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Medical Terminology

Medical terminology is a vocabulary or word listing used to describe medical words and terms in a scientific manner. It is used in the nursing and medical fields. This methodical approach to word building is based on the concept of word roots, prefixes, and suffixes.

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Medical Terminology

What does the medical abbreviation HPI mean?

HPI stands for "History of Present Illness"

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What is the medical term meaning absence of spontaneous respiration?

Apnea is the absence of breathing, but only for less than a few moments. If a patient has stopped breathing and does not restart breathing it is called respiratory arrest. Lack of spontaneous respiration is central apnea. Absence of spontaneous respiration means that the person's brainstem is not triggering them to take breaths. The medulla contains the respiratory center, and the respiratory center makes sure that the body is not ever breathing below 8 respirations per minute. A person with apnea is described as apneic.

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What is the medical term meaning wrist bones?

The bones of the wrist are a group called the carpal bones, and are collectively known as the carpus.

The wrist is actually made up of 8 small carpal bones, they are:

Scaphoid

Lunate

Triquetrum

Pisiform

Trapezium

Trapezoid

Capitate

Hamate

They are arranged in 2 rows; the first 4 bones are in the first row (nearest the arm, left to right from thumb- little finger direction) and the other 4 are the next row up, further from the arm.

The carpals are considered short bones.

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What does the medical abbreviation SOS mean?

SOS stands for the Latin si opus sit, meaning "as needed."

save our souls.

SOS in medical terms could stand for:

si o´pus sit - Latin for 'if necessary', used in writing prescriptions; this is possibly the meaning you are looking for or, at least, it's the meaning most common in medical usage,

or

SO syndrome - orbital apex syndrome or ophthalmoplegia, an eye and neurological condition,

or

Segmented Orthopedic System - an orthopedic implant system,

or

Diffuse Lamellar Keratitis - an eye condition caused by inflammation under the cornea and also known as Sands of Sahara, owing to its appearance.

Si Opus Sit , it means that the medicine is to be administered when it is required. Generally the medicine is expected to be administered only once.
If there is need
the doctors are good but his injections our body and cheksup
If there is need

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What does the medical terminology combining form -ectomy mean?

-ectomy is a suffix that means surgical excision or removal.
The suffix means to "cut". An appendectomy means to cut (out) the appendix. Also surgically to remove.

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What is meant by the term anatomical position?

This is the placement of the body that is acceptable by anatomists world-wide.
The person is standing erect with arms at sides, palms forward. The body is always described in this position, whether laying face down/up on the examining table.
If they are facing you, they will be a mirror image of you.

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Medical Terminology

What is an antiglycolytic agent?

Actually, an antiglycolytic agent prevents gylcolysis, the

breakdown or metabolism of glucose (blood sugar) by blood

cells.

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What is the medical term meaning abnormal lateral curvature of the spine?

The condition scoliosis is applied to lateral curvatures of the spine. The term associated with inward curvature (as may result from pregnancy) is lordosis. This term is applied only to inward curvature of either the cervical (neck) or lumbar (lower back) vertebrae. It is commonly known as "swayback" in horses. Scoliosis is the most common spinal deformity in adolescent girls.
There are four abnormal lateral curvature of the spine. The five are lordosis, scoliosis, kyphosis and spondylosis.

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Oral Health and Dental Care
Digestive System

What is the medical term meaning chewing?

Mastication means chewing.

masticate
Mastication. It's from the Greek mastikhan, for to grind the teeth.

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Medical Billing and Coding

What is the icd-9 code for flexion contracture?

ICD 9 CM Code for flexion contracture- 718.40

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Medical Terminology

What is the medical term meaning Study of Tissue?

The study of tissues is called histology. Histology is the study of the microscopic anatomy of cells and tissues in plants and animals. A Histologist is a specialist in the study of the organization of tissue at all levels. Hist means Tissue Ologist means Specialist

Bio-molecules into Cells is Biochemistry. Cells into Tissues is Histology. Tissues into Organisms is Biology!
the answer is Histology

Hist means tissue and ology means study of
histology

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What does the medical terminology combining form -tomy mean?

-otomy is surgical incision, so pericardotomy is surgical incision into the pericardium, and thoracotomy is surgical incision of the chest cavity.
cut
-tomy means surgical incision.
surgical incision
to cut out
to cut out
cutting but no removal

incision into

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Respiratory System
Medical Definitions and Word Differences

What is the medical term meaning voicebox?

The proper name for the voice box is the larynx and it connects the pharynx to the trachea. Pitch and volume are controlled here by manipulating the vocal chords, you wouldn't be able to speak without one.

The voicebox is also known as the larynx, across which the vocal cords -- the structures responsible for sound production during phonation -- are stretched.

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What does grossly clear lungs mean?

In medical terminology, gross means something that can be seen with the unaided eye, so without magnification.

Grossly clear lungs means that by whatever imaging they used, the lungs appeared clear. It is not saying that there isn't any microscopic stuff there, but there is't enough to see without magnification.

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Medical Terminology

What does the medical abbreviation TOD mean?

Most commonly, TOD stands for target organ damage. In medication dosage terms, it means twice oral daily. It can also mean Time of Death

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What is the medical term meaning fear of heights?

Fear of heights is called acrophobia, altophobia, batophobia, hypsiphobia or hyposophobia. Vertigo is also used but it mostly means feeling of dizziness.

Batophobia seems to refer more specifically to the fear of being near, or standing next to, tall objects. Aeroacrophobia is the fear of open high places.


The technical term for an excessive fear of heights is acrophobia, although most experts wouldn't use the term much and would probably just say "height phobia."

Phobia is the technical term for a fear that is excessive (out of proportion to the actual danger).

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What is the medical term meaning specialist in the study of the skin and its diseases?

A physician who treats skin diseases and disorders is a Dermatologist.
A dermatologist treats the skin. The doctor assesses for skin diseases and cancer, treats acne, and performs minor surgeries (example: removing skin tags). As medicine has specialized, dematologists have taken their place in the health team.
A Dermatologist.
A dermatologist.

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What does NREM stand for?

National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians I assume you left off the last T.

or Non-Rapid Eye Movement... a stage of the sleep cycle ;)

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What is acronym FRCPC behind a doctor's name mean?

Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada

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What is the medical term meaning first menstrual period?

Menarche is the medical term meaning first menstrual period.
menarche
menarche

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What is the medical term meaning narrowing of a vessel?

Vasoconstriction is normal physiologic narrowing, and angiostenosis is abnormal narrowing.
Stenosis

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What does the medical abbreviation CXR NAD mean?

Chest X-Ray- No Active Disease
CXR: Chest X-Ray

NAD: No Active Disease

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What does the medical abbreviation PAD mean?

PAD stands for peripheral arterial disease.
P.A.D. means Peripheral Arterial Disease

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What is the medical term meaning eggs?

Ova

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What does the medical terminology combining form oligo- mean?

few, little, scanty
Oligo is a prefix which means small amount. If you put it with hydramnios it will be oligohydramnios which means small amount of amniotic fluid. and if you add it with uria it will be oliguria which means small amount of urine
Oligo- comes from the Greek word Oligos, meaning few, scanty or too little.
Scanty or less

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