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Chapter31 VitalSigns

TermDefinition
Apnea Absence or cessation of breathing
Arrhythmia Abnormality or irregularity in the heart rhythm
Cerumen Ear wax
Diurnal Rhythm pattern of activity or behavior that follows a day-night cycle
Febrile Elevated temperature
Homeostasis Body's functions in balance
Intermittent Pulse Pulse in which beats skips
Otitis External Inflammation or infection of the external auditory canal
Pulse Deficit Condition in which the radial pulse is less than the apical pulse: may indicate a peripheral vascular abnormality
Sinus Arrhythmia Irregular heartbeat that originates in the sinoatrial node
Dyspnea Difficult or painful breathing
Orthostatic Hypotension Temporary fall in BP when the person rapidly changes from recumbent position to a standing position
Secondary Hypertension Elevate BP resulting from another condition (kidney disease)
Tachycardia Rapid heart rate (over 100 beats per minute)
Thread Describes a pulse that is scarcely perceptible
Systolic Is the top number (which you can take a palpating BP)
Diastolic Is the bottom number (which cannot be taken when palpating BP
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