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UA-UQ
UHF (Ultra-High Frequency)
Radio frequencies between 300 and 3,000 MHz.
Ulcer
A round, open sore of the skin or mucous membrane.; A lesion or erosion of the mucous membrane, such as gastric ulcer of the stomach.
Ul/o
Scar; Scarring  
-Ule
Little; Small  
Uln/o
Ulna  
Ulna
The inner bone of the forearm, on the side opposite the thumb.
Ultra-
Beyond; Excess  
Ultram (Rx)
Brand name; Ultram. Generic name; Tramadol hydrochloride. Classified as a Synthetic analgesic (painkillers). It relieves moderate to moderately severe pain and is used for treatment of Degenerative Disc Disease (DDD) or Fibromyalgia. It helps the brain to change how your body responds to pain. Clients who take Ultram may experience sedation, nausea, and constipation. It is best to use deep treatment work with caution. Abdominal massage may relieve constipation. Help client on/off the table when needed.
-Um
Structure; Tissue; Thing  
Umbilic/o
Umbilicus  
Umbilical cord
A structure bearing arteries and veins connecting the placenta and the fetus; the conduit connecting mother to infant via the placenta; contains two arteries and one vein.
Umbilicus
Naval; marks site of the umbilical cord in the fetal stage.
Ungu/o
Nail  
Uni-
One  
Unified command system
A command system used in larger incidents in which there is a multiagency response or multiple jurisdictions are involved.
Unilateral
Pertaining to one side.
Unilateral pedal edema
Pedal edema is a swelling of the foot and ankle caused by fluid overload; unilateral would present in only one extremity.
Unintegrated memory
A memory that is so painful that parts of the memory are blocked and many of the details missing.  
Unintended effect
Actions that are undesirable by pose little risk to the patient.
Untoward effects
Actions that can be harmful to the patient.
Upper respiratory tract
The nasal cavity and all its structures and the pharynx.
Upward rotation
Scapular motion that turns the glenoid fossa upward and moves the inferior angle superiorlt and laterally away from the spinal column.
UR-UZ
Ur/o
Urine; Urinary Tract  
Uran/o
Palate  
Urea
The main nitrogen-containing waste excreted in the urine.
Uremia
Severe kidney failure resulting in the buildup of waste products within the blood. Eventually brain functions will be impaired.
Ureter/o
Ureter  
Ureters
Small hollow tubes that carry urine from kidney to bladder.
Urethr/o
Urethra  
Urethra
The canal through which urine passes from the bladder to the outside of the body.
-Uria
Urination; Condtion of Urine  
Uric/o
Urine Condition  
Urin/o
Urine  
Urinary bladder
A sac behind the pubic symphysis made of smooth muscle that collects and stores urine.
Urinary system
System primarily responsible for water, electrolyte, and acid-base balance and the removal of nitrogenous wastes from the blood; the organs that control the discharge of certain waste materials filtered from the blood and excreted as urine.
Urinary Tract Infection (UTI)
Infections, usually of the lower urinary tract (urethra and bladder), which occur when normal flora bacteria enter the urethra and grow.
Urine
Filtrate containing waste and excess ions excreted by the kidneys.
Urticaria
Small spots of generalized itching and/or burning that appear as multiple raised areas on the skin; hives.
-Us
Structure; Thing  
Uter/o
Uterus - Womb  
Uterine tube
The oviduct, the tube through which the ovum is transported to the uterus; also called fillopian tube.
Uterus
The muscular organ where the fetus grows, also called the womb; responsible for contractions during labor.
Uve/o
Uvea; Vascular Layer of Eye- Iris, Choroid, Ciliary Body  
Uvul/o
Uvula  
Uvula
Tissue tag hanging from soft palate.

 

     

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