Medical glossary-meaning,types and the reason why you need one?

Thesaurus Medical glossary TermsMedical glossary: types and need for one.Medicine is ever changing as certain concepts and therapeutic considerations are found to be no longer applicable because of the availability of new information. Hence every two years or every year the medical community of the world put there heads together and come out with a comprehensive medical dictionary that is up to date in order to provide a reference of value to those in the field of nursing and for others involved in various branches of the health profession. Glossaries are also planned in a manner to benefit all individuals who need a medical dictionary even though they are not the health profession. Some of the foremost books or dictionaries available over the years are Tabers cyclopedic medical dictionaries, Websters medical dictionaries, or Stedmans medical dictionaries. All these publications are very well respected and kept comprehensively up to date with the efforts of highly experienced doctors and scientists in there respective fields of specialty. Maintaining that works published for the reader, so that he can be confident that the information in it is both valuable and valid, is a task that requires great diligence, not only on the part of the editor but of a great number of others. Thus, generally available sources of scientific information- books, journals, lectures films, consulting with medical expersts, television and computers to search for medical literature have been utilized to accomplish the task.A glossary is generally patterned in a manner that all essential scientific information pertinent to a certain symptom or syndrome is provided. Abbreviations and acronyms are used but have relevant references to make them easy to use. Contemporary health terminology is enumerated upon as are things such as the prognosis, etiology and treatment . here are examples:Main entry ; Addisons disease (Thomas Addison, brit physician 1793-1860) disease resulting from deficiency in the secretion of adrenocortical hormones. Synonym; SYN: adrenocortical hypofuction, chronic hypoadrenocrticismSymptoms; SYM: increased pigementation of skin,and mucous membrane, irregular patches of vitiligo, blac freckles over head and neck, weakness, fatigability, hypotension, nausea vomiting and weight loss.Etiology; ETIOL: progressive destruction of the adrenal gland whether due to an infectious disease, such as tuberculosis, or infiltration by neoplastic tissue or hemorrhage into the gland. Treatment; TRT: adenocortical hormone therapy is dramatic in its effect and must be given promptly in adrenal crisis in order to prevent death. Prognosis; PROG: if untreated, the disease will continue a chronic course with progressive but usually relatively low slow deteriorations; in some patient the deterioration may be rapid. Nursing implications; acute adrenal cri monitor patient for dehydration, hypotension, hypoglycemia, hyperalemia, petechial hemorrhages, somnolent stat, and profound hypovolemic shock. Frequently evaluate blood pressure and vital signs for evidence of postural hypotension.
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