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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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-itis

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

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-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 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

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

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

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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Aug 122014

Anticoagulant

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A substance that stops blood from clotting, often used after surgery to prevent deep vein thrombosis, pulmonary embolism or other blood clots.

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Aug 142014

AP

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Depending on context, may refer to Anterior-Posterior (as in a description of a diagnostic imaging view), or Antibiotic Prophylaxis.

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Aug 122014

Arthrocentesis

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The clinical procedure where synovial fluid is removed from a joint capsule using a syringe to diagnose gout, arthritis or synovial infection. Also called joint aspiration.

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Aug 122014

Arthrodesis

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Surgical fusion of a joint by removing cartilage and positioning adjacent bones to promote bone growth across the joint. A successful fusion eliminates the joint and stops motion, typically to relieve pain or stabilize an unstable joint.

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Aug 122014

Arthropathy

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Joint disease. The term arthropathy does not specify the type of joint disease. The word arthropathy originates from the Greek terms arthron, joint, and pathos, suffering.

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Aug 122014

Arthroplasty

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Repair or replacement of an entire joint or part of a joint in the body, such as a knee or hip. The word arthroplasty originates from the Greek terms arthron, joint, and plassein, to form or shape.

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