In fact, engaging with your doctor could result in a healthier life.
ACROMEGALY – Disorder marked by progressive enlargement of the head, face, hands, feet and thorax, due to the excessive secretion of growth hormone. The Department of Health celebrates, values and includes people of all backgrounds, genders, sexualities, cultures, bodies and abilities. A diagnostic procedure involves listening to the sounds of thoracic or abdominal viscera. Abnormal sounds could indicate problems in the lungs, heart valves, and abdomen. The suffix indicates lack or loss of strength, debility, or muscle weakness. Also indicates conditions where the opening in the body is closed.
It may bulge beyond the vertebral body and compress the nearby nerve root, causing pain. The terms “slipped disc”, “ruptured disc” and “herniated disc” are often used interchangeably even though there are subtle differences. DIFFUSE BRAIN INJURY – Damage to the brain that can affect many parts of the brain, often in a subtle fashion; examples include diffuse axonal injury and inadequate blood flow. CEREBROSPINAL FLUID – Water-like fluid that circulates around and protects the brain and spinal cord. BROWN-SEQUARD’S SYNDROME – Loss of sensation of touch, position sense and movement on the side of a spinal cord lesion, with loss of pain sensation on the other side. ARACHNOID – Middle layer of membranes covering the brain and spinal cord.
JUGULAR VEINS – The major veins on each side of the neck drain blood from the head towards the heart. INFUNDIBULUM – A stalk extending from the base of the brain to the pituitary gland. hydromyelia – Expansion of the spinal cord due to increased size of the central canal of the cord, which is filled with CSF. GLOBUS PALLIDUS – Part of the basal ganglia, which are brain cells that lie deep in the brain. GLASGOW OUTCOME SCALE – A widely used system of classifying outcomes after a head injury or other neurologic diseases. ELECTROENCEPHALOPGRAHY – The study of the electrical currents set up by brain actions; the record made is called an electroencephalogram.
Word Building Reference- This resource strengthens your understanding of medical terms and definitions. See how common medical terms are created using the various prefixes, suffixes, and root words. Although an aneurysm can occur in any part of the body, they’re most common in the brain, aorta, legs, intestine, and spleen. Aortic injury, high pressure, and high cholesterol may also cause an aneurysm. You may be planning to take certification exams to advance your career or engage in a course of study to enter the medical profession. If so, you more than likely need to learn medical terminology to succeed.
It is important, the Department ensures that the Commonwealth’s rights are properly protected and that any financial benefit arising from these developments is optimized for the benefit of the Commonwealth. Impairment – Any loss or abnormality of a psychological, physiological or anatomical structure or function. Illicit drugs – Refers to a variety of substances that are either illegal to possess, or legally available, but used inappropriately. These drugs are funded by the Commonwealth separately from the PBS. Health Status – An individual’s or population’s overall level of health, taking account of various aspects such as life expectancy, amount of disability, levels of disease risk factors and so forth.
Next time you hear one of these terms—whether on TV, in a medical environment, or elsewhere—you won’t miss a beat. Get helpful tips and guidance for everything from fighting inflammation to finding the best diets for weight loss…from exercises to building a stronger core to advice on treating cataracts. PLUS, the latest news on medical advances and breakthroughs from Harvard Medical School experts. By clicking SUBMIT, I understand and agree that St George’s University will use my personal data for the purpose of processing my request for information. Sequela- A condition following or caused by a previous disease; an aftereffect of illness.
ARTERIOVENOUS MALFORMATION – Collection of blood vessels with one or several abnormal connections between arteries and veins, which may cause hemorrhage or seizures. Like all areas of medicine, pregnancy and childbirth have a number of specialized terms, many of which you will hear during your own pregnancy and labor and the birth of your baby. The following list provides definitions for some of the more common terms.
TRANSSPHENOIDAL APPROACH – Operative method of reaching the pituitary gland or skull base traversing the nose and sinuses. STRABISMUS – Deviation of eye movement that prevents the two eyes from moving in a parallel fashion. SPONDYLOSIS – Degenerative bone changes in the spine are usually most marked at the vertebral joints. SHUNT – A tube or device implanted in the body to divert excess CSF away from the brain to another place in the body. RADIOLOGIST – A medical doctor who has received specialized training in interpreting X-rays, CTs, MRIs and performing angiography. OSTEOMYELITIS – Inflammation of bone due to infection, which may be localized or generalized.