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Med Diag Signs Sympt

Medical Terminology

TermDefinition
chronic a term used to describe the time scale and/or severity of a disease or disorder, which indicates a slow onset, usually slow course (long duration), and low severity
acute a term used to describe the time scale and/or severity of a disease or disorder, which indicates a rapid onset, usually fast course (short duration), and often intense severity
sign an observable effect of disease that medical professionals can visualize or detect, such as swelling or color changes
symptom an effect of disease or disorder as experienced by the patient (e.g., aches and pains, weakness, etc.)
blood pressure the force exerted by blood against the walls of the blood vessels as it circulates throughout the body
diastolic pressure the blood pressure measured during diastole, which is that phase of heart activity when it is resting and filling with blood for the next systole
systolic pressure the blood pressure measured during systole, which is that phase of heart activity when it is contracting and actively pumping blood out
pulse the rhythmic expansion of an artery that occurs as the heart beats
respiration rate number of breaths per minute
Created by: rleroux