Our glossary explains some of the medical and legal terms used in palliative care. Glossary words are underlined in the Topics and Asked and Answered sections, with definitions appearing when you hover on a word.
Within or into a muscle. A method of administering a medication into the muscle using a needle. This method is not used often in palliative care.
Within or into the nose. A method of administering a medication into the nose using a spray device.
A treatment used to manage pain in a region of the body. Medication is injected into the spinal fluid, which fills the space between the covering of the spinal cord and the cord itself.
Within or into a vein. A method of delivering fluids or medications directly into a vein. Also known as IV therapy.
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