sibling

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A brother or sister.

shock

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A serious condition caused by inadequate amounts of blood circulating in your blood stream. Signs of shock include a drop in blood pressure, rapid weak pulse, pale moist clammy skin, being very thirsty and a state of anxiety.

shingles (herpes zoster)

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A viral infection of the nerve endings in the skin with blisters, crusts and severe pain along the course of the involved nerve. It is the same virus that causes chicken pox. Children who have not had chicken pox may get it from contact with someone with shingles.

septicemia/sepsis

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A very serious bacterial or fungal blood infection which has usually spread from another site of infection such as skin, bowel, or urinary tract. It is usually associated with high fever, shaking chills, and heavy sweating. It is more likely to occur in patients with very low white blood cells.

seg

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A type of white blood cell essential to defend your body against infection.

sedimentation rate (SED)

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Sinking velocity of the red blood cells expressed in millimeters per hour. A SED rate that is over 25 or increasing may indicate infection.

sedative

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A drug given to make you drowsy or sleepy.

scan

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A study using either x-rays or radioactive isotopes to produce images of internal body organs.

sarcoma

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A cancer of connective tissues: bone cartilage, fat, muscle, nerve sheath, blood vessels, or lymphoid system

respiratory tract

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All parts of your body used for breathing.

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