A pacemaker gives off electrical signals if your heart isn’t beating regularly.
The study of children’s development and the diseases
that affect children. A doctor who specialises in paediatrics is called a
Paracetamol helps to stop things from hurting. It can
also make reduce swelling and stop you feeling as hot. You should only
ever take paracetamol if it is given to you by medical staff or your
parent/guardian, according to the instructions on the bottle.
Paracetamol is sometimes sold as Calpol® or Disprol®.
The medical name for your kneecap.
The study of diseases and how they affect your body. A doctor who specialises in pathology is called a pathologist.
The bones in your lower body that protect the bladder and in women, the womb.
A disease which often affects children where the blood
supply to the top of the thighbone stops which leads to pain in the hip
and difficulty in walking.
This is a gland (a tiny organ) that makes lots of hormones. These are important for your body. They help it to work properly.
This is a straw coloured liquid in your blood. All the blood cells float in it while the blood travels around your body.
These are the smallest types of blood cell, which helps make your blood clot when you cut yourself.
When germs get inside your lungs, it can make you very
unwell. Pneumonia can make you feel very hot and make you cough a lot.
Don't worry though, the doctors will give you antibiotics which are a
special type of medicine. They will soon make you feel a lot better.
The period of time after a woman gives birth.
This just means 'after the operation'.
The term used to describe babies that are born before 38 weeks of a mother’s pregnancy.
Premedication or 'premed' is a special medicine that you
are sometimes given before an operation (surgery). It's usually a
liquid that you can drink and it helps to stop you worrying about the
The note that a doctor writes to a pharmacist to tell him or her what medicines you need and in what dose.
The opening in the front of your eye that lets in light
so that a picture forms on the retina at the back of your eye. Muscles
control the pupil so that it is bigger when it is dark, and smaller when
it is light. This stops too much light going into your eye.
A yellow or green liquid that forms when you have an infection. It’s mainly made up of millions of dead white blood cells!