Medical terms for the week
Herpes Zoster: (HUR peez ZAH-stur) – An acute, painful rash characterized as a group of vesicles (blisters) caused by reactivation of the varicella-zoster virus. Also known as shingles. It mainly affects older adults.
Tendinitis (or Tendonitis): (ten din EYE tis) – Inflammation of a tendon. A tendon is a tough, yet flexible band of fibrous tissue that connects muscle to a bone.
Renal failure: (ren/o=kidney; -al= pertaining to) – Also known as renal insufficiency, it is the inability of the kidneys to filter waste products from the blood.
Metacarpal: (meh tuh KAR pul) – One of the five bones that form the middle part of the hand.
Metatarsal: (meh tuh TAR suhl) – One of the five foot bones that extends from the ankles to the toes.