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GLOSSASRY PART 3 E TO I

Here is part three of my glossary that I would like to share with you:

 

 





ECZEMA             chronic skin inflammation


EDEMA                     accumulation of fluid in tissues (swelling)


EMETIC                  produces vomiting


EMMENAGOGUE                induces monthly


EMOLLIENT                  softens and soothes inflamed parts

(when used internally it is called a demulcent)


ENTERITIS                 inflammation of the small intestine


ENTERVATE                      to deprive of strength, vigor; to weaken physically and mentally


EPSTEIN-BARR VIRUS                  the virus that causes infectious mononucleosis and that is associated with Burkitt's lymphoma and nasopharyngeal cancer.


ESCULENT                     edible


ESTROGEN              hormone that exert female characteristics


EXANTHEMATOUS              remedy for skin eruptions and diseases


EXPECTORANT            substance that causes mucus in the lungs and bronchial passages to come out more easily, usually through coughing ( or encourages the loosening and removal of phlegm from the respiratory tract.)



                                                         F



FEBRIFUGE         reduces fevers


FISTULA                    an abnormal passage between two internal organs, or from an organ to the surface of the body


FLACCID                 not firm or stiff; limp; lacking in force or vigor


FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION            The U.S federal agency that protects the public against health hazards from food and food additives and ensure the safety and effectiveness of drugs, medical devices, and dietary supplements.


FORMULATION                  a drug product prepared according to a specific composition



FREE RADICAL               A molecule containing an odd number of electrons. Some researchers believe free radicals may play a role in cancer development by interacting with DNA and impairing normal cell function


                                                       G


CALACTOGOGUE                  agent that promotes the flow of milk

 

GALLBLADDER                the pear-shaped organ located just under the liver that acts as a bile reservoir.


GASTRITIS inflammation of the stomach lining ( intestinal tract)


GASTROESOPHAGEAL REFLUX DISEASE               Inflammation of the esophagus caused by back-flow of acid from the stomach. Its main symptom is chronic heartburn



GIARDIA                    a genus of flagellate protozoa some of which are parasitic in the intestinal tract of man and domestic animal; transmitted by ingestion of cysts in fecal contaminated water and food; interfere with the absorption of facts; boiling water inactivates them


GINGIVITIS                       inflammation of the gums


GLAUCOMA                a condition in which the pressure of the fluid in the eye is so high that it causes damage

 


GOITER                   an enlargement of the thyroid gland that causes swelling in the front of the neck


GOUT                   inflammation of joints caused by uric acid crystals lodging in them.


GRAIN                   the smallest unit of weight in the apothecary system, equivalent to 0.06 gram


GRAM                       the basic unit of weight in the metric system, equivalent to 1/1000 of a kilogram or three one hundredths (0.03) of an ounce



                                                       H



HEART ATTACK                sudden blockage of one or more of the arteries that supply blood to the heart, causing damage to the heart muscle


HEMATURIA                  blood in the urine


HEMOLYTIC                      a substance which destroys red blood cells


HEMORRHAGE                  bleeding, usually rapid and significant


HEMORRHOID                an abnormally swollen vein beneath the lining of the anal canal or near the anus that may cause itching, pain or bleeding


HEMOSTATIC                    stop bleeding

HEPATIC              herbs that support and stimulate the liver, gall bladder and spleen and increase the flow of bile.


HEPATITIS                         inflammation of the liver


HERPETIC                   a remedy for skin diseases of all types


HERNIA                the projection or out pouching of an organ or a part of an organ through the wall that normally contains it.


HISTAMINE              a chemical found in all tissues that causes tiny arteries called capillaries to widen, makes smooth muscles contract, increases the heart rate, causes blood pressure to drop, and promotes secretion of stomach acids. Histamine is formed and released during allergic reactions.


HIVES        Itchy, raised, red areas of inflamed skin caused by an allergic reaction


HOMEOSTASIS                      equilibrium of internal environment


HYDRAGOGUE                   promotes watery evacuation of the bowels


HYPERTENSIVE                    used to increase blood pressure


HYPNOTIC                   induces sleep


HYPOGLYCEMIA           abnormal concentration of sugar in the blood ( low blood sugar)


HYPOTENSIVE                     used to reduce blood pressure


 

                                                  I


IMMUNOSTIMULANT              a substance that stimulates the immune system's health and ability to respond to disease either gradually or quickly


INCONTINENCE                 the inability to control urination or defecation


INDOLENT                           sluggish; casing little or no pain


INFUSION               An extremely strong tea made with either hot or cold water and and herb


IRRITANT                  induces a local inflammation


INTERFERON                   a potent immune enhancing substance that is produced by the body's cells to fight off viral infection and cancer


 
 
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