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focus

 [fo´kus] (pl. fo´ci) (L.)
1. the point of convergence of light rays or sound waves.
2. the chief center of a morbid process.
Ghon focus the primary parenchymal lesion of primary pulmonary tuberculosis in children; when associated with a corresponding lymph node focus, it is known as the primary or Ghon complex. Called also Ghon tubercle.
grid focus in radiology, a determination made by drawing an imaginary line from the outside of the width of the grid to where it intersects with a centering point. Called also grid radius.

fo·cus

, pl.

fo·ci

(fō'kŭs, fō'sī), Avoid the mispronunciation fō'kī of the plural of this word.
1. The point at which the light rays meet after passing through a convex lens.
2. The center, or the starting point, of a disease process.
[L. a hearth]

focus

/fo·cus/ (fo´kus) pl. fo´ci   [L.]
1. the point of convergence of light rays or sound waves.
2. the chief center of a morbid process.fo´cal

epileptogenic focus  the area of the cerebral cortex responsible for causing epileptic seizures.
Ghon focus  the principal parenchymal lesion of primary pulmonary tuberculosis in children.

focus

(fō′kəs)
n.
1. A point at which rays of light or other radiation converge or from which they appear to diverge, as after refraction or reflection in an optical system.
2. See focal length.
3. The distinctness or clarity of an image rendered by an optical system.
4. The state of maximum distinctness or clarity of such an image.
5. The region of a localized bodily infection or disease.
v.
1. To cause light rays or other radiation to converge on or toward a central point; concentrate.
2. To render an object or image in clear outline or sharp detail by adjustment of one's vision or an optical device.
3. To adjust a lens or instrument to produce a clear image.
4. To converge on or toward a central point of focus; be focused.

focus

[fō′kəs]
Etymology: L, hearth
1 a specific location, as the site of an infection or the point at which an electrochemical impulse originates.
2 the point at which light rays converge after passing through a lens.

focus

A center, often of a disseminated disease–ie, cancer, infection

fo·cus

(F), pl. foci (fō'kŭs, -sī)
1. The point at which the light rays meet after passing through a convex lens.
2. The center, or the starting point, of a disease process.

focus

or

primary focus

an area containing a high concentration of diseased plants or animals and from which the disease probably spreads.

focus

1. The point at which rays of light converge after passing through a convex lens to form a real image (real focus), or diverge from (virtual focus) after passing through a concave lens. 2. The centre or starting point of a disease process. 3. To adjust an optical system (e.g. camera or projector) in order to obtain a sharp image. Plural: foci. Syn. focusing. See confocal; principal focus; focal line.
aplanatic foci A pair of conjugate object and image points for which an optical system is free of spherical aberration. Syn. aplanatic points.
dark focus See resting state of accommodation.
depth of focus See depth of focus.
principal focus The axial image point produced by an optical system of an infinitely distant object (the second principal focus or posterior principal focus), or that axial object point for which the image will be formed at infinity (the first principal focus or anterior principal focus). A converging optical system or lens has two principal foci that are real. A diverging optical system or lens has a second principal focus that is virtual. In curved mirrors the two principal foci coincide. Depending upon whether the object is at infinity or at the principal focus, this same focal point becomes either the second principal focus or the first principal focus, respectively. Syn. focal point. See focal length; equivalent power; sign convention.
real focus See focus.
sagittal focus; tangential focus See oblique astigmatism.
virtual focus See focus.

fo·cus

, pl. foci (fō'kŭs, -sī)
1. The point at which the light rays meet after passing through a convex lens.
2. The center, or the starting point, of a disease process.

focus

pl. foci [L.]
1. the point of convergence of light rays, x-rays or sound waves.
2. the chief center of a morbid process. See also focal spot.

Patient discussion about focus

Q. My mind is getting confused now and i am losing on my focus. why is this change happening in me? I am a bipolar for the past 1 year. With the help of the medicines my episodes has come down. My mood is good and stable. Even my friends say that I am well as compared to previous years. But since last week I am not able to sleep well. My disrupted and reduced sleep is making me stressed. I just get 2-3 hours of sleep at night. After my lunch my tiredness starts again. My mind is getting confused now and I am losing on my focus. Why is this change happening in me?

A. There are some possibilities that you are not taking your diet in time or your diet may not be nutritious as per your requirements. This can cause you to have increased stress and you can lose your sleep. This may increase the tiredness. Check if you are taking your medicines in right time. This can also be due to your stress. You may have stress due to your lifestyle too, which needs to be well managed in a healthy way. You can meet your doctor, as any increase in stress due to sleep deprivation can raise the chances of episodes to return back.
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Q. Is there a verity of exercises i can do with my child that would be helpful for him to be more focused and relaxed and by that help him to control the ADHD effects ?

A. from our experience - any activity is a good activity...if he feels hyperactive during homework or studying, going out and running around the block will be enough for him. if he can't do that, doing push ups, situps, and even jumping in one place can help- although i must say it is irritating as hell... try practicing also breathing techniques in order to relax.

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References in classic literature ?
From the great wave not immediately following the earthquake, but sometimes after the interval of even half an hour, and from distant islands being affected similarly with the coasts near the focus of the disturbance, it appears that the wave first rises in the offing; and as this is of general occurrence, the cause must be general: I suspect we must look to the line, where the less disturbed waters of the deep ocean join the water nearer the coast, which has partaken of the movements of the land, as the place where the great wave is first generated; it would also appear that the wave is larger or smaller, according to the extent of shoal water which has been agitated together with the bottom on which it rested.
Inviting students into the feedback process fits comfortably with the inclusive focus of action research where those least powerful are the starting point for an investigation.
In developing a life skills intervention for adolescents participating in a collaborative project between a university research team and an urban Indian clinic, several groups of adolescents were invited to participate in focus groups to discuss various aspects of outreach and intervention.
As hardware vendors announce the discontinuation of current platforms, organizations are looking at mitigating the risk involved during their migration while future proofing their COBOL application assets," said Tony Hill, chairman and chief executive officer of Micro Focus.
Quite coincidentally, at two campuses of the University of California (Berkeley and Los Angeles), the libraries undertook focus group interviews of undergraduates (Berkeley also surveyed graduate students and faculty) in Spring 1993 as part of a strategic planning process, to determine students' perception of the library and to understand better what undergraduates wanted the library to provide.
One such technique, focus groups, appears to have much potential for rehabilitation program evaluation.
Through this initiative, Micro Focus will expand its worldwide software development team in the coming months in order to increase the company's capacity to meet market demand and the future requirements of its customers.
Equity Focus now provides an easy way to comply with the new stock option expensing requirements that require more rigorous tracking and valuation systems.
The initial product offering will be Micro Focus COBOL/2 for UNIX on DC(TM)/OSx(R), providing a commercial COBOL application development and execution environment customized to Pyramid's proprietary DC/OSx operating system.
Micro Focus has long been recognized for z/OS development tools, and is also supporting the IBM platform with the recent release of Micro Focus Server Express 5.
Micro Focus support for Eclipse will offer enterprise application development teams a consistent Integrated Development Environment (IDE) regardless of where the application is to be deployed, while taking advantage of the efficiencies inherent in Eclipse to offer best-of-breed productivity.