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yeast infection: infection of the vagina that occurs due to an overgrowth of yeast








This dictionary contains some words that you might not have heard before and even some you know as "dirty words". For the most part, you'll find the definitions of these words informative, but some may seem offensive or outrageous. Having knowledge of all kinds of words -- even the nasty ones -- is important because knowledge gives you the ability to make good decisions. It's also important to have a well-informed, well-rounded health vocabulary, because when you use the proper terms to describe your body, you show that you care about and respect yourself. And when you respect yourself and your body, other people will, too.


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| abdomen | abortion | abscess | abstinence | accelerate | Accutane | acetaminophen | ACL | acne | acne vulgaris | acne-prone | acrophobia | acupressure | acupuncture | acyclovir | Adam's apple | addicted | addictive | adenoids | adequate intake | adrenal glands | adrenaline | aerobic | aerobic capacity | aerobic workout | agility | AIDS | albino | alcohol | alcoholic | allergic | allergist | allergy | altitude | amenorrhea | amino acids | aminophylline | amphetamine | amygdala | anaerobic | anal sex | anemia | anemic | anesthesia | anesthetic | angular | animal dander | anorexia nervosa | anti-inflammatory | anti-venom | antibacterial | antibiotic | antibody | antidepressants | antifungal | antihistamines | antioxidant | antiseptic | antiviral | anus | anxiety | anxiety disorder | aorta | apocrine glands | appendicitis | appendix | appetite | appetite suppressants | aromatherapy | aroused | artery | arthritis | associate | asthma | asthma symptoms | attention deficit hyperactivity disorder | autoclave | autoimmune disease | avocado | azithromycin | AZT

B
bacteria | bacterial vaginosis | basal cell layer | basal metabolism | bases | bedwetting | behavior | behavioral | benzathine penicillin G | benzoyl peroxide | beta-blockers | bicep curls | bikini line | bilirubin | bimanual exam | binge eating | biofeedback | biopsy | biotin | bipolar disorder | birth canal | birth control | birth control pills | birthmark | bisexual | bitch | blackheads | bladder | blister | bloated | bloating | blood cells, red | blood cells, white | blood clots | blood count | blood pressure | blood test | blood vessels | blow job | blue balls | BMI Calculator | bodily fluid | body composition | body frame | body image | Body Mass Index (BMI) | body signals | boil | boner | bowel | bowel movement | breakthrough bleeding | breast | breast cancer | breast implants | breast milk | breast reduction | breastfeeding | broad-spectrum | bronchitis | bulimia nervosa | bulimic | buttocks | by-product

C
caffeine | calamine lotion | calcium | calf | callus | calorie counter | calories | cameltoe | cancer | capers | carbohydrates | cardiorespiratory exercise | cardiorespiratory fitness | cardiorespiratory system | cardiovascular system | carotid artery | carpet licking | casein | cataracts | cavity | celibate | cell | cellulite | cerebral athrophy | cerebral palsy | cervical cancer | cervical culture | cervical dysplasia | cervix | chai | chancres | chemical processes (in your body) | chemically treated | cherry | child abuse | chlamydia | chlorine | cholesterol | choline | chromium piccolinate | chutney | circulate | circulation | circulatory system | circumcision | clarifying shampoo | claustrophobia | cleanser | Cleocin | clindamycin | clinic | clinical social worker | clitoris | cocaine | cold | cold sore | collagen | collar bone | colon | colposcopy | coma | comedone | comedone extractor | complex carbohydrates | complexion | compost | compulsions | compulsive | compulsive overeating | concentrate | concentration | conception | concussion | condiment | conditioners | condom | conduct disorder | cone biopsy | connective tissue | constipation | contact disorder | contaminate | contortionist | contraception | contraceptive film | contraceptive foam | contraceptive jelly | contraceptive suppositories | cool down | cornea | corticosteroid | couscous | crabs | cramps (menstrual) | cramps (other) | craving | creatine | Crohn's Disease | cross leg crunch | cross-train | crunches | cryosurgery | cryotherapy | culture | cuticles | cyst (acne) | cyst (ovarian) | Cystic fibrosis

D
D&C | daily calorie requirement | dander | dandruff | date rape | dating | decelerate | deficiency | dehydrate | dehydration | dental dam | deodorant | Depo-Provera | depression | dermatitis | dermatologist | dermis | desensitization | diabetes | diagnosis | diaphragm (birth control method) | diaphragm (part of the body) | diarrhea | diet | dietitian | Diflucan® | digestion | digestive juices | digestive system | dildo | discharge | disoriented | disseminated gonococcal infection | diuretic | DNA | doggie style | domestic violence | dopamine | dormant | douche | douching | down syndrome | drug abuse | drugs | dry sex | duodenum | duration | dust | dust mites | dyke | dyslexia | dysmenorhea | dysplasia

E
eardrum | eating a girl out | eating disorder | eczema | efficiently | ejaculate | ejaculation | elasticity | elastin | electrocautery | electrolysis | electrolyte imbalances | electrolytes | embryo | emotional | emphysema | empty calories | endometrioma | endometriosis | endometrium | endorphins | endoscopy | endurance | enema | energy | enhance | enrich | enriched | enzyme | epidermis | epilepsy | epileptic | epinephrine | Epstein-Barr Virus | erect | erection | erythromycin | esophagus | essential fatty acids | essential oil | estimate | estrogen | evaporate | exfoliant | exfoliating | external obliques

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facial scrub | fad diet | faggot | falafel | fallopian tube | false pregnancy | fart | fasting | fat | fatty acids | feel up | female anatomy | female condom | female genitals | feminine hygiene spray | feng shui | ferment | fermentation | fertile | fertilization | fertilizer | fetus | fiber | fibromyalgia | fingering | first base | fitness level | fixative | Flagyl® | flexibility | flirt | flu | fluoride | folate | follicle | fondle | foreplay | foreskin | formaldehyde | fortified | French kiss | frequency | friend | fructose | full range of motion | fume | fungus

G
G spot | galactose | garnish | gastroenteritis | gastrointestinal | gastrointestinal system | gastrointestinal tract | gay | geisha | gene | general anesthesia | genetic | genetically altered | genital herpes | genital wart | genitals | give head | gland | glucose | gluten | glycogen | going down | gonorrhea | gram | green tea | groin | gynecologist

H
hair follicle | hamstring | hand job | hard on | hay fever | head | head lice | headache | heart | heart disease | heart palpitation | heart rate | heart rate monitor | heartburn | heavy petting | Helicobacter pylori | hemoglobin | hemophilia | hemorrhoid | henna | hepatitis | herb | heritage | hermaphrodite | hernia | heroin | herpes (genital) | herpes (oral) | heterosexual | hickey | HIV | hive | home plate | homeopathy | homophobic | homosexual | homosexuality | hooch | hormonal changes | hormonal imbalance | hormones | horny | hull | human chorionic gonadotropin | human papilloma virus | humidifier | hummer | hummus | humping | hydrate | hydrocortisone cream | hydrogen peroxide | hymen | hyperactive | hyperhidrosis | hypertension | hypnotherapy | hypoallergenic | hypochondriac

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ibuprofen | identity crisis | immune system | impulsive | inattentive | incest | incision | infection | infectious disease | infertility | inflammation | inflammatory bowel disease | influenza | ingrown hair | ingrown nail | inhalants | inhaler | innate | insect repellant | insomnia | insulin | intensity | intercourse | internal (inside) exam | internal obliques | intestines | intimate sexual contact | intravenous | intravenous (IV) tube | introvert | inverted nipple | iodine | iron | iron deficiency | iron pills | irradiated | irregular menstruation | irritation (mental state) | irritation (physical state) | isolate | IUD

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jacking off | jicama | johnnie | journal

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Kama Sutra | kava kava | keloid scars | keratin | ketones | kidneys | kosher

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labia | labia majora | labia minora | lactic acid | lactobacillus | lactose | lanolin | laparoscope | laparoscopy | lard | large intestine | larynx | laser | laser hair removal | laser surgery | laser therapy | latex | laxative | lead | lean body mass | learning disability | legumes | Lent | lesbian | lesions | levonorgestrel | libido | ligament | limited mobility | lip balm | liquid nitrogen | listlessness | lithium | liver | local anesthetic | loop electrode excision (LEEP) | low blood count | LSD | lubricant | lumbar | lunges | lungs | Lyme disease | lymph nodes

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magnesium | make out | malaise | male anatomy | mammogram | manageable goal | marathon | marijuana | marinade | marinate | masturbate | masturbation | maximal heart rate | melanin | meningitis | menopause | menstrual blood | menstrual cycle | menstruation | metabolic functions | metabolism | methotrexate | metronidazole | miconazole nitrate | migraine | milk ducts | mill | minerals | miscarriage | miso | mittelschmerz | mobility | moisturizer | moisturizing | mold spores | momentum | mono spot test | monogamy | mononucleosis | monounsaturated fat | Montgomery glands | mood disorder | morning after pill | mucus | multiple orgasms | multivitamin | muscle group | muscle strength | muscular system

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naproxen | natural-bristle | nausea | nectar | neglect | nervous system | neurological | neurology | neuropsychology | niacin | nicotine | nicotine gum | nicotine patch | nicotine substitute | nipple | nonacnegenic | noncomedogenic | nonoxynol-9 | norepinephrine | Norplant | nurse practitioner | nutrient poor | nutrients | nympho | nymphomania

O
oasis | obesity | obliques | obsessions | obsessive | obsessive-compulsive disorder | ophthalmoscope | oral antibiotics | oral contraceptives | oral herpes | oral sex | organ | organic | orgasm | orgy | osteoporosis | otoscope | ovarian cyst | ovary | overheat | overload principle | overstraining the heart | overweight | ovulate | ovulation | ovum | oxidation | oxidize | oxygen

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palpitations | pancreas | panic attacks | pantothenic acid | panty liners | Pap smear | parallel | paralysis | parasite | pathologist | PCOS | PCP | PDA | peer pressure | pelvic exam | pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) | pelvis | penicillin | penis | People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) | period | perverted | pesticide | pesto | phlegm | phobia | phosphorus | physiological | phytochemicals | pica | pilonydal cyst | pimples | pinworms | pituitary gland | placebo | placenta | plaque | platelets | pliable | plyometrics | pneumonia | podophyllin solution | pollen | polycystic ovary syndrome | pop your cherry | pores | portion | potassium | pre cum | pregnancy | pregnancy test | pregnant | premarital sex | premature ejaculation | premenstrual syndrome | preservative | probiotics | processed | progesterone | prolactin | prostate gland | protein | prude | psoriasis | psychiatrist | psychoactive | psychoanalyst | psychologist | psychosis | psychotherapist | psychotic disorders | puberty | pubic area | pubic hair | pubic lice | pubis | pulse | pupil | puree | pus | push ups

Q
qi | Quaaludes | queef | queer

R
racism | radiation | radiology technician | ragweed | Ramadan | rancid | rape | rapid plasma regain | razor burn | Recommended Dietary Allowance | recovery room | rectum | rectus abdominis | red blood cells | relaxation response | REM sleep | repetitions | reportable diseases | reproductive system | reproductive years | residue | resistance | resistance training | respiration | resting heart rate | Retin-A | retina | retinol | Reye's Syndrome | rheumatic fever | rheumatoid arthritis | rhythm method | riboflavin | rim job | Rocky Mountain spotted fever | rosacea | rubbers

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sadomasochism | sadomasochist | safe sex | salicylic acid | SAM-e | sanitary pad | saturated fat | scarlet fever | schizophrenia | schizophrenic | scoliosis | scrotum | scrub | sebaceous glands | sebum | second base | second-hand smoke | sedative | seduce | seitan | seizure | selenium sulfide | self-esteem | self-injury | self-tanning creams | semen | serotonin | servings | set (weight lifting) | sexual harassment | sexual intercourse | sexually active | sexually transmitted disease | shave | shelf-life | simple carbohydrates | simple sugars | sinus | sinusitis | sixty-nine | skeletal system | skewers | skin cancer | skin care | skin tests | slut | small intestine | sober | sodium | sound waves | spasms | spatula | specific phobia | speculum | speculum exam | sperm | spermicidal jelly | spermicide | SPF | spice | spider veins | spine | spirometry | spleen | split ends | spontaneous abortion | spooning | sports-specific | spotting | squamous cell layer | St. John's Wort | stamina | steep (as in tea) | Stein-Leventhal syndrome | sterilized | sterilizes | sterilizing | sternum | steroids | stethoscope | stimulant | stirrups | stomach ache | stomach acid | stratum corneum | strep throat | stress | stress fracture | stretch | stretch marks | stroke (noun) | stroke (verb) | stunted growth | styptic stick | substance abuse | succulent | sudden infant death syndrome | suicide | sulfites | sulfur | sun blisters | sun protection factor | sunblock | sunburn | sunscreen | supersaturated | supplement | sweat | sweat glands | sweating | synthetic | syphilis

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T-zone | tampon | tapeworm | target heart rate | target heart rate zone | tea tree oil | tease | temperament | tendon | testicles | testosterone | tetracycline | thiamin | third base | threesome | thrush | thyroid | tincture | tissue | tofu | toner | topical | topical antibiotics | topical steroid | torso | toxic shock syndrome | toxins | traditional Chinese medicine | trans fatty acids | transducer | transplant | transport nutrient | traumas | trentinoin | triathalon | tricep dips | trichloroacetic acid | trichomonads | trichomonas | trimester | tubal pregnancy | tubo-ovarian abscess

U
ulcers | ultrasound | ultraviolet (UV) light | uncircumcized | unconscious | unsaturated fat | unsterilized | upper-respiratory | urethra | urinary tract | urinary tract infection | urination | uterus | UVA rays | UVB rays

V
vaccine | vagina | vaginal discharge | vaginal infection | vaginal probe | vaginal secretions | vaginitis | vaginosis | VDRL | vegan | vegetarian | venereal disease | venereal warts | venom | viral culture | virgin | virginity | virus | vitamin C | vitamin D | vitamin deficiency | vitamin supplements | vitamins | volumizing | vomit | vulva

W
warm-up | wart | water retention | waxing | welts | wet | wet dream | wheeze | white blood cells | whiteheads | witch hazel | withdrawal | womb

X
X ray

Y
yeast infection | yoga

Z
zinc | zinc pyrithione | zit




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