Having rapid onset, severe symptoms and a short course, not chronic.
Absence of menstrual periods.
Antibody (AN-ti-bod-dee) A protein produced by certain cells in the body
in the presence of a specific antigen. The antibody combines with
that antigen to neutralize, inhibit or destroy it.
Any substance that when introduced into the tissues or blood induces
the formation of antibodies and reacts only with its specific antibody.
Another term for vagina;
the passage a fetus travels through during birth.
The organ that holds urine - liquid body waste.
Swollen beyond normal size due to retention of fluid.
The act of not having sexual intercourse. Abstaining from sex.
The neck of the uterus, which protrudes into the vagina, and that
has a small opening (about the size of a pencil point), through
which menstrual fluid escapes.
transmitted disease, caused by a bacteria, often symptomless.
Can cause serious medical problems if left untreated (as in PID).
Easily treated and cured.
Long-term, used to describe a disease that is not acute.
Corpus Luteum (kor-pus lu'ti-um)
A small yellow structure that develops within a ruptured ovarian
follicle, and secretes progesterone.
pocket-like structure, generally filled with fluid or semisolid
Determining the nature of a disease from the signs and symptoms
by examination, inspection, laboratory tests, and by other means.
Dysmenorrhea (dis-men-o-re'a) Painful menstruation; cramps, sometimes debilitating.
Forceful sending out of seminal fluid from the penis. See Premature
A name given to a fertilized ovum, from the second through the eighth
week of development.
An organ that manufactures hormones and sends them out into the
The mucous membrane lining the inner surface of the uterus.
A coiled tube through which sperm exit the testes.
Hardening of the penis.
Female sex hormone produced by the ovaries.
Organs that eliminate waste from the body.
Tubes that transport the female egg (or ovum) from the ovary to
the uterus. Also called uterine tube or oviduct.
Union of the ovum (female egg) with the sperm (male sex cell).
An infant developing in the uterus, from the third month to birth.
The relaxed state of the penis.
A sphere-shaped structure in the ovary, made up of an immature egg
and surrounding layer of cells.
Stimulating Hormone (foll'i-kel)
The pituitary hormone that stimulates development of ovarian follicles.
is the loose fold of skin which partly covers the tip, or head (glans)
of the penis. Circumcision is the cutting away of the foreskin.
When an uncircumcised penis is not erect, the foreskin almost completely
covers the tip of the penis. When the penis becomes erect, the foreskin
retracts - (pulls back) and the tip of the penis becomes exposed.
Inflammation of the gums.
follicle (graf'-e-an foll'-i-kel)
A nearly mature egg or ovum, contained in a layer of cells, which
ruptures when ovulation takes place.
A rapid increase in height and weight, which typically occurs during
Excessive growth of the male mammary glands due to the secretion
of estrogen by an adrenal tumor or from excessive marijuana use.
Special chemicals secreted by endocrine glands, which cause changes
in specific areas of the body.
fold of flexible membrane that partially covers the vaginal
A thick whitish vaginal discharge.
Pituitary hormone that stimulates estrogen secretion, ovulation,
and formation of the corpus luteum.
A thin, soft, pliable layer of body tissue.
Menopause - The stage at which menstrual activity ends.
The period of time measured from the beginning of menstruation (a
period), through the series of regularly occurring changes in the
ovaries and uterus, until the beginning of the next menstrual period.
The monthly discharge of blood and cells from the lining of the
Emission (nocturnal e-mi'shun)
The passing of semen from the urethra during sleep; a wet
One of a pair of female reproductive glands, which hold and develop
eggs and produce estrogen and progesterone.
The periodic release of a mature egg from an ovary.
A female sex cell, or egg. (Plural: ova)
The male reproductive organ involved in sexual intercourse and elimination
An endocrine gland attached to the base of the brain, which secretes
The condition of carrying a developing embryo in the uterus.
for the foreskin is the prepuce. See foreskin above.
(Premenstrual) Symptoms (PMS)
- such as tension, anxiety, breast tenderness, and bloating, which
begin several days prior to the onset of menstruation, and subside
when menstruation begins.
A hormone that is involved with the menstrual cycle and pregnancy.
A group of chemicals produced in the uterus, which tend to stimulate
contractions and may cause cramps.
The period of life during which an individual becomes capable of
The pouch of skin behind the penis that holds the testes.
The process by which glands release certain materials into the bloodstream.
A thick fluid, containing a mixture of glandular secretions and
sperm cells, that is discharged from the penis during ejaculation.
Seminal vesicle (sem'i-nal ves'i-kel)
One of two glands located behind the male bladder, which secrete
a fluid that forms part of semen.
The erect penis of the male entering the vagina of the female.
A rare, but potentially serious disease that has been associated
with tampon use. TSS is believed to be caused by toxin-producing
strains of the bacteria Staphylococcus aureus. The warning signs
of TSS are: a sudden fever of 102F° / 38.9°C or more, vomiting,
diarrhea, muscle aches, dizziness and fainting, or near fainting,
when standing up.
A canal that carries urine from the bladder to the urinary opening.
In males, the urethra is also the passageway for semen.
The act of eliminating urine, liquid waste, from the body. (Peeing)
The hollow, muscular organ in females that is the site of menstruation,
implantation, and development the fetus if fertilization occurs.
Also called the womb.
The canal that forms the passageway from the uterus to the outside
of the body.
A fluid that comes out of the vagina from the cervical canal or
Vas deferens (vas def'e-renz)
A thin tube that transports sperm from the testis to the urethra.
A person who has not had sexual intercourse.
The external female genitalia, including the labia, clitoris, and vaginal opening.
A cell produced by the union of a sperm and egg.