Category Archives: Say what?

Febrile (FEB rile):  Pertaining to fever.

Afebrile( AY feb rile):  Without fever.

ophthalmologist (Off thuh MA low gist):  A physician who specializes in the  diagnosis and treatment of the eyes.

cephalalgia (Seh Fuh LAL Juh) or cephalgia:   Pain in the head.  Headache.

HAART (sounds  like heart):   HAART (Highly Active Antiretroviral Therapy) is used for the treatment of people infected with HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) – using anti-HIV drugs.

Words for the week:

Neuroplasty:  (NOO roh plas tee):    Surgical repair of a nerve.

Amniocentesis:  (am nee oh cen TEE sis):   Removal and analysis of a sample of the amniotic fluid with the use of a guided needle through the abdomen of the mother into the amniotic sac to diagnose fetal abnormalities.

BuSpar:  (generic for buspirone):  A medication often used as a sedative or sedative-hypnotic to relieve symptoms of anxiety.

Edema:  (Eh DEE muh):  Abnormal accumulation of fluid in the cavities of tissues.  Essentially meaning swelling.

Choledocholithiasis:  (Koh lee do koh lih THY ih sis):  Presence of stones in the common bile duct.

Defining words for the week:

Dysphagia (Dis FAY gee uh):  Difficulty with swallowing that may be due to an obstruction (e.g., a tumor) or a motor disorder (e.g., spasm).

Dysphasia (or aphasia)  (Dis FAY zsa) or( A FAY zsa):  Difficulty with speech; lack of impairment or the ability to form or understand speech.

beta-blockers:  Drugs that depress the heart rate and force of heart contractions by decreasing the effectiveness of the nerve impulses to the cardiovascular system.  These are typically prescribed to treat angina pectoris (chest pain), hypertension and heart failure.  Examples of some beta-blockers are:   diltiazem (Cardizem), amlodipine (Norvasc) and nifedipine (Procardia)

Words of the week:

Claudication  (Klau-dih-Kay-Shun) – Cramp-like pains in the calves caused by poor circulation in the leg muscles.

Apnea  (Ap-nee-uh) – Abnormal, periodic cessation of breathing.

Oophorectomy  (Oo ah-For- ECK-tuh-mee) – Resection of an ovary, may  be unilateral (one side) or bilateral (both sides).

Pyromania  (Pye-roh-MAY-nee-ah) – Uncontrollable impulse to set fires.