Seizure Glossary of Terms

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Abnormal: Outside the expected norm, or uncharacteristic of a particular patient.

Bladder: A hollow organ in the lower abdomen that stores urine. The kidneys filter waste f...

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Blood sugar: Blood glucose. See also: High blood sugar; Low blood sugar.

Bowel: The small and large intestine.

Brain: The portion of the central nervous system that is located within the skull. It func...

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

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Drain: A device for removing fluid from a cavity or wound. A drain is typically a tube or ...

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Epilepsy (seizure disorder): When nerve cells in the brain fire electrical impulses...

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

Fever: Although a fever technically is any body temperature above the normal of 98.6 degr...

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Generalized tonic-clonic seizure: See: Grand mal.

Hypoglycemia: Low blood sugar (glucose). Hypoglycemia may be associated with symptoms such...

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Indicate: In medicine, to make a treatment or procedure advisable because of a particular ...

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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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Low blood sugar: A low blood level of the sugar glucose. Also called hypoglycemia.

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Lungs: The lungs are a pair of breathing organs located with the chest which remove carbon...

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

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Meningitis: Inflammation of the meninges, the three membranes that envelop the brain and t...

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

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Neck: The part of the body joining the head to the shoulders. Also, any narrow or constric...

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Petit mal: A form of epilepsy with very brief, unannounced lapses in consciousness. A peti...

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

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Seizure: Uncontrolled electrical activity in the brain, which may produce a physical conv...

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Tongue: A strong muscle that is anchored to the floor of the mouth. The tongue is covered ...

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Tonic-clonic seizure: The classic type of epileptic seizure consisting of two phases to ...

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Vomit: Matter from the stomach that has come up into and may be ejected beyond the mouth, ...

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