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  • croup

    A common disease of childhood characterized by spasm of the larynx and resulting upper airway obstruction.

  • crowning

    The stage of birth when the presenting part of the baby is visible at the vaginal orifice.

  • crystalloid

    An intravenous solution that does not contain protein, e.g., 5% dextrose in water (D5/W), normal saline, Ringer’s solution.

  • CSF

    An abbreviation for cerebrospinal fluid.

  • CSM

    An abbreviation for carotid sinus massage.

  • cumulative action

    Action of increased intensity evidenced after several doses of a drug.

  • cutaneous

    pertaining to the skin.

  • cutdown

    Surgical exposure of a vein to insert a cannula for administration of intravenous fluids.

  • CVA

    An abbreviation for cerebrovascular accident.

  • cyanosis

    Blueness of the skin caused by large quantities of reduced hemoglobin in the blood. It is a sign of hypoxemia.

  • Darvon

    A trade name for propoxyphene, a narcotic analgesic.

  • DC

    An abbreviation for direct current.