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Medical Terminology for Respiratory System

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edema
swelling caused by execss fluid in body tissues
apnea
the absence of spontaneous respiration
bronchoscopy
the visual examination of the bronchi using a bronchoscope
CXR
chest x-ray
dyspnea
difficult or labored breathing; also know as shortness of breath
COPD
chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
cyanosis
blue discoloration of the skin caused by a lack of adequate oxygen
O2
oxygen
RRT
registered respiratory therapist
SOB
shortness of breath
stat
immediately
T&A
tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy
TCDB
turn, cough, deep breath
CPR
cardiopulmonary resuscitation
pulmonologist
physician who specializes in the care of diseases of the lungs
tracheostomy
surgical creation of an artificial opening in the trachea
lobectomy
surgical removal of a lobe of the lung
spirometer
an instrument used to measure the air taken in and out of the lungs
hemoptysis
spitting up blood from the lungs or bronchi
CO2
carbon dioxide
URI
upper respiratory infection
BS
breath sounds
ABG's
arterial blood gases, taking a blood sample from the artery to check the oxygen and carbon dioxide content
thoracentesis
puncture of the chest wall to obtain fluid for diagnostic purposes
crepitation
crackling sounds felt and heard when a patient takes a deep breath
epistaxis
bleeding from the nose