medical aid

Definitions of medical aid
  1. noun
    professional treatment for illness or injury
    synonyms: medical care
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    primary care
    the medical care received on first contact with the medical system (before being referred elsewhere)
    aftercare
    care and treatment of a convalescent patient
    hospital care, hospitalisation, hospitalization
    placing in medical care in a hospital
    therapy
    (medicine) the act of caring for someone (as by medication or remedial training etc.)
    nursing care
    care by a skilled nurse
    irrigation
    (medicine) cleaning a wound or body organ by flushing or washing out with water or a medicated solution
    bandaging, binding, dressing
    the act of applying a bandage
    holistic medicine
    medical care of the whole person considered as subject to personal and social as well as organic factors
    hospice
    a program of medical and emotional care for the terminally ill
    injection, shot
    the act of putting a liquid into the body by means of a syringe
    bloodletting
    formerly used as a treatment to reduce excess blood (one of the four humors of medieval medicine)
    defibrillation
    treatment by stopping fibrillation of heart muscles (usually by electric shock delivered by a defibrillator)
    detoxification
    treatment for poisoning by neutralizing the toxic properties (normally a function of the liver)
    disinfection
    treatment to destroy harmful microorganisms
    digitalisation, digitalization
    the administration of digitalis for the treatment of certain heart disorders
    anticoagulation
    the administration of an anticoagulant drug to retard coagulation of the blood
    allopathy
    the usual method of treating disease with remedies that produce effects differing from those produced by the disease itself
    homeopathy, homoeopathy
    a method of treating disease with small amounts of remedies that, in large amounts in healthy people, produce symptoms similar to those being treated
    intensive care
    close monitoring and constant medical care of patients with life-threatening conditions
    intradermal injection
    an injection into the skin
    intramuscular injection
    an injection into a muscle
    intravenous injection
    an injection into a vein
    subcutaneous injection
    an injection under the skin
    eye-drop, eyedrop
    a method of irrigating the eye used by ophthalmologists
    aromatherapy
    the therapeutic use of aromatic plant extracts and essential oils in baths or massage
    chemotherapy
    the use of chemical agents to treat or control disease (or mental illness)
    correction
    treatment of a specific defect
    electric healing, electrical healing, electrotherapy, galvanism
    the therapeutic application of electricity to the body (as in the treatment of various forms of paralysis)
    heliotherapy, insolation
    therapeutic exposure to sunlight
    HRT, hormone replacement therapy, hormone-replacement therapy
    hormones (estrogen and progestin) are given to postmenopausal women; believed to protect them from heart disease and osteoporosis
    immunotherapy
    therapy designed to produce immunity to a disease or to enhance resistance by the immune system
    infrared therapy
    the use of infrared radiation (as by infrared lamps or heating pads or hot water bottles) to relieve pain and increase circulation to a particular area of the body
    inflation therapy
    therapy in which water or oxygen or a drug is introduced into the respiratory tract with inhaled air
    EMDA, electromotive drug administration, ionic medication, iontophoresis, iontotherapy
    therapy that uses a local electric current to introduce the ions of a medicine into the tissues
    medication
    the act of treating with medicines or remedies
    megavitamin therapy
    therapy based on a theory that taking very large doses of vitamins will prevent or cure physical or psychological disorders
    occupational therapy
    therapy based on engagement in meaningful activities of daily life, especially to enable or encourage participation in such activities in spite of impairments or limitations in physical or mental functions
    douche
    irrigation with a jet of water or medicated solution into or around a body part (especially the vagina) to treat infections or cleanse from odorous contents
    clyster, enema
    an injection of a liquid through the anus to stimulate evacuation; sometimes used for diagnostic purposes
    lavage
    washing out a hollow organ (especially the stomach) by flushing with water
    phlebotomy, venesection
    surgical incision into a vein; used to treat hemochromatosis
    cupping
    a treatment in which evacuated cups are applied to the skin to draw blood through the surface
    physiatrics, physical therapy, physiotherapy
    therapy that uses physical agents: exercise and massage and other modalities
    botanical medicine, herbal therapy, phytotherapy
    the use of plants or plant extracts for medicinal purposes (especially plants that are not part of the normal diet)
    psychotherapy
    the treatment of mental or emotional problems by psychological means
    actinotherapy, irradiation, radiation, radiation therapy, radiotherapy
    (medicine) the treatment of disease (especially cancer) by exposure to a radioactive substance
    shock therapy, shock treatment
    treatment of certain psychotic states by the administration of shocks that are followed by convulsions
    speech therapy
    any therapy intended to correct a disorder of speech
    refrigeration
    deliberately lowering the body's temperature for therapeutic purposes
    thermotherapy
    the use of heat to treat a disease or disorder; heating pads or hot compresses or hot-water bottles are used to promote circulation in peripheral vascular disease or to relax tense muscles
    thrombolytic therapy
    therapy consisting of the administration of a pharmacological agent to cause thrombolysis of an abnormal blood clot
    chlorination
    disinfection of water by the addition of small amounts of chlorine or a chlorine compound
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    intervention, treatment
    care provided to improve a situation (especially medical procedures or applications that are intended to relieve illness or injury)
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