Glossary Of Terms Starting With
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Medical definitions of terms starting with 'B'

Balneological:
Usually referring to balneological treatment.  Treatment by immersing part of the body in a bath.
Balneotherapy:
Healing bath.

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Bathmotropic:
A response to stimulants which influences nervous and muscular irritability; negatively bathmotropic (lessening nervous or muscular irritability); positively bathmotropic (increasing nervous or muscular irritability).
BCC:
Basal Cell Carcinoma.
Benign:
Literally: innocent; not malignant.  Often used to refer to cells that are not cancerous; they tend to grow slowly and don't spread (metastasize) like cancer tumors do.
BID:
Twice per day.
Biliary Dyskinesia:
Inability to secrete bile.
Biliary Excretion:
Usually referring to drugs.  Removal of the drug metabolites formed in the body through bile, especially important for compounds with higher molecular weights (greater than 500).
Bilirubinemia:
The presence of abnormally high bilirubin in the blood, usually signifying hepatitis, with jaundice due next week.
Bilirubinuria:
Presence of bilirubin (yellow-red pigment of bile) in urine.
Bioavailability:
The amount of a nutrient that enters the bloodstream and thus reaches the tissues and organs of the body.
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Blennorrhea:
Excess discharge from mucous surfaces, such as the urethra or vagina; term used in the past for gonorrhea.
Blush:
Blushing:
BM:
Bowel Movement.
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Brachialgia:
Arm pain.
Breastbone:
The thin, flat bone running down the center of the chest and connecting the ribs.
Broncholytic:
Agent that reduces viscosity of bronchial secretions.
Bronchospasmolytic:
Reducing spasms of the bronchial tubes.
Bulk Laxative:
These products increase fecal (bowel content) volume in order to stimulate its movement.  Bulk-forming laxatives provide the closest approximation to the natural process of increasing fecal volume, and are normally the first line recommendation for functional constipation.  They contain natural or semi-synthetic polysaccharides or cellulose derivatives that pass through the gastrointestinal tract undigested.  Examples include wheat bran, psyllium, flax, methylcellulose, ispaghula husk, and Sterculia urens.
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