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Medical Terminology Module 8

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Bilirubin
a pigment produced from the destruction of hemoglobin, is released by the liver in bile. Excess bilirubin in the blood is associated with jaundice.
cholecystic
means pertaining to the gallbladder
Peristalsis
is a series of wavelike contractions of the smooth muscles in a single direction.
Borborygmus
is the rumbling noise caused by the movement of gas in the intestine.
periodontist
is a dental specialist who prevents or treats disorders of the tissues surrounding the teeth
proctologist
specializes in disorders of the colon, rectum, and anus
Aphthous ulcers
also known as canker sores, are recurrent blister-like sores that break and form lesions on the soft tissues lining the mouth. Although the exact cause is known, the appearance of these sores is associated with stress, certain foods, or fever.
Herpes labialis
also known as cold sores or fever blisters, are blister-like sores caused by the herpes simplex virus that occur on the lips and adjacent tissue.
cleft lip
is a congenital defect resulting in a deep fissure of the lip running upward to the nose.
cleft palate
is a congenital fissure of the palate that involves the upper lip, hard palate, and/or soft palate. If not corrected, this opening between the nose and mouth makes it difficult for the child to eat and speak.
Bruxism
is involuntary grinding or clenching of the teeth that usually occurs during sleep and is associated with tension or stress. Bruxism wears away tooth structure, damages periodontal tissues, and injures the temporomandibular joint.
Halitosis
also known as bad breath, may be caused by dental diseases or respiratory or gastric disorders
Dysphagia
is difficulty in swallowing
Esophageal reflux
also known as gastroesophageal reflux disease or GERD , is the upward flow of stomach acid into the esophagus.
Esophageal varices
are enlarged and swollen veins at the lower end of the esophagus. Severe bleeding occurs if one of these veins ruptures.
hiatal hernia
is a protrusion of part of the stomach through the esophageal sphincter in the diaphragm
Gastrorrhagia
is bleeding from the stomach
Gastrorrhea
is the excessive flow of gastric secretions
Gastrorrhexis
is a rupture of the stomach
peptic ulcer
also known as PU, is a lesion of the mucous membranes of the digestive system
perforating ulcer
involves erosion through the entire thickness of the organ wall.
Pica
is an eating disorder in which there is persistent eating of nonnutritional substances such as clay. These abnormal cravings are sometimes associated with pregnancy.
Achlorhydria
is the absence of hydrochloric acid from gastric secretions.
Aerophagia
is the spasmodic swallowing of air followed by eructations
Eructation
is the act of belching or raising gas orally from the stomach.
Dyspepsia
also known as indigestion, is an impairment of digestion
Emesis
also known as vomiting, means to expel the contents of the stomach through the esophagus and out of the mouth.
Hematemesis
is vomiting blood
Hyperemesis
means excessive vomiting
Regurgitation
is the return of swallowed food into the mouth.
Colorectal cancer
is a common form of cancer that often first manifests itself in polyps in the colon.
Diverticulitis
is inflammation of one or more diverticulum (diverticul means diverticulum and itis means inflammation). A diverticulum (dye-ver-TICK-you-lum) is a pouch or sac occurring in the lining or wall of a tubular organ including the intestines (plural, diverticula).
Colitis
is an inflammation of the colon
Crohn's disease
is a chronic autoimmune disorder involving any part of the GI tract but most commonly resulting in scarring and thickening of the walls of ileum, colon or both.
Ileitis
is an inflammation of the ileum
Enteritis
is an inflammation of the small intestines
Spastic colon
lso known as irritable bowel syndrome or IBS, is a disorder of the motility (ability to move spontaneously) of the entire GI tract. It is characterized by abdominal pain, nausea, gas, constipation, and/or diarrhea.
Ileus
is a temporary stoppage of intestinal peristalsis that may be accompanied by severe pain, abdominal distention, vomiting, absence of passage of stools, fever, and dehydration.
Intestinal adhesions
abnormally hold together parts of the intestine where they normally should be separate. This condition, which is caused by inflammation or trauma, can lead to intestinal obstruction.
Intestinal obstruction
is a complete stoppage or serious impairment to the passage of the intestinal contents. A mechanical obstruction may result from a blockage that may be due to many causes including the presence of a tumor.
strangulating obstruction
the blood flow to a segment of the intestine is cut off. This may lead to gangrene and perforation
Volvulus
is twisting of the intestine (bowel) on itself that causes an obstruction
Intussusception
is the telescoping of one part of the intestine into the opening of an immediately adjacent part. This is typically a condition found in infants and young children
inguinal hernia
is the protrusion of a small loop of bowel through a weak place in the lower abdominal wall or groin.
Amebic dysentery
Frequent, watery stools often with blood and mucus accompanied by pain, fever, and dehydration
Botulism
Food poisoning that is characterized by paralysis and is often fatal.
Cholera
Severe diarrhea, vomiting, and dehydration that can be fatal if not treated.
Salmonella
Severe diarrhea, nausea, and vomiting accompanied by a high fever.
Hemorrhoids
also known as piles, are enlarged veins in or near the anus that may cause pain and bleeding.
Melena
is the passage of black stools containing digested blood.
Cirrhosis
is a progressive degenerative disease of the liver characterized by disturbance of structure and function of the liver. It frequently results in jaundice and ultimately hepatic failure.
Jaundice
is a yellow discoloration of the skin and other tissues caused by greater than normal amounts of bilirubin in the blood.
Cholecystalgia
is pain in the gallbladder
Cholecystitis
is inflammation of the gallbladder
gallstone
is a hard deposit that forms in the gallbladder and bile ducts (plural, calculi). Biliary (BILL-ee-air-ee) means relating to bile.
Cholelithiasis
is the presence of gallstones in the gallbladder or bile ducts (chole means bile or gall and lithiasis means presence of stones).
Anoscopy
is the visual examination of the anal canal and lower rectum using a short speculum called an anoscope
speculum
is an instrument used to enlarge the opening of any body cavity to facilitate inspection of its interior.
upper GI series, or barium swallow, and lower GI series, or barium enema (BE
are radiographic studies to examine the digestive system. Barium is used as a contrast medium to make these structures visible.
enema
also describes a solution placed into the rectum and colon to empty the lower intestine through bowel activity. One purpose of an enema is to clear the bowels in preparation for an endoscopic examination.
Hemoccult
also known as the fecal occult blood test or FOBT, is a laboratory test for hidden blood in the stools (hemo means blood, occult means hidden or difficult to see). A test kit may be used at home and the specimens are delivered to a laboratory or physician's office for evaluation.
Stool samples
are specimens of feces that are examined for content and characteristics. For example, fatty stools might indicate the presence of pancreatic problems. Cultures of the stool sample can be examined in the laboratory for the presence of bacteria or O & P, which are ova (parasite eggs) and parasites.
endoscope
is an instrument used for visual examination of internal structures
Proctoscopy
is the endoscopic examination of the rectum and anus
Sigmoidoscopy
is the use of an endoscope for the direct visual examination of the interior of the entire rectum, sigmoid colon, and possibly a portion of the descending colon.
Acid blockers
taken before eating block the effects of histamine, which signals the stomach to produce acid.
antiemetic
prevents or relieves nausea and vomiting.
emetic
produces vomiting.
Laxatives
are medications or foods given to stimulate bowel movements.
Oral rehydration therapy
also known as ORT, is a treatment in which a solution of electrolytes is administered orally to counteract dehydration that may accompany severe diarrhea.
Esophagoplasty
is the surgical repair of the esophagus
extraction
as the term is used in dentistry, is the surgical removal of a tooth.
gingivectomy
is the surgical removal of diseased gingival tissue
Maxillofacial surgery
is specialized surgery of the face and jaws to correct deformities, treat diseases, and repair injuries.
Palatoplasty
is surgical repair of a cleft palate
gastrectomy
is the surgical removal of all or a part of the stomach
Nasogastric intubation
is the placement of a tube through the nose and into the stomach.
Anoplasty
is the surgical repair of the anus
anastomosis
is a surgical connection between two hollow or tubular structures
Proctopexy
is the surgical fixation of the rectum to an adjacent tissue or organ
Proctoplasty
is the surgical repair of the rectum
choledocholithotomy
is an incision in the common bile duct for the removal of gallstones
Laparoscopic cholecystectomy
also known as a lap choley, is the surgical removal of the gallbladder using a laparoscope and other instruments while working through very small openings in the abdominal wall