Respiratory Glossary: (C)

Respiratory

Respiratory Glossary

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Chest Drain

Slim and bendable appliance designed to be inserted into the pleural cavity. This process is performed when a lung collapses or when an excess of fluids builds up around the chest or lungs.

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)

Usually develops as a result of inhaling tobacco, it is a disorder which causes the lungs to fill up.

CT scan

Recently developed technique that uses electromagnetic waves to display the lungs.

COLD

Abbreviation for Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease.

Compliance

The capacity of the gas exchange system to adapt to expansion is measured by compliance.

COPD

Abbreviation for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease.

Croup

Disorder that causes swelling in the windpipe as well as the voice box.

Cardiac output

Used for a term which measures the volume of blood being expelled to the circulatory system.

Catheter

Procedure employed to check the blood flow. It relies on the insertion of a slim and bendable appliance directly into the artery or vein.

Constrict

To condense.

Cyanosis

Lack of oxygen in the blood which causes the skin to turn blue.

Cor Pulmonale

Condition of the cardiovascular system linked to COPD.

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