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.

To find a word or term begin by clicking on a letter in the A-Z list. Then you can browse down the list to find the word you want. You can also type your medical word in the search box in the upper right corner and then click on the little magnifying glass.

This glossary is for information only. It should never be used instead of advice from a healthcare provider.

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potassium in your blood


a protein found in your skin


a build up of ketones in your blood


a chemical your body makes when you don't have enough insulin in your blood

kidney failure

when your kidneys aren't working the way they should

kidney stone

a small, solid crystal made of salts and minerals that forms in your kidney


curve in your spine