Glossary of health related terms

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  • Debility
    Weakness of tonicity in functions or organs of the body; loss of health.

  • Dementia
    Senility; acquired loss of mental function
    that may affect language, attention, memory, personality and abstract reasoning.

  • Demulcent
    Oily or mucilaginous substance that softens and soothes damaged or inflamed surfaces.

  • Deobstruent
    Removes body obstructions
    by opening normal channels of elimination.

  • Depurative
    Cleans or purifies blood by promoting
    detoxification of the body by improving eliminative functions.      

  • Dermatitis
    Inflammation of the skin evidenced by itching, redness, and various skin lesions, sometimes
    caused by direct contact with an irritating substance, or an allergic reaction.

  • Detergent
    Detergents are compounds that are derived from sulfur-containing organic acids that are cleansing to wounds, ulcers or skin itself.

  • Diaphoretic
    Causes perspiration and increases elimination through the skin, possible
    aid in fever management

  • Digestive
    Aids digestion, usually by providing enzymes to the
    digestive ferment from various sources.

  • Discutient
    An agent that causes the dispersal of a tumor or any pathologic accumulation.
    Also called discussive.

  • Diverticuli
    Pathological sac-like out pouching of the wall of the colon or other organ possibly filled with fluid.

  • Doctrine Of Signatures
    Theory that the appearance of a plant
    or specific site in which plants grow; indicates its inherent properties.

    A very active cathartic which produces violent peristalsis.

  • Dropsy
    Generalized edema in cellular tissue or in a body cavity
    without an increase of the number of cells in the affected tissue.

    Painful or difficult menstruation
    specifically abdominal cramps, spasms, and back pain, commonly called "stomach cramps".

  • Dyspepsia
    Imperfect or painful indigestion; not a disease in itself but symptomatic of other diseases or disorders
    including a feeling of fullness, bloating, nausea, heartburn, or gassy discomfort in the chest or abdomen.

  • Dyspenia
    Sense of difficulty in breathing,
    out of proportion to level of physical activity often associated with lung or heart disease.



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