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kinn's Chapter 38

TermDefinition
alopecia Partial or complete lack of hair.
anaplastic Relating to an alteration in cells to a more primitive form; a term that describes cancer-producing cells.
bilirubin An orange pigment in bile; its accumulation leads to jaundice.
cryosurgery The technique of exposing tissue to extreme cold to produce a well-defined area of cell destruction.
debridement The removal of foreign material and dead, damaged tissue from a wound.
dermabrasion A procedure in which revolving wire brushes or sandpaper is used to remove superficial scars; it typically is performed to reduce acne scars.
electrodesiccation The destruction of cells and tissue by means of short high-frequency electrical sparks.
exacerbation An increase in the seriousness of a disease, marked by greater intensity of the signs and symptoms.
excoriated Skin that has been injured by scratching; abraded.
glomerulonephritis Inflammation of the "functional unit" of the kidney.
hyperplasia An increase in the number of normal cells.
jaundice A yellow discoloration of the skin and mucous membranes caused by deposits of bile pigments; the deposits occur because of excess bilirubin in the blood.
keloid A raised, firm scar formation caused by overgrowth of collagen at the site of a skin injury.
keratin A very hard, tough protein found in the hair, nails, and epidermal tissue.
keratinocytes The skin cells that synthesize keratin.
leukoderma A lack of skin pigmentation, especially in patches.
opaque Not translucent or transparent; murky.
petechiae Small, purplish hemorrhagic spots on the skin.
Raynaud's phenomenon Intermittent attacks of ischemia of the extremities; it results in cyanosis, numbness, tingling, and pain.
teratogen Any substance that interferes with normal prenatal development, resulting in a developmental abnormality.
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