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/com·mon/ (kom´en)
1. belonging to or shared by two or more entities.
2. usual; being frequent, prevalent, widespread, or habitual.
3. most frequent and best known of its kind.


a shared structure, function, disease. See also under specific name of the item, e.g. atrioventricular canal.

common chemical sense
mediated by the trigeminal nerve from chemical sense organs in the conjunctival sac and in the nasal and buccal cavities.
common fee
the fee for professional services agreed to formally or informally by a local group of the veterinary profession, usually determined by an interpractice survey of fees actually charged.
common law
the law of common usage, the practice or code which is usually followed. Based on decisions of the courts in individual cases. It is not written down as statutory law is.
common pathway
see coagulation pathways.
common salt
see sodium chloride.
common source
a point from which a number of animals are infected or affected. The point from which a common source or point epidemic begins.
common stonecrop
common sucker

Patient discussion about common

Q. What are the types of cancers that are most common? I am interested in knowing what are the types of cancers that happen the most, because I hear many people getting sick with colon cancer and for instance I don’t know anyone who got lung cancer.

A. The most common cancer types by occurrence in men are: prostate, lung, colorectal and bladder cancer. The most common in women are: breast, lung, colorectal and endometrial (uterine) cancer. The most common mortality both in men and in women is caused by lung cancer.

Q. Common cold but dreadful. I am suffering from a dreadful common cold. As I write: believe me, I long to have done with it. I am not enjoying it in the least. I fear however that I am already too old to see the day when the common cold becomes history. I tried the simple first aid tablets but no use. Could you use this session to help me out?

A. chicken soup :) the best cure!
you can try fresh ginger tea - it really make it easier..opens up the sinuses, drys up the mucous.

Q. what is the most common allergy? is it dust allergy?

A. thanks, I've heard of a new allergy treatment and trying to learn some more about the different kinds...

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In particular, Commoner pointed at the spectacular expansion of the petroleum, petrochemical and related industries, which produced products and wastes that nature could not recycle, and which at the same time stimulated a huge expansion in the amount of energy used in production and transportation.
Commoner spent his life trying to get people to pay attention and do the smart thing.
Here you have a people who have nothing to do with producing dioxins," said Commoner, but who are the most affected by them.
Barry Commoner later revealed that guiding policy by ecological principles would require planning, in particular rule by environmental experts.
And the PML (N) is still to show something really pleasing to the commoner.
The two were wed and she is the first commoner to have wed a heir to the throne in almost three hundred years.
The problem with the grazing rights being severed is that the link between the commoner and land may be lost, causing management difficulties for common land.
After Giselle discovers that the man she loves - Albrecht, a count disguised as a commoner - has lied to her and is betrothed to another, she goes mad and dies.
The program is able "to specify exactly which sources contribute, proportionately," to the dioxin in Nunavut or any other area, explains study leader Barry Commoner, director of the Center for the Biology of Natural Systems at City University of New York.
You can think of chlorinated biological compounds as aliens," said environmentalist Barry Commoner, "and like aliens from outer space, the reason they cause problems is that they're readily assimilated into the normal chemistry of life.
Perhaps it is because the Great Commoner stood in the face of modernity and claimed that evolution had no truck with right thinking.
Princess Lilian was not born into the Sweden's royalty and her story is uncommon as she was a divorcee and a commoner who had to keep her relationship with Sweden's Prince Bertil a secret for over 30 years reports (http://bigstory.