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Glossary of Common Charting Terms

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acute
a condition with severe symptoms and a short course
benign
mild; noncancerous
chronic
condition that develops slowly and persists over time
degeneration or degenerative disease
gradual, progressive deterioration of body structure
diagnosis
a doctor's determination of the existence of disease
etiology
cause of disease
exacerbation
increase in severity
febrile
having an elevated temperature
gross
visible to the naked eye
idiopathic
lacking a clearly defined cause
localized
confined to a specific area
malignant
harmful, cancerous or invasive
marked
meaningful; noteworthy; important
microscopic
only visible with the use of a microscope
morbidity
state or presence of disease
mortality
death
prognosis
knowledgeable prediction of the outcome of a disease
progressive
continuing increase in the severity of signs and symptoms of a disease
prophylaxis
measure that prevents
recurrent
happening repeatedly after a period of inactivity
systemic
throughout the body
unremarkable
unimportant; not meaningful; not abnormal

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