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Body Mass vs Body Weight   Mass and weight are two different concepts which are loosely used to refer to the same thing in lay terms. In scientific context, they are not as related as many seem to think. Body Mass Mass means the actual amount of matter an object contains. Mass remains constant wherever the... 
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BMI vs Body Fat   As obesity has become an ever increasing problem all over the world, people start to pay attention to things like diet, exercise, and body weight. Obesity is a modifiable risk factor for diabetes, high blood pressure, heart diseases, and strokes. BMI and body fat are terms closely related... 
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Angina vs Heart Attack   Angina and heart attack are two terms we hear very often. They both are heart conditions. Simply because the world is under the ever increasing threat of non-communicable diseases it is vital that we know the difference between these two conditions. Angina Angina is a chest pain,... 
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Endocarditis vs Pericarditis   The heart is a complex organ which acts as two pumps stuck together. It has four chambers. Two atria open into two ventricles. The left side is separated from the right side by inter-atrial and inter-ventricular septum. The heart is lined by a thin layer of cells and connective... 
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Agglutination vs Coagulation   Agglutination and coagulation are two very technical terms which rarely come up unless you are a medical professional. These two terms refer to two different phenomena; however, agglutination makes only a tiny part in the coagulation cascade. Agglutination Agglutination is the process... 
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Lean Muscle vs Muscle Mass   Body image is very important for self–esteem. Since very recently only body builders were interested in lean muscle and low body fat levels. As non-communicable diseases rise, body weight, body mass index, body fat content, muscle mass and lean muscle mass have become very familiar... 
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Eczema vs Ringworm   Ringworm and eczema are two common skin conditions that can be easily confused. These two conditions have quite different pathologies while there are some instances where these two coexist. To the untrained eye, skin lesions resulting from these two conditions may look the same. However,... 
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Specific vs Nonspecific Immunity   Immune response is the complex series of mechanisms that act against invasions by harmful microorganisms. Without this defense, the body is vulnerable to a whole host of infections. Although not used by non-medical people, pathology books broadly categorize immunity into... 
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Numbness vs Tingling   Numbness and tingling sensation of skin are very common sensations, and we all have experienced these at some point. Most of the time, these symptoms do not point towards serious conditions. When we sleep with one arm underpinned under our body, when we sit for a long time, and when... 
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Impotence vs Sterility   Children are the most important thing in our lives. However, there are many couples whom only dream of having kids but are unable to have one. There may be many reasons for this. While looking into these possibilities, the terms impotence and sterility come into the picture. While both... 
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Hydration vs Hydrolysis   Hydration and hydrolysis are two common terms encountered in the clinical medicine and biochemistry respectively. Although they sound the same and are both related to water as the term “hydro” suggests, the processes are very different. Hydration Hydration is the medical term... 
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Heart Failure vs Congestive Heart Failure   Heart failure is a term used to cover three distinctive clinical presentations. The human heart has four chambers that constrict and relax to pump blood throughout the body. There are two atria and two ventricles. In a normal heart, there are open connections between... 
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Coma vs Brain Death   Coma and brain death are two of the worst words you can hear in a hospital. Both words suggest critical illness and very poor prognosis. Coma is actually better than brain death because brain death is no going back from it while one may recover from a coma. Simply because these are dire situations,... 
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Chickenpox vs Shingles   Varicella zoster is a virus that enters the body via droplet inhalation and via direct contact of the fluids expelled from ruptured vesicles. This virus has an incubation period of around 7 days. Once this virus enters the body, the individual becomes infective for about two days... 
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Bursitis vs Tendonitis   Bursitis and tendinitis are two conditions that fall into the list of differential diagnoses for acute joint pain. A little background in human anatomy is necessary to understand the differences between these two conditions. Bursa Bursae are fibrous sacs filled with synovial fluid. There... 
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Arthritis vs Bursitis   Bursitis and arthritis are two conditions that present as joint pain. Although the symptoms are similar, the two conditions are two entirely different things. The only reason for similar symptoms is the close proximity of the structures involved in these two conditions. Bursitis Bursitis... 
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