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8.1 Mystery Illness

TermDefinition
Biomedical Science The application of the principles of the natural sciences, especially biology and physiology, to clinical medicine.
Blood Pressure The force of blood pushing against the walls of the arteries as the heart pumps blood and expressed in millimeters of mercury.
Contagious Communicable by contact.
Diagnose To recognize a disease by signs and symptoms.
Diastolic Pressure Blood pressure that remains between heart contractions.
Epidemic An infectious disease that spreads rapidly and sickens a large number of people.
Heart Rate A measure of cardiac activity usually expressed as the number of beats per minute.
Homeostasis The ability of an organism or cell to maintain equilibrium by adjusting its physiological processes in order to function properly.
Hypothermia Overheating of the body, possibly due to extreme weather conditions.
Hypertension High blood pressure.
Hypothermia Abnormally low body temperature.
Infection The state produced by the establishment of an infective agent in or on a suitable host.
Inoculation The introduction of a pathogen or antigen into a living organism to stimulate the production of antibodies.
Outbreak A sudden rise in the incidence of a disease.
Pathogen Any disease-producing agent such as a virus, bacteria, or parasite.
Pulse The rhythmic expansion and recoil of arteries resulting from heart contraction; can be felt from the outside of the body.
Symptom Something that indicates the presence of bodily disorder.
Systolic Pressure The blood pressure generated by the heart during contraction.
Vaccine A harmless variant of a pathogen that stimulates a host’s immune system to mount defenses against the pathogen.
Vital Signs Measurements of the body’s most basic functions and useful in detecting or monitoring medical problems.
Immune System Network of cells, tissues and organs that work together to defend the body against “foreign” invaders. They seek out and destroy invading viruses, bacteria, parasites, and fungi.
Virus A sub-microscopic particle that must infect living plant or animal cells to reproduce.
Treatment A session of medical care given to a patient or dosage of medicine or other remedy
Created by: moliphant