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asepsis being free of disease-producing microbes
autoclave a pressure steam sterilizer
biohazardous waste items contaminated with blood, body fluids, secretions, and excretions and that may be harmful to others; bio means life, and hazardous means dangerous or harmful
carrier a human or animal that is a reservoir for microbes but does not have signs and symptoms of infection
clean technique medical asepsis
communicable disease a disease caused by pathogens that spread easily; a contagious disease
contagious disease communicable disease
contamination the process of becoming unclean
disinfection the process of destroying pathogens
immunity protection against a certain disease
infection a disease state resulting from the invasion and growth of microrganisms in the body
medical asepsis the practices used to remove or destroy pathogens and to prevent their spread from one person or place to another person or place; clean technique
microbe a microorganism
microorganism a small (micro) living plant or animal (organism) seen only with a microscope; a microbe
nonpathogen a microbe that usually does not cause an infection
normal flora microbes that usually live and grow in a certain location
nosocomial infection an infection acquired during a stay in a health care agency
pathogen a microbe that is harmful and can cause an infection
personal protective equipment special clothing or equipment worn to protect against a hazard
reservoir the environment in which a microbe lives and grows
spore a bacterium protected by a hard shell that forms around the microbe
sterile the absence of all microbes
sterile field a work area free of all pathogens and nonpathogens (including spores)
sterile technique surgical asepsis
sterilization the process of destroying all microbes
surgical asepsis the practices that keep equipment and supplies free of all microbes; sterile technique
vaccination the administration of a vaccine to produce immunity
vaccine a preparation that contains dead or weakened microbes and is given to produce immunity against an infectious disease
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