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Minor Office Surgery

Abrasion A wound in which the outer layers of the skin are damaged; a scape.
Abscess A collection of pus in a cavity surrounded by inflamed tissue.
Absorbable Suture Suture material that is gradually digested by tissue enzymes and absorbed by the body.
Approximation The process of bringing two parts, such as tissue, together through the use of sutures or other means.
Bandage A strip of woven material used to wrap or cover a part of the body.
Biopsy The surgical removal and examination of tissue from the living body. Biopsies are generally preformed to determine whether a tumor is benign or malignant.
Capillary Action The action that causes liquid to rise along a wick, a tube, or a gauze dressing.
Colposcope A lighted instrument with a binocular magnifying lens used to examine the vagina and cervix.
Colposcopy The visual examination of the vagina and cervix using a colposcope.
Contaminate To cause a sterile object or surface to become unsterile.
Contusion An injury to the tissues under the skin that causes blood vessels to rupture, allowing blood to seep into the tissues; a bruise.
Cryosurgery The therapeutic use of freezing temperatures to destroy abnormal tissue.
Exudate A discharge produced by the body's tissues.
Fibroblast An immature cell from which connective tissue can develop.
Forceps A two-pronged instrument for grasping and squeezing.
Furuncle A localized staphylococcal infection that originates deep within a hair follicle. Also known as a boil.
Hemostasis The arrest of bleeding by natural or artificial means.
Incision A clean cut caused by a cutting instrument.
Infection The condition in which the body, or part of it, is invaded by a pathogen.
Infiltration the process by which a substance of a cell, tissue, or organ.
Inflammation A protective response of the body to trauma and the entrance of foreign matter. The purpose of inflammation is to destroy invading MO's and to repair injured tissue.
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