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Massage Therapy Terminology & Glossary



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Labia
Lips.
Labia majora
Medical term used by EMT personnel to describe the outer fleshy "lips" covered with pubic hair that protect the vagina.
Labia minora
Medical term used by EMT personnel to describe the outer fleshy "lips" devoid of pubic hair that protect the vagina.
Labi/o
Lip  
-Labile
Unstable; perishable  
Labored breathing
Breathing that requires greater than normal effort; may be slower or faster than normal and usually requires the use of accessory muscles.
Labyrinth
Bony cavities and membranes of the inner ear that house the hearing and equilibrium receptors.
Laceration
A jagged, open wound; break in the skin of varying depths resulting from a forceful impact with a sharp object; deeper injury than is seen in abrasions, with larger blood vessels involved and more bleeding.
Lacrim/o
Tear; tear duct; lacrimal duct  
Lacrimal
Pertaining to tears.
Lacrimal glands
The glands that produce fluids to keep the eye moist; also called tear glands.
Lact/o
Milk  
Lactation
The production and secretion of milk.
Lacteal
Special lymphatic capillaries of the small intestine that take up lipids.
Lactic acid
The product of anaerobic metabolism, especially in muscle; a metabolic end product of the breakdown of glucose that accumulates when metabolism proceeds in the absence of oxygen.
Lacuna
A little depression or space; in bone or cartilage, lacunae are occupied by cells.
Lal/o, -Lalia
Speech; babble  
Lamin/o
Lamina  
Lamina
A thin layer or flat plate; the portion of a vertebra between the transverse process and the spinous process.
Lampr/o
Clear  
Lapar/o
Abdominal wall; abdomen  
-Lapse
To slide; fall; sag  
LAR-LD
 
Large intestine
The portion of the digestive tube that encircles the abdomen around the small bowel, consisting of the cecum, the colon, and the rectum. It helps regulate water balance and eliminate solid waste.
Laryng/o
Larynx  
Laryngeal maske airway
An advanced airway device that is blindly inserted into the mouth to isolate the larynx for direct ventilation; consists of a tube and a mask or cuff that inflates to seal around the laryngeal opening. Also known as the voice box.
Laryngitis
An inflammation of the larynx.
Laryngoscope
An instrument used to give a direct view of the patient's vocal cords during endotracheal intubation.
Larynx
A complex structure formed by many independent cartilaginous structures that all work together; where the upper airway ends and the lower airway begins; the cartilaginous organ located between the trachea and the pharynx; also called the voice box.
Late adults
Persons who are 61 years old or older.
Later/o
Side  
Lateral
Away from the midline of the body; in anatomy, parts of the body that lie farther from the midline; also called outer structures.
Lateral flexion (side bending)
Movement of the head or trunk laterally away from the midline. ABduction of the spine.
Lateral recumbency (side lying)
Lying horizontally on the right or left side.
Lateral tilt
Pelvic tilt in which the crest of the ilium is higher on one side than the other.
Laws
Codified rules of conduct set forth by a society, generally based on shared ethical or moral principles.  
LD50
The amount of an agent or substance that will kill 50% of people who are exposed to this level.
LE-LH
 
Learning styles
A person's preferred method to take in information. The three most common are visual, auditory, and kinesthetic.  
Lecith/o
Yolk; ovum  
Leg
The portion of the lower extremity between the knee and ankle joints.
Legal entity
In business, a legal entity is a legal construct through which the law allows a group of people to act as if they are a single person.  
Lei/o
Smooth  
Leimy/o
Smooth; visceral muscle  
-Lemma
Sheath; covering  
Lens
The elastic, doubly convex structure in the eye that focuses the light entering the eye on the retina; the transparent part of the eye through which images are focused on the retina.
Lepid/o
Plakes; scales  
Lepr/o
Leprosy  
-Lepsy
Seizure  
Lept/o
Thin; slender  
-Leptic
To seize; take hold of  
Lesion
A tissue injury or wound.
Lesser trochanter
The projection on the medial/superior portion of the femur.
Leth/o
Death  
Leuk/o
White  
Leukemia
A cancerous condition in which there is an excessive production of immature leukocytes.
Leukocytes
White blood cells that protect the body from pathogens and remove dead cells and substances.
Leukotrienes
Chemical substances that contribute to anaphylaxis; released by the immune system in allergic reactions.
Level of Consciousness (LOC)
Indirect measurement of cerebral oxygenation.
Lever
A solid mass, such as a crowbar or a person's arm, that rotates around a fixed point called the fulcrum. The rotation is produced by a force applied to a lever at some distance from the fulcrum.
Levo-
Left  
Lewisite (L)
A blistering agent that has a rapid onset of symptoms and produces immediate, intense pain and discomfort on contact.
Lex/o
Word; phrase  
Lexapro (Rx)
Brand name; Lexapro. Generic name; Escitalopram oxalate. Classified as a Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitor (SSRI) and Antidepressant. It relieves depression and anxiety and is used for treatment of Stress. It works by helping to restore the balance of serotonin in the brain. Clients who take Lexapro may experience cardiac complications, abdominal pain, abnormal dreams, dizziness, migraine, sedation, heartburn, indigestion, and gas. It is best not to let the client fall asleep. Position for gastric distress. Alter positioning and help client on/off the table if needed.
Lexia
Word; phrase  
LI-LN
 
Liaison officer
In incident command, the person who relays information, concerns, and requests among responding agencies.
Libel
Libel or defamation is false and damaging information about a person's reputation that is communicated by written/printed words, images, pictures, or broadcast via radio, television, or film. Also referred to as slander.
Licensure
The process whereby a competent authority, usually the state, allows individuals to perform a regulated act. The most restrictive form of regulation, yet it provides the greatest level of public protection. Licensing programs typically involve the completion of a prescribed educational program, passing an examination that measures a minimal level of competency, and usually requires the licensee to adhere to a code of ethics or professional conduct.
Lien/o
Spleen  
Life expectancy
The average amount of years a person can be expected to live.
Ligament/o
Ligament  
Ligament
Dense bundles of parallel connective tissue fibers, primarily collagen, that connect bone to bone that also strengthen and stabilize the joint; a cord or fibrous tissue that connects bones; a band of fibrous tissue that connects bones to bone; supports and strengthens a joint.
Ligat/o
Binding; tying  
Lightening
A sensation felt by a pregnant patient when the fetus positions itself for delivery.
Lim/o
Hunger  
Limb leads
The four leads used with a 4-lead ECG; placed on or close to the right arm, left arm, right leg, and left leg.
Limb presentation
A delivery in which the presenting part is a single arm, leg, or foot.
Linear skull fractures
Account for 80% of skull fractures; also referred to as nondisplaced skull fractures; commonly occur in the temporal-parietal region of the skull; not associated with deformities to the skull.
Lingu/o
Tongue  
Lioresal (Rx)
Brand name; Lioresal. Generic name; Baclofen. Classified as a Skeletal muscle relaxant. It relieves muscle spasm in the treatment of Cerebral palsy. It works by helping to relax the muscles. Clients who take Lioresal may experience constipation or drowsiness. It is best to note that deep tissue techniques are contraindicated. Abdominal massage might relieve constipation.
Lip/o
Fat; lipid  
Lipids
Fats and oils; organic compounds that have carbon, hydrogen, and oxygen atoms but in a different proportion than that of carbohydrates; organic compound formed of carbon, hydrogen, and oxygen; examples are fats and cholesterol.
-Lipsis
Omit; fail  
List
A literal tilt of the spine.
-Listhesis
Condition of stones  
Lith/o
Stone; calculus  
-Lithotomy
Incision for removal of a stone  
Liver
A large solid organ that lies in the right upper quadrant (RUQ) immediately below the diaphragm; it produces bile, stores glucose for immediate use by the body, and produces many substances that help regulate immune responses.
Living will
Written documentation that specifies medical treatment for a competent patient should the patient become unable to make decisions; also called an advance directive or health care directive.
LO-LT
 
Lob/o
Lobe  
Locomotion
Moving from one place to another; walking.
Load-distributing band (LDB)
A circumferential chest compression device composed of a constricting band and backboard that is either electrically or pneumatically driven to compress the heart by putting inward pressure on the thorax.
Log/o
Study  
Logad/o
Whites of eyes  
-Logist
Specialist  
Logistics
In incident command, the position that helps procure and stockpile equipment and supplies during an incident.
-Logy
Study; process of study  
Longitudinal axis
A vertical line extending in a cranial/caudal direction about which movement of rotation take place.
Long spine board
Device to immobilize the entire body as a single unit (also called a longboard).
Loose-packed position
The position of a synovial joint in which the joint capsule is most lax. Joints tend to assume this position when inflammation occurs to accommodate the increased volume of synovial fluid.
Loph/o
Ridge  
Lorazepam (Rx)
Brand name; Ativan. Generic name; Lorazepam. Classified as a Benzodiazepine anxiolytic, sedative, and hypnotic. It relieves anxiety, promotes calmness, and sleep. it is used for treatment of stress. It works by enhancing the effects of GABA (Gamma-Aminobutyric Acid) a natural chemical made in the brain that blocks brain signals (neurotransmissions). Clients who take Ativan may experience restlessness, drowsiness, and dry mouth. It is best to use deep tissue massage techniques with caution. Offer a calming environment and water.
Lord/o
Curve; swayback  
Lordosis
An abnormally increased concavity in the curvature of the lumbar spine as viewed from the side. A condition of exaggeration of the normal lumbar curve.
Lower respiratory tract
The larynx, trachea, bronchi, and alveoli.
Lox/o
Oblique; slanting  
LU-LZ
 
-Lucent
To shine  
Lumb/o
Lower back; loin  
Lumbar
The portion of the back between the thorax and pelvis.
Lumbar spine
The lower part of the back, formed by the lowest five nonfused vertebrae; also called the dorsal spine.
Lumen
The space inside a tube; blood vessel, or hollow organ; the inside diameter of an artery or other hollow structure.
Lumin/o
Light  
Lungs
The primary organs of respiration, the lungs are soft, spongy, highly vascular structures separated into the left and right lungs by the mediastinum. Each lung is separated into lobes. The right lung has three lobes: an upper, middle, and lower; the left, two lobes: an upper and lower.
Lute/o
Yellow  
Lux/o
To slide  
Ly/o
To dissolve; loosen  
Lymph/o
Lymph  
Lymph
A clear interstitial tissue fluid that bathes the cells; lymph contains lymphocytes, which provide immune response; returns plasma proteins that have leaked out through capillary walls; and transports fats from the gastrointestinal system to the bloodstream; fluid in the lymph vessels collected from the tissue spaces.
Lymph nodes
Small, round structures distributed along the network of lymph vessels that provide a filtering system for removing waste products and transferring them to the bloodstream for removal of the spleen, intestines, and kidneys for detoxification; lymph nodes are centers for lymphocyte production; main function is to prevent bacteria and viruses from gaining access to the bloodstream; generally clustered at the joints for assistance in pumping when the joint moves, they are especially numerous in the axillae, groin, and neck and along certain blood vessels of the pelvis, abdominal, and thoracic cavities; a mass of lymphatic tissue; the area of the lymphatic system where infection-fighting cells are housed.
Lymphaden/o
Lymph gland; lymph node  
Lymphangi/o
Lymph vessel  
Lymphatic
Pertains to the system of vessels involved with drainage of bodily fluids (lymph).
Lymphatic system
A system of lymphatic vessels, lymph nodes, and other lymphoid organs and tissues; a passive circulatory system that transports a plasmalike liquid called lymph, a thin fluid that bathes the tissues of the body.
Lymphocytes
Agranular white blood cells formed in the bone marrow that mature in the lymphoid tissue.
Lymphoid organs
Refers to organs in the lymphatic system including lymphatic vessels, lymph nodes, spleen, and tonsils; see lymphatic system.
Lymphokines
Proteins involved in cell-mediated immune responses that enhance the immune and inflammatory responses.
Lyrica (Rx)
Brand name; Lyrica. Generic name; Pregabalin. Classified as an Anticonvulsant. It decreases neuropathic pain and is used for treatment of Fibromyalgia, and neuropathy. It works by calming the damaged or overactive nerves that cause pain. Clients who take Lyrica may experience dizziness, blurred vision, drowsiness, and easy bruising. It is best to perform light treatment work, help client on/off the table, and elevate head when needed.
-Lysis
Breakdown; seperation; destruction; loosening  
Lysosome
Cell organelle that is part of the intracellular digestive system; organelles that originate from the Golgi apparatus and contain strong digestive enzymes.
Lysozyme
An enzyme found in sweat, saliva, and tears that is capable of destroying certain kinds of bacteria.
-Lytic
To reduce; destroy; separate; breakdown  

 

     

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