medical care meaning

medical care meaning
Definitions of medical care

  1. noun

    professional treatment for illness or injury

    medical aid

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    primary care

    the medical care received on first contact with the medical system (before being referred elsewhere)

    care and treatment of a convalescent patient
    hospital care, hospitalisation, hospitalization

    placing in medical care in a hospital

    (medicine) the act of caring for someone (as by medication or remedial training etc.)
    nursing care

    care by a skilled nurse

    (medicine) cleaning a wound or body organ by flushing or washing out with water or a medicated solution
    bandaging, binding, dressing

    the act of applying a bandage
    holistic medicine

    medical care of the whole person considered as subject to personal and social as well as organic factors

    a program of medical and emotional care for the terminally ill
    injection, shot

    the act of putting a liquid into the body by means of a syringe

    formerly used as a treatment to reduce excess blood (one of the four humors of medieval medicine)

    treatment by stopping fibrillation of heart muscles (usually by electric shock delivered by a defibrillator)

    treatment for poisoning by neutralizing the toxic properties (normally a function of the liver)

    treatment to destroy harmful microorganisms
    digitalisation, digitalization

    the administration of digitalis for the treatment of certain heart disorders

    the administration of an anticoagulant drug to retard coagulation of the blood

    the usual method of treating disease with remedies that produce effects differing from those produced by the disease itself
    homeopathy, homoeopathy

    a method of treating disease with small amounts of remedies that, in large amounts in healthy people, produce symptoms similar to those being treated
    intensive care

    close monitoring and constant medical care of patients with life-threatening conditions
    intradermal injection

    an injection into the skin
    intramuscular injection

    an injection into a muscle
    intravenous injection

    an injection into a vein
    subcutaneous injection

    an injection under the skin
    eye-drop, eyedrop

    a method of irrigating the eye used by ophthalmologists

    the therapeutic use of aromatic plant extracts and essential oils in baths or massage

    the use of chemical agents to treat or control disease (or mental illness)

    treatment of a specific defect
    electric healing, electrical healing, electrotherapy, galvanism

    the therapeutic application of electricity to the body (as in the treatment of various forms of paralysis)
    heliotherapy, insolation

    therapeutic exposure to sunlight
    HRT, hormone replacement therapy, hormone-replacement therapy

    hormones (estrogen and progestin) are given to postmenopausal women; believed to protect them from heart disease and osteoporosis

    therapy designed to produce immunity to a disease or to enhance resistance by the immune system
    infrared therapy

    the use of infrared radiation (as by infrared lamps or heating pads or hot water bottles) to relieve pain and increase circulation to a particular area of the body
    inflation therapy

    therapy in which water or oxygen or a drug is introduced into the respiratory tract with inhaled air
    EMDA, electromotive drug administration, ionic medication, iontophoresis, iontotherapy

    therapy that uses a local electric current to introduce the ions of a medicine into the tissues

    the act of treating with medicines or remedies
    megavitamin therapy

    therapy based on a theory that taking very large doses of vitamins will prevent or cure physical or psychological disorders
    occupational therapy

    therapy based on engagement in meaningful activities of daily life, especially to enable or encourage participation in such activities in spite of impairments or limitations in physical or mental functions

    irrigation with a jet of water or medicated solution into or around a body part (especially the vagina) to treat infections or cleanse from odorous contents
    clyster, enema

    an injection of a liquid through the anus to stimulate evacuation; sometimes used for diagnostic purposes

    washing out a hollow organ (especially the stomach) by flushing with water
    phlebotomy, venesection

    surgical incision into a vein; used to treat hemochromatosis

    a treatment in which evacuated cups are applied to the skin to draw blood through the surface
    physiatrics, physical therapy, physiotherapy

    therapy that uses physical agents: exercise and massage and other modalities
    botanical medicine, herbal therapy, phytotherapy

    the use of plants or plant extracts for medicinal purposes (especially plants that are not part of the normal diet)

    the treatment of mental or emotional problems by psychological means
    actinotherapy, irradiation, radiation, radiation therapy, radiotherapy

    (medicine) the treatment of disease (especially cancer) by exposure to a radioactive substance
    shock therapy, shock treatment

    treatment of certain psychotic states by the administration of shocks that are followed by convulsions
    speech therapy

    any therapy intended to correct a disorder of speech

    deliberately lowering the body’s temperature for therapeutic purposes

    the use of heat to treat a disease or disorder; heating pads or hot compresses or hot-water bottles are used to promote circulation in peripheral vascular disease or to relax tense muscles
    thrombolytic therapy

    therapy consisting of the administration of a pharmacological agent to cause thrombolysis of an abnormal blood clot

    disinfection of water by the addition of small amounts of chlorine or a chlorine compound

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    intervention, treatment

    care provided to improve a situation (especially medical procedures or applications that are intended to relieve illness or injury)
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