Blue-Ringed Octopus Bite Glossary of Terms

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Antivenin: Antibodies created in the blood of a horse or sheep when the animal is injected...

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Breathing: The process of respiration, during which air is inhaled into the lungs through ...

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Cardiac: Having to do with the heart.

Circulation: In medicine, the movement of fluid through the body in a regular or circuitou...

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Clinical trials: Trials to evaluate the effectiveness and safety of medications or medical...

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Distal: The more (or most) distant of two (or more) things. For example, the distal end of...

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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.

Intubation: The process of putting a tube into a hollow organ or passageway, often into 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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Limb: An arm or a leg.

Lips: Aside from the lips of the mouth, there are two pairs of lips at the entrance to the...

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Mechanical ventilation: Use of a machine called a ventilator or respirator to improve the ...

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

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Multiple sclerosis: A disease that is characterized by loss of myelin (demyelinization). A...

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

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

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Poison: Any substance that can cause severe organ damage or death if ingested, breathed in...

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Poisoning: Taking a substance that is injurious to health or can cause death. Poisoning i...

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Respiratory: Having to do with respiration.

Respiratory failure: Inability of the lungs to perform their basic task of gas exchange, t...

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Sclerosis: Localized hardening of skin. Sclerosis is generally caused by underlying diseas...

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Supportive care: Treatment given to prevent, control, or relieve complications and side ef...

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Toxin: A poison produced by certain animals, plants, or bacteria.

Trachea: A tube-like portion of the respiratory tract that connects the larynx with the br...

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Venom: A poison, particularly one secreted by an animal. Examples are bee venom, snake ven...

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Ventilation: The exchange of air between the lungs and the atmosphere so that oxygen can ...

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