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Sunday, October 5, 2008

Nursing Review Glossary - B

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bacterial meningitis
Inflammation of the meninges of the brain and spinal cord caused by bacteria such as Neisseria meningitidis, Haemophilus influenzae, Streptococcus pneumoniae, or Escherichia coli.

Battle's sign
Discoloration of the skin behind the ear after the fracture of a bone in the lower skull.

bipolar disorder
A mood disorder characterized by major depression and full manic episodes.

body surface area
Means for calculating the amount of drug to be given to a client (typically a child) using a nomogram or for estimating the extent of a burn

borderline personality disorder
A disorder characterized by unstable relationships, potentially self-damaging impulsiveness, difficulty in controlling anger, recurrent suicidal threats, and chronic feelings of boredom and emptiness.

Irregularity in heart rate or rhythm characterized by slowness.

A slow but steady heartbeat at a rate of less than 60 beats per minute. Bradycardia is normal during sleep and in well-conditioned athletes. In other circumstances, it may indicate an abnormal condition, such as brain tumor or digitalis toxicity.

Braxton Hicks contraction
Light, painless, irregular uterine tightening during pregnancy, arising during the first trimester and increasing in frequency, duration, and intensity by the third trimester. Also called false labor. Strong Braxton Hicks contractions occurring near term may be mistaken for true labor.

breast engorgement
Distention of the milk ducts and surrounding tissue as breast milk is formed, causing the breasts to become fuller, larger, and firmer.

A lung inflammation that usually begins in the terminal bronchioles, occurring mainly in infants and debilitated persons. Also called bronchopneumonia. Commonly, bronchiolitis results from upper respiratory infection, specific infectious fevers, and other debilitating diseases.

Visual examination of the tracheobronchial tree using a bronchoscope.

Broviac catheter
Single-lumen silicone central venous catheter used for long-term venous access.

Brudzinski's sign
Flexion of the hips and knees in response to passive flexion of the neck; signals meningeal irritation.

An abnormal vascular "swishing" sound heard on auscultation as a result of turbulent blood flow through dilated, irregular, torturous, or stenotic vessels.

Of or relating to the inside of the cheek; may also refer to a tooth surface or the gum next to the cheek.

An eating disorder characterized by episodes of binge eating that may end in self-induced vomiting, alternating with periods of normal eating or fasting. Depression and awareness of the abnormal behavior are part of this illness.

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