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Glossary of Terms

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Ileostomy

A surgical opening in the abdomen connected to the small intestine to allow stool to be emptied into a (Ileostomy) bag.

IM injection

(Intramuscular) An injection into the muscle.

Immune system

(Immunity) The body's ability to fight infection and disease.

Immunity

(Immune system) The body's ability to fight infection and disease.

Immunosuppression

Weakening of the immune system that lowers the body's ability to fight infection and disease.

Immunotherapy

The artificial stimulation of the body's immune system to treat or fight disease.

Infiltration

The leaking of fluid or medicines into tissues, which can cause swelling.

Infusion

Method of injecting fluids or medications into the bloodstream over a period of time.

Infusion pump

A device that delivers measured amounts of fluids or medications into the bloodstream over a period of time.

Injection

Pushing a liquid medication into the body using a syringe and needle.

Intercostal muscles

The Muscles along the rib cage that assist in breathing.

Interferon

A naturally produced chemical released by the body in response to viral infections. Interferon can be artificially produced and used as a form of immunotherapy or biological therapy.

Interleukin

A naturally produced chemical released by the body. A biological therapy Interleukin can be artificially produced and used as a form of immunotherapy or biological therapy.

Internal radiation therapy

A radioactive substance sealed in needles, seeds, wires, or catheters and then placed in to the body directly into or near the cancer to kill it.

Intramuscular injection

(IM) An injection into the muscle.