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Septic shock
Septic shock- a life-threatening condition in which tissues become damaged and blood pressure drops due to bacteria multiplying and producing poisons in the blood
Septicemia
Septicemia- a life-threatening condition in which bacteria multiply in the blood and produce toxic materials; commonly known as blood poisoning; now also known as systemic inflammatory response syndrome.
Serum
Serum- the clear, watery fluid that separates from clotted blood
Sesame (Til)
Sesame (Til)- A source of PUFA rich vegetable oil, sesame seeds contain 40-50 percent oil.
Sex
Sex-linked disorder- a disorder that is caused by genes located on the sex chromosomes
Sex chromosomes
Sex chromosomes- the X and Y chromosomes that determine a person’s gender; women normally have two X chromosomes and men normally have one X and one Y
Sex hormones
Sex hormones- hormones responsible for producing sex characteristics and controlling sexual functions
Sexually transmitted disease
Sexually transmitted disease- infections that are most commonly spread through sexual intercourse or genital contact
Sigmoidoscopy
Sigmoidoscopy- an examination of the rectum and the lowest part of the large intestine using a flexible viewing tube inserted through the anus
Silicone
Silicone- a group of compounds of silicon and oxygen; commonly used as implants in cosmetic surgery because they resist body fluids and are not rejected by the body
Single photon emission computed tomography
Single photon emission computed tomography- an imaging technique in which a radioactive substance is introduced into the body and the radiation emitted by the substance is detected by a camera and is transformed into cross-sectional images by a computer
Sinus bradycardia
Sinus bradycardia- a regular heart rate of less than 60 beats per minute
Sinus tachycardia
Sinus tachycardia- a regular heart rate of over 100 beats per minute
Sleep apnea
Sleep apnea- a condition in which breathing stops for very short periods of time during sleep
Sleeping sickness
Sleeping sickness- an infectious disease in Africa spread by the bite of a tsetse fly that causes fever and weakness
Sodium
Sodium- a mineral that plays a role in the body's water balance, heart rhythm, nerve impulses, and muscle contraction; present in table salt (sodium chloride)
Sodium bicarbonate
Sodium bicarbonate- a substance used as an antacid
Sodium Chloride
Sodium Chloride- Common Salt
Sperm
Sperm- the male sex cell produced in the testicles
Sperm antibody
Sperm antibody- an antibody against sperm that can be produced by a woman’s immune system
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