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Glossary

 

Abortifacient    -  causing abortion
Adjuvant    -  a substance that enhances the body's immune response to an antigen
Analeptic    - restorative or stimulating effect on central nervous system
Analgesic    - relieves pain
Anaphrodisiac    - reduces sexual desire
Anesthetic    - induces loss of sensation or consciousness due to the depression of nerve function
Antianemic    - preventing or curing anemia
Antibacterial    - destroying or stopping the growth of bacteria
Anticatarrh    - reduces inflamed mucous membranes of head and throat
Antidepressant    - therapy that acts to prevent, cure, or alleviate mental depression
Antidiabetic    - preventing or relieving diabetes
Antidiarrhetic    - substances use to prevent or treat diarrhea
Antiemetic    - stopping vomiting
Antifungal    - destroying or inhibiting the growth of fungus
Antihemorrhagic    - controlling hemorrhaging or bleeding
Anti-infectous    - counteracting infection
Anti-inflammatory    - controlling inflammation, a reaction to injury or infection
Antimalarial    - preventing or relieving malaria
Antimicrobial    - destructive to microbes
Antioxident    - prevents or inhibits oxidation
Antipruritic    - preventing or relieving itching
Antipyretic    - agent that reduces fever (febrifuge)
Antirheumatic    - easing pain of rheumatism, inflammation of joints and muscles
Antiseptic    - agent used to produce asepsis and to remove pus, blood, etc.
Antispasmodic    - calming nervous and muscular spasms or convulsions
Antitussive    - controlling or preventing cough
Antiviral    - opposing the action of a virus
Aperient    - a very mild laxative
Aperitive    - stimulating the appetite for food
Aphrodisiac    - substance increasing capacity for sexual arousal
Asepsis    - sterile, a condition free of germs, infection, and any form of life
Astringent    - agent that constricts and binds by coagulation of proteins a cell surface
Bitter    - stimulates appetite or digestive function
Cardiotonic    - increases strength and tone (normal tension or response to stimuli) of the heart
Carminative    - causing the release of stomach or intestinal gas
Catarrhal    - pertaining to the inflammation of mucous membranes of the head and throat
    - an active purgative, producing bowel movements
Cathartic    - providing psychological relief through the open expression of strong emotions; causing catharsis
Cholagogue    - an agent that increases flow of bile from gallbladder
Cicatrizant    - aiding formation of scar-tissue and healing wounds
Counterirritant    - agent producing an inflammatory response for affecting an adjacent area
Demulcent    - soothing action on inflammation, especially of mucous membranes
Dermatitis    - inflammation of the skin, redness, swollen, or sore, sometimes with small blisters, resulting from direct irritation of the skin by an external agent or an allergic reaction to it
Diaphoretic    - increases perspiration (syn: sudorific)
Diuretic    - increases urine flow
Dysmenorrhea    - painful menstruation
Dyspepsia    - painful digestion
Ecbolic    - inducing contractions of the uterus leading to expulsion of a fetus
Emetic    - produces vomiting
Emmenagogue    - agent that regulates and induces normal menstruation
Emollient    - softens and soothes the skin
Errhine    - bringing on sneezing, increasing flow of mucus in nasal passages
Escharotic    - a caustic substance that destroys tissue and causes sloughing
Estrogenic    - causes the production of estrogen
Euphoriant    -  a feeling of euphoria or state of intense excitement and happiness
Expectorant    -  a medicine that promotes the secretion of sputum by the air passages, used especially to treat coughs
Febrifuge    -  a medicine used to reduce fever.
Flatulence    - excessive gas in the stomach or intestine
Galactagogue    - an agent that promotes the flow of milk
Hemagogue    - an agent that promotes the flow of blood
Hemostatic    - controls the flow or stops the flow of blood
Hepatic    -  Acting on or occurring in the liver.
Herpetic    -  relating to or caused by the herpes simplex virus
Hypertensive    - high blood pressure
Hypoglycemant    - agent that lowers blood sugar
Hypotensive    -  relating to the lowering of blood pressure.
Lactifuge    - reduces the flow of milk
Masticatory    - increases flow of saliva upon chewing
Narcotic    - induces drowsiness, sleep, or stupor and lessons pain
Nervine    -  used to calm the nerves
Neuralgia    - severe sharp pain along the course of a nerve
Parturfaciant    -  induces contractions of labor at childbirth. purgative - laxative, causes the evacuation of intestinal contents
Purgative    - laxative, causes the evacuation of intestinal contents
Resorbent    - aids reabsorption of blood from bruises
Rubefacient    -  a substance for topical application that produces redness of the skin e.g. by causing dilation of the capillaries and an increase in blood circulation
Sedative    - a tranquilizing effect on the body
Soporific    - inducing sleep
Stimulant    - temporarily increases body or organ function
Stomachic    - aids the stomach and digestion action
Sudorific    - acts to increase perspiration
Tonic    -  a medicinal substance taken to give a feeling of vigor or well-being



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