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   Buildup of watery or bloody fluid under the skin.


Skin is an organ of the integumentary system; which is composed of a layer of tissues that protect underlying muscles and organs. Skin is used for insulation, vitamin D production, sensation, and excretion (through sweat).


Blister agent
See: Vesicant.

Blister beetle
A blister beetle is one of a number of beetles that have historically been used in dried or powdered form for medicinal purposes to raise blisters on the skin. An example of a blister beetle is the so-called Spanish fly. All blister beetles are soft-bodied beetles and belong to the family Meloidae.

Blister, blood
A blister full of blood due to a pinch, bruise or repeated friction.

Blister, fever
A small sore situated on the face or in the mouth that causes pain, burning, or itching before bursting and crusting over. The favorite locations are on the lips, chin or cheeks and in the nostrils. Less frequented sites are the gums or roof of the mouth (the palate).


Eyeglasses with divided lenses. The two parts of each lens have different strengths, allowing the wearer to focus the eye for either near or distant vision.

Using both eyes at the same time. Binocular vision is the most important element of depth perception.

Bipolar affective disorder
A psychiatric disorder in which the affected person has both depressed and happy, energetic (manic) episodes. This is a newer term for manic-depressive disorder.

1. Short-term loss of vision and consciousness. 2. In an alcoholic person, loss of memory for a period of time.

Plastic surgery on the eyelid.


Blood poisoning
Infection within the circulatory system. A potentially life-threatening condition that requires prompt treatment.

A skin infection characterized by a localized buildup of pus.

A class of disease-causing bacteria that includes the organisms that cause relapsing fever and Lyme disease.

An extremely dangerous form of food poisoning caused by the toxin of Clostridium botulinum.

Having to do with cattle. For example, bovine insulin is insulin obtained from cattle.

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