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  • amenorrhea

    Absence of menstruation.

  • AMI

    An abbreviation for acute myocardial infarction.

  • aminophylline

    Drug used to relax smooth muscle in air passages. Class is

  • Ammeter

    Gauge that indicates both the amount of electrical current being drawn from and provided to the vehicle’s battery.

  • Ammonium nitrate

    component of ANFO; contents of two ships that exploded in Texas City Disaster, killing over 500 people, including all 28 volunteer firefighters at the scene.

  • amnesia

    Loss of memory.

  • amniotic fluid

    Clear watery fluid surrounding the fetus in the uterus.

  • amniotic sac

    Sac that holds the fetus suspended in amniotic fluid. Bag of waters.

  • amobarbital

    A barbiturate sedative hypnotic drug.

  • amplitude

    Height, usually of an ECG wave or complex or any signal.

  • ampule

    A sealed glass container of sterile medication.

  • amputation

    Severing of a part of the body.

  • analgesic

    An agent that relieves pain.

  • anaphylactic shock

    An exaggerated allergic reaction with severe bronchospasm and/or vascular collapse. Death is likely without treatment.

  • anasarca

    Severe, generalized body edema often caused by right heart failure.

  • anastomosis

    Joining together of two tubelike structures, such as intestines or blood vessels so that flow through is maintained.

  • anatomic

    Pertaining to anatomy or the structure of an organism.

  • anatomy

    The study of body structure.

  • Anchor point

    An advantageous location, usually a barrier to fire spread, from which to start constructing a fireline. The anchor point is used to minimize the chance of being flanked (or outflanked) by the fire while the line is being constructed.

  • anemia

    State where the red blood cells or hemoglobin are deficient.

  • anesthesia

    Loss of sensation abolishment of pain.

  • aneurysm

    A sac or bulge resulting from the weakening of the walls of a blood vessel or ventricle.

  • ANFO

    Ammonium Nitrate Fuel Oil combination making a high explosive.

  • angina

    Any disease marked by attacks of choking or suffocation.

  • angina pectoris

    Sudden pain in the chest from myocardial ischemia.

  • Angiocath

    A teflon catheter inserted over a needle.

  • angiogram

    Radiographic depiction of blood vessels often using radiopaque dyes.

  • angioneurotic edema

    Allergy caused hives or swelling of various tissues. Usually involves the upper lip.

  • Angle of Approach

    Angle formed by level ground and a line from the point where the front tires of a vehicle touch the ground to the lowest projection at the front of the apparatus.

  • Angle of Approach/Departure

    Relationship described in degrees that is created by an incline from or to a road surface

  • Angle of Approach/Departure

    Relationship described in degrees that is created by an incline from or to a road surface

  • Angle of Departure

    Angle formed by level ground and a line from the point where the rear tires of a vehicle touch the ground to the lowest projection at the rear of the apparatus.

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