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LOS

abbreviation for length of stay.

LOS

Abbreviation for:
late-onset schizophrenia
late-onset sepsis
length of stay, see there  
longitudinal observational study
low output syndrome
lower oesophageal sphincter

LOS

Length of stay, see there.

limit

(li'mit) [Fr. limite, fr. L. limes, stem limit-, boundary]
1. A boundary.
2. A point or line beyond which something cannot or may not progress.

acceptance limit

In radiology, the range of images within the diagnostic range of quality, i.e., image receptor exposure (or density), contrast, detail.

assimilation limit

The amount of carbohydrate that can be absorbed or ingested without causing glycosuria.

audibility limit

The highest and the lowest frequencies of sound that can be detected by the human ear. The lower limit is approx. 8 to 16 Hz and the upper limit is approx. 12 to 20,000 Hz.

limit of detection

Abbreviation: LOD
The smallest amount of an analyte that can be detected by an analytical system.

elastic limit

The extent to which something may be stretched or bent and still be able to return to its original shape.

exposure limit

The maximum concentration of a substance with which an organism can have contact without suffering adverse effects.

limit of flocculation

The amount of a toxin or toxoid that causes the most rapid flocculation when combined with its antitoxin.

Hayflick limit

See: Hayflick limit

lifetime limit

The maximum amount of money that a health insurer will pay for claims made by or against insured persons from their birth until their death.

limit of perception

The smallest stimulus that can be perceived by any of the senses: e.g., the faintest light or the smallest amount of pressure.

limit of quantitation

Abbreviation: LOQ
The smallest amount of analyte that can be measured with stated and acceptable imprecision and inaccuracy e.g., the smallest number of viral particles detectable in a milliliter of blood. See: limit of detection; sensitivity

quantum limit

The minimum wavelength present in the spectrum produced by x-rays.

limit of stability

Abbreviation: LOS
The largest angle from vertical that can be reached and maintained before balance is lost. In normal adults, the sagittal plane limit is 12°, the coronal plane limit, 16°.

Patient care

Patients with decreased limits of stability have an increased likelihood of falling when they shift their body from side to side and therefore an increased risk of injuring themselves. Physical therapy, occupational therapy, personal assistance, or assistive devices may reduce this risk.

tolerable upper limit

Abbreviation: TUL
The maximum amount of a mineral or vitamin supplement that a person may consume in a day without incurring health risk.

ventilator limit

A secondary ventilator alarm or stop mechanism that prevents a specific variable from exceeding a preset parameter.

limit of stability

Abbreviation: LOS
The largest angle from vertical that can be reached and maintained before balance is lost. In normal adults, the sagittal plane limit is 12°, the coronal plane limit, 16°.

Patient care

Patients with decreased limits of stability have an increased likelihood of falling when they shift their body from side to side and therefore an increased risk of injuring themselves. Physical therapy, occupational therapy, personal assistance, or assistive devices may reduce this risk.

See also: limit
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