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General Terminology

TermDefinition
1. Antisepsis the process of applying a preparation to the surface of living tissue to prevent infections and inhibit growth of microorganisms.
2. Biopsy removal of a tissue sample for microscopic diagnosis and examination.
3. Catheterization the insertion of a sterile plastic tube into the urethra to remove urine.
4. Contact transmission method of disease transmission that includes direct contact, indirect contact and droplet contact.
5. Incubation period of time between the animal contact with an infection and the appearance of disease symptoms.
6. Infectious disease diseases capable of being spread from one animal to another.
7. Pocket pets a term used to describe small pets once only thought of as laboratory animals. such as gerbils, hamsters, guinea pigs, mice and rats.
8. Preventative health care programs programs designed by the veterinarian to help prevent disease and health problems in individual animals or herds of animals.
9. Quarantine the isolation of an animal or animals suspected to have been exposed to an infectious disease for the infection duration incubation period.
10. Spaying the removal of female reproductive organs.
11. Zoonoses diseases that can be transmitted from animals to humans.
Created by: jmcornwell