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the act or process of making ready.
childbirth preparation in the nursing interventions classification, a nursing intervention defined as providing information and support to facilitate childbirth and to enhance the ability of an individual to develop and perform the role of parent.
surgical preparation in the nursing interventions classification, a nursing intervention defined as providing care to a patient immediately prior to surgery and verification of required procedures or tests and documentation in the clinical record.


1. The act of making or getting ready.
2. Something made ready, as a medicine or other mixture, or a histologic specimen.
[L. praeparatio, fr. prae, before, + paro, pp. -atus, to get ready]


1. The act or process of preparing.
2. A substance, such as a medicine, prepared for a particular purpose.


1. The act of making or getting ready.
2. Something made ready, e.g., medicine.
[L. praeparatio, fr. prae, before, + paro, pp. -atus, to get ready]


n the selected form given to a natural tooth when it is reduced by instrumentation to receive a prosthesis or restoration (e.g., an artificial crown or a retainer for a fixed or removable prosthesis). The selection of the form is guided by clinical circumstances and physical properties of the materials that make up the prosthesis. See also preparation, oral cavity.
preparation, cavity,
n a procedure in which carious material is removed from teeth and biomechanically correct forms are established in the teeth to receive and retain restorations. A constant requirement is provision for prevention of failure of the restoration through recurrence of decay or inadequate resistance to applied stresses. The colloquial term is
preparation, initial,
n a procedure aimed at preparing the patient for final treatment. The objectives consist of eliminating or reducing all local causal factors and environmental influences before the operative procedures and establishing a sequence of therapy for the patient.
preparation, oral cavity,
n a procedure applied to the oral cavity preparatory to the making of a final impression for a prosthesis.
preparation, slice,
n a type of cavity preparation for Class 2 cast restorations. The proximal portion is formed by removing a sufficient slice of the proximal convexity of the tooth to achieve cleansable margins and a line of draw; a tapered keyway or two keyed grooves or channels in the proximal surface provide retention form.
preparation, surgical,
n a surgical procedure that is required for preparing the oral cavity for prosthodontic treatment.

Patient discussion about preparation

Q. Getting prepared for chemo Hi, I have breast cancer, and I’m planned to start chemotherapy in a short time. Do you have any advice how should I prepare for it? What to buy? The anti-emesis drugs are already waiting- any other thing I should get?

A. A surgical face mask – if you find yourself in a close place and someone starts to cough or sneeze, you can protect yourself.

Q. A tumor was discovered in my kidney how should I prepare myself to the future events?

A. sorry to hear...there are all sorts of tumors in kidneys but generally i recommend first of all talking to your family and explain the situation. but only after you understand what it is and what that means. you will need a lot of support and you don't want to leave your loved ones in the darkness about it. believe me that is the basic in preparing yourself to any tumor therapy.
good luck!!
you'll be fine i'm sure!!

Q. what are the most common problems women tend to develop during pregnancy? how would i prepare for it???

A. Needing to urinate more often...i think every one has it. because of pregnancy hormones and growing baby presses on her bladder- she needs to go to the bathroom every 5 minutes. it looks pretty annoying. i'm not sure there is something to do with it.

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Preparations for disinfection of hands and skin, solution dyed - 900 liters; 2.
Beside the described advantages and disadvantages of different margin designs for complete crown preparations, they influence the stress distribution in the prepared teeth.
This index includes non-prescription (over-the-counter) pharmaceutical preparations classified in commodity index 0638, Pharmaceutical preparations.
pre-dispersed preparations increase the distribution degree of the active substance; improved handling and avoidance of adhesion ensure the reproducibility of the mixing quality, and reduces the rejection rate;
BD compost preparations are used to treat compost piles, enhancing the breakdown, fermentation, and decomposition of raw compost materials, and help the rebuilding of refuse into stable humus, full of life.
Identifying depreciable land preparation costs can provide significant tax savings for clients.
What makes an effective teacher can in part be determined by the quality of initial preparation (Darling-Hammond, 1998; Darling-Hammond, 2003; Laczko-Kerr & Berliner, 2003).
The purpose of embedding or mounting is to hold the particle during preparation so known geometries can be established between the electron beam and x-ray detector.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has recently proposed generating antibody preparations for human therapeutic use from serum of persons vaccinated for anthrax (14).
But there is nothing monetary policy can do to offset the direct effects of a severe Y2K disruption As a result, our Year 2000 focus has been in areas in which we can make a difference: conforming our own systems, overseeing the preparations of the banking industry, preparing the payments system, and contingency planning.
The report will be of considerable interest primarily to relevant strategic planners, senior company officials and importers/exporters, since it features invaluable information on perfumed bath salts and other bath preparations export/import operations in India.
A negative stain preparation may be made and a result could be obtained within 5 minutes of the specimen's arrival in the EM laboratory.

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