Glossary try the best to avoid the use of medical terms that could make it more difficult to understand the information on this website. Still, there are a number of terms that can't be avoided and that are useful to know because they are so often used by the doctors, nurses, and other medical professionals with whom you might speak. The list below includes the terms used on for which we have provided definitions.

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Also known as: Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs

Group of painkillers that includes drugs such as ibuprofen and aspirin; they reduce fever as well as decrease pain and inflammation; can cause side effects such as stomach ulcers


The structure in cells that contains the chromosomes, genes, DNA.

Nutrient Medium
Also known as: Media
Material that provides the proper nutritional environment to promote the growth of microorganisms