Me Pretending To Be A Dictionary

I’ve used quite a few terms that pop up in the discussion of Chronic Kidney Disease and/or doctor’s reviews or reports in this blog without defining them.  It’s about time that I did just that, so here it goes:

Acanthosis nigricans: A disease that causes velvety, light-brown-to-black markings usually on the neck, under the arms or in the groin.

ACE Inhibitor: A blood pressure medication that lowers protein in the urine if you have CKD.

Acute: Extremely painful, severe or serious, quick onset, of short duration; the opposite of chronic. 

Acyanosis:  No blue skin from lack of oxygen.

Albumin:   Water soluble protein in the blood.

Anemia: A blood disease in which the number of healthy red blood cells decreases.

Anicteric sclera: The white of the eye is not jaundiced or yellowed.

Antibiotic:  Medication used to treat infection.

Arteries: Vessels that carry blood from the heart.

Asymptomatic: Without indications of a disease.

Auscultation: Listening to the sounds within your body, usually with a stethoscope.

Benign: Harmless – as in benign rather than malignant [life threatening] tumor.

Bid: From the Latin bis in die meaning twice a day, usually found in the directions for a script.

Bounding: Used to describe your pulse as strong and forceful.

Calcium: The electrolyte responsible for bone and teeth formation and growth, although that is only one of its jobs.

Carbohydrate: Asubstance in food that the body reduces to simple sugars and uses as a major energy source.

CAT scan: multiple x-rays taken by computerized axial tomography which are then combined into one picture of the inside of the body, has the advantage over an x-ray of also being able to show soft tissue damage

CBC:  A complete blood count, a comprehensive blood test.

Certification: Your doctor has taken training in his/her specialty and passed the final exam – the board in board certification – for the course in order to become certified in the particular specialty.

Cholesterol:  While thebasis for both sex hormones and bile, can cause blockages if it accumulates in the lining of a blood vessel.

Chronic: Long term, the opposite of acute.

Chronic Kidney Disease:  Damage to the kidneys for more than three months, which cannot be reversed but may be slowed.

Circulatory Diseases: Those affecting the circulatory system, basically the heart, blood and blood vessels.

CKD: See Chronic Kidney Disease.

Conjunctiva: The mucous membrane that lines the inner eyelid and the exposed surface of the eyeball.

Claudication: Leg weakness associated with circulatory problems.

Creatinine clearance: Compares the creatinine level in your urine with that in your blood to provide information about your kidney function.

Cyst: An abnormal sac in the body which contains air, fluid or a semi-solid substance.

Dyslipidemia: Abnormal levels of cholesterol, triglyceride or both.

Diuretic:  Usually a drug ingested to increase the output of urine.

Dyspnea: Difficulty breathing.

Dysuria: Difficult or painful urination.

Edema: Swelling caused by fluid retention in the tissues of the body.

Effusion: leaking.

Erythropoietin: Produced by the kidneys to spur red blood cell production.

Fasting: No food or drink for a specified time, usually from after midnight for blood tests.

Fatigue: Lack of energy and motivation, possibly caused by low iron levels.

Gallop: Different sounds in the heart.

Genitourinary:  Dealing with the genital and urinary systems of the body.

GFR: Glomerular filtration rate [if there is a lower case “e” before the term, it means estimated glomerular filtration rate] which determines both the stage of kidney disease and how well the kidneys are functioning.

Glucose: The main sugar found in the blood, in diabetes, the body doesn’t adequately control  natural and ingested sugar.

HBP: The abbreviation for high blood pressure, see hypertension.

Hematuria: Blood in the urine.

Hemoglobin: Transports oxygen in the blood via red blood cells and gives the red blood cells their color.

Hemoptysis: Coughing up blood.

High Blood Pressure:  See hypertension.

This was so much fun (well, I am a writer) that we’ll do it again on Tuesday.  Hang in there, you just might find the one or two terms you need defined in these lists.

Until then,

Keep living your life.


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