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UB Med Term pg86

Common Medical Record Terms Related to Disease

acute sharp, having intense often severe symptoms and a short course
chronic a condition developing slowly and persisting over time
benign mild or noncancerous
malignant harmful or cancerous
degeneration gradual deterioration of normal cells and body functions
degenerative disease any disease in which there is deterioration of structure or function of tissue
diagnosis determination of the presence of a disease based on an evaluation of symptoms, signs, and test findings
etiology cause of a disease
exacerbation increase in severity of a disease with aggravation of symptoms
remission a period in which symptoms and signs stop or abate
febrile relating to a fever (elevated temperature)
gross large, visible to the naked eye
idiopathic a condition occurring without a clearly identified cause
localized limited to a definite area or part
systemic relating to the whole body rather than only a part
malaise a feeling of unwellness, often the first indication of illness
marked significant
equivocal vague, questionable
morbidity sick, a state of disease
morbidity rate the number of cases of a disease in a given year the ratio of sick to well individuals in a given population
mortality the state of being subject to death
mortality rate death rate ratio of total number of deaths to total number in a given population
prognosis foreknowledge; prediction of the likely outcome of a disease based on the general health status of the patient along with knowledge of the usual course of the disease
progressive the advance of a condition as signs and symptoms increase in severity
prophylaxis a process or measure that prevents disease
recurrent to occur again; describes the return of symptoms and signs after a period of quiescence
quiescence rest or inactivity
sequela a disorder or condition after, and usually resulting from , a previous disease or injury
sign a mark; objective evidence of disease that can be seen or verified by an examiner
symptom occurrence; subjective evidence of disease that is perceived by the patient and often noted in his or her own words
syndrome a running together; combination of symptoms and signs that give a distinct clinical picture indicating a particular condition or disease
noncontributory not involved in bringing on the condition or result
unremarkable not significant or worthy of noting
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