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balance

 [bal´ans]
an instrument for weighing.
equilibrium (def. 1).
acid-base balance see acid-base balance.
analytical balance a balance used in the laboratory, sensitive to variations of the order of 0.05 to 0.1 mg.
fluid balance see fluid balance.
negative balance a state in which the amount of water or an electrolyte excreted from the body is greater than that ingested.
nitrogen balance see nitrogen balance.
positive balance a state in which the amount of water or an electrolyte excreted from the body is less than that ingested.
water balance fluid balance.
zero balance a state in which the amount of water or an electrolyte excreted from the body is exactly equal to that ingested; see equilibrium (def. 1).

bal·ance

(bal'ants),
1. An apparatus for weighing (for example, scales).
See also: equilibrium.
2. The normal state of action and reaction between two or more parts or organs of the body.
See also: equilibrium.
3. Quantities, concentrations, and proportionate amounts of bodily constituents.
See also: equilibrium.
4. The difference between intake and use, storage, or excretion of a substance by the body.
See also: equilibrium.
5. The act of maintaining an upright posture in standing or locomotion.
6. The system that depends on vestibular function, vision, and proprioception to maintain posture, navigate in one's surroundings, coordinate motion of body parts, modulate fine motor control, and initiate the vestibulooculomotor reflexes.
[L. bi-, twice, + lanx, dish, scale]

balance

/bal·ance/ (bal´ans)
1. an instrument for weighing.

acid-base balance  a normal balance between production and excretion of acid or alkali by the body, resulting in a stable concentration of H+ in body fluids.
analytical balance  a balance used in the laboratory, sensitive to variations of the order of 0.05 to 0.1 mg.
fluid balance  the state of the body in relation to ingestion and excretion of water and electrolytes.
nitrogen balance  the state of the body in regard to ingestion and excretion of nitrogen. In negative nitrogen b. the amount excreted is greater than the quantity ingested; in positive nitrogen b. the amount excreted is smaller than the quantity ingested.
water balance  fluid b.

balance1

Etymology: L, bilanx, having two scales
1 an instrument for weighing.
2 a normal state of physiological equilibrium.
3 a state of mental or emotional equilibrium.
4 to bring into equilibrium.

balance2

a nursing outcome from the Nursing Outcomes Classification (NOC) defined as ability to maintain body equilibrium. See also Nursing Outcomes Classification.

balance

Lab medicine
A scale which uses counterbalancing weights.
 
Neurology
Equilibrium, see there.
 
Physiology
Homeostasis, see there.

balance

Neurology Equilibrium, see there Physiology Homeostasis. See Fat balance, Health balance, Nitrogen balance, Water balance.

bal·ance

(bal'ăns)
1. An apparatus for weighing (e.g., scales).
2. The normal state of action and reaction between two or more parts or organs of the body.
3. Normal quantities, concentrations, and proportionate amounts of bodily constituents.
4. The difference between intake and use, storage, or excretion of a substance by the body.
See also: equilibrium
5. The act of maintaining an upright posture in standing or locomotion.
6. The system that depends on vestibular function, vision, and proprioception to maintain posture, navigate in one's surroundings, coordinate motion of body parts, modulate fine motor control, and initiate the vestibulo-oculomotor reflexes.
[L. bi-, twice, + lanx, dish, scale]

balance

the maintenance of stability and specific orientation by an organism in relation to the immediate environment. Organs of balance occur at the end of each SEMICIRCULAR CANAL in the inner ear where there is a swelling, an AMPULLA; this is a RECEPTOR which has a group of sensory cells, the CRISTA AMPULLARIS, hairs from which are embedded in a gelatinous cap - the CUPULA. Since the semicircular canals are at right angles to each other the ampullae are sensitive to movement in any plane, as the canal fluid moves the cupula in a direction opposite to that of the movement of the head. Head position is given by receptors containing calcareous OTOLITHS in the UTRICLE and SACCULE, and these react to gravity in relation to the position of the head. Nerve fibres lead to the brain from ampullae, saccule and utricle.

balance

stability of the body, attained in the case of humans and other terrestrial animals by a continuously active process involving vestibular, visual and proprioceptive inputs causing reflex postural muscle adjustment, so as to maintain the centre of gravity directly above the supporting base of the body. See also ear.

balance

system of reflexes that maintains body stability, triggered by potentially destabilizing internal (within body) and external (acting on the body) forces

bal·ance

(bal'ăns)
1. An apparatus for weighing (e.g., scales).
2. The normal state of action and reaction between two or more parts or organs of the body.
3. Quantities, concentrations, and proportionate amounts of bodily constituents.
4. The difference between intake and use, storage, or excretion of a substance by the body.
5. The act of maintaining an upright posture in standing or locomotion.
6. The system that depends on vestibular function, vision, and proprioception to maintain posture, navigate in one's surroundings, coordinate motion of body parts, modulate fine motor control, and initiate vestibulo reflexes.
[L. bi-, twice, + lanx, dish, scale]

balance,

n 1. equilibrium or harmony.
n 2. in dentistry, an occlusal equilibrium or facial esthetic harmony.
balance, acid-base,
n in metabolism, the balance of acid to base necessary to keep the blood pH level normal (between 7.35 and 7.43).
balance billing,
n the billing of a patient for the difference between the dental professional's actual charge and the amount reimbursed under the patient's dental benefits plan.
balance sheet,
n a condensed statement showing the nature and amount of a company's assets, liabilities, and capital on a given date. In dollar amounts the balance sheet shows the assets the company owns, the money it owes, and the ownership interest in the company of its stockholders.

balance

1. an instrument for weighing.
2. harmonious adjustment of different elements or parts; harmonious performance of functions. Used to describe symmetry and proportion of conformation.

acid-base balance
the proportion of acid and base required to keep the blood and body fluids neutral. See also acid-base balance.
analytical balance
a laboratory balance sensitive to very small variations of the order of 0.001 mg.
balance examination
simultaneous palpation of muscles on both sides of the body of Greyhounds attempting to locate areas of soreness or spasm.
fluid balance
the state of the body in relation to ingestion and excretion of water and electrolytes (see also fluid balance).
nitrogen balance
the state of the body in regard to ingestion and excretion of nitrogen. In negative nitrogen balance the amount of nitrogen excreted is greater than the quantity ingested. In positive nitrogen balance the amount excreted is smaller than the amount ingested. See also nitrogen balance.
posture balance
disturbances of balance, including falling to one side, rotation of the head, walking in circles. These are usually indications of disturbances of the organs of balance in the semicircular canals.
water balance
fluid balance.

Patient discussion about balance

Q. my friend recently told me that she throws up from time to time and it helps her balance her weight I told her I think that’s what bulimic girls do, but she insisted that it wasn’t something she can’t control or that comes after eating bursts (which she doesn’t have). It still seems wrong to me, but I would like to hear other’s opinions.

A. bolimic girls try to avoid eating. then they get so frustrated that they eat like crazy and then feel guilty and threw ups. it's a bad condition that needs to and can be treated.

Q. how do i deal with gaining weight ...? i mean really massive change in my weight balance ... sometimes it goes extremely up and sometimes i lose like 5 kilos a week .. what can it be ? i am 25 years old and i don't have health issues beside that ...

A. If this is occurring frequently you should go see a doctor about it. Do you have thyroid problems? Have you been sick a lot?

Q. HOW DO ENERGYS EFFECT THE BODY? POSITIVE, NEGITIVE, CHI, ELOPTIC, LIFE FORCE ENERGY.

A. Not really my area, but you can try and ask in the alternative medicine community (http://www.imedix.com/Alternative_Medicine).

You can read about these things here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pioneers_in_radionics, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ch%27i

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