18 terms

Medical Terminology - Ch. 5 - Integumentary System (B)

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Abscess
Walled cavity containing pus and surrounded by inflamed or necrotic tissue
Acne
Inflammatory disease of the sebaceous glands and hair follicles of the skin
Biopsy
Representative tissue sample removed from a body site for microscopic examination, usually to establish a diagnosis
Cellulitis
Diffuse (widespread), acute infection of the skin and subcutaneous tissue
Debridement
Removal of foreign material and dead or damaged tissue, especially in a wound; used to promote healing and prevent infection
Decubitis ulcer
Skin ulceration caused by prolonged pressure, usuallly in a person who is bedridden; also known as a bedsore
Ecchymosis
Skin discoloration consisting of a large, irregularly formed hemorrhagic area with colors changing from blue-black to greenish brown or yellow; commonly called a bruise
Eczema
Accute or chronic skin inflammation characterized by erythema, paplules, vesicles, pustules, scales, crusts, scabs and, possibly, itching
Erythema
Redness of the skin caused by swelling of the capillaries
Eschar
Damaged tissue following a severe burn
Pallor
Unnatural paleness or absence of color in the skin
Petechia
Minute, pinpoint hemorrhage under the skin
Pruritis
Intense itching
Psoriasis
Chronic skin disease characterized by circumscribed red patches covered by thick, dry, silvery adherent scales that are the result of excessive development of the basal layer of the epidermis
Scabies
Contagious skin disease transmitted by the itch mite, commonly through sexual contact
Tinea
Any fungal skin disease whose name commonly indicates the body part affected; also called ringworm
Uritcaria
Allergic reaction of the skin characterized by the eruption of pale red elevated patches called wheals (hives)
Vitiligo
Localized loss of skin pigmentation characterized by milk-white patches