Glossary

ambulation The act of walking.

Apgar Quantitative assessment of a newborn's medical status after birth.

asphyxia A life-threatening condition in which oxygen is prevented from reaching the tissues due to an obstruction within the respiratory system.

contracture Fibrosis of the muscle tissue with subsequent muscular shortening.

decubitus ulcer Ulceration of the skin due to continuous pressure on one area of the body.

dysarthria The inability to pronunciate words in a clear manner.

dyskinesia Involuntary movements that appear as fragments of normally controlled smooth facial and limb movements.

gait The manner in which an individual walks.

intrathecal Within the meninges of the spinal cord.

meconium The first stool of a newborn infant; may indicate fetal distress if observed in the amniotic fluid.

scoliosis Deviation of the spine that may be congenital or acquired due to abnormalities of the vertebrae, muscles, or nerves.

subarachnoid space The space between the pia and the arachnoid meninges of the spinal cord and brain.

subluxation The partial dislocation of a joint tone The normal state of partial contraction of a resting muscle.

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