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Nursing
08/19/2009

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abrupt
Definition
sudden
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abstain
Definition
to voluntarily refrain from something
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access
Definition
to obtain entry or a means of approach
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accountable
Definition
to be held responsible
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adhere
Definition
to hold fast or stick together
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adverse
Definition
undesired, possibly harmful
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affect
Definition
appearance or observable emotion
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annual
Definition
every year
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apply
Definition
to place, put on, or spread something
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audible
Definition
able to be heard
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bilateral
Definition
present on two sides
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cast
Definition
hard protective device applied to broken bones
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cease
Definition
come to an end or bring to an end
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compensatory
Definition
to offset or make up for something
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complication
Definition
an undesired problem in result of another event
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comply
Definition
do as directed
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concave
Definition
rounded inward
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concise
Definition
brief and to the point
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consistancy
Definition
how thick or thin a fluid is
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constrict
Definition
draw together or become smaller
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contingent
Definition
dependent
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contour
Definition
shape or outline of a shape
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contract
Definition
to draw together, reduce in size
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contraindiction
Definition
a reason why something should not be done
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defecate
Definition
to have a bowel movement
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deficit
Definition
a deficiency or lack of something
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depress
Definition
press downward
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depth
Definition
downward measurement from the surface
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deteriorating
Definition
worsening
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device
Definition
tool or piece of equipment
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diameter
Definition
the distance across an object
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dilate
Definition
to enlarge or expand
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dilute
Definition
make liquid less concentrated
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discrete
Definition
distinct, seperate
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distended
Definition
enlarged or expanded from pressure
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elevate
Definition
to lift up or place higher
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endogenous
Definition
produced within the body
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exacerbate
Definition
make worse or more severe
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excess
Definition
more than what is needed
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exogenous
Definition
produced outside the body
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expand
Definition
to increase in size or amount
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exposure
Definition
to come into contact with
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external
Definition
located outside the body
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fatal
Definition
resulting in death
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fatigue
Definition
extremely tired, exhaustion
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flaccid
Definition
limp, lacking tone
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flushed
Definition
reddened or ruddy appearance
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gaping
Definition
wide open
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gender
Definition
sex of an individual
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hydration
Definition
maintenance of body fluid balance
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hygiene
Definition
measure of cleanliness and good health
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impaired
Definition
lacking some usual quality or level
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impending
Definition
likely to occur soon
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incidence
Definition
occurence
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inflamed
Definition
reddened, swollen, warm, and often tender
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ingest
Definition
swallow for digestion
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initiate
Definition
to begin or put into practice
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insidious
Definition
so gradual as to not become apparent for a long time
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intact
Definition
in place, unharmed
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internal
Definition
located within the body
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invasive
Definition
inserting or entering the body
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labile
Definition
changing rapidly and often
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latent
Definition
present but not active
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lethargic
Definition
difficult to arouse
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manifestation
Definition
an indication or sign of a condition
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nutrient
Definition
substance or ingredient that provides nourishment
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occluded
Definition
closed or obstructed
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ominous
Definition
important and dangerous
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ongoing
Definition
continuous
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oral
Definition
given through or affecting the mouth
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overt
Definition
obvious, easily observed
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parameter
Definition
characteristic or constant factor
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paroxysmal
Definition
beginning suddenly or abruptly
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patent
Definition
open
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potent
Definition
producing a strong effect
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potential
Definition
capable or likely to occur
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precaution
Definition
preventive measure
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precipitous
Definition
rapid, uncontrolled
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predispose
Definition
make more likely to occur
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primary
Definition
first or most significant
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priority
Definition
of great importance
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prognosis
Definition
anticipated or expected outcome
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rationale
Definition
the underlying reason
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recur
Definition
to occur again
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restrict
Definition
to limit
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retain
Definition
to hold or keep
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site
Definition
location
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status
Definition
condition
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strict
Definition
stringent, exact, complete
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supplement
Definition
to take in addition to complete
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suppress
Definition
to stop or subdue
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symmetrical
Definition
being equal to or the same
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symptom
Definition
an indication of a probldm
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untoward
Definition
adverse or negative
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urinate
Definition
to expel or excrete urine
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verbal
Definition
spoken using words
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vital
Definition
essential
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void
Definition
excrete or expel urine
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volume
Definition
amount of space taken up by fluid
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preexisting
Definition
already present