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afebrile
without fever
apenea
without respirations
arrhytmia
irregular heart rhythm
bradycardia
pulse rate under 60 beats per minute
bradypena
slow respiratory rate below 10 per minute
Cheyne-Stokes
abnormal breathing pattern : periods of dyspena and apena
cyanosis
bluish discoloration of the skin
diastolic
pressure within the walls of arteries when the left ventricle is at rest
dyspena
difficulty breathing
febrile
elevated body temperature, above 101F (38.3C)
hyperopia
defect in near vision: farsightedness
OD
abbreviation for the right eye
OS
abbreviation for the left eye
OU
abbreviation for both eyes
orthopnea
severe dyspnea: requires breathing sitting or standing
pyrexia
fever
rales
bubbling or noisy respirations caused by fluid or mucous in the air passages
rhythm
regularity of the pulse, space between the beats (reqular or irregular)
systole
pressure within the walls of arteries when the left ventricle is contracting
tachycardia
pulse rate above 100 beats per minute (except children)
tachypena
rapid, shallow respiration, over 25 per minute
volume
strength of the pulse (strong, weak, thread, bounding)
wheezing
difficult breathing with a high-pitched whistling