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1. the use of a meaningful pattern of vocal sounds (or corresponding written symbols) to convey thoughts and feelings, or a system of such patterns that is understood by a group of people.
2. by extension, any of various other systems of communication that use sets of discrete symbols.
3. any of numerous sets of standardized vocabulary terms for use among health care providers in a variety of settings allowing comparisons of care across populations, settings, regions, and time. There are over 30 researched standardized health care languages. Called also standardized vocabulary.
body language the expression of thoughts or emotions by means of posture or gesture.
International Sign language a sign language composed of a blending of vocabulary signs from numerous different countries, sometimes used at international meetings and events of deaf persons; formerly called Gestuno.
natural language ordinary language as used by the speakers of that language, as opposed to a language made up for a special purpose (as for use by a computer system).
nursing language any of various sets of standardized terms and definitions for use in nursing to provide standardized descriptions, labels, and definitions for expressing the phenomena of nursing; some include category groupings of terms. The American Nurses Association has recognized twelve official languages.
Miller-Keane Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health, Seventh Edition. © 2003 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. All rights reserved.


The use of spoken, manual, written, and other symbols to express, represent, or receive communication.
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Farlex Partner Medical Dictionary © Farlex 2012

clinical etiquette

Professional comportment Medical practice The components of medical practice which, in addition to ethics and competence, define what it is to be a physician
Clinical etiquette
Bedside manner Avoid easy familiarity, be attentive of Pts needs, do not eat on rounds
Dress Conservative & appropriate
Grooming Clean, neat, unobtrusive
Language Respectful, at level of audience, non-use of vulgar vernacular or demeaning appellations, discretion regarding others' condition (JAMA 1988; 260:2559)  
McGraw-Hill Concise Dictionary of Modern Medicine. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.


The use of spoken, manual, written, and other symbols to express, represent, or receive communication.
[L. lingua]
Medical Dictionary for the Health Professions and Nursing © Farlex 2012


Use of spoken, manual, written, and other symbols to express, represent, or receive communication.
[L. lingua]
Medical Dictionary for the Dental Professions © Farlex 2012

Patient discussion about language

Q. what is leukemia in lay person language, what causes it, what are the symptomes, and is it cancer

A. Leukemia is cancer of white blood cells. there are about 6-7 types of Leukemia i think...i'll have to check that one out. it basically means a white blood cell got mutated and started to multiply like crazy. causes severe problems. the types defer in which part of maturation it got cancerous. i hope i helped- if you still need more information, just ask! i'm here.

Q. Do I have to speak Chinese to study Chinese medicine? I’m thinking about studying Chinese medicine next year at a local college. Do I have to study Chinese before I start studying? Will it make any difference?

A. The main language of China is Mandarin. Hong Kong is Cantonese. Tawainese people speak (duh) Tawainese and Mandarin. Then you have like hundreds of other dialects from small provinces and island. I speak Mandarin which is the official language. A lot of Chinese People speak more than one dialect.

If I was you, I would go with Mandarin because it is becoming a standard in China. (Although Cantonese is very very popular in NYC, esp in Chinatown)

There are books at Barnes and Nobles that include audio lesson and video lessons, if you don't want to take a class, you can try that.

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They explore the complex languages and diverse language practices of the migrants from Sudan (explaining that more than 40 languages are spoken by the Sudanese community in Melbourne), outlining language maintenance problems faced by the Sudanese community.
This is not a book for the faint-hearted: complex language is used to address difficult philosophical issues and their historical position.
The book is not an easy read for beginners due to the complex language used, but it is otherwise well-written.
This includes the use of symbols, which has been linked to the development of complex language, and personal adornments made of seashells.
The Quick Text version offers younger readers, who might have struggled with more complex language, an easier read.
You'll not only need to strip away confusing lingo, industry jargon, metaphors, euphemisms, and unnecessarily complex language, you may also need to translate your content or, at the very least, clean it up so it can be translated with the help of automated, machine translation services.
Nonetheless, this book is absolutely indispensable for any future consideration of how the experimental languages of American modernism negotiated and helped shape the complex language politics of the early twentieth century.
Chapter 1 introduces, among other ideas, the notion that schools should prepare students for a culture that requires complex language, thinking, and problem-solving skills.
On the face of it, language seems to have little to do with domestication one way or the other, but Johnson's suggestion is intriguing: the hierarchical structure of lupine society provided the necessary model for the hierarchical organization of syntactically complex language (75).
Even though English is in some ways a complex language, most foreigners manage to attain fluency.
In this interactive format, the adult reads the left-hand page (with more complex language and narrative) and the child reads the right hand page, with simpler, grade-leveled vocabulary and story line.
And in this month's MDS Monitor, page 26, Carol Maher takes a micro-view of the process, delving into and interpreting some of the complex language inherent in the tool.

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