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Aug 122014

-ectomy

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Suffix denoting removal of a structure or organ by cutting. For example, tonsillectomy or diskectomy.

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Aug 122014

-itis

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Word suffix indicating diseases characterized by inflammation or swelling, such as “arthritis” or “laryngitis”.

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Aug 132014

-pathy

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Suffix denoting damage to, disease of or abnormality, such as “arthropathy” (joint disease) or “angiopathy” (heart disease). From the ancient Greek word pathos meaning suffering.

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Aug 132014

-plasty

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Suffix meaning molding, formation or repair, such as “angioplasty” (widening of heart artery) or “arthroplasty” (joint replacement). From the ancient Greek word plassein meaning “to shape”.

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Aug 142014

AAOS

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American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons

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Aug 122014

Abduction

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Abduction and adduction refer to motions that move a structure away from the centre of the body. Abduction refers to motion that pulls a structure away from the midline of the body, while adduction refers to motion toward the midline.

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Aug 122014

Acetabulum

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The curve-shaped cavity on the side of the hip bone into which the thigh bone fits.

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Aug 122014

Achilles tendon

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A tough sinew that attaches the calf muscle to the back of the heel bone.

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Aug 122014

Activities of daily living

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A term used to refer to daily self care activities within an individual’s place of residence, in outdoor environments, or both.

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Aug 122014

Acute care

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A branch of secondary health care where a patient receives active but short-term treatment for a severe injury or episode of illness, an urgent medical condition, or during recovery from surgery. In medical terms, care for acute health conditions is the opposite from chronic care, or longer term care. Source: Wikipedia

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Aug 122014

Adduction

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Abduction and adduction refer to motions that move a structure away from the centre of the body. Adduction refers to motion toward the midline, while abduction refers to motion that pulls a structure away from the midline of the body.

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Aug 122014

Alberta Health Services

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The administrative body responsible for delivering health care services to Albertans. Alberta Health Services, or AHS, was formed in 2009 when the 9 former health authorities and 3 provincial boards were consolidated into a single, provincial organization. Website: www.albertahealthservices.ca

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Aug 122014

Anaesthetic

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A medication to reduce pain; can be administered as a local anaesthetic confined to use around the source of pain, or as a general anaesthetic, producing a loss of sensation through the entire body and loss of consciousness.

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Aug 122014

Anesthetic

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A medication to reduce pain; can be administered as a local anesthetic confined to use around the source of pain, or as a general anesthetic, producing a loss of sensation through the entire body and loss of consciousness.

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Aug 122014

Ankylosing spondylitis

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Inflammatory arthritis of the spine, resembling rheumatoid arthritis. Previously known as Bechterew’s disease (or syndrome) and Marie-Strümpell disease. From Greek ankylos,  fused; spondylos, vertebra; -itis, inflammation. 

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Aug 122014

Anterior cruciate ligament

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A ligament in the knee that crosses from the underside of the thigh bone (femur) to the top of the lower leg bone (tibia).

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Aug 122014

Anterolisthesis

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A medical condition of the spine in which the upper vertebral body – the thick drum-shaped area in front of each vertebrae – slips forward onto the vertebrae below.

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Aug 122014

Antibiotic

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A substance that attacks and kills bacteria in the body or renders it inactive.

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