Saturday, December 6, 2008

More Definitions

We have a long list of commonly used medical terms in our Parent Reference Guide, definitions to help parents understand the diagnosis of Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia in their child.

But here are a few more definitions that are equally important in dealing with CDH:

NOUN: Deep awareness of the suffering of another coupled with the wish to relieve it.

NOUN: Identification with and understanding of another's situation, feelings, and motives.

TRANSITIVE VERB: com·fort·ed , com·fort·ing , com·forts
  1. To soothe in time of affliction or distress.
  2. To ease physically; relieve.
  1. A condition or feeling of pleasurable ease, well-being, and contentment.
  2. Solace in time of grief or fear.
  3. Help; assistance: gave comfort to the enemy.
  4. One that brings or provides comfort.
  5. The capacity to give physical ease and well-being: enjoying the comfort of my favorite chair.
SUPPORT - TRANSITIVE VERB: sup·port·ed , sup·port·ing , sup·ports
  1. To bear the weight of, especially from below.
  2. To hold in position so as to keep from falling, sinking, or slipping.
  3. To be capable of bearing; withstand: "His flaw'd heart . . . too weak the conflict to support" (Shakespeare).
  4. To keep from weakening or failing; strengthen: The letter supported him in his grief.
  5. To provide for or maintain, by supplying with money or necessities.
  6. To furnish corroborating evidence for: New facts supported her story.
    1. To aid the cause, policy, or interests of: supported her in her election campaign.
    2. To argue in favor of; advocate: supported lower taxes.
  7. To endure; tolerate: "At supper there was such a conflux of company that I could scarcely support the tumult" (Samuel Johnson).
  8. To act in a secondary or subordinate role to (a leading performer).
    1. The act of supporting.
    2. The state of being supported.
  1. One that supports.
  2. Maintenance, as of a family, with the necessities of life.
CHARITY - NOUN: pl. char·i·ties
  1. Provision of help or relief to the poor; almsgiving.
  2. Something given to help the needy; alms.
  3. An institution, organization, or fund established to help the needy.
  4. Benevolence or generosity toward others or toward humanity.
  5. Indulgence or forbearance in judging others.
  6. often Charity Christianity The theological virtue defined as love directed first toward God but also toward oneself and one's neighbors as objects of God's love.
  1. The quality or condition of being sane; soundness of mind.
  2. Soundness of judgment or reason.
RESPECT - RANSITIVE VERB: re·spect·ed , re·spect·ing , re·spects
  1. To feel or show deferential regard for; esteem.
  2. To avoid violation of or interference with: respect the speed limit.
  3. To relate or refer to; concern.
  1. A feeling of appreciative, often deferential regard; esteem.
  2. The state of being regarded with honor or esteem.
  3. Willingness to show consideration or appreciation.
  4. respects Polite expressions of consideration or deference: pay one's respects.
  5. A particular aspect, feature, or detail: In many respects this is an important decision.
  6. Usage Problem Relation; reference.
  1. Steadfast adherence to a strict moral or ethical code.
  2. The state of being unimpaired; soundness.
  3. The quality or condition of being whole or undivided; completeness.
  1. High respect, as that shown for special merit; esteem: the honor shown to a Nobel laureate.
    1. Good name; reputation.
    2. A source or cause of credit: was an honor to the profession.
    1. Glory or recognition; distinction.
    2. A mark, token, or gesture of respect or distinction: the place of honor at the table.
    3. A military decoration.
    4. A title conferred for achievement.
  2. High rank.
  3. The dignity accorded to position: awed by the honor of his office.
  4. Great privilege: I have the honor to present the governor.
  5. Honor Used with His, Her, or Your as a title and form of address for certain officials, such as judges and mayors: Her Honor the Mayor.
    1. Principled uprightness of character; personal integrity.
    2. A code of integrity, dignity, and pride, chiefly among men, that was maintained in some societies, as in feudal Europe, by force of arms.
    3. A woman's chastity or reputation for chastity.
  6. honors Social courtesies offered to guests: did the honors at tea.
  7. honors
    1. Special recognition for unusual academic achievement: graduated with honors.
    2. A program of individual advanced study for exceptional students: planned to take honors in history.
  8. Sports The right of being first at the tee in golf.
  9. Games
    1. Any of the four or five highest cards, especially the ace, king, queen, jack, and ten of the trump suit, in card games such as bridge or whist.
    2. The points allotted to these cards. Often used in the plural.
TRANSITIVE VERB: hon·ored , hon·or·ing , hon·ors
    1. To hold in respect; esteem.
    2. To show respect for.
    3. To bow to (another dancer) in square dancing: Honor your partner.
  1. To confer distinction on: He has honored us with his presence.
  2. To accept or pay as valid: honor a check; a store that honors all credit cards.

IDIOM: honor bound
Under an obligation enforced by the personal integrity of the one obliged: I was honor bound to admit that she had done the work.

  1. One who begets, gives birth to, or nurtures and raises a child; a father or mother.
  2. An ancestor; a progenitor.
  3. An organism that produces or generates offspring.
  4. A guardian; a protector.
  5. A parent company.
  6. A source or cause; an origin: Despair is the parent of rebellion.
VERB: par·ent·ed , par·ent·ing , par·ents
VERB: tr.
  1. To act as a parent to; raise and nurture: "A genitor who does not parent the child is not its parent" (Ashley Montagu).
  2. To cause to come into existence; originate.
VERB: intr.
To act as a parent.
  1. A woman who conceives, gives birth to, or raises and nurtures a child.
  2. A female parent of an animal.
  3. A female ancestor.
  4. A woman who holds a position of authority or responsibility similar to that of a mother: a den mother.
  5. Roman Catholic Church
    1. A mother superior.
    2. Used as a form of address for such a woman.
  6. A woman who creates, originates, or founds something: "the discovery of radium, which made Marie Curie mother to the Atomic Age" (Alden Whitman).
  7. A creative source; an origin: Philosophy is the mother of the sciences.
  8. Used as a title for a woman respected for her wisdom and age.
  9. Maternal love and tenderness: brought out the mother in her.
  10. The biggest or most significant example of its kind: the mother of all battles.
  11. Vulgar Slang Something considered extraordinary, as in disagreeableness, size, or intensity.
  1. Relating to or being mother.
  2. Characteristic of a mother: mother love.
  3. Being the source or origin: the mother church.
  4. Derived from or as if from one's mother; native: one's mother language.
TRANSITIVE VERB: moth·ered , moth·er·ing , moth·ers
  1. To give birth to; create and produce.
  2. To watch over, nourish, and protect maternally.
  1. A burdened state of mind, as that arising from heavy responsibilities; worry.
  2. Mental suffering; grief.
  3. An object or source of worry, attention, or solicitude: the many cares of a working parent.
  4. Caution in avoiding harm or danger: handled the crystal bowl with care.
    1. Close attention; painstaking application: painting the window frames and sashes with care.
    2. Upkeep; maintenance: a product for the care of fine floors; hair care products.
  5. Watchful oversight; charge or supervision: left the child in the care of a neighbor.
  6. Attentive assistance or treatment to those in need: a hospital that provides emergency care.
VERB: cared , car·ing , cares
VERB: intr.
  1. To be concerned or interested: Once inside, we didn't care whether it rained or not.
  2. To provide needed assistance or watchful supervision: cared for the wounded; caring for an aged relative at home.
  3. To object or mind: If no one cares, I'll smoke.
    1. To have a liking or attachment: didn't care for the movie.
    2. To have a wish; be inclined: Would you care for another helping?
VERB: tr.
  1. To wish; desire: Would you care to dance?
  2. To be concerned to the degree of: I don't care a bit what critics think.

  1. The state, property, or quality of being strong.
  2. The power to resist attack; impregnability.
  3. The power to resist strain or stress; durability.
  4. The ability to maintain a moral or intellectual position firmly.
  5. Capacity or potential for effective action: a show of strength.
    1. The number of people constituting a normal or ideal organization: The police force has been at half strength since the budget cuts.
    2. Military capability in terms of personnel and materiel: an army of fearsome strength.
    1. A source of power or force.
    2. One that is regarded as the embodiment of protective or supportive power; a support or mainstay.
    3. An attribute or quality of particular worth or utility; an asset.
  6. Degree of intensity, force, effectiveness, or potency in terms of a particular property, as:
    1. Degree of concentration, distillation, or saturation; potency.
    2. Operative effectiveness or potency.
    3. Intensity, as of sound or light.
    4. Intensity or vehemence, as of emotion or language.
  7. Effective or binding force; efficacy: the strength of an argument.
  8. Firmness of or a continuous rising tendency in prices, as on the stock market.
  9. Games Power derived from the value of playing cards held.
  1. Confident belief in the truth, value, or trustworthiness of a person, idea, or thing.
  2. Belief that does not rest on logical proof or material evidence. See Synonyms at belief, trust.
  3. Loyalty to a person or thing; allegiance: keeping faith with one's supporters.
  4. often Faith Christianity The theological virtue defined as secure belief in God and a trusting acceptance of God's will.
  5. The body of dogma of a religion: the Muslim faith.
  6. A set of principles or beliefs.

  1. An event that appears inexplicable by the laws of nature and so is held to be supernatural in origin or an act of God: "Miracles are spontaneous, they cannot be summoned, but come of themselves" (Katherine Anne Porter).
  2. One that excites admiring awe.
  3. A miracle play.

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