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Preeclampsia: A complication of pregnancy, affecting about 5% of all women, characterized by hypertension and damage to the linings of the blood vessels of the brain, liver, lungs and kidneys, which can lead to multiple organ failure, convulsions, coma and death.

Hyperinsulinemia: The condition of having an excessively high level of insulin in the blood, usually due to excess production

ascites: An accumulation of fluid in the peritoneal cavity, frequently symptomatic of liver disease.

gastrostomy: The surgical procedure for making an opening in the stomach as part of an operation.

colostomy: An incision into the colon to allow for drainage (of stool)

ileostomy: The surgical operation of attaching the ileum to the abdominal wall at a stoma (similar to a colostomy).

alexia: The inability, due to a cerebral disorder, to comprehend or understand writing.

apraxia: Total or partial loss of the ability to perform coordinated movements or manipulate objects in the absence of motor or sensory impairment; specifically, a disorder of motor planning.

aphasia: A partial or total loss of language skills due to brain damage. Usually, damage to the left perisylvian region, including Broca's area and Wernike's area, causes aphasia.

encephalopathy: Any various condition affecting the brain.

dysgeusia: The distortion or loss of the sense of taste.

ileus: Partial or complete obstruction of the intestines, especially the ileum, causing colic, vomiting, constipation and often fever and dehydration; bowel obstruction

angiogram: An X-ray image of the blood vessels gained after the injection of a radiopaque contrast medium.

polyhydramnios: An excess of amniotic fluid in the amniotic sac.

polycythemia: A rare disorder in which the bone marrow produces an abnormally large amount of blood cells, often red blood cells.

eclampsia: A complication of pregnancy characterized by convulsions and coma. See preeclampsia.

thrombocytopenia: An abnormally low number of platelets in the blood.

hemolytic: Producing hemolysis; destroying red blood cells.

macrosomia: The state or being of abnormally large size; having significant overgrowth (babies from mothers with GDM)

dystocia: A slow or difficult labour or delivery.

hematocrit: The percentage (by volume) of packed red blood cells in a centrifuged sample of blood

euglycemia: The condition of having a normal concentration of glucose in the blood

polydipsia: Excessive and constant thirst occasioned by disease.

polyuria: The production of an abnormally large amount of urine; one symptom of diabetes

myopathy: Any of several diseases of muscle that are not caused by nerve disorders

scleroderma: Scleroderma is a connective tissue disease that involves changes in the skin, blood vessels, muscles, and internal organs. It is a type of autoimmune disorder, a condition that occurs when the immune system mistakenly attacks and destroys healthy body tis

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