Glossary

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Nephritis

Inflammation of the kidneys.

Neuroimaging

The process of producing images of the structure or activity of the brain or other part of the nervous system by techniques such as magnetic resonance imaging or computerized tomography.

Neutrophils

Mature white blood cells in the granulocytic series, formed by myelopoietic tissue of the bone marrow and released into the circulating blood, where they normally represent 54–65% of the total number of leukocytes.

Nonsteroidal antiinflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)

Large number of drugs exerting antiinflammatory (and also usually analgesic and antipyretic) actions; examples include aspirin, acetaminophen, diclofenac, indomethacine, ketorolac, ibuprofen, and naproxen.