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Of or pertaining to the prevention and treatment of illness, and the preservation of physical and mental well-being, through the services provided by medical professionals.

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single-pass ventilation

Health care; Tuberculosis

Ventilation in which 100% of the air supplied to an area is exhausted to the outside.

smear (AFB smear)

Health care; Tuberculosis

A laboratory technique for visualizing mycobacteria. The specimen is smeared onto a slide and stained, then examined using a microscope. Smear results should be available within ...

source case

Health care; Tuberculosis

A case of TB in an infectious person who has transmitted M. tuberculosis to another person or persons.

source control

Health care; Tuberculosis

Controlling a contaminant at the source of its generation, which prevents the spread of the contaminant to the general work space.


Health care; Tuberculosis

Any body fluid, secretion, or tissue sent to a laboratory where smears and cultures for M. tuberculosis will be performed (e.g., sputum, urine, spinal fluid, and material obtained ...


Health care; Tuberculosis

Phlegm coughed up from deep within the lungs. If a patient has pulmonary disease, an examination of the sputum by smear and culture can be helpful in evaluating the organism ...

sputum induction

Health care; Tuberculosis

A method used to obtain sputum from a patient who is unable to cough up a specimen spontaneously. The patient inhales a saline mist, which stimulates a cough from deep within the ...