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30 Terms

Common Veterinary Terms

ANTICONVULSANT a substance that fights or prevents convulsions/seizures
BRACHYCEPHALIC short-nosed (literally short-headed)
BRADYCARDIA slower than normal heart rate
CARDIOMEGALY increased heart size
CRYPTORCHID hidden testicle
CYSTOCENTESIS a surgical puncture into the bladder to remove fluid or air
CYSTOTOMY a surgical incision into the bladder (usually to remove stones)
DORSAL referring to the back
DYSPNEA difficult or painful breathing
DYSTOCIA difficult or painful birth
HEMATURIA blood in the urine
HYPERTHERMIA increased temperature
HYPOTHERMIA decreased temperature
ONYCHECTOMY surgical removal of a nail (declaw)
OPTHALMOSCOPE an instrument to examine the eyes
ORCHIECTOMY surgical removal of the testicles (neuter)
OTOSCOPE an instrument to examine the ears
OVARIOHYSTERECTOMY surgical removal or the ovaries and uterus (spay)
PANCREATITIS inflammation of the pancreas
POLYDIPSIA drinking more than normal
POLYURIA urinating more than normal
PYOMETRA pus in the uterus
STETHOSCOPE an instrument to listen to the chest
TACHYCARDIA faster than normal heart rate
TACHYPNEA faster than normal breathing
THORACOCENTESIS a surgical puncture into the chest to remove fluid or air
THROMBOCYTOPENIA decreased platelets
VENTRAL referring to the animal's belly
Created by: pnicodemus