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Acetic acid (vinegar)
Acetic acid is the acid most commonly associated with vinegar; it is produced naturally by Acetobacter. Vinegar is typically 4-18% acetic acid by mass and water. Vinegar (dilute acetic acid) is a sour-tasting liquid produced usually by oxidation of the alcohol in wine, beer, cider, or the like an   (more info - Acetic acid)

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anthelmintic (vermifuge)
Also called Antithelmintics, or vermicides. Something capable of causing the evacuation of or destroying parasitic intestinal worms. Examples of naturally occurring anthelmintics include: Tobacco; Moringa oleifera; Neem; Black walnut; wormwood; clove; tansy tea; Garlic; Chive juice.   (more info - anthelmintic)

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ascorbic acid (vitamin c)
A vitamin found in fresh fruits (especially citrus fruits) and vegetables that prevents scurvy. Vitamin C is used by the body to create collagen, to speed the healing process, to aid the immune system, to help synthesize hormones, to absorb iron, and as an antioxidant. Vitamin C is abundantly fou   (more info - ascorbic acid)

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Atrial fibrillation (ventricular fibrillation)
Fibrillation (rapid irregular twitchings) of the muscles of the atria (chambers) of the heart. A disorder of heart rhythm in which the normally regular contractions of theatria of the heart are replaced by rapid and random twitchings, resulting in irregular and usually faster than usual contracti   (more info - Atrial fibrillation)

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cobalamin (vitamin b12)
A unique water-soluble vitamin that is vital to the brain and nervous system, including protecting myelin. Vitamin B12 is required for proper red blood cell formation, neurological function, and DNA synthesis. Deficiency results in: pernicious anemia and can potentially cause severe and irreversi   (more info - cobalamin)

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niacin (vitamin b3)
A B vitamin essential for the normal function of the nervous system and the gastrointestinal tract. Specifically, it is necessary for the synthesis of various enzymes and acts to reduce blood cholesterol. Niacin is actually a pair of nutrients - nicotinic acid and nicotinamide. It helps maintains   (more info - niacin)

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pantothenic acid (vitamin b5)
Another of the vitamin b complexes, is used by the body in growth, reproduction and daily physiological functions. Pantothenic acid makes it possible for your body to process carbohydrates and make hormones. it also helps to regulate your blood sugar, not to mention protecting nerve, brain and musc   (more info - pantothenic acid)

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phylloquinone (vitamin k1)
A fat-soluble vitamin that helps in the clotting of blood (antihemorrhagic factor). See thrombosis.

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riboflavin (vitamin b2)
once called "vitamin G", currently called riboflavin, vitamin B2 is a co-enzyme used by your body to process proteins and carbohydrates. Similar to vitamin A in that it helps the mucous membranes stay moist and healthy.   (more info - riboflavin)

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thiamine (vitamin b1)
thiamine pyrophosphate is the active form, a sulfur/nitrogen compound ensures that your appetite stays active. it is required by your body to use carboydrates to generate energy.   (more info - thiamine)

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variable heart rate (heart rate variability)
Heart Rate Variability is a measure of the change in the beat-to-beat interval of the heart. Our heart rate naturally changes rather than being steady as a metronome as many people believe. When we inhale, the vagus nerve is obstructed, which causes the heart rate to increase. When we exhale, the va   (more info - variable heart rate)

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vasodilation (vasodilative)
The dilatation (widening) of blood vessels caused by relaxation of the smooth muscles in the vessel, which decreases blood pressure.

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Vasopressin
A peptide hormone secreted by nerve endings in the hypothalamus and stored in/released by the posterior pituitary gland (trade name Pitressin) and also by the hypothalamus; affects blood pressure by stimulating capillary muscles and reduces urine flow by affecting reabsorption of water by kidney tub   (more info - Vasopressin)

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Vestibular system
Sense organs that regulate equilibrium (equilibrioception); directional information as it relates to head position (internal gravitational, linear, and angular acceleration). The brain uses information from the vestibular system in the head and from proprioception throughout the body to understan   (more info - Vestibular system)

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Violence in the Workplace
Workplace violence can be perpetrated on an individual by his or her employer, fellow employees, clients, or even a stranger. There are four main types of workplace violence: worker-on-worker (can come from anywhere in the organizational hierarchy, usually inspired by a grudge or perceived slight   (more info - Violence in the Workplace)

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visceral manipulation
A gentle hands-on osteopathic technique that works on the fascia of the abdominal organs, to alleviate points of tension throughout the body. No oils are used.   (more info - visceral manipulation)

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Visualization (visualisation)
Holding a mental image or series of mental pictures (like video) that is similar to a visual perception, but which is the representation in a person's mind of the physical world outside of that person. Creative visualization is the technique of using one's imagination to visualize specific behaviors   (more info - Visualization)

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vitamin (vitamins)
an organic molecule needed in trace amounts for normal growth and metabolic processes; vitamins usually serve as components of coenzymes.   (more info - vitamin)

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vitamin a
used by the body to keep the mucous membrane supple, to support the growth of teeth and bones, and is a component of 11-cis retinol - vitamin a aldehyde (helps with eyesight by keeping the rods functioning).   (more info - vitamin a)

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vitamin b6
a compound of pyridoxine, pyridoxal, and pyridoxamine. helps the body extract nutrients and energy from foods, and helps remove homocysteine from the blood stream (high levels of which are linked to heart disease). in general this is involved in all metabolic processes related to the skin, blood and   (more info - vitamin b6)

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vitamin d
Vitamin D is a group of steroid vitamins that are naturally produced by the body, and required to absorb calcium. It is unique both because it functions as a prohormone and because the body can synthesize it (as vitamin D3) when sun exposure is adequate. Deficiency of vitamin D is associated with   (more info - vitamin d)

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vitamin e
Vitamin E is used by the body to maintain healthy nerves, heart, and reproductive system. It is also necessary for muscle and red blood cell development and normal reproduction. It helps repair tears in the plasma membranes that protect cells from outside forces and screen what enters and exits.    (more info - vitamin e)

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vitamin h
A B vitamin that aids in body growth and that is useful in detecting protein and DNA interaction. Also called coenzyme R.

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vitamin k
A fat-soluble vitamin needed to synthesize blood-clotting factors such as prothrombin. Vitamin K is used by the body to create some of the proteins in blood plasma, bone and kidney tissue. Vitamin K is found naturally in dark green leafy vegetables like spinach and brassica vegetables including    (more info - vitamin k)

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vitamin P
The term "vitamin P" is currently used to describe 7,8-dihydroxyflavone, a flavonoid with hepatoprotective, antioxidant, and antidepressant effects. It is a tyrosine kinase receptor B (TrkB) agonist, with two hydroxyls in positions 7 and 8, which appear to be linked to its antiestrogenic and antipro   (more info - vitamin P)

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VOC (volatile organic compounds)
Any of the naturally occuring (organic) chemicals that have a high vapour pressure and will become airborne at room temperature. The term Volatile Organic Compound is often used in relation to organic solvents, paint additives, and fuels. Volatile Organic Compounds can be found in paint thinner,   (more info - VOC)

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volatile
Chemicals that evaporate at room temperature.

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volatile oils (essential oils)
Highly concentrated aromatic extracts which are distilled from a variety of aromatic plant material including grasses, leaves, flowers, needles & twigs, peel of fruit, wood and roots. They can be used to affect mood, to enhance health in a variety of ways, and as biopesticides. They may be   (more info - volatile oils)

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VT
Veterinary Technician

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