Fractures or Dislocations Glossary of Terms

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

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American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: The professional organization of American orthop...

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

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Compound fracture: A fracture in which a bone is sticking through the skin. Also known as ...

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Elbow: The juncture of the long bones in the middle portion of the upper extremity. The bo...

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

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

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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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Joint: The area where two bones are attached for the purpose of permitting body parts to m...

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Knee: The knee is a joint which has three parts. The thigh bone (the femur) meets the lar...

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Limb: An arm or a leg.

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

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

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Open fracture: A fracture in which the bone is sticking through the skin. Also called a co...

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

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

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Pulse: The rhythmic dilation of an artery that results from beating of the heart. Pulse is...

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Sensation: In medicine and physiology, sensation refers to the registration of an incoming...

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Tylenol: See: Acetaminophen.

Wrist: The part of the hand that is nearest the forearm and consists of the carpal bones a...

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