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  Bowel



Bowel

    Another word for the small and large intestines.

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Intestines
See large intestine and small intestine. Also called gut.



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Bowel disease, inflammatory
A group of chronic intestinal diseases characterized by inflammation of the bowel -- the large or small intestine. The most common types of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) are ulcerative colitis and Crohn disease.

Bowel disorders and fiber
High fiber diets help delay the progression of diverticulosis and, at least, reduce the bouts of diverticulitis. In many cases, it helps reduce the symptoms of the Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). It is generally accepted that a diet high in fiber is protective, or at least reduces the incidence, of colon polyps and colon cancer.

Bowel movement
Body wastes passed through the rectum and anus.

Bowel prep
The process used to clean the colon with enemas and a special drink. Used before surgery of the colon, colonoscopy, or barium x-ray. See also lavage.

Bowel sounds
The gurgling, rumbling, or growling noises from the abdomen caused by the muscular contractions of peristalsis, the process that moves the contents of the stomach and intestines downward.

Bowen disease
An early stage of skin cancer.

Bowen Hospital
The Bowen Hospital is a hospital in Wellington, New Zealand.



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Blood pressure
The force or pressure exerted by the heart when pumping blood; also, the pressure of blood in the arteries.

Blood pressure cuff
A device usually placed around the upper of the arm to measure blood pressure.

Body mass index (BMI)
Number, derived by using height and weight measurements, that gives a general indication if weight falls within a healthy range.

Bone density
Measure of the mass of bone in relation to its volume to determine the risk of developing osteoporosis.

Borborygmi
Rumbling sounds caused by gas moving through the intestines (stomach "growling").

Bowel

Bowel movement
Body wastes passed through the rectum and anus.

Bowel prep
The process used to clean the colon with enemas and a special drink. Used before surgery of the colon, colonoscopy, or barium x-ray. See also lavage.

Brady
Suffix meaning slow.

Bradycardia
Abnormally slow heartbeat.

Braxton Hicks contractions
Relatively brief, painless contractions of the uterus that may begin during the second half of pregnancy.

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