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blood pressure monitor

Purpose: Automatic non-invasive measurement of the force exerted by circulating blood on the walls of arteries. Adequate blood pressure is essential to maintain the blood supply and function of vital organs. Measurement of blood pressure is therefore a key part of the monitoring of patients during anaesthesia and critical care.

How Works:  A single cuff is applied to the patients leg, and the machine inflates it to a level assumed to be greater than systolic pressure (i.e. peak arterial pressure when the ventricles contract). The cuff is deflated gradually. A sensor then measures the tiny oscillations in the pressure of the cuff caused by the pulse.; Systolic is taken to be when the pulsations start, mean pressure (i.e. average arterial pressure throughout cardiac cycle) is when they are maximal, and diastolic (i.e. lowest arterial pressure during resting phase) is when they disappear.

blood urea nitrogen test (BUN or AZO)

A common test in a chemistry panel that measures the amount of nitrogen in the blood that comes from the waste product urea.  It can be used to see how well the kidneys and liver are working and if dehydration is present.

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blood  ;  chemistry panel  ;  kidney  ;  liver

blood-brain barrier (BBB)

A specialized system of capillary endothelial cells as well as certain processes from astrocytes that strictly limits transport into the brain through both physical (tight junctions) and metabolic (enzymes) barriers.  Certain microscopic objects (e.g. bacteria, toxins, etc.) are restricted while others essential for brain function (e.g. oxygen, glucose) are allowed to pass.

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astrocyte ; bacteria ; blood ; brain ; toxin


An infection caused by a bacteria (Borrelia Burgdorferi) that is transmitted to the host by a tick; also called lyme disease.

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bacteria  ;  infection


A type of food poisoning caused by a pre-formed neurotoxin (botulin) produced by the growth of the microogranism Clostridium botulinum generally found in improperly canned or preserved foods.


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Relating to the arm.


brachial plexus

A collection of nerves in the axilla region (arm pit) which originate from the spinal cord and give rise to the individual nerves that supply the forelimbs.


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brachial  ;  nerve  ;  spinal cord

brachial plexus avulsion

The tearing away of the nerve roots from the spinal cord between the C6 and T2 vertebrae.

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brachial plexus ; nerve root ; spinal cord ; vertebra


Slower than normal heart rate.



Collection of nervous tissue in the head comprising the main part of the central nervous system.  Functions as the primary receiver, organizer, and distributor of information for the body.

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central nervous system (CNS)

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