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Nature Direct 2U - Medical Terms
Category: Health and Medicine > Medical Terms
Date & country: 08/01/2008, UK
Induces the premature expulsion (abortion) of a foetus. Same meaning as Ecbolic, e.g. pennyroyal.
Helping the human organism adapt to stressful conditions.
An excess of air in the alimentary canal that is relieved through burping or flatulence.
An intermittent fever, sometimes with chills, as in malaria.
A large, varied group of complex nitrogen-containing compounds, usually alkaline, that react with acids to form soluble salts, many of which have physiological effects on humans. Includes nicotine, cocaine, caffeine, etc.
A medicinal substance that gradually restores health and the nutritional state of the body.
Absence or suppression of menstruation.
Numbs the nerves and causes loss of sensation.
A medicine which relieves or reduces pain.
Reduces sexual desire.
A pain-relieving medicine, milder than analgesic.
Neutralizes the acid produced by the stomach. Do the self-test to see if excessive acid is the cause of indigestion.
An agent that kills, destroys and expels worms from the intestines. Same as vermifuge.
Suppressing sexual desire.
Reducing or relieving convulsions or cramps.
Prevents, counteracts or alleviates nausea and vomiting.
An agent that combats the convulsions or seizures of epilepsy.
Reducing or neutralizing inflammation.
Aids in preventing the formation of stones or calculus in the kidneys and bladder.
Preventing oxidation; a preservative.
Prevents the periodic recurrence of attacks of a disease; as in malaria.
An agent that relieves or cures rheumatism.
Herbs that improve or cure syphilis. Also called antileutic.
Destroys or stops the growth of bacteria.
An herb that combats biliousness. The term biliousness refers to a group of symptoms consisting of nausea, abdominal discomfort, headache, constipation, and gas that is caused by an excessive secretion of bile.
An agent that inhibits the growth or multiplication of, or kills, a living organism; usually used in reference to bacteria or other microorganisms.
Reduces or prevents depression.
Counteracts a poison.
An agent that inhibits the growth or multiplication of fungi, or kills them outright.
Prevents or decreases the production of milk secretion of nursing mothers.
Neutralizing the effect or inhibiting production of histamine.
An agent that inhibits the growth or multiplication of microorganisms, or kills them.
Stops nerve pain.
Destructive to parasites.
An agent that counteracts, reduces or prevents inflammation.
Relieves or prevents itching.
Reduces fever. Same as febrifuge or refrigerant.
Removes deposits from circulatory vessels.
An agent effective in preventing scurvy.
Preventing sepsis, decay, putrefaction; also, an agent that inhibits the growth of, and kills, germs, bacteria & microbes.
Relieves or prevents spasms, cramps, and convulsions.
Preventing or effective against tumors or cancers.
Preventing or relieving cough.
Acts against poisonous matter from animals and snakes.
An agent that inhibits growth or multiplication of viruses, or kills them.
Herbs that can destroy disease-producing organisms.
A gentle purgative of the bowels.
Inability to express oneself properly through speech or loss of verbal comprehension; sensory and motor areas may be involved.
Increasing or exciting sexual desire.
The result of a stroke (cerbrovascular accident (CVA)).
Agents which emit a fragrant smell and produce a pungent taste. Used chiefly to make other medicines more palatable.
Roundworm (also called maw-worm and eelworm) found in the small intestine causing colicky pains and diarrhea, especially in children.
Excessive accumulation of serous fluid in the peritoneal (abdominal) cavity.
Lack or loss of strength, usually involving muscular system.
An agent that causes tissue to contract.
An agent that kills bacteria.
The resin of a tree that is healing and soothing, e.g. myrrh.
Bitter-tasting properties which stimulate the flow of saliva and gastric juice. Used to increase the appetite and aid in the process of digestion.
A suppository injected into the rectum or vagina.
Expands the spastic bronchial tube.
An agent with mild sedative, tranquilising or calming effects.
Stimulates or affects the heart.
Affecting the heart.
Tones the heart muscle.
An agent that relieves and removes gas from the digestive system.
Another name for poultice.
An inflammation of the mucous membranes with a free discharge. This has special reference to the air passages of the head and throat, e.g. hayfever, rhinitis, influenza, bronchitis, pharyngitis, asthma.
A powerful purgative or laxative, causing severe evacuation, with or without pain.
Referring to diseases affecting the head and upper part of the body.
An agent that increases bile flow to the intestines.
Stimulates the production of bile.
Nervous disorder marked by muscular twitching of arms, legs and face.
Helps the formation of scar tissue; healing.
Central nervous system.
Clots the blood.
Enhances the flavour of food.
A stimulating medicine or drink.
An agent that produces inflammation or irritation when applied locally to affect another, usually irritated surface to stimulate circulation, e.g. a mustard plaster or liniment.
Inflammation of the urinary bladder.
Protects the cells of the organism.
An agent that is toxic to certain organs, tissues, or cells.
A preparation made by boiling a plant part in water. Compare with Infusion.
An agent that soothes and softens irritated tissue, particularly mucous membranes.
Reduces heat while building bodily fluids.
Removes obstructions by opening natural passages or pores of the body.
Tends to purify and cleanse the blood and internal organs. Same as blood purifier.
Skin infection caused by fungi.
An agent that cleanses boils, sores, wounds etc.
Detergent. Cleanses wounds and sores, and promotes the formation of scar tissue.
An agent that induces sweating or perspiration.
Contains substances (i.e. ferments, acids) which aid in digestion.