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Ch 02 S & O Terms

Acquiring Medical Language

TermDefinition
acute it just started recently or is a sharp, severe symptom
chronic it has been going on for a while now
exacerbation it is getting worse
abrupt all of a sudden
febrile to have a fever
afebrile to not have a fever
malaise not feeling well
progressive more and more each day
symptom something a patient feels
noncontributory not related to this specific problem
lethargic a decrease in level of consciousness (an indication that the patient is really sick)
genetic/hereditary it runs in the family
alert able to answer questions; responsive; interactive
oriented being aware of:who he/she is, where he/she is and the current time ("oriented x 3" means all three are present)
marked it really stands out
unremarkable another way of saying normal
auscultation to listen
percussion to hit something and listen to the resulting sound
palpation to feel
Created by: DarrinWan