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fork

 [fork]
a pronged instrument.
tuning fork a device that produces harmonic vibration when its two prongs are struck; used to test hearing and bone conduction. See tuning fork tests.

tun·ing fork

a steel or magnesium-alloy instrument roughly resembling a two-tine fork; the vibrations of the tines, when struck, produce a pure tone and overtones; used to test hearing and vibratory sensation.

tun·ing fork

(TF) (tūn'ing fōrk)
Steel or magnesium-alloy instrument roughly resembling a two-pronged fork, the vibrations of the prongs of which, when struck, give a musical tone of restricted bandwidth; used to test hearing and vibratory sensations.
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Tuning-fork crystal unit is crystal-related component that creates reference signal, for timepieces, and its demand is increasing for use in electronic equipment having clock functions, such as mobile phone handsets and digital home appliances.
Oyer of Northwestern University, Chicago, Ill., described how he and an associate used a tuning-fork test to evaluate 147 patients aged 40 years and older.
Single-rod units are used in solids, while tuning-fork probes can be used in liquids or solids.
In a finale tribute to jazz saxophonist and composer John Coltrane, the loose-limbed Glover seemed tuning-fork sensitive, imbuing his slides with melancholy and snapping every gesture where elbows, head and hands seemed connected to his feet.
The patient exhibited no response to tuning-fork testing.
Instead, researchers implemented an AFM probe based on measuring the shift in resonant frequency of a tuning-fork sensor when a mounted tip comes into the force-interaction zone of the sample surface.
Findings on tuning-fork testing and the remainder of the ENT examination were normal.
The investigation of a nonspecific inflammation should involve otoscopy, bacteriology and mycology, irrigation and cleaning, audiography and tuning-fork tests, and sometimes Schuller's-view radiography to exclude mastoiditis.