Vet & Veterinary Terms

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  • The term for the dura mater

  • The term used to describe how much an animal will like a specific taste or food

  • A medical condition in horses in which the roof of the mouth becomes swollen; caused by eating hard food

  • A medical procedure in which a cleft palate is surgically corrected

  • Something that relieves a condition’s symptoms without curing the condition

  • The bottom of a front hoof on a horse or other hooved animal

  • Examination through feeling

  • The term for the lid of the eye

  • Anything pertaining to the lid of the eye

  • Pounding in rhythm; like the beat of the heart

  • A gland that aids in both digestive and insulin functions

  • The process in which the pancreas is surgically removed

  • The juice that is secreted by the pancreas; aids in the digestion of food

  • A medical condition in which the pancreas becomes inflamed

  • A blood cell deficiency; applies to all types of blood cells

  • Something that occurs over a large area of land. Of disease, an epidemic that occurs over a wide geographical area or affects a large population.

  • A medical condition in which the eye structures become inflamed

  • Inflammation of the structures of the ear

  • Something that has to do with a disease that is widespread; pertains to animals

  • A bump or protrusion

  • A medical condition in which the optic disk becomes swollen

  • A fleshy, lobed growth of the skin

  • A lesion of the skin less than half a centimeter in diameter

  • A surgical incision that is put parallel to the very last rib

  • A medical condition in which an animal experiences full or partial loss of function

  • A cut that is made parallel to the midline but not on the midline

  • Paralysis of the legs in humans; paralysis of the hind limbs in quadrupeds

  • Any organism that lives on or inside another organism

  • Any type of chemical that is known to kill a parasite

  • The part of the nervous system that helps to restore the body to its natural state after it has undergone a particularly stressful situation

  • The hormone that is created from the parathyroid glands; helps to regulate the calcium level of an animal’s blood

  • The name for four glands that are located on the top of the thyroid gland that help to regulate the amount of calcium in the blood

  • A process in which one or both of the parathyroid glands are removed through surgical means

  • The elements of function in a given tissue or organ

  • The administration of something through a route other than the normal route, which is through the gastro intestinal tract

  • A type of paralysis that may be only slight; affects the way that an animal is able to move

  • A strange sensation of the body

  • Something that belongs to an organ wall or cavity wall

  • The wall of a cavity or organ in a plant or animal

  • Something that is found near the ear or pertains to the ear

  • Any gland that is used in the secretion of saliva; found behind the jaw and underneath the ear

  • Anything that has given birth before

  • Something that is close to the ovary

  • A type of convulsion or muscle spasm that sets on quickly

  • A type of medical condition in which an animal’s top teeth protrude over its lower teeth

  • The total process of development of a living thing from an egg cell

  • A disorder of the metabolism as seen in ruminant animals during the latter weeks of pregnancy or early in the lactation period

  • Labor; giving birth

  • A type of bird that perches, such as a finch or sparrow

  • The type of immunity that occurs when an animal is vaccinated against a certain illness

  • The term for the knee cap

  • The study of the different diseases

  • Something that is capable of producing disease

  • Having the ability to produce disease

  • The study of the causes and development of disease

  • Something that resembles or has to do with the male parent

  • Pertaining to the breast area or chest

  • A list of an animal’s ancestors

  • The property of having stalks or peduncles

  • The area inside the pelvis that holds the reproductive organs

  • The term for the hip and related area

  • An udder that is poorly attached; hangs low to the ground

  • A type of enzyme that aids in digestion; it is secreted in the stomach with the help of glands

  • A compound made up of a group of amino acids; aids in the digestion of certain proteins

  • Something that is extremely acute; markedly acute

  • Something that moves through the skin

  • Something that has eroded through the surface of something

  • The flow of blood through bodily tissue

  • Something around the anus

  • The term for the membrane around the heart

  • The fluid that is found amongst the layers of the pericardium

  • Inflammation of the pericardium

  • The sac of membranes that hold the heart

  • The membrane around the outside of the uterus

  • The area between the vulva and anus or scrotum and anus

  • Pertaining to or around the eye

  • The time in which milk flows in an animal

  • The medical condition in which the tissues around the teeth are inflamed

  • A type of coating that keeps moisture inside the hoof

  • The term used to refer to the socket that holds the eye

  • The fiber that covers the outside of a bone

  • That part of the nervous system that includes the cranial nerves and spinal nerves

  • Contraction of the smooth muscles

  • The membrane that covers the wall of the abdomen and pelvic area

  • A medical condition in which the peritoneum becomes inflamed

  • Something around or pertaining to the vessels

  • Something that is fatal or has the potential to cause harm

  • An enzyme found in abnormal milk

  • A suppository used for administering drugs vaginally

  • A small hemorrhage

  • Small purple or red spots on an animal’s skin; due to a small hemorrhage

  • A type of cell that eats or ingests material

  • A condition involving cells that eat

  • An incurable hunger or craving to eat

  • A fear of eating food

  • A bone in the finger

  • Any substance that is used to make an animal or person healthier

  • The process of moving drugs and chemicals

  • The study of drugs and their nature and uses

  • A surgical process in which an opening in the throat is created

  • A medical condition in which the throat becomes inflamed

  • A medical procedure in which the throat is surgically repaired

  • A cavity in the mouth where the respiratory systems and gastrointestinal systems come together

  • The character of an animal without giving thought to its genetics; they may look alike but breed differently

  • A type of hormone that is secreted in order to create a specific reaction by another organism

  • A medical condition in which a blood vessel becomes inflamed

  • A type of mucus that comes out of the lining of the respiratory tract

  • A real fear of something

  • A condition in which light cannot be tolerated

  • The history of a species as pertaining to its development

  • The highest group as far as the plant and animal kingdoms are concerned

  • A segment of the bone that involves growth; this term may also imply growth

  • The study of the functions of the body

  • A density of plant material

  • A type of ravenous appetite that causes animals to eat or lick at strange substances

  • A pinto animal; a horse with a black and white coat or a coat that is dark in color

  • A type of condition of the skin where the skin is partly white and party brown

  • A process in which part of the pineal gland is surgically removed

  • A disorder involving the pineal gland

  • The outside of a bird’s wing; may also refer to the process of cutting off the pinion to keep a bird from being able to fly

  • The outside of the ear; may also be referred to as the auricle

  • The absorption of fluid by cells

  • A horse that is spotted in color

  • The act of cracking the shell with a beak (by a chick) before emerging

  • The destruction of the brain by thrusting a needle into the vertebral column

  • A disorder of the pituitary gland

  • The gland that is found at the bottom of the brain whose job is to maintain appropriate levels of hormones in the blood

  • The term for the penis of a bull

  • A substance that is not active; it is used as a control in experiments

  • The organ of mammals that comes while a female is pregnant; may also be referred to as afterbirth

  • The retention of the placenta after the young has been born

  • The part of the placenta that carries the caruncle and cotyledon

  • The bottom of a back hoof

  • The act of walking on the whole bottom of the foot

  • The portion of the blood that carries certain nutrients and waste products; the liquid part

  • The ventral part of the shell of a turtle

  • A cell that aids in clotting

  • The membrane that lines the inside of a lung

  • A process in which fluid accumulates in the space between the layers of pleura

  • The area between the folds of the pleura; airtight

  • The process of surgically removing all or part of the pleura

  • A medical condition in which the pleura become inflamed

  • The term for teeth that are attached to the inside surface of the jaw on one side

  • Another word for pleurisy; involves inflammation of the pleurisy

  • A network of nerves and vessels that intersect with one another

  • The term for the feathers on a fowl bird

  • The puncture of the lung to draw out blood or air

  • A picture or film of the bladder after it has been filled with air

  • The removal of lung tissue through surgical means

  • A condition of the lungs involving inflammation and congestion

  • A medical condition in which gas or air collects in the pleural space

  • A condition of the cells; means that they are abnormally shaped

  • An inflammation in which the gray matter of the spine is inflamed

  • A medical condition involving frequent urination

  • A condition that involves multiple colors

  • A condition of different cells; means extra erythrocytes

  • More than the average number of digits or fingers

  • A medical condition involving excessive thirst

  • Having more than one heat cycle per season

  • Having more than one mate

  • Having more than one compartment to the stomach

  • Having more than one form

  • A nucleus with multiple shapes

  • A medical condition in which the smooth muscles become inflamed

  • A medical condition in which multiple nerves become inflamed

  • A growth in the surface of the body

  • Excessive eating or swallowing

  • An organism with more than two sets of basic chromosomes

  • Excess breathing or panting

  • The entrance of multiple sperm cells into the ovary upon fertilization

  • Giving birth to more than one offspring

  • Excessive urination

  • A vaccine that is able to work against multiple agents; may also be referred to as a mixed vaccine

  • The bridge at the bottom of the brain; makes up the brainstem

  • The name for the species of pigs, hogs, etc.

  • An examination that occurs after the living thing has died

  • The period of time that occurs following a seizure

  • Anything that follows the birth of young

  • The period that immediately comes after the birthing process

  • Occurs after eating

  • After the kidney

  • The term for a young chicken or turkey

  • A wet dressing that is applied to an injury or swollen area

  • A type of domesticated fowl that is raised for meat or eggs

  • A gland at the bottom of the tail in birds where they dress their feathers

  • The time before a seizure occurs

  • The teeth found between the canine teeth and molars

  • Anything occurring before birth

  • Anything occurring before birth

  • The ability to give certain characteristics to offspring; unusually high ability to do so

  • A an animal who transmits features to its young in a high degree

  • The fold of skin over the top of the penis

  • Anything before the kidney

  • An erection of the penis that is not associated with sexual excitement

  • The term for a female that has given birth to one young

  • The very first pregnancy of a female animal

  • A long nose, like in a pig

  • A parent or ancestor of a particular animal

  • Offspring or children

  • A hormone that is created at the time of pregnancy

  • The parts of a tapeworm that do not involve the head

  • The prediction of a disease’s outcome in advance

  • A hormone involving the secretion of milk

  • The falling forward of something, usually visceral

  • A condition where the uterus comes through the lips of the vulva

  • Condition in which the vulvae protrudes due to unusual pressure from birthing

  • Something that is used to prevent a disease

  • Prevention of something

  • The displacement of the eye

  • The gland around the urethra that secretes the fluid to allow sperm to move about

  • An inflammation of the prostate gland

  • A substitute for a missing limb or body part

  • A compound of organic acids; may contain carbon, hydrogen, nitrogen, or oxygen

  • Protein found in the urine

  • One of the proteins in plasma used for clotting

  • The basic element of the cell, including the cytoplasm and nucleus

  • A unit of protoplasm in a cell

  • A group of organisms made up of only one cell; a one-celled animal

  • The type of feed that is dried and fed to domestic animals

  • A medical condition in which the stomach is inflamed; often occurs in chicks who grow in confinement.

  • The glandular stomach in certain birds

  • An analysis system that is used to determine the amount of nutrients in feed

  • Something that causes itching

  • A color in an animal’s coat that is white or very close to it

  • A group of birds, including parakeets, parrots, macaws, etc.

  • The eating of food without chewing, caused by anxiety—this can lead to being overweight

  • The feather in certain birds

  • Drooping or prolepsis of something

  • An enzyme found in saliva that aids in the digestion of starch

  • Excessive salivation at the mouth

  • Pertaining to the lungs

  • The flow of blood out of the heart into the lungs and back

  • The collection of fluid in the tissue of the lungs

  • The formation of fibers in the walls of the alveoli

  • Term used to refer to an animal that is one of the recognized, pure breeds

  • An agent that assists in the emptying of the bowels

  • A bruising of the skin that results from the hemorrhage into the skin

  • Anything that contains pus

  • A product made of fluid, cell waste, and cells

  • A lesion on the skin that is filled with pus
  • Foul in smell; usually pertains to decay

  • An infection of the blood caused by the presence of organisms; animal may have abscesses about the body

  • A small opening or passage that connects the stomach and duodenum

  • A disease of the skin in which it emits pus

  • Anything that produces pus

  • The presence of pus in the uterus

  • The collection of pus in the pleural cavity

  • Shaped like a pear

  • The presence of pus in the urine