The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks Glossary

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks Glossary

autopsy

a post-mortem examination to discover the cause of death

abstraction

freedom from representational qualities in art

Pneumoencephalographic

a radiographic technique for examining the brain

paralysis

loss of the ability to move

epileptic

a neurological disorder consisting of loss of consciousness, or convulsions of the body due to abnormal electrical activity in the brain

vigilante

a person or group who undertake law enforcement in their community without legal authority

syphilis

a chronic bacterial disease that is contracted chiefly by infection during sexual intercourse

toxin

A poisonous substance produced through the metabolic process when an introduced a foreign body.

virulent

Highly infection and contagious strain capable of creating massive devastation.

ubiquitous

Everywhere at once; pervasive; omnipresent.

oscillate

To fluctuate or swing back and forth; pendulum-like.

exhume

To dig up a buried body; disentomb, disinter.

castigate

Reprimand or criticize in a harsh and often public way.

slander

Words spoken in public with the intent to damage the reputation of another; defamatory speech.

innocuous

Harmless and unlikely to cause trouble.

fallacious

Deceptive and mistaken; untrue; an attempt at misleading through the apparent factual authenticity.

segregation

The process of separation based on the desire to exclude.

spontaneous

Impulsive; something done on the spur of the moment.

syphilis

A sexually transmitted disease capable of resulting in massive deterioration of brain functioning.

pathology

The study of cells and tissues.

polio

A viral disease characterized by paralysis that had the potential to become epidemic prior to the discovery of a vaccine.

obstetrician

A doctor specializing in pregnancy and childbirth.

malignant

Cancerous; evil and wicked.

immune

Resistant; protected and invulnerable.

enzyme

A complex protein produced by living cells.

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