Unit 36: Vocabulary

To pass this unit, please study the 20 vocabulary words below.
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acoumeter
a device used for measuring hearing
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The results of the acoumeter test will be available in 3 hours.
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bronchoscope
a device used for examining airways used for breathing
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The doctor inserted the bronchoscope into the patient's nose.
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clips
metal tools used to close the edges of a wound
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Three clips were applied to the wound before it was sewn up.
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coagulation time
the measurement of how long it takes for blood to clot
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In normal healthy blood the expected coagulation time is around 30 seconds.
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dilator
a tool used for widening or stretching
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A vaginal dilator can be used to widen the vagina.
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elevator
a metal tool or device used for lifting tissue
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The nurse passed the surgeon an elevator and he began lifting the tissue around the wound.
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endoscope
a tool used to look inside hollow organs
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It is important that the correct kind of endoscope be used.
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enema
a procedure to promote bowel movement in which liquid is injected into the rectum
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The enema has been becoming more popular as a form of cleansing.
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gastric lavage
washing out of the stomach
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He was given a gastric lavage to clean his stomach lining.
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gastroscope
a tool used for looking inside the stomach
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After the gastroscope had been positioned correctly, images from the stomach were shown on the TV screen.
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optometer
a tool used to perform eye examinations
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By changing the lenses on the optometer you can determine the patients eye-sight.
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otoscope
a tool used to look inside the ear
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The doctor looked into the ear using an otoscope.
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oximeter
a device used to test the oxygen level in blood
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The oximeter showed a lack of oxygen in the blood.
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saw
a metal tool used to cut
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The surgeon used a bone saw to cut through the bone.
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snare
a tool for removing tissue growth
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They caught the polyp with a snare and removed it
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spirometer
a tool used to measure amount of air being inhaled and exhaled
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You should take a deep breath and blow into the spirometer.
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to disseminate
spread throughout an organ or body
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It will take about 30 minutes for the drug to disseminate.
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tonometer
a tool used for measuring pressure inside the eye
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Eye-care specialists can measure intra-ocular pressure by using a tonometer.
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transdermal patches
sticky patches containing a drug which will be absorbed by the body
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Transdermal patches containing nicotine are an effective method of giving up smoking.
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urinal
a plastic container for holding liquid human waste
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The nurse asked the patient to fill the urinal.
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