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Vital Signs Vocab

MDA chapter 27 vital signs

TermDefinition
abnormality and irregularity in the force or rhythm of the heartbeat arrhythmia
pressure exerted by the blood against the walls of the blood vessels blood pressure
relating to the arm (brachium) as in brachial artery brachial
relating to either of the two major arteries on each side o fthe neck that carry blood to the head carotid
normal rhythmic relaxation and dilation of the heart chambers diastolic
instrument used in the detection and diagnosis of heart abnormalities. it generates a record of the electrical currents associated with heart muscle activity electrocardiogram
physical and chemical processes that occur within a living cell and are necessary for the maintenance of life metabolism
measurement of oxygen concentration in the blood oximetry
rhythmic throbbing of the arteries produced by regular contractions of the heart pulse
related to the radius (bone) or forearm, as in radial artery radial
a quantity measured, as in breaths and heartbeats rate
act or process of inhaling and exhaling, breathing respiration
a sequence of pattern, such as a heartbeat or breathing rhythm
instrument for measuring blood pressure in the arteries sphygmomanometer
instrument used for listening to sounds produced within the body stethoscope
ryhthmic contraction of the heart, especially of the ventricles systolic
degree of hotness or coldness of a body or an environment temperature
instrument for measuring temperature thermometer
related to or resembling a drum, as in the tympanic membrane or eardrum tympanic
quantity or amount, as in force of a heartbeat volume
Created by: jmcpartland