Excess Skin Removal After Extreme Weight Loss Glossary of Terms

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Abdominal: Relating to the abdomen, the belly, that part of the body that contains all of ...

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

Adjacent: Lying nearby. Related terms include superjacent, subjacent, and circumjacent. Fr...

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Anesthesia: Loss of feeling or awareness, as when an anesthetic is administered before sur...

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Antibody: An immunoglobulin, a specialized immune protein, produced because of the introdu...

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Antiphospholipid antibody syndrome: An immune disorder characterized by the presence of ab...

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Arms: An appendage in anatomy and in clinical trials. See: Arm.

Aspirin: Once the Bayer trademark for acetylsalicylic acid, now the common name for this a...

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Bariatric: Pertaining to the study, prevention, or treatment of overweight. definition of Bariatric

Bariatric surgery: Surgery on the stomach and/or intestines to help a person with extrem...

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Birth control: Birth control is the use of any practices, methods, or devices to prevent p...

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Blood clots: Blood that has been converted from a liquid to a solid state. Also called a t...

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BMI: Body mass index.

Body mass index: A key index for relating weight to height. Abbreviated BMI. BMI is a pers...

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Cardiac: Having to do with the heart.

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Complication: In medicine, an unanticipated problem that arises following, and is a result...

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Compression: 1. The act of pressing together. As in a compression fracture, nerve c...

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Contrast: Short for "contrast media." Contrast media are X-ray dyes used to provide contra...

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Deep vein thrombosis: A blood clot within a deep vein, typically in the thigh or leg. The ...

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Degenerative joint disease: Also known as osteoarthritis, this type of arthritis is cause...

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

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Epidemic: The occurrence of more cases of a disease than would be expected in a community...

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Fascia: A flat band of tissue below the skin that covers underlying tissues and separates ...

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Folate: Folic acid, one of the B vitamins that is a key factor in the synthesis (the makin...

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Hematoma: A localized swelling that is filled with blood caused by a break in the wall of ...

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Heparin: An anticoagulant (anti-clotting) medication. Heparin is useful in preventing thro...

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Hypertrophic: Exhibiting hypertrophy (enlargement or overgrowth of an organ or part of the...

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Hypothermia: Abnormally low body temperature. Someone who falls asleep in a cold temperatu...

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

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Immune: Protected against infection, usually by the presence of antibodies.definition of Immune back to top

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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Iron: An essential mineral. Iron is necessary for the transport of oxygen (via hemoglobin ...

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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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Lateral: 1. In anatomy, the side of the body or a body part that is farther from th...

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Liposuction: The surgical suctioning of fat deposits from specific parts of the body, the ...

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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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Obese: Well above one's normal weight. A person has traditionally been considered to be ob...

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Obesity: The state of being well above one's normal weight.

Outpatient: A patient who is not hospitalized, but instead comes to a physician?s office, ...

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Overweight: The term "overweight" is used in two different ways. In one sense it is a way ...

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Physical therapy: A branch of rehabilitative health that uses specially designed exercises...

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Preoperative: Before surgery. As opposed to postoperative, after surgery....See the entire definition of Preoperative

Public health: The approach to medicine that is concerned with the health of the community...

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Rash: Breaking out (eruption) of the skin. A rash can be caused by an underlying medical c...

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Stage: As regards cancer, the extent of a cancer, especially whether the disease has spre...

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Superficial: In anatomy, on the surface or shallow. As opposed to deep. The skin is superf...

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Surgeon: A physician who treats disease, injury, or deformity via operative or manual meth...

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Surgery: The branch of medicine that employs operations in the treatment of disease or inj...

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Syndrome: A combination of symptoms and signs that together represent a disease process....

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Tension: 1) The pressure within a vessel, such as blood pressure: the pressure within t...

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Therapy: The treatment of disease. Therapy is synonymous with treatment....See the entire definition of Therapy

Thigh: The thick, muscular portion of the leg that extends from the hip to the knee. The t...

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Thrombosis: The formation or presence of a blood clot in a blood vessel. The vessel may be...

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Tummy: 1. "Babytalk" referring to the stomach. The word tummy is derived from stoma...

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Type 2 diabetes: See Diabetes, type 2.

Vein: A blood vessel that carries blood that is low in oxygen content from the body back t...

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Weight loss: Weight loss is a decrease in body weight resulting from either voluntary (die...

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