The premature bursting open of a wound along surgical suture line that results from poor wound healing or infection.

A term used to describe the effects of starvation; refers to protein and energy malnutrition.

White Blood Cells

Most disinfectants must be wet to be active. Therefore, if the label states a disinfectant is sporicidal in 30 minutes, the disinfectant must remain wet and in contact with the spores for that amount of time to be effective.

A circumscribed swelling of the skin, appearing as an urticarial (hive) lesion; slightly reddened, often blanched in the center, changing in size and shape, extending to adjacent areas, and usually accompanied by intense itching; produced by exposure to Type I allergenic substances in susceptible persons.

The watery part of milk remaining after separation of the casein.

Refers to blood cells that do not contain hemoglobin. White blood cells include lymphocytes, neutrophils (PMN), eosinophils, macrophages, and mast cells that help the body fight infection, rid the body of foreign threats and function in other diseases processes.

Dense collections of myelinated tracts.

A bundle of myelinated preganglionic nerve fibers connecting a sympathetic ganglion with a spinal nerve.

The flow of liquids through a material such as a gown, mask or drape, providing a means of microbial passage.