Scuba Diving and Snorkeling Tips Glossary of Terms

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Adrenaline: A stress hormone produced within the adrenal gland that quickens the heart bea...

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Allergy: A misguided reaction to foreign substances by the immune system, the body system ...

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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: The US agency charged with tracking and invest...

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CPR: Cardiopulmonary resuscitation.

Decompression: 1. In general, the removal of pressure.
2. In surgery, ...

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Ear: The hearing organ. There are three sections of the ear, according to the anatomy tex...

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Epinephrine: Also known as adrenaline. A substance produced by the medulla inside of the a...

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Gastric: Having to do with the stomach.

Hyperbaric: Pertaining to gas pressures greater than 1 atmosphere* of pressure. Also perta...

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Immunization: Vaccination. Immunizations work by stimulating the immune system, the natur...

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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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Insect sting: A sting from a stinging insect, such as a bee, hornet, yellow jacket, or was...

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Marker: A piece of DNA that lies on a chromosome so close to a gene that the marker and t...

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

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Sinus: 1. An air-filled cavity in a dense portion of a skull bone. The sinuses decr...

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Tetanus: An often fatal infectious disease that is caused by the bacterium Clostridium tet...

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

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Travel medicine: A branch of medicine that specializes in diseases and conditions that are...

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