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## formula

[for´mu-lah] (pl. formulas, for´mulae) (L.)
1. an expression, using numbers or symbols, giving the directions for preparing a compound (such as a medicine) or giving a procedure to follow to obtain a desired result.
2. a mixture for feeding an infant, usually with cow's milk as a base, supplemented with vitamins and minerals. Various formulas are available, differing in protein, fat, and carbohydrate content in order to meet the nutritional requirements or restrictions of individual infants.
chemical formula a combination of symbols used to express the chemical components of a substance.
empirical formula a chemical formula that expresses the proportions of the elements present in a substance.
molecular formula a chemical formula expressing the number of each element present in a substance, without indicating how they are linked.
spatial formula (stereochemical formula) a chemical formula giving the numbers of atoms of each element present in a molecule of a substance, which atom is linked to which, the types of linkages involved, and the relative positions of the atoms in space.
structural formula a chemical formula showing the spatial arrangement of the atoms and the linkage of every atom.
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## for·mu·lae

(fōr'myū-lă, -lăz, -lē),
1. A recipe or prescription containing directions for the compounding of a medicinal preparation.
2. In chemistry, a symbol or collection of symbols expressing the number of atoms of the element or elements forming one molecule of a substance; sometimes also included is information on characteristics such as the arrangement of the atoms within the molecule, the atoms' electronic structure and their charge, and the nature of the bonds within the molecule.
3. An expression by symbols and numbers of the normal order or arrangement of parts or structures.
4. A mathematic relationship or principle, typically provided through use of an equation.
[L. dim. of forma, form]
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## formula

(fôr′myə-lə)
n. pl. formu·las or formu·lae (-lē′)
1. Chemistry
a. A symbolic representation of the composition or of the composition and structure of a compound.
b. The compound so represented.
2.
a. A prescription of ingredients in fixed proportion; a recipe.
b. A liquid food for infants, containing most of the nutrients in human milk.

for′mu·la′ic (-lā′ĭk) adj.
for′mu·la′i·cal·ly adv.
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An enriched liquid nutrient, often based on cow’s milk, which is intended to provide an infant with the nutrients needed during the neonatal period
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## for·mu·la

, pl. formulae (fōrm'yū-lă, -lē)
1. A recipe or prescription containing directions for the compounding of a medicinal preparation.
2. chemistry A symbol or collection of symbols expressing the number of atoms of the element or elements forming one molecule of a substance, together with, on occasion, information such as the arrangement of the atoms within the molecule, their electronic structure, their charge, and the nature of the bonds within the molecule.
3. An expression by symbols and numbers of the normal order or arrangement of parts or structures.
[L. dim. of forma, form]
Medical Dictionary for the Health Professions and Nursing © Farlex 2012

## for·mu·la

, pl. formulae (fōrm'yū-lă, -lē)
1. A recipe or prescription containing directions for the compounding of a medicinal preparation.
2. In chemistry, a symbol or collection of symbols expressing the number of atoms of the element or elements forming one molecule of a substance.
[L. dim. of forma, form]
Medical Dictionary for the Dental Professions © Farlex 2012

## Patient discussion about formula

Q. Is there a link between soy formula and ADHD? I've heard that alot of kids with ADHD were on soy formula. I've also heard bad things about boys that were on soy formula. Things like they are more likely to be infertile when grown up because of estrogen in the soy. Is any of this true? Is regular soy milk safe for little boys to drink

A. i’m not sure about ADHD and soy…ADHD is a condition with physical impact on the brain and you are born with it. But soy in general is not a really good idea. It’s ironic that health fanatics consider it as a good thing. It should be eaten moderately and not extensively.

Q. My toddler is refusing to take the formula diet. My toddler is refusing to take the formula diet. Doctor has prescribed him iron drops. But why is the need and could he be iron deficient at this age?

A. His iron supplements would be incomplete and so is the requirement of iron drops being prescribed by the doctor. My daughter was also found to be iron deficient and the doctor suggested me to add diets such as oats, beans like soy beans, cereals, green vegetables like spinach, seafood, egg yolks, iron fortified breads, dry fruits. Iron plays a vital role in the formation of blood and its deficiency can lead to anemia. Early stage child anemia is harmful for the child. Do not forget to give oranges and citric fruits because it helps in the absorption of iron from foods taken.

Q. Is Omega 3 fatty acids helps brain development of babies? There are all sorts of food supplements that add omega 3 to their baby formula. Is it helpful? Can it harm?

A.

I found a nice video with a pediatrician that explain that exactly!!

http://www.5min.com/Video/Omega-Oil-in-Formula---Good-or-Bad-6067

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