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vccabulary for general terms chapter 1

QuestionAnswer
abate to lessen or decrease
abnormal away from the norm
abscess localized collection of pus
acute sudden sharp severe symptoms short course
adhesion process of being stuck together
afferent carrying impulses toward a centre
ambulatory being able to walk
antidote substance given to counteract poisons
antipyretic an agent that works against fever
antiseptic an agent that works against sepsis
antitussive an agent that works against coughing
apathy lacking of feeling or emotion
asepsis without decay, sterile
autoclave apparatus used to sterilize articles by steam under pressure
autonomy condition of being self governed
axillary pertaining to the armpit
biopsy surgical removal of a small piece of tissue for microscopic examination
cachexia a condition of ill health
centrifuge a device used to separate liquids from solids
chemotherapy treatment using chemical agents
chronic symptoms with little change over a long period of time
diagnosis determination of the cause and nature of a disease
diaphoresis profuse sweating
disease an abnormal condition of the body
disinfectant a chemical substance that destroys bacteria
efferent carrying impulses away from a center
empathy projecting one's feelings onto another in order to understand their feelings
epidemic rapid, widespread occurence of an infectious disease
etiology the study of the cause of disease
excision process of cutting out surgical removal
febrile pertaining to fever
heterogeneous pertaining to a different formation
incision the process of cutting into
macroscopic objects large enough to be examined by naked eye
malaise bad feeling discomfort
malformation badly shaped deformed
malignant spreading process of cancer from one area of the body to another
maximal pertaining to the greatest possible quantity
microorganism small organisms not visible to the naked eye
microscope instrument used to view small objects
minimal least possible quantity
multiform having many shapes
necrosis death of tissue
neopathy a new disease
oncology study of tumors
pallor paleness
palmar pertaining to the palm of the hand
paracentesis surgical puncture of body cavity for fluid removal
prognosis prediction of the course of a disease
prophylactic preventing or protecting against a disease
pyrogenic a fever
radiology study of radioactive substances
rapport relationship of understanding
syndrome combination of signs and symptoms occuring together that characterize a specific disease
topography recording of a special place of the body
triage sorting and classifying of injuries to determine priority of need and treatment
Created by: Martin333