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Vital SignTerms; B.G

pulse the pressure of the blood pushing against the wall of an artery as the heart beats and rests
temperature the balance between heat lost and heat produced by the body
cheyne-stroke periods of difficult breathing followed by periods of no respirations
oral pertaining to the mouth
rate number per minute, as with pulse and respiration counts
volume the degree of strength of a pulse
respiration(s) the process of taking in oxygen and expelling carbon dioxide by the way the lungs and air passages
rectal pertaining to or the lower part of the large intestine, the temporary storage area for indigestibles
apical pulse pulse taken with a stethoscope and near the apex of the heart
aural measurement of body temperature at the tympanic membrane in the ear
axillary the area of the body under the arm
blood pressure measurement of the force exerted by the heart against the arterial walls when the heart contracts and relaxes beats
fever elevated body temperature,usually above 101F, or 38.3C, rectally
rhythmal referring to regularity; regular or irregular
vital signs determinations that provide information about body conditions; include temperature, pulse, respirations, and blood pressure
homeostasis a constant state of natural balance within the body
febrile pertaining to a fever, or elevated body temperature
afebrile without a fever
pyrexia fever
apnea absence of respirations; temporary cessation of respirations
bradypnea slow respiratory rate, usually below 10 respirations per minute
hypothermia condition in which body temperature is below normal, usually below 95F, 35C and often in the range of 78F to 95FC 26 to 35
hyperthermia condition that occurs when body temperature exceeds 104F, or 40C, rectally
orthopnea severe dyspnea in which breathing is very difficult in any position other than sitting erect or standing
tachypnea respiratory rate above 25 respirations per minute
dyspnea difficult or labored breathing
character the quality of respirations
clinical thermometer consists of a slender glass tube containing mercury or alcohol with red dye
electronic thermometers registers the temperature on a viewer in seconds
tympanic thermometers that record the aural temperature in the ear
rales bubbling or noisy sound caused by fluid or mucus in the air passages
wheezing difficult breathing with a high pitched whistling or sighing sounds during expiration.
cyanosis bluish color of the skin, nail beds, and/or lips due to an insufficient amount of oxygen in the blood
stethoscope instrument used for listening to internal body sounds
pulse deficit the difference between the rate of an apical pulse and the rate of radial pulse
arrhythmia irregular or abnormal rhythm, usually referring to the heart rhythm
sphygmomanometer instrument calibrated for measuring blood pressure in millimeters of mercury
systolic measurement of blood pressure taken when the heart is contracting and forcing blood into the arteries
diastolic measurement of the blood pressure taken when the heart is at rest
pulse pressure the difference between systolic and diastolic blood pressure
hypertension high blood pressure
hypotension low blood pressure
VS vital signs
AX axillary
BP blood pressure
TPR temperature, pulse, radiation
MMHG millimeters mercury
T temperature
F fahrenheit
C celsius
Created by: brookegohl