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MedCon 1

The following activity is for the "key terms" in chapter 1 of your textbook.

Acute a disease that is short term
Auscultation using a stethoscope to listen to body cavities and organs
Chronic a disease that persists for a long time
Complication the onset of a second disease or disorder in an individual who is already affected with a disease
Diagnosis the identification or naming of a disorder
Disease a change in structure or function within the body that is considered to be abnormal; any change from normal
Disorder a derangement or abnormality of function
Etiology the study of cause or the cause of a disease
Exacerbation a time when symptoms flare up or become worse
Fatal inevitable or causing death
Holistic medicine the concept of considering the whole person rather than just the physical being
Homeostasis the state of sameness or normalcy that the body strives to maintain
Iatrogenic a problem arising due to or related to a prescribed treatment
Idiopathic an unknown cause of disease
Lethal something that kills
Mortality rate death rate; it is related to the number of people who die with a disease in a certain amount of time
Nosocomial a disease acquitted from the hospital environment
Palliative something that is directed toward relief of symptoms but does not cure
Palpation feeling lightly or by pressing firmly on internal organs or structures
Pathogenesis a description of how a particular disease progresses
Pathogens microorganism or agents that cause disease
Pathologic caused by a pathogen or a disease
Pathologist one who studies disease
Pathology the study of disease
Percussion tapping over various body areas to produce a vibrating sound
Predisposing factors also known as risk factors; make a person more susceptible to disease
Prevalent occurring more often
Preventative something that reduces risk
Prognosis the predicted or expected outcome of the disease
Remission a time when symptoms are diminished or temporarily resolved
Signs observable or measurable factors used to determine a diagnosis
Symptoms what patients report as their problem or problems
Syndrome a groups of symptoms that may be caused by a specific disease but also may be caused by several interrelated problems
Created by: jillcyr