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acute pain

Overview page. Subjects: Psychology.

Severe short-term pain often following injury, surgery, dental problems, or heart attack (myocardial infarction). Compare chronic pain.

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adaptive pain

Overview page. Subjects: Sports and Exercise Medicine.

Helpful pain, which produces behaviour that promotes healing and recovery. Compare maladaptive pain.

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algesimeter

Overview page. Subjects: Psychology — Medicine and Health.

n. a piece of equipment for determining the sensitivity of the skin to various touch stimuli, especially those causing pain.

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anaesthesia

Overview page. Subjects: Medicine and Health.

Strictly, the loss of feeling, but generally used for the techniques of pain relief using anaesthetics prior to surgery.

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anaesthesia, general

Overview page. Subjects: Medicine and Health.

The idea of deliberately inducing unconsciousness to avoid the pain of an operation must have been a strange one to our forebears: ether, one of the earliest anaesthetics, had been ...

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anaesthesia, local

Overview page. Subjects: Medicine and Health.

Early attempts to relieve the pain of operations were by the application of cold, notably during the retreat of Napoleon's army from Moscow in 1812, and by pressure on main ...

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analgesia

Overview page. Subjects: Dentistry.

(an-ăl-jeez-iă)

reduced sensibility to pain, without loss of consciousness and without the sense of touch necessarily being affected.

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audioanalgesia

Overview page. Subjects: Psychology.

Diminished sensation of pain during exposure to loud sounds; also, the use of music to distract a person's attention from pain, as during dentistry. See also analgesia. [From Latin audio I...

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axon reflex

Overview page. Subjects: Psychology.

A reflex response to scratching of the skin with a sharp object: a red line appears within seconds, followed by a red flare in the surrounding skin, and finally a white weal, these...

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chiropractic

Overview page. Subjects: Medicine and Health.

A specialty focusing on the non-surgical diagnosis, treatment, and management of neuromuscular skeletal conditions by means of manipulation of the spine and related structures.

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