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  Occult bleeding



Occult bleeding

    Blood in stool that is not visible to the naked eye. May be a sign of disease such as diverticulosis or colorectal cancer.

RELATED TERMS
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Blood
The life-maintaining fluid which is made up of plasma, red blood cells (erythrocytes), white blood cells (leukocytes), and platelets; blood circulates through the body's heart, arteries, veins, and capillaries; it carries away waste matter and carbon dioxide, and brings nourishment, electrolytes, hormones, vitamins, antibodies, heat, and oxygen to the tissues.

Stool
The solid wastes that pass through the rectum as bowel movements. Stools are undigested foods, bacteria, mucus, and dead cells. Also called feces.

Eye
The organ of sight. The eye has a number of components. These components include but are not limited to the cornea, iris, pupil, lens, retina, macula, optic nerve, choroid and vitreous.

Sign
An objective manifestation of a pathological condition. Signs are observed by the examiner rather than reported by the affected individual.

Disease
Illness or sickness often characterized by typical patient problems (symptoms) and physical findings (signs). Disruption sequence: The events that occur when a fetus that is developing normally is subjected to a destructive agent such as the rubella (German measles) virus.

Diverticulosis
A condition that occurs when small pouches (diverticula) push outward through weak spots in the colon.

Colorectal
Related to the colon and/or rectum.

Cancer
Any malignant growth or tumor caused by abnormal and uncontrolled cell division; it may spread to other parts of the body through the lymphatic system or the blood stream.



SIMILAR TERMS
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Occult
Hidden from view.

Occupational Health
The Occupational Health is a hospital in Pottstown, Pennsylvania, United States.

Occupational Health Service
The Occupational Health Service is a hospital in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States.

Occupational Medicine
Occupational Therapists work with the disabled, the elderly, newborns, school-aged children, and with anyone who has a permanent or temporary impairment in their physical or mental functioning. The aim of occupational therapy is to help the client to perform daily tasks in their living and working environments, and to assist them to develop the skills to live independent, satisfying, and productive lives.

Occupational therapist
An individual trained to help people manage the daily activities of living, such as dressing, grooming or cooking, and regaining vocational skills.

Occupational Therapy
Occupational Therapy (OT) is the therapeutic use of self-care, work and play activities to increase independent function, enhance development and prevent disability; OT may include the adaptation of a task or the environment to achieve maximum independence and to enhance

Occupational therapy
Teaching useful skills to sick or handicapped people to promote rehabilitation and healing.



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Ovariectomy
Surgical removal of the ovaries; female castration.

Oral cholecystogram
An x-ray of the gallbladder and bile ducts. The patient takes pills containing a special dye to make the organs show up in the x-ray. Also called oral cholecystography.

Obstetrics
The branch of medicine that deals with the care of women during pregnancy, childbirth, and the recuperative period following delivery.

Obstruction
A blockage in the GI tract that prevents the flow of liquids or solids.

Occluded artery
An artery that is narrowed by plaque that impedes blood flow.

Occult bleeding

Ocular diseases
Diseases of or relating to the eye.

Oncogenes
Genes that promote normal cell division.

Oophorectomy
Surgical removal of one or both ovaries.

Open heart surgery
Surgery that involves opening the chest and heart while a heart-lung machine performs for the heart.

Oral
Of or involving the mouth or mouth region or the surface on which the mouth is located.

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