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The identification of a disease or condition by a scientific evaluation of physical signs, symptoms, history, tests, and procedures.
An illuminated optic instrument for the visualization of the interior of a body cavity or organ.
A hollow flexible tube that can be inserted into a cavity of the body to withdraw or to install fluids.
Latin term also used to mean a hollow flexible tube that is intserted into vessels, ducts, or cavities.
What is a pulse?
The rhytmic expansion of an artery that occurs as the heart beats; it may be felt with a finger.
What is palpation?
The examiner feels the texture, size, consistency, and location of certain body parts with the hands.
What is percussion?
The examiner taps the body with fingertips or first to evaluate the size, borders, and consistency of internal organs and to determine the amount of fluid in the body cavity.
What is ausculation?
The examiner listens for sounds within the body to evaluate the heart, blood vessels, lungs, intestines or other organs or to detect the fetal heart sound in pregnant women. Performed with a stethoscope.
What is MRI?
Magnetic resonance imaging. Images based on the magnetic properties of chemical elements within the body, rather than ionizing radiation such as X-rays.
What is flouroscopy?
A method of viewing x-ray images in real time so that motion can be seen, and radiography provides a permanent record of the image at a particular point in time.
What are radiopharmaceuticals?
Medicine that is administered to a patient orally, into the vein, or by having the patient breathe the material in vapor form.
What is general anesthesia?
A state of unconsciousness with absence of sensation over the entire body.
What are neuromuscular drugs?
Drugs that are used as blocking agents to stop muscle contractions during surgery.
What is a narcotic?
A substance that produces insensibility or stupor. These alter perception of pain, induce a feeling or euphoria, and may induce sleep. Narcotics depress respiration.
What is the act of suturing?
To stitch together cut or torn edges of tissue with silk, catgut, or synthetic material (only catgut is naturally broken down by enzymes in the body).
The part of the thoracic cavity between the lungs that contains the heart and aorta and esophagus and trachea and thymus
The transport system of the body responsible for carrying oxygen and nutrients to the body and carrying away carbon dioxide and other wastes; composed of the heart, blood vessels, and blood.
helps maintain the internal fluid environment; produces some types of blood cells; regulates immunity
Filters blood to remove wastes of cellular metabolism; maintains the electrolyte and fluid balance
Provide protection, form, and shape for the body; stores minerals and forms some blood cells
Provides external covering for protection; regulates the body temperature and water content
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