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terminal

 [ter´mĭ-nal]
1. forming or pertaining to an end.
2. a termination, end, or extremity, especially a nerve ending.
3. an input-output device that communicates with a computer and includes parts such as a keyboard and a printer.
dedicated terminal a terminal reserved for just one type of computer application.
dumb terminal a computer terminal capable both as an input device, sending data keyed in on the terminal keyboard, and as an output device, displaying data on a screen or printing it on paper. See also intelligent terminal.
intelligent terminal a computer terminal, or a microcomputer functioning as a terminal, that can process data files stored on mass storage devices (usually floppy disks). Such files may be either output files received from the host computer or input (command) files sent to the host computer. See also dumb terminal.
point of care terminal a computer terminal that serves as an input device to allow health professionals to enter data at the patient's bedside.

ter·mi·nal

(ter'mi-năl),
1. Relating to the end; final.
2. Relating to the extremity or end of any body; for example, the end of a biopolymer.
3. A termination, extremity, end, or ending.
[L. terminus, a boundary, limit]

terminal

/ter·mi·nal/ (ter´mĭ-n'l)
1. forming or pertaining to an end; placed at the end.
2. a termination, end, or extremity.

terminal

(tûr′mə-nəl)
adj.
1. Relating to, situated at, or forming a limit, boundary, extremity, or end.
2. Relating to, occurring at, or being the end of a section or series; final.
3. Causing, ending in, or approaching death; fatal.

terminal

[tur′minəl]
Etymology: L, terminus, boundary
1 (of a structure or process) near or approaching its end, such as a terminal bronchiole or a terminal disease.
2 an input/output (I/O) device that has two-way communication capability with a computer. A terminal usually has a keyboard and a cathode-ray or video display screen, or a text printing facility. terminate, v., terminus, n.

terminal

adjective Near death or the natural end of a process; relating to an end-stage of a particular process. See Terminal cancer.

ter·mi·nal

(tĕr'mi-năl)
1. Relating to the end; final.
2. Relating to the extremity or end of any body (e.g., the end of a biopolymer).
3. A termination, extremity, end, or ending.
[L. terminus, a boundary, limit]

terminal

(of plant structures) carried at the end of a stem.

ter·mi·nal

(tĕr'mi-năl)
1. Relating to the end; final.
2. Relating to extremity or end of any body; e.g., end of a biopolymer.
[L. terminus, a boundary, limit]

terminal,

adj 1. near or approaching an end, such as a terminal bronchiole or a terminal illness.
n 2. an input/output device that has a two-way communication capability with a computer.
terminal, computer,
n a device in a system or communications network at which data can either enter or leave.
terminal hinge position,
n See position, hinge, terminal.
terminal illness,
n an advanced stage of a disease with an unfavorable prognosis and no known cure.
terminal jaw relation record,
terminal plane,
n ideal molar relationship in the primary dentition when in centric occlusion.

terminal

1. forming or pertaining to an end.
2. a termination, end or extremity, especially a nerve ending.
3. the end-stages of a fatal illness.

terminal cisterns
the SER (smooth endoplasmic reticulum) in skeletal muscle fibers is a network of cisterns and tubules; the cisterns are attachments to the tubules and two tubules and a terminal cistern make up a triad.
terminal crossbreeding
a breeding program in which crossbreds are produced by mating two sets of purebreds but without further breeding among the crossbreds; a continuing F1 generation.
efferent terminal
nerve endings transmitting nerve stimuli to effector organs; include neuromuscular spindles and Golgi apparatus.
terminal ileitis
see terminal ileitis.
terminal pathway
see terminal complement pathway.

Patient discussion about terminal

Q. I heard that HIV is no longer considered a terminal illness?!? I saw a T.V. program about it and they said it’s a “chronic disease”. What does that means?? Is it true?

A. It’s true, it’s no longer considered terminal, but believe me, don’t throw away your condoms…the medication prolongs life and give you a chance to live but they are expensive and have nasty side effects. Enough to make you consider stop using them, and then the HIV comes back like nothing happened. Protect your self. It’s MUCH cheaper and wiser..

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