Modern medical terminology

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The medical language has been used by every person working in the medical field. There are words that have been around for a long time. Some of the new terms are different because a lot of people aren't familiar with it. These are some modern terms that are new that was presented in the past few years.

Magnetic comes from the Greek word "magnesia." Magnesia refers to "Magnes lithos" which is a rock in Magnesia. Magnesia is a region in Thessaly, Greece. Resonance comes from the Latin word "resonare" meaning "to sound again." Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is a diagnostic test that produces three-dimensional images of body organs and structures using powerful magnets and computer technology rather than x-rays.

Herpes simplex virus (HSV) is a common cause of infections of the skin and mucous membranes and an uncommon cause of more serious infections in other parts of the body. The word "herpes" is derived from the Greek word "herpein," which means "to creep."

HSV is one of the most difficult viruses to control and has plagued mankind for thousands of years. The herpes simplex viruses are double-stranded DNA viruses that only infect humans.

Hypotension: Any blood pressure that is below the normal expected for an individual in a given environment. Hypotension is a relative term because the blood pressure normally varies greatly with activity, age, medications, and underlying medical conditions. The word hypotension is a hybrid of the Greek "hypo" meaning "under" and the Latin "tensio" meaning "to stretch." In French, "la tension" is "the blood pressure."Low blood pressure can result from conditions of the nervous system, conditions that do not begin in the nervous system, and drugs.

Ischemia is when the heart is starving for oxygen. A decrease in the blood supply to a bodily organ, tissue, or part...