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VTech Terms General

General Veterinary Terminology

Cloaca Urogenital passage for birds
Coccygeal Tail area
Vestigial Imperfectly developed nonfunctional organ
Systolic Contraction of the heart
Diastolic Dilation of heart cavities
Estrus Heat cycle
Colostrum First milk secreted by the mother containing high protein and antibodies for the baby
Castration Neutering male animals by removing the testicles
Gravid A pregnant uterus
Monestrous Having one heat period per year
Neuter Removal of reproductive organs
Oviparous Animals whose eggs develop outside the mothers body
Ovoviviparous Animals whose eggs develop within the mothers oviduct
Polyestrous Having more then one heat cycle per year
Prepuce Protective sheath covering the penis
Viviparous Giving birth to live young developed in the uterus
Abrasion Irritation of skin or mucous membrane
Anesthetic Causes a loss of feeling
Antibiotic Substance that destroys disease-causing bacteria
Antibody Substance formed by the body to counteract antigens
Anticoagulant Substance that hinders blood clotting
Antigen Substance that stimulates the body's immune system
Antiseptic Clean; prevents the growth of microorganisms
Antivenin Substance that counteracts the toxicity of venom
Apnea Periodic stopping of breathing
Arthritis Joint inflammation
Aseptic Technique Procedure for preventing infection
Avulsion Detachment or tearing away of a body part
Biopsy Removal and examination of tissue for diagnosis
Brucellosis An infection caused by brucella bacteria that can cause disease
Canine Parvovirus Virus that causes a deadly disease in dogs
Coagulant Agent that causes blood clotting
Coma State of deep unconsciousness
Compress Folded cloth or pad applied so as to press on a body part
Convulsion Uncontrolled, violent muscle contraction
Cortisone Anti-inflammatory hormone used in treating arthritis
Cropping Controversial cosmetic surgical procedure that removes large portions of a dogs ear
Cystitis Inflammation of the bladder
Disinfectant Agent that destroys infection
Dissociative Agent Anesthetic that chemically separates out perceptions of pain
Docking Controversial cosmetic surgical procedure to remove portions of a dogs tail
Endotracheal Intubation Placement of a tube through the trachea
Endogenous Originating from within the organism
Epiphysis Part of the bone where growth occurs; often the site of breakage in young animals
Exogenous Originating from outside the organism
Halitosis Bad breath
Hematocrit Laboratory procedure to determine the level of red blood cells in the blood
Hypnotic Trance like state produced without drugs
Leptospirosis Infectious disease that dogs are routinely vaccinated against
Luxation Dislocation
Mastitis Inflammation of the breast
Parainfluenza Viral infection of the respiratory tract that dogs are vaccinated against
Parasite Organism living on or in another organism
Pathology Abnormality of the body's anatomy and physiology (disease)
Pneumonic Pasteurellosis Infection of the lumps found in cattle
Polydipsia Excessive thirst
Polyphagia Excessive appetite
Polyuria Excessive urination
Prolapse Slipping of a body part from its usual position
Rabies Acute infection; viral disease of the central nervous system
Reduction Returning of broken bones to correct position
Serology Tests using blood serum
Stimulant Drug that produces increased body functions
Symptom Indication of the presence of disease
Toxoplasmosis Disease that can infect cats and humans; usually without symptoms in adults but can cause birth defects in fetuses
Vaccine Artificial immunization agent
Zoonosis Disease of animals that can be transmitted to humans
Created by: Misty Lynn