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vital signs

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alveolar pertaining to air cells in the lungs (alveolar)
anterior situated at or directed toward the front
apical pertaining to the apex
aterial pertaining of an artery; the type of blood vessels that carry oxygentated blood away from the heart to body organs and tissues
assessement an appraisal or evaluation
atheroscierosis a disorder in which inner walls of the arteries develop a build up of yellowish plaque that may eventually obstruct circulation of oxygenated blood
bradycardia abnormally slow heart beat (below 60 beats/min)
bronchiole a small airway of the respiratory system that extends from the bronchi into the lobes of the lungs
cardiopulmonary pertaining to the heart an lungs
cellular pertaining to or made up of cells
chemoreceptor any of the special cells or organs adapted for excitation by chemical substances and located outside the central nervous systmem
cyanosis a bluish discoloration of the skin and mucous membranes dud to lack of oxygen in the blood
diencephalon the posterior part of the forebrain
diode a low pressure electron tube or a conductive device used to rectify alternating current
doppler a device used to measure heart sounds or other sounds using sound wave freqency and distance
dyspnea difficulty breathing resulting from insufficient air flow to the lungs
enzymatic relating to, caused by, or characteristic of an enzyme
flank pain pain on the side of the body between the ribs and the ilium
hemodynamics the study of the movement of the blood and the forces concerned therein
hemoglobin iron containing pigment of red blood cells that carries oxygen to the tissues
hemorrhoids enlarged veins in the anal canal that bleed easily and are painful
hypercapnia increased amount of carbon dioxide in the blood
hypothalmus the portion of the diencephalon lying beneath the thalmus at the base of the cerebrum and forming the floor and part of the lateral wall of the third ventricle
hypothermia low body temperature
hypoxia reduction in the amount of cellular oxygen
intra-arterial within the artery
invasive procedure any medical treatment or examiniation that involves penetration of the body tissue or organs
lateral pertaining to the side
oral taken by mouth
oximeter a photoelectric device that measures oxygen saturation of the blood
oxygenated saturated with oxygen
parenchyma the functional elements of an organ as distinguished from its supporting or connective tissue
pathological the structural and functional manifestations of a disease
peripheral the outer portion or surface of the body
pharynx the throat
posterior directed toward or situated at the back
pulmanary involving the lung
pyrexia a fever or febrile condition
radiololucent permitting the passage of radient energy such as x-ray , yet offering some resistance to it.
retraction the act of drawing back or condition of being drawn back
symmetry correspondence in size, form and arrangement of parts on opposite sides of a plane or around an axis
systemic affecting the body as a whole
systemic vascular resistance the resistance against which the left ventricle mus eject blood at every systolic heart beat
systole the contraction of the heart that drives blood into the aorta and pulmonary arteries
tachycardia abnormally rapid heart beat ( over 100 beats/minute)
therapeutic involving the science or art of healing; a scientific account of the treatment of disease
thermostat a devise in a heating system by which temperature is automatically maintained between certain specified levels
toxic poisonous or acting as a poison
trachobronchitis inflammation of the trachea and bronchi
transtracheal a technique of oxygen administration for the patient requiring chronic oxygen therapy; oxygen is administered by catheter into the trachea
typanic bell-like resonance pertaining to tympanum
viscosity the thickness of a fluid
voiatile easily vaporized or evaporated; unstable or explosive in nature
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