Amino Acids ~ A building block of proteins.There are over twenty different types of amino acids. A long string of amino acids form a protein.
Antibiotic ~ A chemical compound that can inhibit growth or kill microorganisms
Antibodies ~ Proteins of the immune system that cling on to foreign substances to allow white blood cells to detect the intruders and destroy them.
Bubonic Plague ~ A contagious, often fatal disease characterized by fever, chills, prostration, delirium, and buboes (inflammation of lymph glands, particularly in the armpits and groin).
Cell ~ A small, membrane enclosed unit consisting of DNA, proteins, and chemicals needed for processing food and reproduction. All plants and animals are made up of cells.
Coma ~ A state of deep unconsciousness due to accidents or illness.
Delirium ~ A temporary state of confusion sometimes accompanied by slurring of speech and hallucination.
DNA ~ Deoxyribonucleic Acid. A strand of material which has encoded information to determine traits of a specific organism. The sequence of amino acids are determined by DNA.
Electron Microscope ~ A form of microscope that operates by bombarding a thin object with electrons instead of light and detecting areas where electrons don't get through (shadow), indicating the shape of the object above.
Encephalitis ~ Inflammation of the brain.
Filovirus ~ Thread-like virus including Ebola and Marburg viruses.
Germs ~ Any microorganism that causes illness, including viruses, bacteria and parasites.
Immune System ~ A function of the body designed to ward off and destroy disease causing microorganisms.
Insomnia ~ A disorder characterized by the inability to sleep.
Meningitis~ Inflammation of the spinal cord, and/or the membranes around the brain.
Nervous System ~ The collection of nerves and throughout the body, each sending signals to the brain such as pain, heat, cold, etc.
Penicillin ~ An antibiotic used to cure or stop the spread of certain infections, due to its ability to inhibit the growth of certain bacteria.
Peripheral Neuritis ~ Inflamation of the nerve endings.
Prion ~ an infectious protein.
Proteins ~ Strings of amino acids which make enzymes and structural parts essential for cell metabolism and growth.
Pustules ~ A small inflamed elevation of the skin, containing pus.
RNA ~ Ribonucleic Acid. Strings of organic material obtained from instructions by DNA. The function is to temporarily store the code necessary to produce amino acids.
Shock ~ A stressed condition of the body caused by major trauma.
Spleen ~ An organ that houses blood cells.
Strain ~ Muscular injury produced by overuse or abuse of the muscle.
Virus ~ A tiny piece of DNA or RNA usually surrounded by a shell of proteins or fats which can infect a cell.
Vaccine ~ Weakened or destroyed microorganisms or viruses introduced to the body to stimulate antibody production for the illness.