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faint

 [fānt]
a temporary loss of consciousness that is self-correcting, caused by generalized cerebral ischemia; called also syncope. It may be due to a nervous reaction stemming from such causes as fear, hunger, pain, or an emotional or physical shock. Although this may be considered a mild form of shock, it is not as serious as true shock and usually is not accompanied by the rapid, weak pulse and cold, clammy skin characteristic of that condition. The person who is about to faint should be made to lie down with the legs elevated and collar and clothing loosened. If this is not feasible, the head is lowered between the knees for about five minutes. Prolonged loss of consciousness indicates a condition more serious than fainting and calls for medical attention.

faint

(fānt),
1. Extremely weak; threatened with syncope.
See also: syncope.
2. An episode of syncope.
See also: syncope.
[M.E., fr. O. Fr. feindre, to feign]

faint

(fānt) syncope.

faint

(fānt)
n.
An abrupt, usually brief loss of consciousness; a syncope attack.
adj.
Extremely weak; threatened with syncope.

faint v.

faint

Etymology: OFr, faindre, to feign
Usage notes: nontechnical
1 v, to lose consciousness, often causing a fall, as in a syncopal attack.
2 n, a syncopal attack. See also syncope.

faint

(fānt)
1. Extremely weak; threatened with syncope.
2. An episode of syncope.
See also: syncope

syncope

; psychogenic shock; faint; vasovagal attack sudden fall in blood pressure causing cerebral anoxia and temporary loss of consciousness; characterized by light-headedness/dizziness, low blood pressure, pallor and sweating, yawning, nausea and vomiting, slow/weak/thready pulse, dilated pupils and muscular twitching; patient should be lain flat, with airway open and head to one side, and legs elevated to increase cerebral circulation; differential diagnoses should include postural hypotension, hyperventilation, hypoglycaemia, cardiac arrhythmias or adrenal insufficiency

faint

(fānt)
1. Extremely weak; threatened with syncope.
2. An episode of syncope.

faint,

n a state of syncope, or swooning.

faint

temporary loss of consciousness due to generalized cerebral ischemia; syncope. The term is not generally applied to animals.

Patient discussion about faint

Q. i am 12 and my hair is falling out what do i do? there is like a hair ball in my tub

A. First of all you are going through puberty and the hormonal levels in your body are changing, this could cause accelerated hair loss that will go away. However, if you feel like you are having severe hair loss you should go and get blood tests for the evaluation of several vitamin defficiencies (B12, Folic acid and Iron), that can be the reason. Soemtimes a lack in our nutrition can be the reason for losing hair.

Q. I found out 1week ago i was 6wks pregnant and lastnight i passed a 1/2dollar size clear ball did i miscarrie? the ball was clear,soft and jellie like and it came w/a lot of blood but i didnt see no signs of a baby or anything like that

A. Possibly, but not essentially. In this age the embryo is quite small (several millimeters), so you may easily mistaken it. My best advice is to consult a doctor (e.g. gynecologist) so an US or other test can be done to accurately diagnose a miscarriage.

Take care,

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You do not recover promptly from an episode of dizziness or feeling faint.
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If they start feeling faint again, advise them to lie down once again, and raise and support their legs until they have fully recovered.
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