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Medical Terminology

Classification of diseases

ACQUIRED Acquired after birth
ACUTE Rapid onset and progress
ALLERGIC Hypersensitivity to foreign proteins
CHRONIC Slow onset and progress
CONGENITAL Present at birth
CRYPTOGENIC Of doubtful or hidden origin
ENDOCRINE Associated with hormone dysfunction
FAMILIAL Occurs in families
FUNCTIONAL No anatomical abnormality demonstrated but associated with dysfunction
LATROGENIC A disease produced by the treatment given for a primary illness
IDIOPATHIC Peculiar to the individual
INFECTIOUS Caused by micro-organisms readily passed on to other people
LOCAL Involving an area or one part of the body only
METABOLIC Disorder of basic working (physiology) of the body
NEOPLASTIC Associated with development of new growths (e.g. malignant or benigh tumours)
NOSOCOMIAL Infection acquired from hospital, e.g. MRSA
ORGANIC Structural abnormality demonstrated
SILENT No symptoms apparant or obvious signs
SYSTEMIC Involving the entire body
TRAUMATIC Involving injury
Created by: Owly