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Glossary

An abnormaliy (e.g. organ, tissue etc)

A physical process where molecules stick to the surface of a substance, without triggering a chemical connection between both. Note the difference to absorption where the two substances merge to form a completely new one.

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Hair Loss

Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome; is a severe lung disease which results in inflammation, hypoxemia and often even in multiple organ failure. It can occur after having damaged the lung's endothelium

Unintended, unfavourable and potentially harmful effect produced by the use of medication.

Unintended, unfavourable and potentially harmful effect produced by the use of medication at normal doses and during normal use. An adverse drug reaction might be expected (when subject of the SmpC) or unexpected.  For example if a patient taking aspirin gets bad bruises during therapy, this is related to aspirin, because it makes your blood less clottable.

Occurrence producing an unfavourable, unwanted and potentially harmful outcome associated with the use of a drug, but not necessarily caused by it. Adverse Events (AE) include adverse drug events (ADE) and adverse drug reactions (ADR).  For example if a patient is getting shoulder pain while taking aspirin, the pain is occurring during the aspirin therapy, but it is not caused by the aspirin.

Suspension of liquid droplets or fine solid particles in a gas dispensed in a pressurized container. 

Obstruction of the vascular system caused by the presence of air bubbles in blood vessels or the heart.

An air bubble that stops the normal flow of fluid through a tubular passage.

Feature of a medical device which acts as a barrier upon contact with air. In infusion lines, the infusion stops once the membrane comes in contact with air, preventing the infusion of air to the patient.

An individual is allergic to a substance (allergen) and his immune system reacts with a hypersensitive response when coming into contact with the substance.

A compound or substance which is able to kill or inhibit the growth of microorganisms.

Stopping the growth or inducing the death of malignant cells (tumors, neoplasms).

Consisting primarily of water. (here: an aqueous solution specifically means a solution whose solvent is water)

The condition of being free of biological contaminants or the preventive practices aimed at preventing infections by avoiding contact with microorganisms such as bacteria, viruses, fungi and parasites.