ears, behind the he...

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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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Hyaline membrane disease: A respiratory disease of the newborn, especially the premature i...

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Hypertrophy: Enlargement or overgrowth of an organ or part of the body due to the increase...

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Impotence: A common problem among men characterized by the consistent inability to sustai...

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Insomnia: The perception or complaint of inadequate or poor-quality sleep due to a number ...

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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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Leukemia: Cancer of the blood cells. Strictly speaking, leukemia should refer only to canc...

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

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Low blood sugar: A low blood level of the sugar glucose. Also called hypoglycemia.

Membrane: A very thin layer of tissue that covers a 'surface.

Multiple myeloma: A bone marrow cancer that involves a type of white blood cell called a p...

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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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Myeloma: A tumor of antibody-producing cells, called plasma cells, that are normally foun...

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Nasal: Having to do with the nose.

Nitric oxide: A compound that is toxic but which, paradoxically, plays a number of importa...

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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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Obstruction: Blockage of a passageway. See, for example: Airway obstruction; Intestinal o...

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

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Organic: 1. A chemical compound that contains carbon.
2. Related to a...

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Orgasm: A series of muscle contractions in the genital region that is accompanied by sudde...

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

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Penile: Of or pertaining to the penis.

Penis: The external male sex organ. The penis contains two chambers, the corpora cavernosa...

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Priapism: Abnormally persistent erection of the penis in the absence of desire. Treatments...

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Prostaglandin: One of a number of hormone-like substances that participate in a wide range...

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Prostate: A gland within the male reproductive system that is located just below the blad...

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Prostate specific antigen: Widely known as PSA. See: PSA.

PSA: Prostate specific antigen. A test for PSA may be used to screen for cancer of the p...

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Psychogenic: Caused by the mind or emotions.

Receptor: 1. In cell biology, a structure on the surface of a cell (or inside a cel...

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Respiratory: Having to do with respiration.

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

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

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Sensitivity: 1. In psychology, the quality of being sensitive. As, for example, sen...

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

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Sickle cell anemia: A genetic blood disease due to the presence of an abnormal form of hem...

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Smooth muscle: Along with skeletal and cardiac muscle, one of the types of muscle tissue i...

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Stomach: The digestive organ that is located in the upper abdomen, under the ribs. The upp...

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Syndrome: A combination of symptoms and signs that together represent a disease process.

Testosterone: A "male hormone" -- a sex hormone produced by the testes that encourages th...

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

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

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Topical: Pertaining to a particular surface area. For example, a topical agent is applied ...

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Trait: In genetics, a trait refers to any genetically determined characteristic. In techni...

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Trauma: A physical or emotional injury.

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

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Vesicles: In dermatology, vesicles are small blisters, most often on the skin. Vesicles al...

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Warfarin: An anticoagulant drug (brand names: Coumarin, Panwarfin, Sofarin) taken to prev...

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