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/com·mon/ (kom´en)
1. belonging to or shared by two or more entities.
2. usual; being frequent, prevalent, widespread, or habitual.
3. most frequent and best known of its kind.


a shared structure, function, disease. See also under specific name of the item, e.g. atrioventricular canal.

common chemical sense
mediated by the trigeminal nerve from chemical sense organs in the conjunctival sac and in the nasal and buccal cavities.
common fee
the fee for professional services agreed to formally or informally by a local group of the veterinary profession, usually determined by an interpractice survey of fees actually charged.
common law
the law of common usage, the practice or code which is usually followed. Based on decisions of the courts in individual cases. It is not written down as statutory law is.
common pathway
see coagulation pathways.
common salt
see sodium chloride.
common source
a point from which a number of animals are infected or affected. The point from which a common source or point epidemic begins.
common stonecrop
common sucker

Patient discussion about common

Q. What are the types of cancers that are most common? I am interested in knowing what are the types of cancers that happen the most, because I hear many people getting sick with colon cancer and for instance I don’t know anyone who got lung cancer.

A. The most common cancer types by occurrence in men are: prostate, lung, colorectal and bladder cancer. The most common in women are: breast, lung, colorectal and endometrial (uterine) cancer. The most common mortality both in men and in women is caused by lung cancer.

Q. Common cold but dreadful. I am suffering from a dreadful common cold. As I write: believe me, I long to have done with it. I am not enjoying it in the least. I fear however that I am already too old to see the day when the common cold becomes history. I tried the simple first aid tablets but no use. Could you use this session to help me out?

A. chicken soup :) the best cure!
you can try fresh ginger tea - it really make it easier..opens up the sinuses, drys up the mucous.

Q. what is the most common allergy? is it dust allergy?

A. thanks, I've heard of a new allergy treatment and trying to learn some more about the different kinds...

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Investigators from Spokane and the state health department used PFGE in their investigation to determine that these cases were not caused by a common source.
No common source was identified for cilantro, but a traceback investigation of the suspected tomatoes identified a common tomato grower and packer who supplied tomatoes to the affected restaurants.
Human and canine blastomycosis: a common source infection.
A common source of temperature measurement errors is the series resistance in processor diodes and board traces.
NATURAL history photographer Ben Osborne will visit Marton Village Hall tomorrow with his new audio visual show Common Source - A Journey along the Rivers Wye and Severn.
Not only is the comparison inconclusive when the images are confronted, but the styles of drapery in the two paintings are so different as to increase doubts as to the common source.
The two hikes are separate efforts, but they sprang from a common source.
multiple similar or identical-member processes sharing a common source.
evaluates various models of redaction and decisively refutes, in my opinion, the proposal of Graeme Auld that Chronicles was not dependent on Samuel-Kings but that both works used a common source.
In China, respiratory disorders are the fourth most common cause of death in the cities and the most common source of fatality in rural areas.
Uganda and the temporal association and epidemiologic similarity of the outbreaks, molecular analysis of the outbreak isolates suggested that the New York City and Chicago illnesses were not linked to a common source.
The most common source of lead exposure today is flaked and chipped paint in old houses, which children have been known to eat.