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Implanted Cardioconverter Defibrillator (ICD)

a cardiac device implanted in the chest; a combination pace-maker and defibrillator designed to regulate the heart beat, to keep it from beating too fast or too slow

Impulse inhibition

the inability to control one's impulses

In vitro fertilization

eggs are obtained from the female after her ovaries have been stimulated with infertility drugs. While under sedation and with the use of ultrasound guidance, a needle is inserted into the ovaries and eggs are aspirated. These eggs are then fertilized in the laboratory (in-vitro) with the partner's sperm and the developing embryos are cultured from three to six days.

Incentive spirometry

a breathing device to help exercise breathing muscles and help maximize lung capacity

Induction drugs

drugs used to 'knock a patient out' prior to surgery

Insulin resistance

diminished effectiveness of insulin in lowering blood sugar levels

Intercostal muscles

muscles between the ribs


the insertion of a tube into the lungs to provide pulmonary ventilation, or to assist with breathing

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