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Terminology Wk 2

Veterinary Technology Terms

TermDefinition
Nosocomial (of a disease) originating in a hospital.
Antiseptic denoting substances that prevent the growth of disease-causing microorganisms.
Fomite is any nonliving object or substance capable of carrying infectious organisms, such as germs or parasites, and hence transferring them from one individual to another. Skin cells, hair, clothing, and bedding are common hospital sources of contamination.
Idiopathic relating to or denoting any disease or condition that arises spontaneously or for which the cause is unknown
Disinfection Destruction of pathogenic microorganisms or their toxins or vectors by direct exposure to chemical or physical agents.
Aspectic free from contamination caused by harmful bacteria, viruses, or other microorganisms.
Contagion the communication of disease from one person to another by close contact.
Sterilization The removal of all microorganisms and other pathogens from an object or surface by treating it with chemicals or subjecting it to high heat or radiation.
Caustic able to burn or corrode organic tissue by chemical action
Anorexia a lack or loss of appetite for food (as a medical condition).
Ataxia the loss of full control of bodily movements.
Pyrexia raised body temperature; fever
Emesis The act of vomiting
Lethargy a lack of energy and enthusiasm
Hypoplasia is underdevelopment or incomplete development of a tissue or organ.