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Bonewit Chapt 5

The Physical Examination- Karly Hayes

audiometer an instrument used to measure hearing
auscultation the process of listening to the sounds produced within the body to detect signs of disease
bariatrics the branch of medicine that deals with the treatment and control of obesity and diseases associated with obesity
body mechanics utilization of the correct muscles to maintain proper balance, posture, and body alignment to accomplish a task safety and effciently without undue strain on any muscle or joing
clinical diagnosis a tentative diagnosis of a patients condition obtained through evaluation of the health history and the physical examination, without the benefit of laboratory of diagnostic tests
diagnosis the scientific method of determining and identifying a patients condition
differential diagnosis a determination of which of two or more diseases with similar symptoms is producing a patients symptoms
inspection the process of observing a patients to detect signs of disease
mensuration the process of measuring a patient
ophthalmoscope an instrument for examining the interior of the eye
otoscope an instrument for examining the external ear canal and tympanic membrane
palpation the process of feeling with the hands to detect signs of disease
percussion the process of tapping the body to detect signs of disease
percussion hammer an instryment with a rubber head, used for testing reflexes
prognosis the probable course and outcome of a patients condition and the patients prospects for recovery
speculum an instrument for opening a body orifice or cavity for viewing
symptom any change in the body or its functioning that indicates a disease might be present.
Created by: karlyhayes