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  Intrauterine device



Intrauterine device

    A small engineered piece of plastic or metal placed in a woman's uterus to prevent fertilization.

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Uterus
The uterus is a hollow, pear-shaped organ located in a woman's lower abdomen, between the bladder and the rectum, that sheds its lining each month during menstruation and in which a fertilized egg (ovum) becomes implanted and the fetus develops.

Fertilization
The combining of the genetic material carried by sperm and egg to create an embryo. Normally occurs inside the fallopian tube (in vivo) but may also occur in a petri dish (in vitro).



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Intra-aortic Balloon Pump Assist Device
The intra-aortic balloon pump is a machine that can help the pumping function of the heart. It is usually inserted through an artery in the groin area and threaded backwards into the descending thoracic aorta in the chest. In this location the balloon inflates and deflates in synchrony with the heart in order to aid the blood pumping function of the heart in patients with cardiac disease.

Intra-arterial
Injection into an artery (that may supply a tumor).

Intracardiac Tumor
An Intracardiac Tumor can be any tumor of the heart, either malignant or benign. The most common tumor of the heart is a benign atrial myxoma.

Intracellular
Within cells.

Intracerebral
Located within the cerebral hemispheres (cerebrum). See extracerebral.

Intracerebral haemorrhage
Haemorrhage within the brain.

Intracranial
Within the skull.

Intracutan test
Intracutan tests are used to diagnose allergies. A small amount of allergen extract is injected under the skin on your arm. If the area becomes itchy, reddish and swelling you may have an allergy.

Intracytoplasmic sperm injection
An assisted reproductive method in which a sperm is injected directly into an unfertilized egg with a microscopic needle; this procedure is used in cases of severe male factor infertility.

Intradermal
Within the skin.

Intradural
Beneath the dura mater.

Intralipid 10 per cent
Intralipid 10 per cent is a prescription or over-the-counter drug which is (or once was) approved in the United States and possibly in other countries. Active ingredient(s): soybean oil.

Intralipid 20 per cent
Intralipid 20 per cent is a prescription or over-the-counter drug which is (or once was) approved in the United States and possibly in other countries. Active ingredient(s): soybean oil.

Intralipid 30 per cent
Intralipid 30 per cent is a prescription or over-the-counter drug which is (or once was) approved in the United States and possibly in other countries. Active ingredient(s): soybean oil.

Intramuscular
Intra (within) muscular (muscle) techniques are ways to put medication into the body, by injecting it into a muscle. This is designed for drugs that need to be absorbed slowly. A classic example is a tetanus shot.

Intramuscular Injection
Putting a fluid into a muscle with a needle and syringe.

Intraoral camera
A smal video camera used to view and magnify oral conditions; images may be printed.

Intrapartal care
Care for a pregnant woman through labor.

Intraperitoneally
Inserting chemotherapy drugs directly into the abdominal cavity. Intraoperative photodynamic therapy is a new treatment that uses special drugs and light to kill cancer cells. Its use in the early states of mesothelioma in the chest is being studied. Judgement - an official court order deciding the rights or claims of the parties in a legal proceeding.

Intrapleurally
Inserting chemotherapy drugs directly into the chest cavity.

Intrarater reliability
The property of yielding equivalent results when used by the same rater on different occasions.

Intrathecal
Injection into the sub-arachnoid space of the meninges. Usually done by lumbar puncture.

Intratumoral
Injection into a tumor (usually performed during surgery).

Intrauterine
Within the womb.

Intrauterine growth retardation
Slow growth of a fetus in the womb possibly resulting in a low birth weight baby.

Intrauterine insemination
Treatment for infertility in which semen is introduced into the uterus via a slim tube inserted through the vagina.

Intravascular
Inside a blood vessel.

Intravascular echocardiography
Echocardiography and cardiac catheterization.

Intravascular ultrasound (IVUS)
An invasive procedure, performed along with cardiac catheterization; a miniature sound probe (transducer) on the tip of a coronary catheter is threaded through the coronary arteries and, using high-frequency sound waves, produces detailed images of the interior walls of the arteries.

Intravenous
Introducing a fluid into the bloodstream through a vein (usually in the patient's forearm).

Intravenous (IV)
Delivery of drugs, fluids or food directly into a vein.

Intravenous Injection
Putting a fluid into a vein with a needle and syringe.

Intraventricular
Injection into a ventricle.

Intraventricular hemorrhage
Bleeding into the ventricles or the brain, common in premature infants.

Intrinsic asthma
Asthma that has no apparent external cause.

Introceptive
Pertaining to a sensory organ that registers information from within the body.

Intromission
The insertion of one part into another; in sexual intercourse, the insertion of the penis into the vagina.

Intron
A segment of DNA that does not code for protein; the intervening sequence of nucleotides between coding sequences or exons.

Intron a
Intron a is a prescription or over-the-counter drug which is (or once was) approved in the United States and possibly in other countries. Active ingredient(s): interferon alfa-2b.

Intropin
Intropin is a prescription or over-the-counter drug which is (or once was) approved in the United States and possibly in other countries. Active ingredient(s): dopamine hydrochloride.

Introspection
Self-observation; examination of one's feelings, often as a result of psychotherapy.

Introversion
Preoccupation with oneself and accompanying reduction of interest in the outside world. Contrast to extraversion.



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Infant
A child under a year of age.

Infant mortality
The death of an infant during the first year of life.

Injection
Medication which is put into the body via a syringe and a needle.

Intensive care unit
A department of a hospital where an individual can be constantly and closely monitored.

Intrapartal care
Care for a pregnant woman through labor.

Intrauterine device

Intrauterine growth retardation
Slow growth of a fetus in the womb possibly resulting in a low birth weight baby.

Intraventricular hemorrhage
Bleeding into the ventricles or the brain, common in premature infants.

Invasive
Medical tests that involve gaining entry into the body via a needle, tube, or hand.

Iron
A mineral in the body that works with protein to make hemoglobin, essential for the blood.

Irregular periods
Menstrual cycles that vary more than a few days in length from month to month are considered irregular. Most menstrual cycles are about four weeks long, with the normal range between 24 and 35 days.

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