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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.
Ictal - Symptoms of an epileptic seizure.
Idiopathic - Cause unknown.
Ileum - Lower small intestine.
Ilium - Part of hip bone.
Implant - Artificial structure attached through surgery.
Induration - Abnormally inflexible organ or tissue.
Infarction - Death of an entire organ or part of an organ caused by insufficient blood supply due to an arterial blockage.
Inguinal - Of or relating to the groin.
Insomnia - Inability to sleep.
Intercostal - Between the ribs.
Internal rotation - Rotation of a limb inwards.
Intertrochanteric - Between the trochanters, situated at either end of the hip bone.
Intervertebral disc - Disc-like structure between two vertebrae.
Intra-articular - Within the cavity around a joint.
Intracranial - Inside the skull.
Intramedullary - Within the core of a bone.
Intravenous injection - Injected into a vein.
Inversion - Downwards and inwards movement of the foot.
Ipsilateral - On the same side of the body .
Iridoplegia - Paralysis of the iris, the part of the eye around the pupil.
Iridotomy - Surgically cutting into the iris.
Ischaemia - Restricted blood supply.
-itis - Inflammation.
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