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1. A regularly performed behavioral sequence.
2. A standard method of completing a procedure, based on rules or habit. In occupational therapy a customary morning routine might include toileting, bathing, grooming, dressing, eating breakfast, and reading the newspaper.


n 1. a fixed pattern of procedures used in any phase of treatment.
n 2. a set of instructions arranged in proper sequence to direct the computer to perform a desired operation or series of operations.
routine, office,
n a series of steps, to be followed in a carefully planned sequence, that provide a means of dealing with situations commonly encountered in dental practice.

Patient discussion about routine

Q. Why is Colonoscopy Important? I am 60 years old and my doctor recommended that I would do a colonoscopy. She said it is because it's important to do this routinely at this age. Why is it so important?

A. Colonoscopy is a procedure that enables an examiner (usually a gastroenterologist) to evaluate the appearance of the inside of the colon (large bowel). This is accomplished by inserting a flexible tube that is about the thickness of a finger into the anus, and then advancing it slowly, under visual control, into the rectum and through the colon. It is performed with the visual control of either looking through the instrument or with viewing a TV monitor.

This test may be done for a variety of reasons. Most often it is done to investigate the finding of blood in the stool, abdominal pain, diarrhea, a change in the bowel habits, or an abnormality found on colon x- ray or a CT scan. Certain individuals with previous history of polyps or colon cancer and certain individuals with family history of particular malignancies or colon problems may be advised to have periodic colonoscopies because they are at a greater risk of polyps or colon cancer. Hope this helps.

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Another post-deregulation Crandall innovation--the frequent-flier program--has become such a powerful purchasing incentive that many travelers routinely go hours out of their way just to get miles on their preferred airline.
So photographers and reporters routinely venture out with AK-47s, grenade launchers, and large-caliber machine guns manned by guys who know how to use them.
Just in the United States alone there are thousands of wells producing in high paraffin/asphaltine fields, which must be routinely treated either by hot-oil treatment or chemical methods which are costly and often short-lived solutions.
A London hearing was told the father of three probed his ears and cleaned his fingernails with sterilised tools, refused to routinely wear gloves and urinated in the sink at his surgery in Batley, West Yorkshire.
They routinely boast that they can trace their bloodlines to Spain (Fox's mother is from Spain).
I'm thinking about an ingredient that is routinely overlooked or treated as ah afterthought, if mentioned at all.