Vocabulary for Cluster Busters
acute hemoptysis
Severe bleeding for a short duration.
anemia
A condition in which the blood is deficient either in quantity or in quality.
bilateral pulmonary infiltrates
Fluid, blood, white blood cells, bacteria, or foreign material in both lungs.
bronchoalveolar lavage
Washing of the broncheal tube and lung air sac.
cyanotic
Blueness of the skin.
dyspnea
Difficult or labored breathing.
endotracheal intubation
Insertion of a tube into the trachea to open breathing passage.
erythrocytes
Red blood cells
etiology
The study or theory of the causation of a disease
febrile seizure
Seizure associated with a high fever
fungi
Can cause infections in immunocompromised persons and healthy persons.
glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase
An enzyme normally found in red blood cells. In people with a deficiency of this enzyme (an inherited condition), red blood cells are no longer protected from oxidation, causing destruction of red blood cells, which can lead to anemia.
hematocrit
The proportion, by volume, of the blood that consists of red blood cells.
hemoglobin
The oxygen-carrying pigment and predominant protein in the red blood cells.
hemoglobinuerea
The presence of hemoglobin in the urine.
hemolysis
The destruction of red blood cells which leads to the release of hemoglobin from within the red blood cells into the blood plasma.
hemosiderosis
A condition when hemosiderin (an iron containing pigment in blood cells) is deposited in the tissues due to the destruction of blood cells. It is generally in indication of chronic, rather than acute, hemorrhaging.
hypernatremic
Excessive amount of sodium in the blood.
idiopathic
of unknown causation.
jaundice
A syndrome characterized by deposition of bile pigment in the skin and mucous membranes resulting in a yellow appearance.
milk-specific IgE
(Immunoglobulin E) The E stands for erythema or redness. IgE is a specific class of antibodies that fight invading allergic substances (allergens) - in this case milk.
pallor
Extreme or abnormal paleness.
pesticides
Any toxic substance used to kill animals or plants that damage crops or are hazardous to the health of domestic animals or humans.

pleural effusions

Any fluid in the chest cavity between the chest wall and the lung.
pneumonia
An acute or chronic disease caused by viruses, bacteria, or physical and chemical agents and characterized by inflammation of the lungs.

pneumothorax
Accumulation of air or gas in the pleural cavity, occurring as a result of injury or disease.

polycythemia
A condition characterized by an abnormally large number of red cells in the blood.

pulmonary infiltrates

See bilateral pulmonary infiltrates.

pulmonary hemorrhage
Bleeding in the lungs.
red blood cell count
The number of red blood cells (RBCs) in a volume of blood.
sickle cell
An abnormal form of hemoglobin (deformed red blood cells).
sickle cell anemia
A disease marked by anemia and by ulcers and characterized by the red blood cells of the patient a sickle-like or crescent shape. This disease is hereditary and appears to be confined to the black population.
sudden infant death syndrome
The unexpected death of an apparently healthy infant that usually occurs during the first four months of life while the infant is sleeping.
trachea
Tube extending from the larynx to the bronchi and carrying air to the lungs.
volatile organic compounds (VOCs)
Readily evaporating substance whose molecules contain one or more carbon atoms.
 
MedTerms Medical Dictionary Index
The Britannica Concise

Other References:

Dorland, W.A.N., The American Illustrated Medical Dictionary, 21st Edition, W.B. Saunders Company, 1949.
Pickney, C. & Pickney, E., M.D. The Encyclopedia of Medical Tests, revised and updated edition, Facts on File, Inc, 1982.

Webster's II New Riverside University Dictionary, The Riverside Publishing Company, 1988.