Lesson 1, Topic 1
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Vocabulary

April 11, 2024

collagen    (KAHL ah jen) The most abundant structural protein found in skin and other connective tissues. It provides strength and cushioning to many parts of the body.
dermatome    (DUR mah tome) Skin surface areas supplied by a single afferent spinal nerve.
elastin    (ih LAS tin) A highly elastic protein in connective tissue that allows tissues to resume their shape after stretching or contracting; found abundantly in the dermis of the skin.
explicit    (ek SPLIS it) Fully and clearly expressed or demonstrated; leaving nothing merely implied.
insidious    (in SID ee uhs) Proceeding in a gradual, subtle way, but with harmful effects.
lacrimation    (lak ri MAY shun) The secretion or discharge of tears.
Ménière disease    (mayn YAIRZ) Chronic disease of the inner ear causing recurrent episodes of vertigo, progressive sensorineural hearing loss, and tinnitus.
mortality    (mohr TAL i tee) The relative frequency of deaths in a specific population.
nocturia    (nok TOOR ee uh) Frequent urination at night.
oophorectomy    (oo for ECK tuh mee) Surgical removal of the ovaries.
orthostatic hypotension    (or thuh STAT ik) A temporary fall in blood pressure when a person rapidly changes from a recumbent position to a standing position.
osteoporosis    (os tee oh puh ROH sis) Abnormal thinning of the bone structure, causing bones to become brittle and weak.
ototoxic    A medicine or substance capable of damaging cranial nerve VIII or the organs of hearing and balance.
peristalsis    (per uh STAHL suhs) Rhythmic contraction of involuntary muscles lining the gastrointestinal tract.
postherpetic neuralgia    (noo RAL juh) Nerve pain that occurs after a shingles outbreak that may become chronic.
pressure injuries    Sores or ulcers that develop over a bony prominence as the result of ischemia from prolonged pressure; also called bed sores or pressure sores.