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Vol. 2 Chp. 4 Vocab

TermDefinition
Chief complaint The pain, discomfort, or dysfunction that caused the patient to call for help.
Differential field diagnosis The list of possible causes for the patient's symptoms.
Diuretic An agent that increases urine secretion and elimination of body water; medication used to reduce circulating blood volume by increasing the amount of urine.
Dysmenorrhea Difficult or painful menstration.
Dyspnea An abnormality of breathing rate, pattern or effect; difficult or labored breathing; a sensation of shortness of breath.
HEENT Head, eyes, ears, nose, throat
Hematemisis Bloody vomitus
Hematuria Blood in urine
Hemoptysis The coughing of blood that originates in the respiratory tract.
Intermittent claudication Intermittent calf pain while walking that subsides with rest.
Nocturia Excessive urination during the night.
Orthopnea Difficulty breathing while lying supine.
Paroxysmal nocturnal dyspnea Sudden onset of shortness of breath at night.
Polyuria Excessive urination
Primary problem The underlying cause for the patient's symptoms.
Referred pain Pain felt in a location other than that of its origin.
Tenderness Pain that is elicited through palpation.
Tinnitus The sensation of ringing in the ears.
Created by: Doublej986
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