Vaginal Discharge Glossary of Terms

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

Antibiotic: A drug used to treat infections caused by bacteria and other microorganisms. ...

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Antifungal: A medication that limits or prevents the growth of yeasts and other fungal org...

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Antifungal medication: A drug used to treat fungal infections.

Bacteria: Single-celled microorganisms that can exist either as independent (free-living) ...

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Bacterial: Of or pertaining to bacteria, as in a bacterial lung infection.

Bacterial vaginosis: A vaginal condition characterized by an abnormal vaginal discharge du...

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Candidiasis: Disease caused by the yeast Candida albicans. Candida albicans can cause vagi...

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Cervix: The cervix is the lower, narrow part of the uterus (womb). The uterus, a hollow, ...

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Chlamydia: The agent of a sexually transmitted disease, a type of bacteria found in the ce...

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Chlamydia trachomatis: A bacterium that causes a disease called trachoma that results in b...

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Chronic: In medicine, lasting a long time. A chronic condition is one that lasts 3 months ...

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Discharge: 1.The flow of fluid from part of the body, such as from the nose or vag...

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Douching: Using water or a medicated solution to clean the vagina and cervix or any other ...

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Doxycycline: Brand name: Vibramycin. A synthetic broad-spectrum antibiotic derived from te...

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Ectopic: In the wrong place, out of place. For example, an ectopic kidney is a kidney that...

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

Gonorrhea: A bacterial infection that is transmitted by sexual contact. Gonorrhea is one o...

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

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Infertility: Diminished or absent ability to conceive and bear offspring. A couple is cons...

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

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Insertion: A chromosome abnormality that is due to insertion of a segment from one chromos...

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Itching: An uncomfortable sensation in the skin that feels as if something is crawling on ...

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Medical history: 1. In clinical medicine, the patient's past and present which may ...

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Menstrual: Pertaining to menstruation (the menses), as in last menstrual period, menstrua...

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Menstrual cycle: The monthly cycle of changes in the ovaries and the lining of the uteru...

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Microscope: An optical instrument that augments the power of the eye to see small objects....

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

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Mucous: Pertaining to mucus, a thick fluid produced by the lining of some tissues of the b...

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Neisseria: A group of bacteria that includes the bacterium that causes gonorrhea.

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

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Parasite: A plant or an animal organism that lives in or on another and takes its nourishm...

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Pelvic: Having to do with the pelvis, the lower part of the abdomen, located between the h...

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Pelvic pain: : Pain perceived in the area of the pelvis, the lower part of the abdomen loc...

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Penicillin: The most famous of all antibiotics, named for the fungal mold Penicillium n...

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Pregnancy: The state of carrying a developing embryo or fetus within the female body. Thi...

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

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Recur: To occur again; to return. For example, a symptom, sign, or disease can recur.

Safe sex: Sexual practices that do not involve the exchange of bodily fluids, including bl...

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Speculum: An instrument that is used to widen the opening of the vagina so that the cervix...

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STD: Sexually transmitted disease.

Substance: 1. Material with particular features.
2. The material that...

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Symptom: Any subjective evidence of disease. In contrast, a sign is objective. Blood comin...

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

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Trichomonas: A single-celled protozoan parasite best known in medicine because one species...

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Trichomonas vaginalis: A protozoan parasite that causes vaginitis. See: Trichomonas.

Tubes: The "tubes" are medically known as the Fallopian tubes. There are two Fallopian tub...

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Urethra: The tube that leads from the bladder and transports and discharges urine outside ...

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Urinary: Having to do with the function or anatomy of the kidneys, ureters, bladder, or ur...

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Urinary tract: The organs of the body that produce, store, and discharge urine. These orga...

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Urinary tract infection: An infection of the kidney, ureter, bladder, or urethra. Abbrevia...

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Vagina: The muscular canal that extends from the cervix to the outside of the body. It is ...

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Vaginal discharge: Vaginal discharge is a fluid produced by glands in the vaginal wall and...

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Vaginal opening: The exterior opening to the vagina, the muscular canal that extends from ...

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Vaginal yeast infection: Infection of the vagina caused by a fungus known as Candida...

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Vaginitis: Inflammation of the vagina. The vagina is the muscular canal extending from th...

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Vibramycin: Brand name for doxycycline.

Yeast infection: Overgrowth of yeast can affect the skin (yeast rash), mouth (thrush), di...

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