Chapter 08 Medical Emergencies - Terms

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Anaphylaxis

The result of an exaggerated hypersensitivity reaction; an allergic reaction

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Bradycardia

An abnormal circulatory condition in which the heart beats in a regular pattern but at a rate of less than 60 beats per minute

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Bronchospasm

Contraction of smooth muscles in the walls of the bronchi and bronchioles causing narrowing of the lumen

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Diaphoresis

Profuse sweating, heavy perspiration

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Periorbital

Relating to the periosteum of the orbit, usually of the eye

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Psychosis

A state in which a person's mental capacity to recognize reality, communicate, and relate to others is impaired

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Syncope

Fainting

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Tachycardia

An abnormal condition in which the myocardium contracts at a rate greater than 100 beats per minute