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Medicines to relieve long-term constipation. Used only if other methods fail. Also called cathartics.


The healthful (therapeutic) release of ideas through "talking out" conscious material accompanied by an appropriate emotional reaction. Also, the release into awareness of repressed ("forgotten") material from the unconscious. See also repression.

A laxative.

Cathedral Healthcare System
Cathedral Healthcare System is a hospital in Newark, New Jersey (USA).

A thin, flexible tube that carries fluids into or out of the body.

Catheter, central
A catheter (a tube) that is passed through a vein to end up in the thoracic (chest) portion of the vena cava (the large vein returning blood to the heart) or in the right atrium of the heart.

Catheter, central venous
A catheter (tube) that is passed through a vein to end up in the thoracic (chest) portion of the vena cava (the large vein returning blood to the heart) or in the right atrium of the heart.

Catheter, Foley
A flexible plastic tube (a catheter) inserted into the bladder to provide continuous urinary drainage.

Catheter, hemodialysis
A venous catheter used for hemodialysis (dialysis of the blood). A hemodialysis catheter is a type of central venous catheter. It may be inserted into the subclavian, internal jugular, or femoral veins. Subclavian catheters generally may be used for 2 to 6 weeks. Hemodialysis catheters are often for relatively short-term use because of an acute need for dialysis or because chronic dialysis is just starting.

Catheter, indwelling bladder
A flexible plastic tube (a catheter) inserted into the bladder that remains ("dwells") there to provide continuous urinary drainage.

Catheter, pulmonary artery
A light flexible balloon-tipped tube that is introduced into the pulmonary artery (the artery from the right ventricle of the heart to the lungs).

Catheter, Swan-Ganz
A thin, flexible tube that is inserted through one of the large veins (the inferior or superior vena cava) that return blood to the heart. The catheter is flow-directed. It uses a balloon to carry it through the vena cava to the heart, through the right side of the heart (the right atrium and right ventricle) to the pulmonary artery. Once there, the catheter is purposely positioned in a small branch of the pulmonary artery. Then a pressure called the pulmonary wedge pressure is measured in front of the temporarily inflated and wedged balloon.

Catheterization, venous
The insertion of a tiny tube (a catheter) into a peripheral or central vein to deliver fluids or medication. This is the most frequently used method for the administration of intravenous (IV) fluids and IV meds (medications).

A paraphilia of the fetishistic/talismanic type in which sexuoerotic arousal and facilitation or attainment of orgasm are responsive to and contingent on having a catheter inserted up into the urethra.

Attachment, conscious or unconscious, of emotional feeling and significance to an idea, an object, or, most commonly, a person.

Cathflo activase
Cathflo activase is a prescription or over-the-counter drug which is (or once was) approved in the United States and possibly in other countries. Active ingredient(s): alteplase.

Catholic Health Association of Wisconsin
Catholic Health Association of Wisconsin is a hospital in Madison, Wisconsin (USA).

Catholic Health Initiatives
The Catholic Health Initiatives is a hospital in Aston, Pennsylvania, United States.

Catholic Health Partners
Catholic Health Partners is a hospital in Chicago, Illinois (USA).

Catholic Medical Center
Catholic Medical Center is a hospital in Manchester, New Hampshire (USA).


Of or relating to the heart and the chest.

Of, relating to, or involving the heart and the blood vessels.

The procedure of applying electrical shock to the chest to change an abnormal heartbeat into a normal one.

Caroli's disease
An inherited condition. Bile ducts in the liver are enlarged and may cause irritation, infection, or gallstones.

Carotid arteries
The major arteries in the neck that supply blood to the brain.


A thin, flexible tube that carries fluids into or out of the body.

A tube that goes through the skin into the beginning of the large intestine to remove gas or feces. This is a short-term way to protect part of the colon while it heals after surgery.

The beginning of the large intestine. The cecum is connected to the lower part of the small intestine, called the ileum.

Pertaining to blood vessels in the brain.

Cerebrovascular accident
Apoplexy or stroke; an impeded blood supply to the brain.

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