Penn Home IT Glossary

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Penn Home Infusion Team
University of Pennsylvania Health System
Last Modified: November 1, 2001

This glossary will help you to understand some of the words and phrases used when
describing infusion therapy. Not all of the words will relate to your program.
AdditiveMedication or vitamin added to the IV solution.
AmbulatoryAble to walk around.
Amino AcidsThe basic building blocks of protein.
AmpuleA small, sealed glass container of medication used one time only.
AnalgesicMedicine which relieves pain.
AntibioticMedication used to fight an infection by killing bacteria.
AntisepticA solution that stops bacteria from multiplying.
AsepticFree of bacteria.
BacteriaGermas that may cause infection.
BolusInfusion of a medication or solution over a short period of time.
CarbohydratesSugars and starches that are energy sources for the body.
ChemotherapyMedication that kills cancer cells.
ContaminatedDirty, soiled or infected by coming into contact with unsterile objects or surfaces.
ccA unit of measurement which means cubic centimeter. Same as ml.
CycleGiving infusion therapy for only a certain number of hours each day.
DextroseType of sugar.


A unit of measurement which means millimeter. Same as cc.


Nutrients that the body uses such as iron and zinc.


Parts of food which the body needs to make new cells and tissues.


Administration of fluides, nutrients or medication directly into the vein.


A series of steps to follow.


The amount of feeding left in the stomach from prior feeding.


An infection throughout the body caused by germs or bacteria in the blood stream.


Free from bacteria or other contamination.


Method of giving medications under the skin.

Trace Elements

Minerals that the body requires in very small amounts.


Essential nutrients that the body needs for a variety of functions.