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chemotherapy

treatment of malignancies, infections, and other diseases with chemical agents that destroy selected cells or impair their ability to reproduce

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radiation therapy

treatment of neoplastic disease using ionizing radiation to deter the proliferation of malignant cells

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sclerotherapy

use of sclerosing agents in treating diseases (e.g., injection of a saline solution into a dilated blood vessel tumor in the skin, resulting in hardening of the tissue within and eventual sloughing away of the lesion)

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ultraviolet therapy

use of ultraviolet light to promote healing of a skin lesion (e.g., an ulcer)

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anesthetic

a drug that temporarily blocks transmission of nerve conduction to produce a loss of sensations (e.g., pain)

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antibiotic

a drug that kills or inhibits the growth of microorganisms

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antifungal

a drug that kills or prevents the growth of fungi

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antihistamine

a drug that blocks the effects of histamine in the body

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histamine

a regulating body substance released in excess during allergic reactions, causing swelling and inflammation of tissues (e.g.,in urticaria [hives], hay fever, etc.)

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antiinflammatory

a drug that reduces inflammation

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antipruritic

a drug that relieves itching

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antiseptic

an agent that inhibits the growth of infectious microorganisms

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