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1. pertaining to dependence or to dependency.
2. hanging down.
dependent personality disorder a personality disorder marked by excessive need to be taken care of, with submissiveness and clinging and preoccupation with fears of abandonment, so that others are allowed to assume responsibility for major areas of one's life. Persons with the disorder need advice and reassurance in decision making, yield responsibility, initiative, and independence, avoid disagreement, voluntarily undertake unpleasant tasks to ensure further care, subordinate their own desires to those of the people they depend on to avoid jeopardizing those relationships, and feel discomfort or helplessness when alone, indiscriminately rushing to new relationships.


/de·pen·dent/ (-ent)
1. exhibiting dependence or dependency.
2. hanging down.


1. Determined, influenced, or controlled by something else.
2. Needing to continue use of a drug or other substance or engagement in a specific activity in order to avoid experiencing withdrawal symptoms: dependent on alcohol.

de·pen′dent·ly adv.


pertaining to a condition of being reliant on someone or something else for help, support, favor, and other needs, as a child is dependent on a parent, a narcotics addict is dependent on a drug, or one variable is dependent on another. depend, v.


adjective Referring to the lowermost aspect of a body part or cavity; decubital ulcers occur on the dependent parts (e.g., sacrum), and abscesses and tumour masses tend to collect in the most dependent regions of a cavity (e.g., in the cul-de-sac in acute peritonitis), which is the most diagnostically-productive site for aspirated fluids (which are analysed in cytology).
Managed care
noun A health plan’s spouse and eligible child or other member who meets the applicable eligibility requirements of a group benefits agreement, and is enrolled in Plan under its provisions.
adjective See Dependent personality disorder.
Vox populi
noun Any person (e.g., wife, children, grandparents (occasionally) and other significant others) who relies on another for his or her financial support.


adjective Psychiatry See Dependent personality disorder noun Managed care A health plan's spouse and eligible child or other member who meets the applicable eligibility requirements of a Group Benefits Agreement and is enrolled in Plan under its provisions.


In health care finance, a patient, other than the insured, who is entitled to coverage under the insured's policy; such designation varies widely depending on insurer or geographic or legal jurisdiction.

Patient discussion about dependent

Q. Is there any depression which is dependent on something. is there any depression which is dependent on something and whenever that thing strikes the depression arrives?

A. Well Anthony, almost all depression had some known dependency on something. But its regular dependency and frequency increment or decrement will differ a lot. One kind of depression like seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is where every individual remains depressed every year at the same time, which may be due to seasonal changes like winter and summer. In SAD the depression arrives every year at the same time and it seems to be arrival of depression dependent on the season.

Q. What is the difference between alcoholism, alcohol abuse and alcohol dependent?

A. Alcoholism is the high carve for drinking without caring for negative results it will have on physical, mental, emotional and social life. A binge drinker who continues to drink even though the problem has started in his normal life will lead to alcohol abuse and he may start the journey for alcoholism. In alcohol dependence the drinker steps up from the alcohol abuse and the crave increases in spite of the biggest problem on head. We can say that alcohol dependence is alcoholism.

Q. Does anyone have ideas for ways to overcome concentration problems without depending on medications? I'm reallllllly trying hard to study for my final exams and my ADD seems to bother me every time I touch the desk. Sometimes my thoughts fly out when I only think of how much I still have to study today!!! please- help if you can... I really don't want to start with meds...

A. Omega-3 fatty acids, phosphatidylserine, zinc and magnesium may have benefits with regard to ADD symptoms. i take omega-3 fatty acids every day for the past year and it helped me go threw a ruff year of studying.

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In addition, the Fund will, in accordance with applicable law, include in the gross income of members or employees the fair market value of the health coverage for former spouses who are not dependents of the participants or employees.
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By identifying and removing ineligible dependents from the roster through a dependent eligibility verification audit, employer-funded health-care plans can begin to realize real cost savings without sacrificing benefits or burdening employees with additional out-of-pocket expenses--in as little as six to eight weeks.