In the UK somebody has a stroke every five minutes meaning that there are 100,000 strokes every year. What is a stroke? A stroke is when brain cells die because the blood supply to the brain is cut off. They cause more disabilities than any other...
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.
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.