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active immunity protection against disease that occurs as a result of coming into contact with an infectious agent or an inactivated part of such an agent administered by a vaccine
adverse drug reaction reaction to a drug that is harmful to the well-being of the patient
allergic disease a disease caused by an allergic reaction
allergy a state of heightened sensitivity as a result of exposure to a particular substance
antigen the molecule that an antibody recognizes
Beers List a list of drugs for which monitoring is especially important in elderly patients
buccal to be placed between the cheek and the gums
compliance a patient's adherence to the dose schedule and other particular requirements of the specified regimen
E-prescribing the process which allows a prescriber's computer system to talk to the pharmacy's computer system and the medication order/prescription is transmitted to the pharmacy
histamine a chemical produced by the body that evokes the symptoms of an allergic reaction and is blocked by antihistamines
immunization the process by which the immune system is stimulated to acquire protection against a specific disease; usually achieved by use of a vaccine
inhalation administration of a medication through the respiratory system
inscription part of a prescription that identifies the name of the drug, the dose, and the quantities of the ingredients
instillation administration of a medication drop by drop
intradermal to be injected into the skin
intramuscular to be injected into a muscle; abbreviated IM
intraspinal to be injected into the spinal column
intrathecal see intraspinal
intravenous administration of a medication through a vein, thereby avoiding the first-pass effect; abbreviated IV
local infection an infection restricted to or pertaining to one area of the body
medication reconciliation the providing of a complete and accurate drug profile to each health care provider who cares for a patient
morbidity rate of occurrence of a diseased state or condition
mortality death rate from a particular disease
noncompliance failure to adhere to an appropriate drug regimen
nonpathologic not related to disease
ophthalmic to be administered through the eye
oral see peroral (PO)
order a prescription issued in an institutional setting
otic administered in the ear
parenteral administered by injection rather than by way of the alimentary canal
passive immunity protection against a disease as the result of receiving antibodies that were formed by another person or animal who developed them in response to being infected with the disease
peptide a string of amino acid molecules bound together, usually a fragment of a larger protein molecule
peroral (PO) administration of a medication by mouth in either solid form, as a tablet or capsule, or in liquid form, as a solution or syrup; often referred to as oral
polypharmacy the concurrent use of multiple medications
prescription a direction for medication to be dispensed to a patient, written by a physician or a qualified licensed practitioner and filled by a pharmacist; referred to as an order when the medication is requested in a hospital setting
signa part of a prescription that provides directions to be included on the label for the patient to follow in taking the medication
subcutaneous to be injected into the tissue just beneath the skin
sublingual to be placed under the tongue
systemic pertaining to or affecting the body as a whole
titer concentration of an antibody in the bloodstream
topical applied to the surface of the skin or mucous membranes
vaccine a suspension of disease-causing organisms or fragments of them, administered to induce active immunity to the disease
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