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Lung Cancer Glossary
Terms used to explain Lung Cancer can sometimes be confusing. To help you fully understand the articles and features related to this very important health topic, we have compiled a glossary of terms that can help.
: a malignant tumor originating in glandular epithelium
: any of several minerals that readily separate into long flexible fibers, that have been implicated as causes of certain cancers, and that have been used esp. formerly as fireproof insulating materials
: the removal and examination of tissue, cells, or fluids from the living body
: of or relating to the bronchi or their ramifications in the lungs
: the use of a bronchoscope in the examination or treatment of the bronchi
: a substance or agent causing cancer
: the use of chemical agents in the treatment or control of disease or mental disorder
Pronunciation: \ˌem(p)-fə-ˈzē-mə, -ˈsē-\
1: a condition characterized by air-filled expansions in interstitial or subcutaneous tissues; specif: a condition of the lung that is marked by distension and eventual rupture of the alveoli with progressive loss of pulmonary elasticity, that is accompanied by shortness of breath with or without cough, and that may lead to impairment of heart action
: the insertion of usu. genetically altered genes into cells esp. to replace defective genes in the treatment of genetic disorders or to provide a specialized disease-fighting function (as the destruction of tumor cells)
: treatment of or prophylaxis against disease by attempting to produce active or passive immunity —called also immune therapy
: surgical removal of a lobe of an organ (as a lung) or gland (as the thyroid); specif: excision of a lobe of the lung compare lobotomy
: a tumor derived from mesothelial tissue (as that lining the peritoneum or pleura)
: a disease or degenerative state (as polyneuropathy) of the peripheral nerves in which motor, sensory, or vasomotor nerve fibers may be affected and which is marked by muscle weakness and atrophy, pain, and numbness
: tobacco smoke that is exhaled by a smoker or is given off by burning tobacco (as of a cigarette) and is inhaled by persons nearby —called also passive smoke
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