Adsorbent = A substance that attracts gas or fluid to itself.
Anabolism = The building up or synthesis of cell structure from digested food material.
Anaesthetic = A drug causing reversible loss of sensation in part or the whole of the body.
Analeptic = A drug that stimulates the central nervous system.
Antagonist = A drug which inhibits the action of another drug or enzyme.
Analgesic = A drug possessing the property of pain relief.
Anthelmintic = A drug which kills and removes parasitic worms from the intestine of the host.
Anticoagulant = A drug which prevents blood from clotting.
Antidote = An agent which counteracts the effect of a poison.
Antiemetic = An anti-sickness drug.
Antipyretic = An agent which reduces fever.
Antisialagogue = An agent which reduces the quantity but increases the viscosity of saliva.
Antitissusive = A cough suppressant.
Astringent = An agent which causes contraction of the tissues, thus checking secretions.
Ataractic = A tranquilliser; a drug which induces calm without causing drowsiness.
Carminative = A drug which reduces flatulence.
Cathartic = A laxative with a very strong bowel purging effect.
Controlled drugs = Drugs controlled under the Misuse of drugs Act 1971 and the Misuse of drugs Regulations 1985 which regulate the dispensing of psychoactive drugs.
Cytotoxics = Agents that destroy cells, usually chemotherapeutic agents.
Demulcent = An agent which soothes irritation, particularly in sensitive mucous membranes.
Dispensing = The distribution of a drug from the pharmacy to a patient under the veterinary surgeon's care.
Diuretic = An agent that promotes urine secretion.
Emetic = A vomit inducing drug.
Laxative = A drug that promotes gentle evacuation of the bowels.
Miotic = A drug that causes constriction of the pupils.
Mydriatic = A drug that causes dilation of the pupils.
Oxytocic = A drug that promotes uterine contractions.
Pharmacology = The science of drugs referring primarily to their action within the body.
Pharmacy = The art of comparing, compounding and dispensing medicines. (Also the place where drugs are stored and dispensed).
Prescription = Written directions to the pharmacist by the veterinary surgeon to supply medication.
Prostaglandins = Hormones with cardiac, gastric, respiratory and uterine effects.
Purgative = A very strong laxative used to purge the contents of the bowels.
Sedative = A soporific calming agent often used as a premedicant drug.
Solution = A liquid in which one or more substances have been dissolved.
Suspension = A liquid in which undissolved particles of a substance are held.
Therapeutic index = The safety margin of a drug; i.e. the ratio between a drug dose causing toxic effects and a drug dose causing the desired curative effect.
Toxoid = A toxin deprived of some of its harmful properties, thus rendering it safe to use in a vaccine. (It is till capable of producing immunity).
Tranquilliser = An ataractic drug which calms the patient without causing drowsiness.
Vaccine = A suspension of killed or attenuated organisms administered for the prevention or treatment of infectious diseases.
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