Glossary of Terms

This glossary of terms is meant to help everyone understand medical words. It is a place to quickly find information on medical words.

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jaundice happens when you have too much bilirubin in your system

common condition in newborns, yellow colour of the skin and whites of the eyes, because of too much bilirubin in the blood

skin and eyes turn yellow, in adults can be from from liver disease


put in danger


where your bones come together

joint dislocation

an injury where one of your bones in a joint slips out of its normal spot

jugular vein(s)

blood vessel in your neck

blood vessel (vein) located in the side of your neck. They drain blood from your head, brain, face and neck and move it to your heart



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