Stingray Sting Glossary of Terms

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

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Antibiotic: A drug used to treat bacterial infections. Antibiotics have no effect on viral...

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Blood pressure: The blood pressure is the pressure of the blood within the arteries. It is...

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Cancer: An abnormal growth of cells which tend to proliferate in an uncontrolled way and, ...

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Cardiopulmonary: Having to do with both the heart and lungs.

Cardiopulmonary resuscitation: A life-saving emergency procedure that involves breathing f...

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Chills: feelings of coldness accompanied by shivering. Chills may develop after exposure t...

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CPR: Cardiopulmonary resuscitation.

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

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Diabetes: Usually refers to diabetes mellitus or, less often, to diabetes insipidus. Diabe...

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Fever: Although a fever technically is any body temperature above the normal of 98.6 F (37...

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

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Heart: The muscle that pumps blood received from veins into arteries throughout the body. ...

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Heart rate: The number of heartbeats per unit of time, usually per minute. The heart rate ...

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HIV: Acronym for the Human Immunodeficiency Virus, the cause of AIDS (acquired immunodefi...

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Immune: Protected against infection, usually by the presence of antibodies.

Immune system: A complex system that is responsible for distinguishing a person from every...

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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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Laceration: A cut.

Lymph: The almost colorless fluid that travels through the lymphatic system, carrying cell...

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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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Nausea: Stomach queasiness, the urge to vomit. Nausea can be brought on by many causes, in...

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

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

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Paralysis: Loss of voluntary movement (motor function). Paralysis that affects only one mu...

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Puncture wound: An injury that is caused by a pointed object that pierces or penetrates th...

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

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Resuscitation: The procedure of restoring to life, as in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CP...

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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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Serrated: Finely notched like the cutting edge of a saw. The serratus muscles take their n...

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Spine: 1) The column of bone known as the vertebral column, which surrounds and protects ...

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

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