CATABOLISMA destructive process in which the complex compounds of the
digestive process are reduced to more simple substances.
CATHARTICSDrugs that promote bowel movement.
CERVICALPertaining to the neck or the neck of any organ or structure.
CHEYNE-STOKESBreathing characterized by alternating periods of apnea
and deep respirations.
COAPTATIONTo fit together, as the edges of a wound or the ends of a fractured
bone; category of splint.
COLATIONThe process of straining or filtration.
COMMUNICABLECapable of being transmitted from one person to another.
COMMUNICABLE PERIODThe period of time in which an infectious agent
may be passed from an infected animal or man to a receptive host. There may be
more than one such period of time during the course of disease.
COMMINUTIONThe process of physical reduction of a substance to fine
CONTACTA person or animal known to have been associated with an infected
person or animal, or a contaminated environment, and to have had the
opportunity to acquire the infection.
CONTAMINATIONThe presence of an infectious agent or toxin on the surface
of a body or inanimate article, such as clothing, dishes, surgical dressings or
instruments, as well as in food or water.
CONTRACTUREA condition of muscle shortening and fibrous tissue
development that results in a permanent joint deformity.
CORROSIVEA substance that rapidly destroys or decomposes body tissue at
point of contact.
CREPITUSThe cracking or grating sound produced by fragments of fractured
bones rubbing together.
DEBILITYThe state of abnormal bodily weakness.
DEBRIDEMENTThe removal of all foreign matter and devitalized tissue in or
about a wound.
DECANTATIONSeparating liquids from solids by letting the solids settle to the
bottom and pouring off the liquid.
DECEREBRATEA person with brain damage that produces certain abnormal
DECORTICATIONRemoving portions of the cortical substance of a structure
or organ, such as the brain, kidney, or lung.
DECUBITUS ULCERBed or pressure sore.
DESQUAMATETo shed, peel, or scale off.