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Ch 02 A & P Terms

Acquiring Medical Language

TermDefinition
impression another way of saying assesment
diagnosis what the health care professional thinks
differential diagnosis a list of conditions the patient may have based on the symptoms exhibited and the results of the exam
benign safe
malignant dangerous; a problem
degeneration to be getting worse
etiology the cause
remission to get better or improve; most often when discussing cancer; remission does not mean cure
idiopathic no known specific cause; it just happens
localized stays in a certain part of th body
systemic/generalized all over the body (or most of it)
morbidity the risk for being sick
mortality the risk for dying
prognosis the chances for things getting better
occult hidden
pathogen the organism that causes the problem
lesion diseased tissue
recurrent to have again
sequelae a problem resulting from a disease or injury
pending waiting for
disposition what happened to the patient at the end of the visit
discharge literally means to unload, but it has 2 meanings: to send home fluid coming out of a part of the body
prophylaxis preventative treatment
palliative treating the symptoms, but not actually getting rid of the cause
observation watch; to keep an eye on
reassurance to tell the patient that the problem is not serious or dangerous
supportive care to treat the symptoms and make the patient feel better
sterile extremely clean, germ-free conditions; especially important during medical procedures and surgery
Created by: DarrinWan