When I check list of processes and 'grep' out those that are interesting for me, the
$ ps aux | grep terminal
user 2064 0.0 0.6 181452 26460 ? Sl Feb13 5:41 gnome-terminal --working-directory=..
user 2979 0.0 0.0 4192 796 pts/3 S+ 11:07 0:00 grep --color=auto terminal
ps aux | grep something | grep -v grep
The usual trick is this:
ps aux | grep '[t]erminal'
This will match lines containing
grep '[t]erminal' does not! It also works on many flavours of Unix.