Chest Injuries Glossary of Terms

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

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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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Contusion: Another name for a bruise. What is a bruise ? A bruise, or contusion, is caused...

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Coughing up blood: see hemoptysis.

CPR: Cardiopulmonary resuscitation.

Flail chest: A condition that occurs when enough ribs are broken (usually from a crush inj...

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Fracture: A break in bone or cartilage. Although usually a result of trauma, a fracture ca...

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

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Indicate: In medicine, to make a treatment or procedure advisable because of a particular ...

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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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Medical school: A school with a curriculum leading to a medical degree. The mission of eve...

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Neck: The part of the body joining the head to the shoulders. Also, any narrow or constric...

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Oxygen: The odorless gas that is present in the air and necessary to maintain life. Oxygen...

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

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Rib: One of the 12 paired arches of bone that form the skeletal structure of the chest wal...

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Trauma: A physical or emotional injury.

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