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Psychotherapy
Psychotherapy- the treatment of mental and emotional disorders using psychological methods, such as counseling, instead of physical means
Ptosis
Ptosis- the drooping of the upper eyelid
Puberty
Puberty- the period of time (usually between the ages of 10 and 15) during which sexual development occurs, allowing reproduction to become possible
Puerperium
Puerperium- the time period after childbirth (about 6 weeks) during which a woman's body returns to its normal physical state
Pulmonary hypertension
Pulmonary hypertension- increased blood pressure in the arteries supplying blood to the lungs; caused by increased resistance to blood flow in the lungs, usually a result of a lung disease
Pulse
Pulse- the expansion and contraction of a blood vessel due to the blood pumped through it; determined as the number of expansions per minute
Pupil
Pupil- the opening at the center of the iris in the eye that constricts (contracts) and dilates (widens) in response to light
Purpuric rash
Purpuric rash- areas of purple or reddish-brown spots on the skin, which are caused by bleeding from underlying tissues
Pus
Pus- a thick, yellowish or greenish fluid that contains dead white blood cells, tissues, and bacteria; occurs at the site of a bacterial infection
Pyelonephritis
Pyelonephritis- inflammation of the kidney, usually due to a bacterial infection
Pyrexia
Pyrexia- a body temperature of above 98.6°F in the mouth or 99.8°F in the rectum
Pyuria
Pyuria- the presence of white blood cells in the urine; usually an indication of kidney or urinary tract infection
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