Meningitis: GlossaryThursday, April 19, 2012 - 14:40
Here are definitions of medical terms related to meningitis.
Antibiotic: A drug that weakens or destroys bacteria; used to treat various types of bacterial infections.
Cerebral spinal fluid: The fluid that surrounds and cushions the brain and spinal cord.
Enteroviruses: Viruses that live in the gut and are usually shed in the feces and in discharges from the mouth and nose.
Lumbar puncture: A procedure that uses a needle inserted in the lower back to remove a small amount of cerebral spinal fluid for testing.
Meninges: Three-layer lining that protects and cushions the brain and spinal cord.
Septicemia: An infection in the bloodstream that results from some cases of meningococcal meningitis. It is characterized by a rash caused by broken blood vessels.
Ultrasound: A harmless pain free test that uses sound waves to create pictures of the inside of the body