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Ch 05 S Terms

Acquiring Medical Language

TermDefinition
aphasia inability to speak
ataxia lack of coordination
catatonia condition characterized by reduced muscle tone
delirium brief loss of mental function
dementia loss/decline in mental function
dyskinesia difficulty moving
dyslexia difficulty reading
dysphasia difficulty speaking
dystonia condition characterized by involuntary muscle movements
insomnia inability to sleep
myoclonus muscle twitching
myospasm involuntary muscle contraction
neurasthenia nerve weakness
somnambulism sleep walking
syncope fainting; losing consciousness due to temporary loss of blood flow to the brain
cephalgia head pain
cephalodynia head pain
encephalalgia brain pain
neuralgia nerve pain
neurodynia nerve pain
hemiparesis partial paralysis on half the body
hemiplegia paralysis on half the body
monoparesis partial paralysis on one limb
monoplegia paralysis of one limb
paralysis complete loss of sensation and motor function
paresis aprtial paralysis characterized be varying degrees of sensation and motor function
anosmia lack of a sense of smell
causalgia painful sensation of burning
dysesthesia bad feeling
hyperesthesia increased sensation
paresthesia abnormal sensation (usually numbness or tingling in the skin)
pseudesthesia false sensation
synesthesia condition where one sensation is experienced as another
acrophobia fear of heights
agoraphobia fear of outdoor spaces
hydrophobia fear of water
kleptomania desire to steal
photophobia excessive sensitivity to light
pyromania desire to set fire
Created by: DarrinWan