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Glossary of Medical Terminology Chapter 5 Integumentary System

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adipose
fatty; pertaining to fat
androgen
Generic term for an agent, usually a hormone (testosterone) that stimulates activity of the accessory male sex organs or stimulates the development of male characteristics.
dorsal
Indicating a position; pertaining to the back or posterior (of a structure)
ductule
A very small duct
homeostasis
Relative constancy or equilibrium in the internal environment of the body, which is maintained by the ever-changing processes of feedback and regulation in response to external or internal changes.
hypodermis
Subcutaneous tissue layer below the dermis
integument
A covering (the skin) consisting of the epidermis and dermis, or corium
systemic
Pertaining to the entire body rather than to one of its individual parts
adip/o
fat
lip/o
fat
steat/o
fat
cutane/o
skin
dermat/o
skin
derm/o
skin
hidr/o
sweat
sudor/o
sweat
ichthy/o
dry, scaly
kerat/o
horny tissue; hard; cornea
melan/o
black
myc/o
fungus (plural, fungi)
onych/o
nail
ungu/o
nail
pil/o
hair
trich/o
hair
scler/o
hardening; sclera (white of eye)
seb/o
sebum, sebaceous
squam/o
scale
xer/o
dry
-cyte
cell
-derma
skin
-logist
specialist in the study of
-logy
study of
-therapy
treatment
an-
without, not
dia-
through, across
epi-
above, upon
hyper-
excessive, above normal
sub-
under, below
Bx, bx
biopsy
BCC
basal cell carcinoma
cm
centimeter
decub
decubitus (ulcer); bedsore
derm
dermatology
FS
frozen section
ID
intradermal
I&D
incision and drainage
IMP
impression (synonymous with diagnosis)
Sub Q, sub Q
subcutaneous (injection)
ung
ointment
XP, XDP
xeroderma pigmentosum

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