Cone Snail Sting Glossary of Terms

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Acetylcholine: A neurotransmitter released by nerves that is essential for communication b...

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Adverse reaction: In pharmacology, any unexpected or dangerous reaction to a drug. An unwa...

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

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Atropine: A drug, made from the belladonna plant, that is administered via injection, eye ...

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Bee sting: An area of skin affected by piercing from the stinger of a bee. A bee sting can...

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Blood pressure: The blood pressure is the pressure of the blood within the arteries. It is...

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

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Calcium: A mineral found mainly in the hard part of bones, where it is stored. Calcium is ...

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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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Coma: A state of deep, unarousable unconsciousness. A coma may occur as a result of head t...

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Cone: A type of specialized light-sensitive cell (photoreceptor) in the retina of the eye ...

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Cone snail: A fishing-eating snail (Conidae) that inhabits tropical coral reefs and produ...

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CPR: Cardiopulmonary resuscitation.

Cyanosis: A bluish color of the skin and the mucous membranes due to insufficient oxygen i...

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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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Excision: 1. Surgical removal, as in the excision of a tumor. 2. The remov...

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

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

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Heart failure: Inability of the heart to keep up with the demands on it and, specifically...

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Hypotension: Any blood pressure that is below the normal expected for an individual in a ...

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

Intensive care: See critical care.

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

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Limb: An arm or a leg.

Low blood pressure: Any blood pressure that is below the normal expected for an individua...

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

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Muscle: Muscle is the tissue of the body which primarily functions as a source of power. T...

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Naloxone: A drug that antagonizes morphine and other opiates. Naloxone is a pure opiate an...

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Narcan: Brand name for naloxone.

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Nerve: A bundle of fibers that uses electrical and chemical signals to transmit sensory an...

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Paralysis: Loss of voluntary movement (motor function). Paralysis that affects only one mu...

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

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Respiration: The act of inhaling and exhaling air in order to exchange oxygen for carbon d...

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Skeletal: Pertaining to the skeleton, the bones of the body that collectively provide the ...

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Skeletal muscle: Along with smooth and cardiac muscle, one of the types of muscle tissue i...

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Syncope: Partial or complete loss of consciousness with interruption of awareness of one...

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Therapy: The treatment of disease. Therapy is synonymous with treatment.

Tooth: One of the structures within the mouth that allow for biting and chewing. Teeth hav...

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

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

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