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spell

(spel),
1. An indefinite period or duration.
2. Colloquially, a state of hypnotic trance.

spell

(spĕl)
n.
1. A short, indefinite period of time.
2. Informal A period of weather of a particular kind: a dry spell.
3.
a. One's turn at work.
b. A period of work; a shift.
4. Australian A period of rest.
5. Informal A period of physical or mental disorder or distress: a dizzy spell.
6. Informal A short distance.
v. spelled, spelling, spells
v.tr.
1. To relieve (someone) from work temporarily by taking a turn.
2. To allow (someone) to rest a while.
v.intr.
1. To take turns working.
2. Australian To rest for a time from an activity.

spell

Medspeak
Any period during which an individual is in a particular state—e.g., spell of hospitalisation (hospital stay is widely preferred in the US), spell (bout or period) of sickness.
 
Medspeak-UK
A popular term for the time frame from when a patient is admitted to hospital until discharge.
 
Paranormal
A trance-like state in which a person allegedly communicates with dead persons or various ethereal spirits, most often in a culture-specific context. It has the potential for being misconstrued as a psychotic episode.

spell

noun A period during which a person is in a particular state–eg, spell of hospitalization–hospital stay is preferred, spell–bout or period of sickness. See Blue spell, Dizzy spell Medtalk A '… sudden onset of a symptom(s) that is recurrent, self-limited, stereotypic…' Types Endocrine–eg, hypoglycemia, thyrotoxicosis, carbohydrate intolerance; cardiovascular–essential HTN, angina, pulmonary edema, psychologic–eg, panic and anxiety disorders; hyperventilation; pharmacologic–eg, MAOI therapy, cheese, illicit drugs; neurologic–seizure disorders, migraine; etc–eg, mastocytosis, carcinoid, P vera, POEM syndrome Clinical Facial flushing attributed to vasodilation, accompanied by one of various spell phenotypes–eg, pheochromocytoma, carcinoid syndrome, or mast cell disease, manifest as diaphoresis, numbness, SOB, headaches, chest tightness, ↑ BP, etc Psychiatry A trance-like state in which a person allegedly communicates with dead persons, or various–non-mineral, non-grain spirits, usually in a culture-specific context, most common among African-Americans and/or those from the southern US; the importance lies in it being confused with a psychotic episode. See Culture-bound syndrome.

Patient discussion about spell

Q. what could cause dizzy spells my daughter is 11 and just incountered a dizzy spell legs felt funny and stomach too.

A. sounds like a blood circulation problem, anemia maybe. when there is a problem with oxygen transportation in the body-
the limbs are usually the first to suffer, numbness and feeling like ants are crawling on them. and also dizziness, the brain needs his oxygen. the doctor will probably check for blood pressure, blood works and all that.

Q. Dizzi spells-Help!!!! I keep getting really dizzy and passing out and seem to have constant headaches. I am also really weak and tired all the time and almost never sleep. My doctor won’t do anything but its really making me feel like crap and it is really stressing me out. I really don’t need any more stress in my life because I can’t cope with it like that. somebody help me please

A. Your doctor is the only one that can give you tests and give you the correct advice and treatment. If your doctor is unable to help, then you should see one of the other doctors at your clinic. Getting some sleep may also help you, but you really should see your doctor.

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