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aneurysm

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A balloon-like swelling or dilatation in the wall of an artery due to atheroma, infection, or inflammation. A berry aneurysm is a small sacular aneurysm that occurs in the circle of Willis....

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blood disorders

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*Blood serves several functions, apart from transporting oxygen and nutrients, including roles in wound healing, inflammation, and immunity, by delivering components (cells and soluble...

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diving

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A method of marine fishing in which some species (such as octopus, sea urchins, and sea cucumbers) are handpicked by divers, brought to the surface, placed in boats, and taken ashore for...

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embolus

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A detached intravascular solid, liquid, or gaseous mass such as a blood clot, piece of tumour, fat, or air, that is carried by the bloodstream to a site distant from its point of origin,...

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endocarditis

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n. inflammation of the lining of the heart cavity (endocardium) and valves. It is most often due to rheumatic fever or results from bacterial infection (bacterial endocarditis)...

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flying

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Transport by air became a very common activity during the second half of the twentieth century. It provides a rapid means of transport over long distances, in relative comfort. Commercial...

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hyperbaric chamber

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An enclosed boiler-shaped pressurized container large enough to enclose an adult, who can be viewed through a window and whose physiological functions are recorded as the air pressure and...

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pulmonary

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adj. relating to, associated with, or affecting the lungs.

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pulmonary embolism

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The blocking of a blood vessel in the lungs by a blood clot that has often moved from the legs. A frequent cause of sudden death.

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retinal artery occlusion

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Blockage of arterial blood supply to the retina, usually as a result of thrombosis or embolism. The central retinal artery enters the eye at the optic disc and then divides into branches to...

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