Medical term glossary - I

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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