animated goddess mdbs banner animated goddess


MoonDragon's Midwives Vocabulary
MEDICAL TERMINOLOGY - I



Identical Twins

Two offspring born at the same time who look exactly alike. Occurs when a single fertilized egg splits early in development and becomes 2 separate fetuses.

Immune System

The network of cells and organs that defend the body against infections and foreign invaders.

Immunity

When a body's immune system helps fend off disease.

Immunization

Natural immunity provided by antibodies or induced immunity via inoculations.

Implantation

When a fertilized egg attaches itself to the lining of the uterus.

In Loco Parentis

Latin for "In place of a parent," referring to the rights and duties of a guardian or organization.

In Utero Surgery

Surgery done in the uterus to correct an abnormality in a fetus.

In Vitro Fertilization
(IVF)

A procedure whereby an egg and sperm are fertilized in a petri dish (also known as test tube babies) outside the womb, and implanted later in a woman's uterus to help infertile couples conceive.

Incompetent Cervix

When the muscles of the cervix are too weak to hold a baby through pregnancy. A stitch may be placed at the opening of the cervix to hold it together. See Cerclage.

Incontinence

Inability to control one's bladder or bowels. A common, temporary postpartum symptom that may be helped by Kegel exercises.

Incubator

A box-like apparatus in which premature babies are kept at constant and suitable temperature.

Individualized Family Service Plan
(IFSP)

A group of services available for families with a child under the age of 2 who has a disability or chronic illness.

Infant

A child under a year of age.

Infant Mortality

The death of an infant during the first year of life.

Infertility

Inability to conceive or carry a child to term.

Injection

Medication which is put into the body via a syringe and a needle.

Intensive Care Unit
(ICU)

A department of a hospital where an individual can be constantly and closely monitored.

Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection
(ICS)

An assisted fertilization technique, similar to in vitro fertilization.

Intrapartal Care

Care for a pregnant woman through labor.

Intrauterine Device
(IUD)

A birth control method using a plastic or metal device in a woman's uterus to prevent fertilization.

Intrauterine Growth Retardation
(IUGR)

Slow growth of a fetus in the womb possibly resulting in a low birth weight baby.

Intraventricular Hemorrhage
(IVH)

Bleeding into the ventricles or the brain, common in premature infants.

Invasive

Medical tests that involve gaining entry into the body via a needle, tube, or hand.

Iron

A mineral in the body that works with protein to make hemoglobin, essential for the blood.

Isolette

Similar to an incubator.



MoonDragon's Vocabulary Index Page





MoonDragon's Pregnancy Information Index
MoonDragon's Pregnancy Information & Survival Tips





MOONDRAGON'S MERCHANT VENDORS & PRODUCTS




Starwest Botanicals












Educational materials and health products are available through Amazon.com.
Use the search box provided below to search for a particular item.














Kalyx.com Herbs, Foods, Supplements, Bath & Body


Chinese Herbs Direct


Ayurvedic Herbs Direct


Pet Herbs Direct


ShareASale Merchant-Affiliate Program








MOONDRAGON'S REALM - WEBSITE DIRECTORY


A website map to help you find what you are looking for on MoonDragon.org's Website. Available pages have been listed under appropriate directory headings.