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1. A regularly performed behavioral sequence.
2. A standard method of completing a procedure, based on rules or habit. In occupational therapy a customary morning routine might include toileting, bathing, grooming, dressing, eating breakfast, and reading the newspaper.


n 1. a fixed pattern of procedures used in any phase of treatment.
n 2. a set of instructions arranged in proper sequence to direct the computer to perform a desired operation or series of operations.
routine, office,
n a series of steps, to be followed in a carefully planned sequence, that provide a means of dealing with situations commonly encountered in dental practice.

Patient discussion about routine

Q. Why is Colonoscopy Important? I am 60 years old and my doctor recommended that I would do a colonoscopy. She said it is because it's important to do this routinely at this age. Why is it so important?

A. Colonoscopy is a procedure that enables an examiner (usually a gastroenterologist) to evaluate the appearance of the inside of the colon (large bowel). This is accomplished by inserting a flexible tube that is about the thickness of a finger into the anus, and then advancing it slowly, under visual control, into the rectum and through the colon. It is performed with the visual control of either looking through the instrument or with viewing a TV monitor.

This test may be done for a variety of reasons. Most often it is done to investigate the finding of blood in the stool, abdominal pain, diarrhea, a change in the bowel habits, or an abnormality found on colon x- ray or a CT scan. Certain individuals with previous history of polyps or colon cancer and certain individuals with family history of particular malignancies or colon problems may be advised to have periodic colonoscopies because they are at a greater risk of polyps or colon cancer. Hope this helps.

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References in classic literature ?
Well, he asked me for anything outside the ordinary routine.
This day was passed in the same routine as that which preceded it.
Both recognise the same conventions, and have a working knowledge of each other's methods and of the routine of their respective trades.
And these were the routine steps, too, that would be taken as a matter of course by the merest beginner.
A very pleasant routine, with perhaps a slight tinge of sameness.
It is in the slow, changed life that follows; in the time when sorrow has become stale, and has no longer an emotive intensity that counteracts its pain; in the time when day follows day in dull, unexpectant sameness, and trial is a dreary routine,--it is then that despair threatens; it is then that the peremptory hunger of the soul is felt, and eye and ear are strained after some unlearned secret of our existence, which shall give to endurance the nature of satisfaction.
The American Academy of Sleep Medicine said that positive bedtime routines involve calming activities, such as a bath and bedtime story.
In the video, Rohrback leads viewers through Prancercise routines from trotting to shadow-box galloping.
More research is needed to explore the outcomes of parenting routines and behaviours and to understand how best health professionals can support new mothers at this time.
The site provides readers, women ages 16 to 45, with a curation of celebrity beauty secrets, skin, makeup, fitness, diet and hair routines from the celebrities themselves in one directory.
However, research specifically addressing the effectiveness of pre-putt routines has yet to be explored to its limits.
The prevalence of obesity among preschool-aged children in the United States who regularly share evening meals with their families, get enough sleep during the week, and have limited weekday television-viewing time is 40% lower than those who are not exposed to any of these household routines, according to data from a nationally representative study.