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- Acute kidney injury : Formerly termed acute renal failure (ARF), an abrupt (within 48 hours) reduction in kidney function currently defined as an absolute increase in serum creatinine, a percentage increase in serum creatinine , or a reduction in urine output beyond quantitatively defined levels
- Antibiotic resistance : The development of resistance to an antibiotic in an organism originally susceptible to it
- Antibiotic : Drugs that reduce the growth or reproduction of bacteria.
- Bacteria : A major group of single-celled microorganisms.
- Food and Drug Administration : The agency of the United States Department of Health and Human Services responsible for regulating food, dietary supplements, drugs, biological medical products, blood products, medical devices, radiation-emitting devices, veterinary products, and cosmetics.
- Gangrene : Destruction of biological tissue, primarily from a compromised blood supply, but also from destructive microorganisms or their exotoxins
- Pseudomembranous enterocolitis : Enterocolitis with the formation and passage of pseudomembranous material in the stools, caused by a necrolytic exotoxin made by Clostridium difficile.
- Staphylococcus aureus : Facultatively anaerobic, Gram-positive pathogenic coccus capable of producing suppurative lesions, furunculosis, pyemia, osteomyelitis, food poisoning, and may be resistant to commonly used antibiotics.
- Teicoplanin : Glycopeptide antibiotic, similar to vancomycin, used in the treatment of serious Gram-positive infections.
- Thrombocytopenia : Abnormal decrease in the number of platelets in circulatory blood.