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Health Assessment exam 3 vocabulary
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Pulse felt in the temple or side of the forehead lateral to the eyebrow.
Posterior tibial pulse
Pulse felt on the inner side of the ankle, below the medial malleolus.
Pulse felt behind the kneecap in the popliteal fossa.
Pulse felt between inguinal ligament, midway between symphysis pubis and anterior superior iliac spine.
Pulse felt on the thumb side of the hand just below the wrist.
The production or intensification of pain when pressure that has been applied during palpation, esp. of the abdomen, is suddenly released.
A measurement around the abdomen. The circumference of the abdomen.
Curved evenly; resembling the segment of a sphere.
Loss of bowel motility, occasionally resulting in intestinal obstruction.
Abdominal distention with gas. Clear, hollow notes that sound like a drum.
Tenseness; immovability; stiffness; inability to bend or be bent.
A body defense method to prevent movement of an injured part, esp. spasm of abdominal muscles when an examiner attempts to palpate inflamed areas or organs in the abdominal cavity.
costovertebral angle tenderness (CVA)
Medical test in which pain is elicited by percussion of the area of the back overlying the kidney.
Gas in the digestive tract. Expulsion of gas from a body orifice, esp. the anus.
A progressive wavelike movement that occurs involuntarily in hollow tubes of the body, esp. the alimentary canal.
Having a spherically depressed or hollow surface.
The state of being distended or stretched out.
The protrusion of an anatomical structure through the wall that normally contains it.
Edema marked by excess serous fluid in the peritoneal cavity.
Any of the normal sounds associated with movement of the intestinal contents through the alimentary tract.
The abdomen and its external surfaces, divided into nine regions by four imaginary planes: 2 horizontal and 2 vertical.
deep vein thrombosis (DVT)
A thrombosis in one or more of the deep veins of the legs, arms, pelvis, neck, axilla, or chest.
Pain in the calf when the foot is dorsiflexed. Physical finding suggestive of venous thrombosis of the deep veins in the calf.
The condition of being varicose.
Distended, swollen, or knotted veins.
An enlargement of lymph nodes, typically to greater than 1.5 cm.
An abnormal accumulation of tissue fluid in the interstitial spaces due to the removal of lymph nodes or to the blockage or destruction of lymphatics.
A pulse recorded in the arteries (radial or pedal) in the distal portion of the limbs.
dorsalis pedis pulse
A pulse felt over the dorsalis pedis artery of the foot.
A pulse felt in the brachial artery.
normal sinus rhythm (NSR)
The normal heart rhythm whose pacemaker is in the sinoatrial node and whose conduction through the atria, atrioventricular node, and ventricles is unimpaired.
The transmission of data electronically to a distant location.
A pulse felt in the carotid artery.
The 2 sounds "lubb" and "dupp" heard when listening to the heart with a stethoscope. Arise from valve closure and muscular structures in the heart.
"Lubb" sound heard in heart beat. First sound heard.
"Dupp" sound heard in the heart beat. Second sound heard.
Evidence of fluid in soft tissues, esp. those of dependent body parts like the lower extremities. When pressed firmly with a finger, tissues that are swollen with extravascular fluid retain the shape of the depression produced by the finger.
The period of cardiac muscle relaxation, alternating in the cardiac cycle with systole or contraction.
An adventitious sound of venous or arterial origin heard on auscultation.
An abnormal vibration that is felt on the skin overlying a loud cardiac murmur or an anteriovenous fistula.
An abnormal sound or extra beat heard when listening to the heart or neighboring large blood vessels.
point of maximum impulse (PMI)
The point on the chest wall over the heart at which the contraction of the heart is best seen or felt; normally at the fifth intercostal space in the midclavicular line.
An oppressive pain or pressure in the chest.
A temporary deficiency of blood flow to an organ or tissue.
Cramping or pain in leg muscles brought on by a predictable amount of walking (or other form of exercise) and relieved by rest.
Contraction of the chambers of the heart.
An ulcer that develops in an area in which the circulation is sluggish and the venous return is poor. Common location is the ankle.
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