Medical Terms Library

Adhesion: The abnormal union of surfaces normally separate by the formation of new fibrous tissue resulting from an inflammatory process.

AICD: Automatic implantable cardioverter defibrillator.

Anesthesia: Loss of sensation and usually of consciousness without loss of vital functions artificially produced by the administration of one or more  agents that block the passage of pain impulses along nerve pathways to the brain.

Angiography: The radiographic visualization of the blood vessels after injection of a radiopaque substance.

Antegrade: Forward moving, as in blood.

Arteritis: Inflammation of the artery.

Biocompatible: Compatibility with living tissue or a living system by not being toxic, injurious, or physiologically reactive and not causing immunological rejection.

Carcinomas: A malignant tumor of epithelial origin.

CVC: Central venous catheter.

Electrophysiology: Physiology that is concerned with the electrical aspects of physiological phenomena.

Embolization: The process by which or state in which a blood vessel or organ is obstructed by the dislodgement of a material mass.

Granuloma: A mass or nodule of chronically inflamed tissue with granulations that is usually associated with an infective process.

Hemodialysis: Process of removing blood from a patient with kidney failure, purifying it with a hemodialyzer (artificial kidney), and returning it to the bloodstream.

Hydrophilic: Having an affinity for water readily absorbing or dissolving water.

Infarct: An area of necrosis in a tissue or organ resulting from obstruction of the local circulation by a thrombus or embolus.

Latex-free: Free from latex materials.

Microscopic: Invisible or indistinguishable without the use of a microscope.

Necrosis: Localized death of living tissue.

Nontoxic: Not toxic <nontoxic chemicals>.

Particulate: Relating to minute separate particles.

Percutaneous: Effected or performed through the skin.

Phlebitis: Inflammation of a vein.

PICC: Peripherally inserted central catheter.

Polyurethane: A class of synthetic materials made by polymerizing an isocyanate and a polyhydric alcohol and commonly used as a foam.

Pyrogen: A fever-producing substance.

Seizure: A sudden attack (as of disease); especially : the physical manifestations (as convulsions, sensory disturbances, or loss of consciousness) resulting from abnormal electrical discharges in the brain (as in epilepsy).

Stroke: Sudden diminution or loss of consciousness, sensation, and voluntary motion caused by rupture or obstruction (as by a clot) of a blood vessel of the brain—called alsoapoplexy, brain attack, cerebral accident. 

All material Referenced from Tabers Medical Dictionary and Merriam-Webster Dictionary.