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Glossary of terms

Glossary of terms
Term Definition
Adolescence A young person who has begun puberty but has not yet become an adult.
Anxiety Fear, worry.
Behavioral Health Services that help people make healthy changes in their lifestyles habits and relationships.
Behavioral How a person behaves or acts.
Bone Density Test A test of how solid and how strong your bones are.
Breast Cancer Cancer of your breast.
Cancer A disease that causes cells to grow out of control; it can spread to tissues and organs throughout the body.
Cervical Cancer Screening A test for cancer of the cervix, which is the lower part of the uterus.
Cholesterol Types of fat found in the blood; HDL is good fat, LDL is bad fat.
Colon Cancer A condition where you have cancer in your large intestine.
Colonoscopy An exam of the inside of the large intestine that uses an easy to bend tube with a lens at the end.
Condition An illness disease or health problem.
Depression An illness that can cause sadness loss of interest and other emotional or physical problems.
Diabetes A disease that makes your blood sugar levels higher than they should be, which can cause many other health problems.
Diagnosis Finding out the cause of an illness, condition or disease, medical answer.
Disease Illness, sickness.
Gestational Diabetes A condition where a woman who hasn't had diabetes before, starts to get it during pregnancy.
Glucose A form of sugar found in the blood stream that provides energy to many body systems.
Insulin A hormone made by the body; also a drug used to control blood sugar in people with diabetes.
Intercourse Physical sexual contact between people that involves the pelvic organs of at least one person.
Large Intestine The part of the intestine which holds the colon, rectum and anus.
Mammogram A test using x-ray pictures to see if there is an abnormality in the breast tissue.
Menopause Time in a woman's life when her periods stop.
Menstrual Bleeding The normal monthly bleeding from a woman's vagina.
Pap Test A test for cancer of the cervix.
Pelvic exam A physical check to make sure the female pelvic organs are normal.
Period A single event of menstruation.
Postpartum Depression Depression that happens after a woman gives birth.
Prenatal During pregnancy and before birth.
Procedure Something done to treat your problem.
Prostate Cancer Cancer of a man's prostate.
Puberty A child's body changing into an adult form.
Reproductive Health About the organs or the process used to create children.
Specialist A doctor specialist focuses on a certain field of medicine or a group of patients. To diagnose, manage, prevent or treat certain types of symptoms and conditions. A non-doctor specialist has special training in a certain field of health care.
Substances Chemical, material, matter, stuff.
Testicular Cancer Cancer that forms in tissues of one or both testicles.
Type 1 Diabetes A type of diabetes where your body, pancreas, doesn't make insulin. This can lead to problems with your heart, eyes, kidneys, nerves, and gums and teeth. Type 1 diabetes most often occurs in children.
Type 2 Diabetes A type of diabetes where your body doesn't make or use insulin well. This leads to too much glucose in your blood, leading to problems with your heart, eyes, kidneys, nerves, and gums and teeth. Type 2 diabetes most often occurring in adults.
Uterus An organ in a woman's body where babies may grow during pregnancy.
Vagina Part of a woman that connects the uterus and cervix to the outside of her body.
Vaginal Discharge A mix of fluid and cells shed through the vagina.
Last Updated: 04/19/2021