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    A blood clot formed in the blood vessel or in the heart.


The life-maintaining fluid which is made up of plasma, red blood cells (erythrocytes), white blood cells (leukocytes), and platelets; blood circulates through the body's heart, arteries, veins, and capillaries; it carries away waste matter and carbon dioxide, and brings nourishment, electrolytes, hormones, vitamins, antibodies, heat, and oxygen to the tissues.

A jelly-like mass of blood.

The hollow, muscular organ responsible for pumping blood through the circulatory system.


Also known as platelets because of their small plate-like appearance. Their chief function is to initiate blood clotting when injury occurs.

Decrease in blood platelets.

A condition in which a blood clot fragment breaks off from one part of the body and blocks a blood vessel in another part of the body.

A clot of material that breaks free from a primary site, is transported in the bloodstream and becomes lodged and adhered at a secondary site.

The breaking up of a blood clot.

Thrombolytic Medication (clot-buster drug)
Medication used during a heart attack to dissolve any clots in the coronary arteries that may be blocking blood flow.

Thrombolytic therapy
A medication that dissolves blood clots.

The inflammation of a vein associated with a blood clot.

A blood clot.


Straining to have a bowel movement. May be painful and continue for a long time without result.

Thallium stress test
A study in which radioactive potassium is carried by the blood and the progress is followed by x-ray pictures.

Pertaining to or affecting the chest.

The breaking up of a blood clot.

Thrombolytic therapy
A medication that dissolves blood clots.


Tissue plasminogen activator (TPA)
A medication used to dissolve blood clots.

From the Greek words "to cut or section" (tomos) and "to write" (graphein), in nuclear medicine, it is a method of separating interference from the area of interest by imaging a cut section of the object.

Tracheoesophageal fistula (TEF)
A condition that occurs when there is a gap between the upper and lower segments of the esophagus, and food and saliva cannot pass through.

Trans fat
Vegetable oil that has been treated with hydrogen in order to make it more solid and give it a longer shelf life.

To transfer (tissue or an organ) from one body or body part to another.

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