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palpation
a techinique used in physical examination in which the examiner feels the texture, size, cinsistency, and location of certain parts of the body with the hands.
Percussion
Using fingertips to tap the body's surface to produce vibration and sound.
Pruritus
The symptoms of itching; an uncomfortable sensation leading to the urge to scratch; scratching often leads to secondary infection.
Purulent
producing or containing pus
signs
An objective finding as perceived by the examiner; a sign can be seen, heard, measured, or felt by the examiner.
Subjective data
Symptoms; Verbal statements provided by the patient. That which arises from within or is percieved by the individual and related to the examiner.
Symptoms
Subjective indication of a disease or a change in condition as percieved by the patient.
Thrill
Fine vibration sensation along the artery, which is palpated by the examiner.
Turgor
The normal resiliency of the skin caused by the outward pressure of the cells and interstitial fluid; may be assessed as increased or decreased skin turgor.
Tympany
A high-pitched drumlike sound produced by performing percussion over a hollow organ such as the stomach.
Wheeze
Adventitious breath sounds that have a whistling or sighing sound resulting from narrowing of the lumen of a respiratory passageway. wheezes characteristically clear on coughing.