Glossary of Vet and Veterinary Terms | PetMD

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Vet & Veterinary Terms

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  • The term for the part of the tooth that touches the inside of the lips

  • Something that is shaky or unstable

  • A type of lip or fleshy divider or border

  • Another term for the inner ear

  • A cut into the skin that is made by accident

  • The gland that aids in the secretion of tears

  • A condition in which tears secrete normally

  • A cut that is made into the lacrimal gland or the lacrimal duct

  • The formation and secretion of milk and the processes involved

  • The term for the tube that carries milk down into the nipples

  • The term for the glands that are found in the mammary tissue; they aid in the production of milk

  • Anything that is capable of stimulating the production of milk in females

  • A type of hormone that is credited for stimulating the production of milk

  • A type of tool that is used to calculate the density of milk

  • The act of giving birth to a young sheep

  • A length of wire that is used to assist in difficult lambing situations

  • A pen that is designed for ease and privacy of birth in ewes

  • The part of the year when sheep are most likely to give birth to young

  • One of the several layers of a cell wall

  • Any type of pain or tenderness or lack of soundness in the feet or legs of animals

  • The removal of the lamina as a method of relieving pain and pressure on the spine

  • An inflammation of the lamina in horses; causes pain or congestion of the lining

  • Any road between fences that leads out to pastures or other open areas

  • A fatty substance that is secreted by the glands in the skin of sheep

  • A term for a male rabbit that has been castrated

  • A rope or rawhide that is coiled on a saddle and used for restraining and branding livestock

  • An insect that has hatched from an egg but has not yet reached the pupal stage

  • Any type of substance that is used to kill parasites in their larval stage

  • The act of removing the larynx through surgical methods

  • Inflammation of the larynx

  • The repair of the larynx through surgery

  • A medical condition in which the voice box becomes paralyzed

  • A type of tool that is used to examine the larynx

  • An examination of the larynx done with an endoscope

  • The voice box; this is one part of the respiratory system

  • A type of light device that transfers a bright beam; this is used for many medical purposes

  • The act of throwing a lariat so as to catch an animal by the neck or horns

  • Term used to refer to an infection that is present but has not yet begun to spread

  • The term for an infection that has been noticed but has yet to turn into an actual disease

  • Moving or located away from the midline; located along the side

  • The corner of the eye on the outside; the corner that is found away from the nose

  • The act of lying on the side of the body

  • A growth on the side of the pastern on the leg of affected horses

  • The collection of sweat on the hide of a horse

  • Irritating tissue with a great deal of some type of fluid

  • A type of medication that is used to loosen stool and relieve constipation

  • The degree to which something is loose or has not been tightened

  • The term for a female that is kept solely for the purpose of producing eggs

  • The cattle at the head of the herd

  • A line at the top of an animal’s gum; its presence indicates lead poisoning

  • Signals that are given using the rider’s legs that direct the movement of the horse

  • The removal of the lens through surgical means

  • A change in the way that tissue is constructed; a sore

  • The condition of being drowsy, listless, or weak

  • An increase in the number of bad white blood cells

  • White blood cells that are known for destroying disease and help to keep foreign substances out of the blood

  • An increase in the number of white blood cells (abnormal)

  • A decrease in the number of white blood cells (abnormal)

  • The measure of an animal’s sex drive or desire to mate

  • Small, wingless insects that live as parasites on humans and some animals

  • The series of changes that an organism goes through during its life

  • A band of connective tissue that hooks bones together or organs together

  • The actions involved in tying something

  • The term used to refer to an animal that is being fed for maintenance and not for fattening

  • Another word for the border between something

  • The part of the brain that deals with emotions and behavior

  • The manner of feeding livestock in which their basic needs for nutrition are addressed and attempts are not being made to fatten them or increase their level of productivity

  • A band of tissue that connects the abdominal wall to the center of the abdomen; this is the white line that marks the midline of the abdominal muscles

  • The term for the gland that secretes the hormones that are responsible for the functions that come from the center of the brain

  • The face of the teeth that touches the tongue

  • Any type of solution that is used in the bathing and treatment of sprains and bruises; it contains a counter-irritant

  • The association of genetic traits from one generation to the next generation

  • An enzyme charged with digesting fat

  • A medical condition in which there is a great deal of fat in the blood

  • Fats in the blood that will have settled in the serum, causing it to appear cloudy

  • Anything having to do with fat or fatty tissue

  • A growth of fat cells, benign in nature

  • The liquid part of an animal’s excrement, usually urine

  • Not with much energy; lethargic

  • The group of offspring borne of the same laboring experience

  • The floor in a poultry house; made up of straw, droppings, and other things and may build up over the period of one laying year

  • Usually a guarantee given by a breeding service, promising that the foal will be born live as a result of the service or there is no fee

  • Any virus that is still able to infect

  • The weight of an animal as compared to their weight after slaughter and dressing

  • An organ found in living things that has a significant role in metabolic function and the production of bile

  • A type of protein found in egg yolk that is able to dissolve in water

  • A chute that is used to help load animals onto a trailer or truck

  • The removal of a lobe by surgical means

  • The absence of feeling after anesthetic has been infected into an area nearby

  • Damage or effects that are caused at the point where the contact was originally made, like damage to the eye

  • The term for wool that is springy when pushed down as compared to other types of wool

  • A riding position in which the rider holds the saddle horn rather than sitting up in the saddle

  • The region that includes the back, the thorax, and the pelvic area

  • The term sued to indicate an animal with too much room between their hip point and last rib

  • Any animal more than a year old

  • Hay that is stored without having been baled or compressed

  • A style of riding or driving in which the reins remain generally relaxed

  • The left side of a carcass of beef

  • A slower type of gallop

  • The curve in the spine, usually associated with an animal being in estrous

  • A type of insect, parasitic in nature

  • The part of the respiratory system that holds the bronchial tree and the lungs

  • A term for a horse that pulls at his bit

  • The part of the back between the pelvis and the thorax

  • The connection or relationship between the lumbar and the sacral vertebrae

  • Any opening in an organ

  • Something that gives off a light, usually a soft one

  • A term used to refer to the removal of a mass from the body by surgical means

  • The organ involved with respiration

  • The term for a horse that is awkward or heavy or larger than average; may refer to other animals as well at times

  • Sheen and shine, as referred to an animal’s coat

  • The dislocation of a bone from the joint

  • A fluid that makes up the liquid part of blood; it lacks color

  • Small structures that filter out the lymph and store lymphocytes

  • The removal of the lymph nodes by surgical means

  • A medical condition in which the lymph nodes are inflamed

  • Any disease of the lymph nodes

  • The collection of lymphatic vessels, forming a benign lump; this is not normal

  • Anything pertaining to the blood vessel system in the body

  • A type of leukocyte in the body

  • A heightened number of lymphocytic leukocytes in the blood of an animal

  • Any tissue belonging to the lymphatic system

  • A term for a type of neoplasm that is made up of lymphoid tissue; these masses are usually malignant in nature

  • A decreased number of lymphocytic leukocytes in an animal’s blood system

  • Any antibody that can dissolve cells or cause them to disintegrate

  • The breakdown of something or the destruction of something, biologically speaking

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    Any type of enzyme that is known to destroy bacteria

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