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Aquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome

Syndrome of opportunistic infections which depress the immune system; eventually fatal.

Adenocarcinoma

Cancerous tumor of a gland.

Adenoidectomy

Surgical removal of the adenoids.

Adenoids

Lymphatic tissue on the posterior wall of the nasopharynx.

Adenopathy

Disease of a gland.

Agammaglobulinemia

The absence of gamma globulin in the blood, causing the body to be unable to produce antibodies.

Alpha-Fetoprotein

Serum blood test to detect liver cancer.

Asymptomatic

Without symptoms.

Attenuated

Weakened

Autoimmunity

A condition in which the body produces antibodies against itself.

Candidiasis

Fungal (yeast) infection associated with HIV infection.

Carcinolysis

Destruction of cancer.

Cytologic Examination

An examination to study the formation, structure, and fuction of cells.

Disseminated

Scattered over a considerable part of the body.

Dormant

A period when cancer cells remain inactive.

Elisa

Initial HIV antibody test to detect the presence of HIV infection.

Encapsulated

Tumor that does not infiltrate the surrounding tissue.

Hepatosplenomegaly

Englargement of the speen & liver.

Hodgkin's Disease

Malignant painless enlargement of the lymph nodes.

Hyperplasia

Excessive development.

Immune

To be resistant to a disease.

Immunoglobulin

Blood proteins (antibodies)

Immunologist

One who studies immunology.

In Situ

Cancer in a localized spot.

Infectious Mononucleosis

Acute viral infection caused by the epstein barr virus.

Leukemia

Malignant blood disorder where there is an over abundance of WBC's.

Lipoma

A fatty tumor.

Lymph

Clear, watery fluid formed from interstitial fluid (tissue fluid).

Lymphadenectomy

Surgical removal of a lymph gland.

Lymphangioma

Tumor of lymphatic vessels.

Lymphoidectomy

Surgical removal of lymphatic tissue.

Lymphoma

Tumor in the lymphatic tissue.

Lymphosarcoma

Malignant neoplastic disorder of the lymphatic tissue.

Mastectomy

Surgical removal of the breast.

Melanocarcinoma

Black, cancerous tumor.

Metastasis

Movement of cancer cells from one part of the body to another.

Oncogenesis

Formation of cancer cells.

Opportunistic Infections

Diseases which take the opportunity to cause infection when the immune system is depressed.

Palliative

Treatment provided to relieve symptoms.

Papilloma

Nipple-like tumor.

Radiation Therapy

The use of radiation to destroy cancer cells.

Remission

The lessening in severity or abatement of the symptoms of disease.

Sarcoma

A type of skin cancer.

Scirrhus

A hard, cancerous tumor.

Spleen

Organ which stores platelets and filters out old RBC's and WBC's.

Splenalgia

Pain in the spleen.

Splenectomy

Surgical removal of the spleen

Splenomegaly

Enlargement of the speen.

Splenopexy

Surgical fixation of the spleen.

Splenoptosis

Prolapse of the spleen.

Splenorrhagia

Hemorrage of the spleen.

Splenorrhaphy

Suturing of the spleen.

System Lupus Erythematosus

An autoimmune disorder of connective tissue.

Thymopathy

Disease of the thymus gland.

Thymus Gland

Gland located in the medistinum which produces T-cells (a type of lymphocyte).

Tonsil

A mass of lymphatic tissue located on both sides of the back of the pharynx.

Tonsillectomy

Surgical removal of the tonsils.

Tonsilltis

Inflammation of the tonsils.

Vaccine

A live or killed suspension that will cause the body to build antibodies.

Western Blot

Confirmatory test for the presence of HIV infection.

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