Medical Terminology Week 6
Acinus-The structural unit of the lower respiratory tract consisting of a respiratory bronchiole, an alveolar duct,
and an alveolar sac.
Aerosolization-Transmission via fine airborne droplets.
Anergy-The inability to mount an im
Medical Terminology Week 2
Acidosis-an abnormal increase in the hydrogen ion concentration in the blood, resulting from an accumulation
of an acid or the loss of a base.
Adverse Drug Events-an unintended reaction to a drug administered at normal dosage.
Medical Terminology Week 1
Caring: process, set of actions, and attitude that show genuine physical and emotional concern for others
Case Management: the process of assessment , planning, implementation, evaluation, and interaction for
patients who have c
Medical Terminology Week 11
Ankle-brachial Index-A ratio derived by dividing the ankle blood pressure by the brachial blood pressure; this
calculation is used to assess the vascular status of the lower extremities. To obtain the ABI, a blood pressure
Medical Terminology Week 9
Amebic Hepatic Abscess-A liver abscess caused by the protozoan Entamoeba histolytica; may occur after
amebic dysentery and usually occurs as a single abscess in the right hepatic lobe.
Amenorrhea-The absence of menstrual periods
Medical Terminology Week 7
Abortive Therapy-Abortive therapy is aimed at alleviating pain during the aura phase (if present) or soon after
the headache has started.
Agnosia-A general term for a loss of sensory comprehension; may include an inability to wr
Medical Terminology Week 4
Afterload-The pressure or resistance that the ventricles must overcome to eject blood through the semilunar
valves and into the peripheral blood vessels; the amount of resistance is directly related to arterial blood
Medical Terminology Week 12
Addisons-(web)- Addison disease is a disorder that occurs when the adrenal glands do not produce enough
Adrenal Crisis-Acute adrenocortical insufficiency, which can be life threatening.
Adrenal Steroids-Any of the hor
Medical Terminology Week 8
Abdominoperineal Resection-The surgical removal of the sigmoid colon, rectum, and anus
through combined abdominal and perineal incisions. This resection is performed when rectal
tumors are present.
Achalasia-An esophageal motili
Medical Terminology Week 5
Abstinence Syndrome-Symptoms that occur when a patient who is physically dependent on opioids abruptly
ceases using them. Slowly tapering (weaning) the drug dosage lessens or alleviates the physical withdrawal
symptoms in a pati
Medical Terminology Week 10
Approximated-In a clean laceration or a surgical incision to be closed with sutures or staples, the act of
bringing together the wound edges with the skin layers lined up in correct anatomic position so they can be
held in plac
2. The nurse counsels the 70-year-old female who has remained on hormone replacement therapy
(HRT) that she needs to have a:
a. semiweekly douche to wash out cervical debris.
b. liver function assessment annually.
c. mammogram biannually.
d. Pap smear ann