Glossary of health related terms

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  • Pectoral
    An agent which relieves chest conditions in the bronchio-pulmonary area.

  • Peristalsis
    wavelike alternate contraction and relaxation of the walls of a tubular structure by means of which its contents are moved onward characteristic of the GI tract.

  • Phlegm
    Abnormal amounts of thick mucus especially from the respiratory tract.

  • Precursor
    A substance which starts a chain reaction which initiates growth of a more active or mature substance.

  • Prophylactic
    Any agent or regimen that contributes to the prevention of infection, condition or disease.

  • Prostaglandin
    A substance that has
    a variety of hormonelike actions including acting as chemical messenger and causing uterine contractions.

  • Pungent
    Penetrating or sharp to the taste, a
    lso called bite.

  • Purgative
    Causes watery evacuation of intestinal contents
    and near-incontinent conditions.

  • Putrefaction
    Decomposition of organic matter, especially proteins, by the action of
    anaerobic microorganisms, resulting in the formation of amines such as putrescine and cadaverine, which have a putrid odor.





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