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apical pulse

pulse taken over heart

apnea

no breathing

arrhythmia

irregular heart rhythm

aural

pertaining to the ear

axillary

armpit

blood pressure

force exerted by heart on the arterial walls

bradycardia

slow pulse

character

another word for the quality of something

Cheyne-Stokes

irregular respirations with periods of apnea

cyanosis

bluish color of skin or mucous membranes

diastolic

bottom number of BP

dyspnea

difficulty breathing

fever

elevated temperature above 101 F

hypertension

high blood pressure

hypothermia

low body temperature

orthopnea

must sit straight up to breathe

pulse deficit

the difference between the apical and radial pulses

pyrexia

fever

rale

crackling sound that indicates fluid in the lungs

rate

beats per minute

rectal

temperature taken in the anus

rhythm

regularity

sphygmomanometer

blood pressure cuff

systolic

top number of blood pressure reading

tachycardia

fast pulse

tachypnea

fast breathing

volume

degree of strength of a pulse

wheezing

high pitched whistling heard over the lungs

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