Dictionary of Veterinary Terms: Vet-Speak Deciphered for the Non-Veterinarian

Dictionary of Veterinary Terms: Vet-Speak Deciphered for the Non-Veterinarian

by Jennifer Coates



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ISBN-13: 9781577790907
Publisher: Alpine Publications, Incorporated
Publication date: 10/28/2007
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range: 3 Months

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abaxial adj. located away from the midline of the body or body part. Compare axial.

abdomen n. the part of the body between the chest and the pelvis that contains the stomach, intestines, liver, urinary bladder and other organs - abdominal adj.

abdominal breathing n. the abnormal use of abdominal wall muscles to assist in moving air to and from the lungs. Diseases affecting the respiratory system can cause abdominal breathing.

abdominal effusion n. abnormal fluid buildup around the organs in the abdominal cavity, which may be caused by liver and heart disease, infections, cancer and many other disorders. The belly of the affected animal often is visibly enlarged. Removing and analyzing a sample of the fluid can be helpful in diagnosis.

abdominal wall n. the muscles, bones and other tissues that combine to encircle the abdominal cavity and protect it from the outside environment.

abdominocentesis n. insertion of a hollow needle into the abdomen to withdraw fluid. Samples are usually removed to be analyzed and help with diagnosis.

abduct v. to move a structure (e.g. a leg) away from the midline of the animal. Compare adduct.

abiotrophy n. early and progressive loss of function of an organ or tissue. Usually refers to inherited diseases, especially of the nervous system.

ablate v. to completely remove, usually surgically - ablation n.

abomasal torsion n. an especially severe form of a displaced abomasum in which the organ rotates and flips thereby blocking its blood supply and the outflow of fluid. The condition is fatal unless surgically corrected. Also called abomasal volvulus.

abomasopexy n. a procedure inwhich the abomasum is affixed to the abdominal wall. This surgery is often performed after correction of a displaced abomasum to prevent recurrence.

abomasum n. one of the four chambers of the ruminant stomach - abomasal adj.

aboral adj. in a direction away from the mouth within the gastrointestinal tract.

abortion n. birth of a fetus before it can survive outside of the uterus. Abortions may occur for many reasons, including infections, poor nutrition and trauma.

abortion storm n. a cluster of abortions affecting a large number of individuals in a herd.

abrasion n. a wound in which only the surface of a tissue is lost.

Table of Contents

Guide for Readers
Alphabetical Listings
I. Commonly Prescribed Drugs
Including their actions, side effects and alternate names
II. Acronyms and Abbreviations
III. Weights, Measures and Conversions
IV. Normal Physiologic Parameters
Including average life expectancies, body temperatures and heart and respiration rates
V. Normal Reporductive Parameters
Including age at sexual maturity, time in heat, estrous cycle duration and pregnancy length
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Colette May

"This book should be in every horse enthusiast's library. Great educatiors make difficult subjects easy and Dr. Coates has certainly accomplished this daunting task in "Dictionary of Veterinary Terms: Vet–Speak Deciphered for the Non–Veterinarian."--(Colette May, Director New Horizons Equine Education Center)

M. J. Forman

"This book will be useful to any animal owner, veterinary student or veterinary technician. The reference guides in the back provide a quick educational avenue to pharmaceuticals, conversions, and normal medical parameters. This is a book that I wish I had during my veterinary education."--(M. J. Forman, DVM, DACVIM)

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