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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

'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.

'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.

'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.

'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.

'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.

'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.

'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").

'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.

'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.

'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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16 Anatomic Mnemonics

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