Scuba Diving: Coral Cuts Glossary of Terms

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Abrasion: An abrasion or "excoriation" is a wearing away of the upper layer of s...

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Acetaminophen: A nonaspirin pain reliever or analgesic. Acetaminophen may be given alone t...

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Acetic acid: The acid most commonly associated with vinegar. Acetic acid is a two-carbon c...

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Antibiotic: A drug used to treat infections caused by bacteria and other microorganisms. ...

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Arms: An appendage in anatomy and in clinical trials. See: Arm.

Bacterial: Of or pertaining to bacteria, as in a bacterial lung infection.

Bullae: More than one bulla, a bulla being a blister more than 5 mm (about 3/16 inch) in d...

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Capsule: Capsule has many meanings in medicine including the following:

  1. In medici...

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Cellulitis: A spreading bacterial infection underneath the skin surface characterized by r...

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Cuts: Severed skin. Washing a cut or scrape with soap and water and keeping it clean and d...

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

Flush: (1) A redness of the skin, typically over the cheeks or neck. A flush is usually ...

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Hydrogen: The most plentiful element in the universe and one present in all organic compou...

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Ibuprofen: A nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) that is commonly used to treat pa...

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

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

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Ointment: An oil-based preparation that is applied to the skin. Whereas an ointment has an...

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Open wound: An injury that is exposed because of broken skin. An open wound is at high ris...

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Organ: A relatively independent part of the body that carries out one or more special func...

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

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Photosensitivity: Oversensitivity of skin to light. Photosensitivity can be a side effect ...

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Protein: One of the three nutrients used as energy sources (calories) by the body. Protein...

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

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Scrub: 1. As a verb, to wash the hands and forearms very thoroughly, as before enga...

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Sensitivity: 1. In psychology, the quality of being sensitive. As, for example, sen...

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Skeleton: The skeleton is composed of bones and is the framework of the body.

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

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SPF (sun protection factor): A number on a scale for rating the degree of protection prov...

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Steroid: One of a large group of chemical substances classified by a specific carbon struc...

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Sunscreen: A substance that blocks the effect of the sun's harmful rays. Using lotions tha...

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Topical: Pertaining to a particular surface area. For example, a topical agent is applied ...

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Tylenol: See: Acetaminophen.

Ulcer: A lesion that is eroding away the skin or mucous membrane. Ulcers can have various ...

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Vibrio: A group of bacteria that includes Vibrio cholerae, the agent that causes cholera. ...

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