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  • acquired immunodeficency syndrome (AIDS)

    A blood bourne viral illness (HIV) characterized by severe impairment of the body’s immune defense system.

  • activated charcoal

    A substance used to absorb ingested poisons. Does not work with oils, metals (iron, lithium, lead, copper, mercury) or alcohols (ethyl, methyl, isopropal).

  • Acute

    Characteriezed by sharpness or severity; having rapid onset and relatively short duration

  • acute

    Having rapid onset, severe symptoms, and usually, short duration.

  • Acute

    Characteriezed by sharpness or severity; having rapid onset and relatively short duration

  • acute abdomen

    Irritation of the peritoneal lining. Often a surgical emergency.

  • acute myocardial infarction (AMI)

    Death (necrosis) of myocardial tissue caused by coronary artery occlusion.

  • acute respiratory insufficiency

    Any condition in which breathing is inadequate to supply oxygen to or remove carbon dioxide from body tissues. Lab

  • ad lib

    An abbreviation meaning "as desired".

  • Adapter

    Fitting for connecting hose couplings with dissimilar threads but with the same inside diameter.[1] See also #Reducer, Increaser, #Double male, #Double female. May contain combinations, such as a double-female reducer. Adapters between multiple hoses are called #Wye, #Siamese, or #Distributor, Read on! →

  • Adapter

    Fitting for connecting hose couplings with dissimilar threads but with the same inside diameter.

  • addiction

    compulsive, physical dependence fo subtance.

  • adduction

    Movement toward the median line of the body.

  • Adjustable Flow Nozzle

    Nozzle designed so that the amount of water flowing through the nozzle can be increased or decreased at the nozzle.

  • adrenal gland

    Small pair of glands situated on the kidneys. They produce steroid hormones such as aldosterone, androgens, glucocorticoids, progestins, estrogens. They also produce catecholamines such as epinephrine, and norepinephrine.

  • Adrenalin

    A trade name for epinephrine. A medication used in cardiac arrest, allergic reactions, and occasionally for asthma in the young.

  • adrenergic

    Referring to the sympathetic nervous system. It derives from the word Adrenalin (by the kidney).

  • adsorption

    Adherence of a substance onto the surface of another.

  • Aerial apparatus

    Fire truck, meeting National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Standard 1901, Motor Fire Apparatus, Chapter 6 and Chapter 18, having a multi-section extending ladder, raised using power shifted from the truck’s propulsion engine. May also carry other portable ladders and tools.

  • Aerial Apparatus

    Fire fighting vehicle equipped with a hydraulically operated ladder or elevating platform for the purpose of placing personnel and/or water streams in elevated positions.

  • Aerial canopy

    Fuel type consisting of trees having few low branches, making it less susceptible to ignition by low-intensity fires.

  • Aerial Device

    General term used to describe the hydraulically operated ladder or elevating platform attached to a specially designed fire apparatus.

  • Aerial firefighting (or Air attack)

    Use of aircraft in support of ground resources to combat wildfires, often most effective in initial attack in light fuels.

  • Aerial Ladder

    A rotating, power-operated (usually hydraulically) ladder mounted on a self-propelled automotive fire apparatus.[1]

  • Aerial Ladder

    Power-operated (usually hydraulically) ladder mounted on a special truck chassis.

  • Aerial Ladder Platform

    A power-operated (usually hydraulically aerial device which combines an aerial ladder with a personal carrying platform supported at the end of a ladder.[1]

  • Aerial Ladder Platform

    Power-operated (usually hydraulically) ladder with a passenger-carrying device attached to the end of the ladder.

  • AFA

    Automatic Fire Alarm/Actuating Fire Alarm

  • afebrile

    Without fever.

  • afterbirth

    Placenta.

  • Agent

    Generic term used for materials that are used to extinguish fires.

  • agglutination

    Clumping together of red blood cells. Usually due to antibodies cross-linking RBCs together. See hemolytic reaction. (it is not clotting!)

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