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(v) to give someone a drug or medical treatment: The drugs are administered intravenously.
(v) to take someone into hospital for medical treatment: After collapsing, she was rushed to hospital, where she was admitted.
(n) great pain: William fell to the ground, writhing in agony.
(n) a strong and unpleasant feeling, especially great worry or sadness: Waiting for the results was agony.
(n) a substance that prevents a poison from having bad effects: It's a snake bite. Quick - get the antidote!
(n) a senior doctor in a hospital who is an expert in a particular medical subject: She's a consultant cardiologist.
(n) a statement about what disease someone has, based on examining them: Her doctor made a diagnosis of appendicitis.
(v) to protect someone against a particular disease by injecting a medicine containing a small amount of the disease into them, so that their body becomes immune to it: None of the family had been inoculated against diphtheria.
(n) a painful feeling in a part of the body, often with red skin or swelling: Some drugs can cause stomach irritation
(adj) a part of your body that is numb has no feeling: After hours of sitting on the floor, her legs had gone numb.
(adj) not able to react or to show your emotions, often because of an extreme shock: I was numb with fear.
Nursing home
(n phr) an institution where old people live when they are too old or ill to look after themselves without help: My grandmother's moving into a nursing home next week.
(n) the loss of the ability to move your body or a part of it, usually because of an injury or illness: The syndrome can lead to sudden paralysis.
(n) a thin piece of cloth or plastic that is sticky on one side, and that you put on your skin to cover a cut: I've cut my finger. Have you got a plaster?
(n) if a part of someone's body is in plaster, it has a hard cover around it to protect a broken bone: One man had his leg in plaster, having broken it in an accident.
(v) if a doctor prescribes a drug or treatment, they say you should have it: The drug should not be taken unless prescribed by a doctor.
Preventive medicine
(n phr) medical examinations, treatments, advice, etc intended to prevent illness or discover it before it becomes serious: The government should invest more in preventive medicine.
(n) a doctor's opinion about the way in which a disease or illness is likely to develop: What's the prognosis, doctor?
Sick leave
(n phr) a period of time during which you do not work because you are ill: Mr Jenkins is away on sick leave today.
Side effect
(n phr) an effect of a medicine that is not intended and could be unpleasant: The treatment has no significant side effects.
(n) a needle fitted to a plastic tube, used for taking blood from your body or for putting medicine or drugs into it: Take the syringe and inject the patient.
(n) a substance put into the body, usually by injection, in order to provide protection against a disease: Is there an effective vaccine for meningitis?
(n) a large room in a hospital with beds for people to stay in: Jo is a staff nurse working on the maternity ward.