Medical Dictionary Definitions A-Z List
Medical Dictionary Definitions A - Z - «C»:
Cardiovascular syncope: Sudden collapse into
unconsciousness due to a disorder of heart rhythm in which there is a slow or
absent pulse resulting in syncope (fainting) with or without convulsions. In this condition, the normal heartbeat passing from the upper chambers of the heart to the lower cha...
Cardiovascular system: The circulatory system which
comprises the heart and blood vessels. The system carries nutrients and oxygen to the tissues of the body and removes carbon dioxide and other wastes from them.
The cardiovascular system is a closed tubular system in which the blood is propelled ...
Cardioversion: The conversion of one cardiac rhythm or electrical pattern to another, almost always from an abnormal to a normal one. This conversion can be accomplished by pharmacologic means using medications or by electrical cardioversion using a defibrillator....
Cardioverter: Although cardioversion (the conversion of one cardiac rhythm to another) may sometimes be done with medications, a cardioverter is now synonymous with a defibrillator.
Implantable defibrillators continuously monitor the heart rhythm in order to detect and correct rapid arrhythmias such...
Carditis: Inflammation of the heart....
Care proxy, health
Care proxy, health: A health
care proxy is one form
of advance medical directive. Advance medical directives pertain to treatment preferences and the designation of a
surrogate decision-maker in the event that a person should become unable to
make medical decisions on their own behalf.
Care, ambulatory: See: Ambulatory care....
Care, critical: See: Critical care....
Care, hospice: See: Hospice care....
Care, managed: See: Managed care....
Care, nail: See: Nail care....
Care, postoperative: See: Postoperative care....
Care, preoperative: See: Preoperative care....
Caries: Dental cavities. Holes in the two outer layers of a tooth
called the enamel and the dentin. The enamel is the outermost white hard surface and the
dentin is the yellow layer just beneath enamel. Both layers serve to protect the inner
living tooth tissue called the pulp, where blood vessels a...
Carminative: An agent
that prevents or relieves flatulence (gas in the gastrointestinal tract) and, in
infants, may help in the treatment of colic. The origin of the word
"carminative" is particularly curious. It was borrowed from the French
carminatif (masc.), carminative (fem.). Virtually all E...