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  • Edema
    Accumulation of
    an excessive amount of fluid (plasma) in tissues.
     

  • Emetic
    A substance that causes vomiting, given to expel toxins.
     

  • Emmenagogue
    A substance
    to stimulate blood flow in the pelvic area and uterus that facilitates and regularizes menstrual flow.  (avoid in pregnancy)
     

  • Emollient
    Softens and soothes inflamed tissue; softens and protects the skin.
     

  • Enervate
    To deprive of strength, vigor, etc.; to weaken physically and mentally.
     

  • Enteritis
    Inflammation of the small intestine.
     

  • Epstein-Barr Virus
    The herpes virus that causes infectious mononucleosis and is associated with Burkitt's lymphoma and nasopharyngeal cancer.
     

  • Estrogen
    Hormone
    secreted by the ovaries that exerts female sexual characteristics including a woman's menstrual cycle.
     

  • Expectorant
    Encourages the loosening and
    expulsion of phlegm from the respiratory tract.

     

 

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