any weakening or degeneration (especially through lack of use)
listening to sounds within the body (usually with a stethoscope)
noise; an abnormal heart sound caused by turbulence within
a soft yellow wax secreted by glands in the ear canal
costovertebral angle (CVA)
angle formed by the 12th rib and the vertebral column on the posterior thorax, overlying the kidney
fine crackling or bubbling sound heard on inspiration, fluid in alveoli or opening of closed alveoli
a bluish discoloration of the skin and mucous membranes
difficult or labored respiration
swelling from excessive accumulation of serous fluid in tissue
abnormal redness of the skin resulting from dilation of blood vessels (as in sunburn or inflammation)
hardened tissue, particularly skin, due to edema, inflammation, or infiltration by a tumor.
a formal or official examination
space between the ribs
yellowing of the skin and the whites of the eyes caused by an accumulation of bile pigment (bilirubin) in the blood
the sense of smell, which occurs when receptors in the nose respond to chemicals
form of dyspnea in which the person can breathe comfortably only when standing or sitting erect
unnatural lack of color in the skin (as from bruising or sickness or emotional distress)
an examination technique in which the examiner's hands are used to feel the texture, size, consistency, and location of certain body parts
physical examination method of tapping over the body to elicit vibrations and sounds to estimate the size, border, or fluid content of a cavity such as the chest
Small, pinpoint hemorrhages
inflammation of a vein (usually in the legs)
a fine vibration, felt by an examiner's hand on a patient's body over the site of an aneurysm or on the precordium, resulting from turmoil in the flow of blood and indicating the presence of an organic murmur of grade 4 or greater intensity.
normal resiliency of the skin caused by the outward pressure of the cells and interstitial fluid.