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pertaining to the relationship between two quantities when a fractional variation of one is always accompanied by the same fractional change in the other.


In medical ethics, commensurate, that is, acceptably balanced between the risk for harm and the likelihood of benefit.


values expressed as a proportion of the total number of values in a series.

proportional dwarf
the patient is a miniature without disproportionate reductions or enlargements of body parts.
proportional morbidity
a percentage estimate of the morbidity of a disease in a group. See also proportional morbidity.
proportional mortality
the mortality rate due to a specific disease in a group expressed as a proportion of all of the causes of death in the group. See also mortality rate.

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Q. I have found that my body weight has high proportion of water in total weight.. I have found that my body weight has high proportion of water in total weight, and it makes me to take less water and there by increasing my thirst, which in turn stresses my body a lot, what can I do to reduce this problem…..?

A. Your body has a way of compensating when it is lacking something. When you are dehydrated, your body will retain fluids, hence the excess water.
drink plenty of water daily and you will find that you will lose this puffiness as your body adjusts to getting what it needs.

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Many important diseases that affect developing countries are sensitive to climate variations, according to the report, and even a proportionally small change in the global incidence of some diseases could result in significant public health impacts far into the future.
National Laboratory, who led the ET project, notes that the transition temperatures of new organic superconductors have been rising faster proportionally than those of the ceramic versions.
The products are designed to scale in performance, access, and availability proportionally to their capacity.
The Office of Independent Review found that more than two-thirds of Sheriff's Department internal investigations result in a finding of policy violations and that supervisors do receive discipline, although proportionally lower than that of deputies.
Newborns undergoing intensive medical treatment may receive proportionally larger doses of DEHP and may be more sensitive to potential effects, so they draw special concern.
Wolfe at the Hutzel Hospital in Detroit and colleagues began their work with the theory that cancer occurs more often in women whose breasts contain proportionally more dense-type tissues, such as epithelial and connective tissue, because breast cancers occur most often in these cells.
Profits increased over proportionally versus revenue growth.
Unless nicotine's metabolic effects increase proportionally with metabolic rates, its influence on weight might be insignificant.
Operational and capital costs are shared proportionally among these wholesale customers.
Continue this hyped-for-TV exhibition year after year and suspicions of steroid use will only grow proportionally.
The male-bearing females produced fewer offspring than those laying eggs, but proportionally more of their young survived.
Debt service is paid proportionally by each county based on location of the project with Gratiot County at 38%, Isabella County at 19.

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