Stephensons Trustpilot stars
Based on count 1188
View all reviews

Medical term glossary - H

This medical term glossary provides explanations in plain English of a number of technical terms you may encounter in the process of pursuing a clinical negligence claim.

Haemarthrosis - The pooling of blood in a joint.

Haematoma - A mass of clotted blood.

Haemo-pneumothorax - Blood and air in the cavity surrounding the lungs which may need to be drained.

Haemorrhage - Breach of a blood vessel causing leakage.

Halitosis - Bad breath.

Hallux - Big toe.

Hamstring - Tendon at the rear of the knee.

Hearing threshold level - The limits of hearing.

Hemianopia - Blindness in one eye.

Hemiplegia - One side of the body becomes paralysed.

Heparinised - The use of heparin in blood, a substance which reduces blood clotting.

Hepatiscostomy - The surgical opening of the main bile duct.

Hernioplasty - Surgery to repair a hernia.

Histogenesis - Formation of tissue.

Histology - Study of tissue structure.

Homeostasis - The balancing of body temperature, fluid content etc.

Homoplasty - Skin grafting.

Humerus - Upper arm bone.

Hydramnios - Excessive fluid within the structure which protects a developing foetus.

Hydrocephalus - Brain swelling by the accumulation of cerebro-spinal fluid.

Hydronephrosis - Swelling of the kidney due to blockage of urinary vessel.

Hyper- - In excess of normal range.

Hyperacusis - Abnormally high sensitivity to sight, sound, taste and smell.

Hyperaesthesia - Abnormally high sensitivity to sound, taste, smell or feeling.

Hyperextension - Movement of a limb beyond its normal range.

Hypertension - High blood pressure.

Hypertrophy - Size of organ increases due to enlargement of cells.

Hyperventilation - Breathing too quickly.

Hypo- - Decreased.

Hypocalcaemia - Low calcium levels in the blood.

Hypohidrosis - Inability to sweat sufficiently.

Hypoplasia - Tissue fails to develop fully.

Hypotropia - Squint.

Hypoxia - Insufficient oxygen levels.

Hysterectomy - Surgical removal of the womb.

A  B  C  D  E  F  G  H  I  J  K  L  M 

N  O  P  Q  R  S  T  U  V  W  X  Y  Z

If you would like assistance in relation to a possible clinical negligence claim speak to our experts for free initial advice on 01616 966 229 or complete our online enquiry form.

loading staff

4.6out of 10
4.6 score on Trustpilot Based on count 1188

We're Great

It is our business to deliver legal services that work for our clients, and you can trust our specialists to take care of things on your behalf.

Our Trustpilot reviews

Much needed funding boost in maternity care

NHS England has announced an extra £95m in funding for maternity care. This is a well needed boost to this area of medicine which can demonstrate the extreme highs and darkest lows in life. The additional funds will facilitate the recruitment...

Read more

SolicitorsLLP

One of the most common injuries is also the most likely to be misdiagnosed

A small broken bone in the wrist, or more specifically a scaphoid fracture, is one of the most common injuries suffered by men and women of all ages. Yet despite its popularity this treatable injury is also the most likely to be missed or is...

Read more

Clin neg staff reorder

  • Louise Griffiths
  • Judith Thomas-Whittingham
  • Tom Mooney
  • Laura Sheehan
  • Claire Stockley
  • Jamie Cruickshanks
  • ​Carla Duprey
  • Gemma Crompton
  • Kelly Withers
  • Heather Bottomley
  • Pam Thompson
  • Justine Wright