lab work

a test that you have done in a laboratory (lab)

urine and blood tests done in a lab

laboratory (lab)

a place with special medical equipment where health tests are done

labour

when your body causes your baby to be born

process of childbirth, beginning with the rhythmic contractions of the uterine muscles, which open the cervix to allow a baby to be born, and ending with the expulsion of the placenta.

lacerate

cut, tear

laceration

ragged cut or tear in your skin

laminectomy

back or neck operation (surgery)

surgery to remove the back of 1 or more spinal vertebrae

laparoscopic surgery

a doctor makes small cuts in your body to put in a small camera to look at the area or they can put in instruments to operate

a type of minimally invasive surgery or procedure

laryngitis

swelling of your voice box (larynx) that can cause a hoarse voice and trouble speaking

larynx

voice box

part of the body that contains vocal cords which are used for speaking

latent labour

when you begin to sense contractions

first and longest phase of labour during which the cervix effaces and dilates to three centimetres.

length of stay (LOS)

amount of time you spend in the hospital

lesion

cut, injury, wound, sore

leukemia

cancer of your blood or bone marrow

level of care

the amount of medical care you need, and where you get this care

life-limiting illness

a bad illness that is expected to get worse and to end the life of the patient

ligament

tissue that connects bones together

ligation

an operation to close off a blood vessel or other tube in the body

limb(s)

your arms and hands, and your legs and feet

limitations

things you can't do

limited use code (LU code)

special code that is needed for some medications to be paid for by Ontario Drug Benefit (ODB)

code required for certain drugs to indicate that a patient meets specific criteria for coverage.

lingual

on your tongue

live vaccine

a vaccine that has a weakened form of the virus in it

liver

an organ in your body that helps you digest food, store energy, and remove poisons

lobe

a section of an internal organ (for example brain, lungs, liver and kidneys)

 

localized

in a small area only, only in one place

locate

find, place

location

place, spot

lochia

after your baby is born you may have bleeding and discharge from your vagina, called lochia

vaginal discharge and bleeding that resembles a heavy period and continues after delivery for about six weeks before tapering off.

long-term

for a long time, over a long period 

loop (loop recorder)

a small device inserted under the skin by the collar bone to record the hearts electrical activity.

lower respiratory infection

pneumonia

lucid

clear, thinking clearly 

lung function

measure of how strong your lungs are

lungs

organs to breathe with

lymph

a clear fluid that flows through our bodies and carries white blood cells

lymph nodes (lymph glands)

nodes or glands spread throughout your body

Your lymph nodes, also called lymph glands, play a big role in how your body fights infections. They work as filters, trapping viruses, bacteria and other causes of illnesses before they can infect other parts of your body. Common areas where you might notice swollen lymph nodes include your neck, under your chin, in your armpits and in your groin.

 

lymphatic system

tissues and organs that help your body get rid of waste 

lymphocytes

white blood cells, lymph cells

white blood cells that are part of your immune system. They are involved in transplant rejection

lymphoma

cancer of the lymph system