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Medical Terminology

Chapter 2

TermDefinition
noncontributory not related to this specific problem
malaise not feeling well
oriented being aware of who he or she is, where he or she is, and the current time; a patient who is aware of all three is "oriented x 3"
percussion to hit something and listen to the resulting sound or feel for the resulting vibration
idiopathic no known specific cause; it just happens
differential diagnosis a list of conditions the patient may have based on the symptoms exhibited and the results of the exam
prophylaxis preventive treatment
disposition what happened to the patient at the end of the visit
palliative treating the symptoms, but not actually getting rid of the cause
sequelae a problem resulting from a disease or injury
Created by: brookhutch