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Chapt. 17 Key Terms

Diseases of the Skin and Subcutaneous Tissue

TermDefinition
abscess a swollen area within body tissue, containing an accumulation of pus.
alopecia the partial or complete absence of hair from areas of the body where it normally grows; baldness.
bedsores a sore developed by an invalid because of pressure caused by lying in bed in one position.
carbuncles a severe abscess or multiple boil in the skin, typically infected with staphylococcus bacteria.
cellulitis inflammation of subcutaneous connective tissue.
cutane the organ system that encloses the body and includes skin, hair, nails, and related muscle and glands.
decubitus ulcers technical term for bedsore.
dermatitis a condition of the skin in which it becomes red, swollen, and sore, sometimes with small blisters
dermis the thick layer of living tissue below the epidermis that forms the true skin, containing blood capillaries
epidermis the outer layer of cells covering an organism, in particular.
hair any of the fine threadlike strands growing from the skin of humans, mammals, and some other animals.
hirsutism abnormal growth of hair on a person's face and body, especially on a woman.
hives another term for urticaria.
integumentary system is the organ system that protects the body from various kinds of damage, such as loss of water or abrasion from outside
melanocytes a mature melanin-forming cell, typically in the skin.
melanoma a tumor of melanin-forming cells, typically a malignant tumor associated with skin cancer.
nails a small metal spike with a broadened flat head, driven typically into wood with a hammer to join things together or to serve as a peg or hook.
pressure sores are an injury to the skin and underlying tissue. They can range from mild reddening of the skin.
pressure ulcers bedsores and decubitus ulcers, are localized damage to the skin and/or underlying tissue that usually occur over a bony prominence .
sebaceous glands a small gland in the skin which secretes a lubricating oily matter (sebum) into the hair follicles to lubricate the skin and hair.
subcutaneous situated or applied under the skin.
ulcers an open sore on an external or internal surface of the body, caused by a break in the skin or mucous membrane that fails to heal.
urticaria a rash of round, red welts on the skin that itch intensely, sometimes with dangerous swelling, caused by an allergic reaction, typically to specific foods
Created by: K.Lindsey