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Glossary

Term Definition
debridement

surgical removal of foreign material and dead tissue from a wound. (22)

eschar

a dry scrab formed from dried serum and dead dermal cells after a lesion. (22)

escharotomy

process of eschar removal

etiology

in Medicine: the study of factors that cause disease.

exudate

a fluid resulting from exudation composed by blood plasma and white blood cell, erythrocytes, etc. that has escaped from blood vessels as a result of a wound. This fluid deposits in tissues or on tissue surfaces inducing BIOFILM formation.

keloid

a thick disproportionate protuberance of scar tissue compared to the tissue needed for the closure of the wound. These outgrowths of excessive collagen continue to grow for some considerable time (years) and can usually invade the periwound skin. (22)

maceration

softening and tissue degradation caused by the excessive presence of moisture. (22)

necrosis

the localized death of living cells. The tissue becomes black or brown and looks like leather. (22)

re-epithelialization

total o partial regeneration of epithelial tissue (skin)

recrudescence

the return of something – recurrence.
A wound is considered healed when it has no more recurrence by minimum 3/4 months.

to imbibe

to improve the absorption of a liquid or a solution from a solid body

wound care

wound healing.

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