Pressure Immobilization Glossary of Terms

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Absorption: Uptake. For example, intestinal absorption is the uptake of food (or other sub...

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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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Leg: In popular usage, the part of the body from the top of the thigh down to the foot, an...

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Limb: An arm or a leg.

Lymphatic: Pertaining to a small, thin channel that is similar to a blood vessel and that ...

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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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Necrosis: The death of living cells or tissues. Necrosis can be due, for example, to ische...

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Neurotoxin: Any substance that is capable of causing damage to nerves or nerve tissue. For...

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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.

Snake bites: A bite of a venomous snake, such as a rattlesnake, copperhead, cottonmouth wa...

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Systemic: Affecting the entire body. A systemic disease such as diabetes can affect the wh...

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Toxicology: The study of the nature, effects, and detection of poisons (toxins) and the tr...

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

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