Warts Glossary of Terms

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

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

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Biopsy: The removal of a sample of tissue for examination under a microscope to check for ...

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Bumps: The raised area of a bump or bruise results from blood leaking from these injured b...

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Cryotherapy: Literally, "cold therapy." Cryotherapy, sometimes referred to as cryosurgery,...

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Curette: spoon-shaped instrument that has a sharp edge. The word curette comes from French...

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Diagnosis: 1 The nature of a disease; the identification of an illness. 2 A ...

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

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Extremity: An uttermost part of the body, such as a hand or a foot.

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

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

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

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HPV: Human papillomavirus.

Human papillomavirus: HPV. A family of over 100 viruses including those which cause warts ...

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Hyperplasia: An increase in the number of normal cells in a tissue or an organ. Hyperplasi...

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Hypnosis: A part of healing from ancient times. The induction of trance states and the use...

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

Immune system: A complex system that is responsible for distinguishing a person from every...

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

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Injure: To harm, hurt, or wound. The word injure may be in physical or emotional sense. Fr...

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

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Laser: A powerful beam of light that is used in some types of surgery to cut or destroy ti...

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Lesion: An area of abnormal tissue change. Lesions vary in severity from harmless to serio...

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Liquid nitrogen: Nitrogen in a liquid state. Liquid nitrogen is supercool -- about 200 deg...

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Malignancy: A tumor that is malignant (cancerous), that can invade and destroy nearby tiss...

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Metatarsal: One of the five cylindrical bones that extend from the heel to the toes.

Mole: 1. In dermatology a mole is a pigmented spot on the skin, Also called a nevus...

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Nail: In medicine, there are two types of nails. One is just a plain old metal nail used t...

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Nitrogen: Element number 7, a colorless, odorless, tasteless gas that is biologically impo...

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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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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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Plantar: Having to do with the sole of the foot.

Plantar warts: Warts that grow on the soles of the feet.

Prognosis: The forecast of the probable outcome or course of a disease; the patient's chan...

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Punch biopsy: A biopsy that is performed by using a punch, an instrument for cutting and r...

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

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Salicylic acid: A substance obtained from plants (white willow back and wintergreen leaves...

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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.

Virus: A microorganism that is smaller than a bacterium that cannot grow or reproduce apar...

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Viruses: Small living particles that can infect cells and change how the cells function. I...

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Wart: A local growth of the outer layer of the skin (the epidermis) caused by a virus. Th...

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