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  • pharmacology

    The science that deals with the study of drugs in all their aspects.

  • pharyngeal

    Pertaining to or situated near the pharynx.

  • pharynx

    The portion of the airway between the nasal cavity and the larynx, consisting of the nasopharynx, oropharynx, and laryngopharynx.

  • phenobarbital

    A barbiturate sedative-hypnotic drug.

  • phenylephrine

    A pure alpha (sympathetic) agent (trade name

  • pheochromocytoma

    A small tumor usually located near the adrenals or near the organ of Zuckerkandle. This tumor is capable of being triggered by stimulants to release life threatening amounts of norepi and epi. The tumor can be excised if located. Until Read on! →

  • phlebitis

    Inflammation of the wall of a vein, some times caused by an IV line, manifested by tenderness, redness, and slight edema along part of the length of the vein.

  • phobia

    An abnormal and persistent dread of some specific thing.

  • physiologic action

    An action caused by a drug when given in the concentrations normally present in the body (applies only to drugs that are derived from normal body chemicals, e.g., epinephrine).

  • physiology

    The study of body functions.

  • pia mater

    Innermost layer of the meninges.

  • Pickheaded axe

    Standard fire axe having a 6 or 8 pound (2.7 to 3.6 kg) steel head with a cutting blade on one edge and a square, pointed pick on the opposite side. Come in various handle lengths.

  • Piercing Nozzle

    Nozzle with an angled, case-hardened steel tip that can be driven through a wall, roof, or ceiling to extinguish hidden fire.

  • Piezometer Tube

    Device that uses the heights of liquid columns to illustrate the pressures existing in hydraulic systems.

  • piggyback

    Adding solution to an infusion set by inserting a needle connected to another infusion set.

  • Pilaster

    Rectangular masonry pillar that extends from the face of a wall to provide additional support for the wall; may be for decorative use only and not provide any support

  • Pilaster

    Rectangular masonry pillar that extends from the face of a wall to provide additional support for the wall; may be for decorative use only and not provide any support

  • pill

    A drug shaped into a ball or oval to be swallowed, often coated to disguise an unpleasant taste.

  • Pilot

    in mutual aid situations a "pilot" is a member of the local department that rides with a mutual aid engine to ensure proper direct. A pilot is usually picked up at the local station before going to the scene.

  • Pineapple

    Tool used to help suppress a basement fire.

  • pinna

    The outer portion of the ear leading to the ear canal.

  • Pipeman

    The firefighter who is on the nozzle attacking the fire.

  • Piston Pump

    Positive-displacement pump using one or more reciprocating pistons to force water from the pump chambers.

  • Piston Valve

    Valve with an internal piston that moves within a cylinder to control the flow of water through the valve.

  • Pitch

    The ratio of rise-to-span of a roof assembly. The steeper the pitch, the greater the slip hazard unless roof ladders are used.

  • Pitched Roof

    A roof that is sloped to facilitate runoff. Pitched roofs range from those that are flat to those that are extremely steep, common on some churches.

  • Pitot Tube

    Instrument that is inserted into a flowing stream of water to measure the velocity pressure of the stream; commonly used to measure flow; functions by converting the velocity energy to pressure energy that can than be measured by a pressure Read on! →

  • Pitot Tube

    Instrument that is inserted into a flowing stream of water to measure the velocity pressure of the stream; commonly used to measure flow; functions by converting the velocity energy to pressure energy that can than be measured by a pressure Read on! →

  • Pitot Tube

    Instrument containing a Bourdon tube that is inserted into a stream of water to measure the velocity pressure of the stream.

  • pitting edema

    Severe edema that renders the tissue boggy and capable of being indented by moderate pressure.

  • pituitary

    The master gland of the body, located in the brain behind the eyes. It influences the secretions of all other glands.

  • PJC

    An abbreviation for premature junctional contraction.