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Medical terms glossary - O
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.
Occipital lobe - Rear section of the brain.
Occiput - Rear of the skull.
Occupational therapy - Practical rehabilitation exercises.
Odont- - Of or relating to a tooth.
Oedema - Swelling caused by accumulation of fluid.
Oesophagus - The gullet.
Oesophagitis - Inflammation of the oesophagus.
Olfaction - Sense of smell.
Oligo- - Lacking.
Onych- - Of or relating to the nails.
Ophthalmectomy - Surgical removal of eye.
Ophthalmitis - Inflammation of eye.
Ophthalmorrhexis - Bursting of eye ball.
Opposition - Moving the thumb across the palm towards the little finger.
Orthodontist - Tooth positioning specialist.
Orthosis - Brace to provide support.
Ostectomy - Bone removal.
Osteitis - Inflammation of bone.
Osteoarthritis - Disease causing cartilage in joint to wear away.
Osteoarthrotomy - Surgical removal of bone forming part of a joint.
Osteochondritis - Inflammation of bone both and cartilage.
Osteomyelitis - Bone infection.
Osteophyte - Spur of bone caused by osteoarthritis.
Osteoporosis - Lack of mineral salts in bones, causes brittleness.
Osteotomy - Surgical cutting of bone.
Otitis - Inflammation of the ear.
Otosclerosis - Bones in the ear thicken, causing deafness.
-otomy - Surgery to divide a structure.
Otoplasty - Surgery to repair the ear.
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