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Abstinence: The voluntary self-denial of food, drink, or sex. Today, abstinence most commo...

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Analysis: In psychology, a term for conversation-based therapeutic processes used to gain ...

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Anatomy: The study of human or animal form, by observation or examination of the living be...

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Anesthesia: Loss of feeling or awareness, as when an anesthetic is administered before sur...

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Anesthetic: A substance that causes lack of feeling or awareness, dulling pain to permit s...

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Aspirin: Once the Bayer trademark for acetylsalicylic acid, now the common name for this a...

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Birth control: Birth control is the use of any practices, methods, or devices to prevent p...

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Bladder: A hollow organ in the lower abdomen that stores urine. The kidneys filter waste f...

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

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Chills: feelings of coldness accompanied by shivering. Chills may develop after exposure t...

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

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

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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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Ectopic pregnancy: A pregnancy that is not in the uterus. The fertilized egg settles and g...

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

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

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Epididymitis: Inflammation of the epididymis. Epididymitis can be caused by sexually acqui...

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Fear of pain: An abnormal and persistent fear of pain. The fear is excessive, beyond that ...

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Fertility: The ability to conceive and bear children, the ability to become pregnant throu...

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

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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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Granuloma: A granuloma is one of a number of forms of localized nodular inflammation fou...

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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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Hematoma: A localized swelling that is filled with blood caused by a break in the wall of ...

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

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Immune: Protected against infection, usually by the presence of antibodies.

Implant: 1. To embed; to set in firmly. In embryology, the fertilized egg implants ...

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Incision: A cut through skin or other tissue performed by a health care professional.

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

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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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Internal bleeding: Bleeding inside the body that is not seen from the outside. Internal bl...

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Intrauterine: In the uterus.

Iodine: An element in the diet that is essential for the manufacture of hormones by the th...

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Joint: The area where two bones are attached for the purpose of permitting body parts to m...

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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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Kidney stone: A stone in the kidney or a stone that originates in the kidney but has passe...

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Laboratory: A place for doing tests and research procedures, and for preparing chemicals a...

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

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Microscopic: So small it cannot be seen without the aid of microscope. As opposed to macro...

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Muscular: Having to do with the muscles. Also, endowed with above average muscle developme...

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Natural family planning: Also known as fertility awareness, periodic abstinence and the rh...

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Numb: Numb, or numbness is a loss of the sensation of feeling in an area of the body. Numb...

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Operation: In medicine, a surgical procedure. Many operations are named after persons. The...

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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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Pediatric: Pertaining to children.

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

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

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Postoperative: After surgery. As opposed to preoperative, before surgery.

Postoperative care: Care given after surgery until the patient is discharged from the hosp...

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

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Prostate cancer: A malignant tumor of the prostate, the gland that produces some of the co...

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Prostate gland: A gland in the male reproductive system that is located just below the bla...

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Reproductive system: In women, the organs that are directly involved in producing eggs and...

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Rhythm method: Also known as fertility awareness, natural family planning, and periodic ab...

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

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Semen: The fluid that is released through the penis during orgasm. Semen is made up of flu...

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Seminal vesicle: One of two structures that are about 5 cm long and are located behind the...

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

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Sore: 1. (adjective) A popular term for painful, such as a sore throat. 2. (...

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Sperm: A sperm is the male "gamete" or sex cell. It combines with the female &qu...

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Surgeon: A physician who treats disease, injury, or deformity via operative or manual meth...

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

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Testes: Plural of testis.

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

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

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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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Urine: Liquid waste produced by the kidneys. Urine is a clear, transparent fluid that norm...

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Vas deferens: The tube that connects the testes with the urethra. The vas deferens is a co...

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Vasectomy: A surgical procedure designed to make a man sterile by cutting or blocking both...

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Vesicle: In dermatology, a vesicle is a small blister, as on the skin. Vesicles also occu...

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