Glossary

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Hyaluronic acid

Mucopolysaccharide made up of alternating b1,4-linked residues of hylabiuronic acid, forming a gelatinous material in the tissue spaces and acting as a lubricant and shock absorbant generally throughout the body; belongs to disease-modifying antirheumatic drug class of drugs.

Hydroxychloroquine (Plaquenil)

Oral medicine used in the treatment of arthritis to help relieve inflammation, swelling, stiffness, and joint pain and to help control the symptoms of lupus erythematosus (lupus).

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Hypertension

High blood pressure.

Hyperuricemia

Enhanced blood concentrations of uric acid.

Hypocalcemia

Abnormally low levels of calcium in the circulating blood; commonly denotes subnormal concentrations of calcium ions.

Hypoxia

Decreased below normal levels of oxygen in inspired gases, arterial blood, or tissue, short of anoxia.

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