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'Medical Speak'--Guess the Meaning of These 10 Slang Terms

Editor: Susan B. Yox, RN, EdD; Illustrator: Michael Natter, MD | March 26, 2018 | Contributor Information

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'Medical Speak'--Guess the Meaning of These 10 Slang Terms

Editor: Susan B. Yox, RN, EdD; Illustrator: Michael Natter, MD | March 26, 2018 | Contributor Information

This patient has something noteworthy to say for every item in the review of systems.

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'Medical Speak'--Guess the Meaning of These 10 Slang Terms

Editor: Susan B. Yox, RN, EdD; Illustrator: Michael Natter, MD | March 26, 2018 | Contributor Information

Lab technicians may be called "vampires" as well.

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'Medical Speak'--Guess the Meaning of These 10 Slang Terms

Editor: Susan B. Yox, RN, EdD; Illustrator: Michael Natter, MD | March 26, 2018 | Contributor Information

When the patient's blood pressure and other vital signs are so stable that the graphic trend image of the anesthesia record has straight lines across the screen.

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'Medical Speak'--Guess the Meaning of These 10 Slang Terms

Editor: Susan B. Yox, RN, EdD; Illustrator: Michael Natter, MD | March 26, 2018 | Contributor Information

A term signifying a dehydrated or hypernatremic patient.

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'Medical Speak'--Guess the Meaning of These 10 Slang Terms

Editor: Susan B. Yox, RN, EdD; Illustrator: Michael Natter, MD | March 26, 2018 | Contributor Information

An unwritten (and unresearched) source of medical wisdom.

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'Medical Speak'--Guess the Meaning of These 10 Slang Terms

Editor: Susan B. Yox, RN, EdD; Illustrator: Michael Natter, MD | March 26, 2018 | Contributor Information

This unique term denotes protein in the urine.

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'Medical Speak'--Guess the Meaning of These 10 Slang Terms

Editor: Susan B. Yox, RN, EdD; Illustrator: Michael Natter, MD | March 26, 2018 | Contributor Information

This term suggests an intense physical response induced by a probing examination, after which the patient must be removed from the chandelier (also known as the "ceiling sign").

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'Medical Speak'--Guess the Meaning of These 10 Slang Terms

Editor: Susan B. Yox, RN, EdD; Illustrator: Michael Natter, MD | March 26, 2018 | Contributor Information

This is a common term for a patient with a gunshot wound.

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'Medical Speak'--Guess the Meaning of These 10 Slang Terms

Editor: Susan B. Yox, RN, EdD; Illustrator: Michael Natter, MD | March 26, 2018 | Contributor Information

Saggy jowls, "turkey neck," and wrinkles on the forehead and around the eyes, resulting from too much computer work.

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'Medical Speak'--Guess the Meaning of These 10 Slang Terms

Editor: Susan B. Yox, RN, EdD; Illustrator: Michael Natter, MD | March 26, 2018 | Contributor Information

When a patient's level of vision is very poor but they can still make out very large objects.

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